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NPG to archive on behalf of authors

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Nature Publishing Group (NPG) has started a free service to help authors fulfil funder and institutional mandates.

Steven Inchcoombe, managing director of NPG said: ‘We believe this is a valuable service to authors, reducing their workload and making it simple and free to comply with mandates from their institution or funder.’

NPG will begin depositing authors’ accepted manuscripts with PubMed Central (PMC) and UK PubMed Central (UKPMC). This is to meet the requirements for authors funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council and a number of other major funders in the USA, the UK and Canada who mandate deposition in either PMC or UKPMC.

Initially, the service will be open to authors publishing original research articles in Nature, the Nature research titles and the clinical research section of Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine. NPG will then extend the service to society and academic journals in its portfolio that wish to participate.

For eligible authors who opt-in during the submission process, NPG will deposit the accepted version of the author’s manuscript on acceptance, setting a public release date of six months post-publication. There will be no charge to authors or funders for the service.