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Policy on Public Access to the Research We Fund

Effective date: 12/03/08

Autism Speaks funds biomedical research in order to better understand the causes of autism and to advance its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The main output of this research is new knowledge. To ensure this knowledge can be accessed, read, applied, and built upon in fulfillment of our goals, Autism Speaks expects its researchers to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals.

In addition, it is a condition of Autism Speaks funding that all peer-reviewed articles supported in whole or in part by its grants must be made available in the PubMed Central online archive. Either the journal or author must deposit an electronic copy of the final peer-reviewed manuscript in PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for journal publication. (See Autism Speaks’ Public Access Compliance Guide) The manuscript is to be made publicly available in PubMed Central no later than 12 months after the official date of journal publication. This requirement applies to all Autism Speaks grants awarded after December 3, 2008.

PubMed Central is a database of full-text biomedical journal articles available online without a fee. It is hosted by the National Library of Medicine in the National Institutes of Health. Once posted in PubMed Central, results of research become more accessible, prominent, and integrated, making it easier for scientists worldwide to pursue autism research. Equally important, families, clinicians, patients, educators, and students reap the benefits of information arising from Autism Speaks funding by accessing it on PubMed Central at no charge.

An author must acknowledge Autism Speaks' support in every article arising from such funding. The acknowledgement statement must include the applicable Autism Speaks grant number. This will enable Autism Speaks to link the published outputs of research to the support it has provided. (Policy on Acknowledging Autism Speaks Research Funding)