New Workshop Offered — Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy

January 18, 2010

The Graff Library now offers a new workshop, Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy became law in January 2008 and effective on April 7, 2008. It ensures the public’s access to NIH-funded research. The Policy applies to:

  • any peer-reviewed manuscript that is accepted for journal publication on or after April 7, 2008 that arises from:
    • any direct funding from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
    • any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
    • any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
    • an NIH employee.

This month it will be offered twice in the library’s computer lab. Please RSVP to Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communication Librarian.

  • January 22nd from 10-10:45am
  • January 25th from 2-2:45pm

The session will include a 30-minute presentation with 15 minutes for questions and/or discussion, and cover the following four steps for complying with the policy:

  • Determine applicability — determine which papers fall under the policy
  • Retain copyright — read the journal publisher’s copyright transfer agreement to make sure you’re able to comply with the policy and deposit the paper to PubMed Central
  • Submit your paper to PubMed Central — there are a number of methods to do this; when the publisher doesn’t do this for free, the library can do it for you
  • Cite using PMCIDs — in biosketches, progress reports, and applications, incorporate the PubMed Central ID into the citations of applicable papers authored by you or that come from your NIH-funded projects

Can’t wait and want to know more now? Take a look at our guide on complying with the NIH Public Access Policy. The guide outlines the necessary four steps for compliance as well as incorporates frequently asked questions and other helpful resources to help you get familiar with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Have questions about the NIH Public Access Policy? Contact Andrea Lynch.

Can’t make it? Contact Andrea Lynch to schedule one-on-one or group sessions that work with your or your group’s availability.


By Popular Demand — Full Online Access to The Oncologist

January 7, 2010

By popular demand, we’ve added complete online access to The Oncologist. Search for it (or browse under the letter “O”) on our E-Resources page where you can find the entire Graff Library collection of  online journals, books, etc. Or, when you are using our databases and find an article from The Oncologist, use the Find it @ COH icon or link to read the complete article.

We will continue to have print access to The Oncologist from 1999 through 2007. Previously, our online access was restricted to the freely available open access content, which had a 6 month embargo from the publisher.

Have a journal that you’d like us to consider subscribing? Is there a book that you’ve been eyeing for yourself, but think it would be a great addition to the Graff Library’s collection? Contact us (; x68497) or submit a purchase recommendation via our online feedback form.