Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
If your study was sponsored by a research funding agency—such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—you may be contractually bound to deposit your article into a public repository. Obstetrics & Gynecology has a simple mechanism to make sure you fulfill that requirement.
As a service to our authors, our publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), works with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to ensure that postprints* of articles based on research funded either wholly or partially by the NIH, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Wellcome Trust, or certain other funding agencies are deposited into PubMed Central (PMC) or UK PubMed Central, where they’re accessible to the public free of charge.
The key to making sure your article’s postprint is properly deposited into PMC is found on the third page of the journal’s Author Agreement Form, under heading C: “Public Access Policy” Funding Disclosure. When you check the applicable box, you indicate to our publisher that your paper needs to be deposited, and LWW initiates the process.
You should note that the NIH requires a postprint to be deposited into PMC within 1 year after the publication of the final article; the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Wellcome Trust’s deadlines are 6 months after final publication.
Close to deadline, and can’t find your article PMC? Contact Jean McHale at LWW at email@example.com
. Be sure to include the title of your article and the publication date.
For more information about our postprint deposit policy, see Section III of the author agreement form. As always, send any questions about journal procedures to firstname.lastname@example.org
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*Defined as the final Manuscript after peer-review and acceptance for publication but prior to the publisher's copyediting, design, formatting, and other services.