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Scholarly Communications Defined:

New technologies and innovative publishing models offer opportunities for enhancing the sharing of scholarly information across institutions and audiences. This scholarly communication, understood as the system through which research is disseminated to scholarly and public communities, and preserved for future use, promotes a shared system of research and scholarship.

NIH Public Access Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy requires all funded investigators to deposit (or have deposited for them) their articles in the PubMed Central digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Specifics about this mandatory policy, as well as links to related resources are provided here. The Health Sciences Library works with The OSU Office of Sponsored Programs (formerly the Research Foundation) to help local researchers navigate the policy and procedures.

NIH Public Access Policy Resources

Related Documents

Open Access Publishing

The Directory of Open Access and Hybrid Journals

This section of the DOAJ is designed for authors who are exploring publishing their research as open access. Authors can review journal titles by subject area and learn which publishers charge author fees for publishing their works as open access.

Author Rights

  • CIC (Big 10 institutions) activities related to author rights and scholarly communication. OSU governance reviewed and endorsed this author rights statement and addendum in 2008.
  • SHERPA RoMEO Service
    Use this site to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.
  • SPARC Author's Addendum
    Use this form to amend standard publisher agreements, allowing you to retain rights to deposit your article in a non-commercial depository or to use your article in the classes you teach. Instructions for NIH-related wording is included at this site.

Select organizations and discussion groups

  • SPARC: the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, an alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations
  • Open Access News Blog: Current news, including publisher-specific open access programs

Background on journal price increases

How the Library can help you

There are many changes taking place in academic publishing today, particularly in the sciences. This website will be updated as new developments occur.

The Health Sciences Library will work with OSU Health Sciences Center faculty and researchers to better understand the recent NIH Policy, open access publishing initiatives, journal impact factors and other topics related to scientific publishing.