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Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) General Policy on Open Access

NIBR aims at promoting the company's published output more effectively. Therefore NIBR joined the global Open Access movement, thus taking advantage of the recent advances in online publishing.

NIBR authors are expected to publish either in an OA journal or in a hybrid journal with an OA option whenever possible and to retain their copyright. Memberships to BioMed Central and the Public Library of Science (PLoS) are strong signals to support OA Publishing. These memberships allow authors to submit their publications to the mentioned publishers for either a reduced or even for no additional fee. Processing fees of any other publishers will be covered by the author's department.

Furthermore NIBR has implemented the first Institutional Repository in industry called OAK - Open Access to Knowledge @ Novartis. NIBR authors are required to submit their manuscripts to this repository.

The repository has two separate views:

  1. OAK Internal Archive: contains all NIBR publications and associated files from draft to published stage. This archive is only accessible for authorized internal users.
  2. OAK Internet Open Access Archive: contains the already externally published scientific output of Novartis cleared for Open Access and is accessible for any interested external reader.

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