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As an author you own the rights to your work, which gives you exclusive control as to how your work is reproduced, distributed, or performed. However, during the publication process you may be asked to give away some or all of your exclusive rights.
Understanding the implications of retaining or giving away your rights can determine who can read your work, whether you can use it in your future work, and whether you can legally distribute it in class or to colleagues. If you transfer your copyright, you no longer have control over how your work is used or distributed.
Watch: Managing author rights (Faculty Workshop / Spring 2013)
On January 11, 2008, the National Institutes of Health announced its Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research, which placed a new reporting requirement on NIH-funded researchers that took effect on April 7, 2008. The final, peer-reviewed manuscripts of all articles arising from NIH-funded research that are accepted for publication on or after that date must be submitted to PubMed Central, where they will be freely accessible. PubMed Central is NIH's digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. See Georgetown University’s NIH Access Policy for further details regarding compliance and submission.