Open access journals are an alternative to traditional publishing and remove all impediments to information for all levels of researchers. Common features of open access initiatives include no expectation of payment for contributing scholars, free and full availability via the Internet for users to journals, and copyright constraint only in the retaining of integrity, acknowledgement, and citation to the work's author. The Directory of Open Access Journals is a well known aggregator of free journals. It will only accept works that are peer-reviewed, have editorial quality, have a scholarly nature, and are serial in format.
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This mandate requires that articles arising from NIH funds accepted for publication after April 7, 2008 must be submitted to PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance. They must be made publicly available no more than 12 months after appearing in a peer-reviewed journal.
Check out our Resource Guide on the complying with the NIH Public Access Policy.