Protecting Intellectual Property

Patent Considerations

Before you publish, consider whether your results are an invention that might benefit patients. Journal publications, website publications, and presentations at conferences constitute public disclosure of intellectual property. Once the invention has been publicly disclosed, a patent usually cannot be obtained.

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Acknowledging Dean's CoREs

It is important to acknowledge all the Dean’s CoREs and CoREs in all publications that include data derived from the facilities.

NIH Public Access Policy


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy requires that all investigators funded by the NIH, upon acceptance for publication, must submit an electronic version of their final peer-reviewed manuscripts to National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central.


The NIH Public Access Policy applies to any manuscript that:

  • Is peer-reviewed
  • And, is accepted for publication in a journal on or after April 7, 2008
  • And, arises from:
    • Any direct funding from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
    • Any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
    • Any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
    • An NIH employee.


In 2013, the NIH established New Compliance Requirements whereby NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Compliance is being tracked through Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs). These interface with the My Bibliography feature of My NCBI to alert researchers and authors of non-compliant publications.


Manuscripts must be submitted to PubMed Central no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.


Download the detailed instructions for How to Monitor Compliance.

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