54  ·  Survey Results:  Survey Questions And Responses
Challenge 1 Challenge 2 Challenge 3
Most faculty pay little attention to
intellectual property issues and other
details related to publishing. They don’t
read the copyright transfer agreements
they sign, they don’t keep track of
when their article was accepted for
publication, they often have a hard time
putting their hands on the final author’s
manuscript, and they don’t seem to
know anyone at their publisher that
they can ask questions of. They expect
their administrative staff to handle the
details of complying with PAP.
Administrative staff who are often
working on a deadline and only
know that they need to provide
PMC ID numbers for articles cited
in bibliographies attached to grant
applications and progress reports. They
are not familiar with PAP and don’t
understand that an article must first be
deposited in PubMed Central before a
PMC ID number is assigned.
The inability to find out the NIH
Manuscript Submission ID numbers for
publisher submitted articles and the
inability to convert NIHMS ID numbers
to PMC ID numbers in an automated
No challenges. Faculty seemed to
understand the policy and steps
required. At the presentation, faculty
agreed that they were familiar with the
No response from publishers
suggest other journals; suggest author
contact directly.
Authors unaware of the policy —-
ongoing efforts to educate using many
Authors unaware of their rights
ongoing efforts to educate using many
Our university has taken the stance that
following public access policies is the
responsibility of the individual authors,
so our role is unclear or diminished.
The libraries did create an awareness
campaign when the NIH policy first
went into effect anyway, but not much
has happened since.
Publisher won’t accept proposed
changes. We advocate use of the
SHERPA/RoMEO site, and encourage
faculty to negotiate anything that might
move the intellectual property rights
closer to authors’ benefit.
Cost of open access publishing. We
have created an Open Publishing
Support Fund to help pay for publisher
Faculty aren’t accustomed to
negotiating publishing contracts. We
take opportunities in group discussions
an in one-to-one conversations to let
them know that negotiating is possible
and desirable.
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