Open Access @ Grinnell College

Digital technologies can expand access to learning and scholarship in ways not possible with a paper-based publishing system, for the benefit of learners across the world and the scholarly authors as well.

In April 2013, the Grinnell College Faculty voted to give Grinnell College permission to disseminate worldwide, through the Digital Grinnell repository, their scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed journals after April 15. Faculty agreed to amend their publishing contract -- if necessary -- to permit this deposit. Waivers to this agreement are granted by the Dean's Office upon request (use the form below).

The resolution also encourages faculty and staff to make their curricular material and other scholarly publications freely available through Digital Grinnell. The full text of the resolution is available here.

Learn more about scholarly communication and open access:

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NIH Public Access Policy

NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy requires that an electronic copy of the final, peer-reviewed version of all articles accepted for publication that arise from funding--either in part or in whole--supplied by the National Institutes of Health be submitted to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central database be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.

To comply with the Policy:

Many journals will submit your article for you: see for a list. If your article is being published in a journal not on that list:

  • Inform the journal that the final, peer-reviewed version of your paper is subject to the NIH Public Access Policy when you submit your manuscript for review.
  • Review your copyright transfer or publication agreement to retain the right to deposit the final version of your paper in PubMed Central.
  • Submit the final, peer-reviewed version when it is accepted for publication. The paper can be submitted online at  More information about the submission process can be found at

To get help:

For further information about the Policy or assistance with depositing your manuscript in PubMed Central, please contact your consulting librarian.

More information:

Full text of the policy:

Frequently asked questions:  

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Data Management Services

Why Do I Need a Data Management Plan?

Increasingly, the answer to this question is, “Because the agency that funds my research requires one.” Several grant-making agencies, including the National Science Foundation, now require that researchers have a plan for preserving data generated in the course of their research and sharing that data with other scholars. Some journals also require that the data used in published articles be made available to others who want to try to replicate or extend the results. However, even if you are not required to have a data management plan or to preserve and share your research data, we hope that you will consider doing so.

“Data sharing strengthens our collective capacity to meet scientific standards of openness by providing opportunities for further analysis, replication, verification and refinement of research findings…. In addition, the greater availability of research data will contribute to improved training for graduate and undergraduate students, and make possible significant economies of scale through the secondary analysis of extant data. Finally, researchers have a special obligation to scientific openness and accountability when the research is publicly funded.”  - Data Archiving Policy, National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic and Sciences

Data Management Services Offered by the Libraries

If you are writing a grant that requires a data management plan, we encourage you to consult with a librarian early in the process. We can help you:

  • Select appropriate file formats so that your data files will still be readable in the future.
  • Select appropriate metadata schemas and describe your data so that other researchers will be able to find it.
  • Document your data so that other researchers will be able to interpret it.
  • Find repositories to preserve and disseminate your data, and submit your data to those repositories. Repository options include:
    • Digital Grinnell, the College's primary repository for scholarly, creative, and curricular materials created by faculty, students, and staff. Data deposited in Digital Grinnell will be searchable via Google, Google Scholar, and WorldCat.
    • The Grinnell College Libraries Dataverse, a College data repository that is part of a globally searchable data network. Dataverse is most appropriate for numeric data.
    • A repository specific to your discipline.

Other Data Management Resources

Managing and Sharing Data: A Best Practice Guide for Researchers, from the UK Data Archive

Data Management Guidelines, from the California Digital Library