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Public Access Policies: Foundations, Charities and Organizations

Funding Organization


The American Heart Association is working to help kids, families and communities live heart-healthy lives.


The AHA requires that all journal articles resulting from AHA funding (“outbound” research) should be made freely available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.  It will be the responsibility of the author to ensure this occurs.

Public Access Statement

Effective Date

The effective date is all AHA awards beginning in January 2015. Additionally, active grant holders are encouraged (though not required) to adhere to the policy.

Manuscript Version Required

The manuscript version required is the final, peer-reviewed manuscript version.

Embargo Period

The embargo period is no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.


The repository is PubMed Central (PMC).


The AHA requires grant applicants to include a data sharing plan as part of the application process.  Any research data that is needed for independent verification of research results must be made freely and publicly available in an AHA approved repository within 12 months of the end of the funding period (and any no-cost extension).

Sample Data Plans

AHA Approved Data Repositories