Information for Authors Subject to the U.S. National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy


As of April 7, 2008, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has instituted a new policy to which many Biometrics authors may be subject.  The NIH Public Access Policy requires that all peer-reviewed articles that arise from NIH funds to be placed in the digital archive PubMed Central upon publication and to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after publication.


If the work of you or your co-authors leading to an accepted Biometrics article was supported by an NIH grant or cooperative agreement, then your article is subject to this policy.  When you submit a paper to Biometrics that would be subject to the policy were it to be accepted, please alert us to this at the time of submission.


Biometrics, the IBS, and our publisher are fully aware of the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy.  The terms of the journal's standard copyright agreement are consistent with the policy, as authors retain the right to post an electronic version of an accepted article on a free public server as soon as the article is posted in the Early View feature of the Wiley-Blackwell website.  


As of September 8, 2008, our publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, will archive articles accepted after this date (the final accepted manuscript version) as a courtesy to Biometrics authors. Thus, if your paper is accepted after September 8, 2008, you may expect that Wiley-Blackwell will deposit it for posting in PubMed Central through the NIH Manuscript Submission system, eliminating the need for you to do this yourself, as long as you make us aware that your article is subject to the policy. It is thus essential that you inform us at the time of submission that your article is subject to the NIH Public Access Policy so that Wiley-Blackwell is aware of the need to archive your article should it be accepted.  If you would prefer or otherwise need to post your paper in PubMed Central yourself, please tell us immediately (email, so that we can avoid a "double-deposit."


However, be aware that, given the specific data (e.g., grant numbers) required for PubMedCentral deposits, you will receive subsequent queries from Wiley-Blackwell or the NIH Manuscript Submission system directly. Please note that it is your responsibility to provide the required information in response to these queries. Because the NIH Manuscript Submission system will require you to login to approve or modify the submission, it is also your responsibility to ensure that you have a means of logging into the system (e.g., through the ERA Commons).


For answers to questions about the NIH Public Access Policy, you may consult the Frequently Asked Questions page at do not contact Biometrics with questions about the Policy.