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Public Access Policies: Foundations, Charities and Organizations


The Public Access Policies: Foundations, Charities and Organizations guide is intended to provide policy information and compliance details for organizations with public access policies. Each organization has its own tab.

Since the enactment of National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy in 2005, foundations, charities and organizations have implemented similar public access mandates. Examples of foundations, charities and organizations that  have public access mandates include the Institute of Education Sciences and many private funding organizations—namely, Autism Speaks, HHMI, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Some organizations are affiliated with a consortium called the Health Research Alliance (HRA). HRA is a consortium of non‐governmental, not‐for‐profit funders of biomedical research and training. Members of HRA include Autism Speaks, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the American Heart Association, among others. A number of HRA members have implemented public access policies and have arrangements with the NIH Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS) and PubMed Central (PMC) to facilitate deposit of manuscripts resulting from research funded by HRA members. The full text of the manuscripts must be available within 12 months of publication and a PMCID is used to demonstrate compliance.

Note to Users

Caveat: Full details of public access policies from foundations, charities and organizations may not available on this subject guide. Please consult the Terms and Conditions of your award funding or your funding contact for current information.

For information on the NIH Public Access Policy, see: NIH Public Access Policy

For information on the policies of other Federal organizations, see: Public Access Policies: Other Federal Agencies.

For information on funder policies related to data, please see Data Management and Sharing.

Recommended Practices for Funded Authors

1. Acknowledge funding support in publications. Some funding agencies or specific grants may have a preferred method of acknowledging support. Check the funder website or the PI of the grant to confirm how the acknowledgement should be worded.

2. Check for any funder public access policies that may apply before submitting a work for peer review.

3. Confirm that the publisher allows for compliance with public access policies. This can be done by reviewing the copyright transfer agreement form or by checking the publisher website.

4. Retain a copy of the copyright transfer agreement.

5. Retain a copy of the final, peer-reviewed manuscript version of the work that reflects all changes made as a result of the peer review process.