Funder Open Access Mandates



As the idea of open access to research and scholarly knowledge has gained ground over the past decade, one obvious point of confluence has been the the publishing practices of researchers and the funding requirements of those organizations that provide their research funding.

Funders have recognized the value of making the results of their funding publically available and many have begun to mandate that researchers make openly available copies of any articles that result from the funded work.


How do I know if my funder has an open access mandate?


Your funding agency should be able to tell you what their policy is.  However, if you are curious about potential funders, the SHERPA consortium also runs a database that organizes the open access mandates of agencies from around the world: JULIET


Funder Example: National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy


The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.  To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.

How to Comply

All of your papers that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy, whether in press or in print, must include evidence of compliance in all of your NIH applications and reports.

  1. Determine Applicability
    Does the NIH Public Access Policy apply to your paper?

  2. Address Copyright
    Ensure your publishing agreement allows the paper to be posted to PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

  3. Submit Paper
    Submit papers to PubMed Central and approve public release.

  4. Include PMCID in Citations
    Include the PMCID at the end of the full citation in your application or report.