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Cover Letter for Author Submission to Journal

Dear [Editor name],

Enclosed is a manuscript to be considered for publication in ________________ [journal name]. Autism Speaks has provided funding for the research reported in this manuscript and therefore its publication must comply with the Autism Speaks "Policy on Public Access to Published Research."

In order to ensure compliance with the funder's policy I, as corresponding author on behalf of all the authors, am retaining the rights to:

  • Provide a copy of the authors' final manuscript, including graphics and supplemental material, if any, and all modifications from the peer review process, to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PubMed Central database at the time the manuscript is accepted for publication; and
  • To authorize NIH to make such copy of the manuscript available in digital form for public access in PubMed Central and any mirror sites arranged by NIH no later than 12 months after publication. NIH may tag and reformat the manuscript and supporting files consistent with its customary practices.

By accepting this manuscript for review, ________________ [publisher name] accepts these terms and agrees that the terms of this agreement are paramount and supersede any conflicting provisions in any publication agreement for this article, already signed or to be signed at a later date.

(Signature of corresponding author on behalf of all authors)