Read below for the official IEEE position statement on the NIH Public Access Policy.
IEEE acknowledges that the broad and open dissemination of NIH funded research results may benefit not only future science and engineering initiatives, but may also serve the greater interests of society as a whole. A carefully considered and practical application of this principle is essential so as to ensure the scholarly value of the original work and the value added to the work throughout the peer-review process. IEEE's position with respect to public access to NIH-funded work published in IEEE journals is as follows:
In accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, (PL 110-161, Division G, Title II, Section 218), governing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, IEEE encourages authors to submit electronic versions of their NIH-funded manuscripts to PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication, and authors must inform NIH that their IEEE-accepted manuscripts be made publicly available 12 months after the official date of publication.