based on NIH funding deposit their works in the repository. The development of
complementary repository services by research institutions and federal agencies
supporting research should further act to enhance support for the research
process. However, the creation of multiple repositories that serve the same
researchers raises many issues regarding how best to coordinate the content and
functions of those repositories. The NIH Public Access Policy creates an initial
impetus for libraries, as the common
mediators of institutional repository
services, to concretely examine the need to
develop close interactions between a large
disciplinary repository, PubMed Central,
and repositories housed at research
institutions.
The NIH Public Access Policy requirement for funded authors to deposit
their works into PubMed Central has been in place since April 2008. During this
period many libraries have developed various approaches to supporting authors
in completing their deposits. However, there is more that many libraries would
like to do toward developing services that smooth PubMed Central deposit for
authors, assist universities in monitoring compliance, and allow capture and
innovative uses of the deposited content. Already it has become evident that the
technology issues involved in developing these kinds of services are relatively
mundane. Rather, the substantive issue is the creation of appropriate copyright
licensing regimes to support authors and institutions.
Key Questions
To identify the issues and concerns that must be addressed to coordinate author-
centric repository services at the institutional and funder levels, it is helpful to
pose some key questions drawing on what we have learned from the first
implementation of funder-imposed deposit requirements:
What are early experiences with PubMed Central
deposits, and where are there opportunities for
libraries to help make the NIH Public Access Policy
as successful as possible?
Currently three main input streams provide content covered by the NIH
Public Access Policy: authors, publishers providing published versions of
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APRIL 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
…promising strategies include standard author-publisher
contracts, a uniform rights-transfer addendum, direct
institution-publisher negotiations on behalf of authors,
or an institutional policy granting it limited rights to
institutionally affiliated authors’ works as they are created.
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