Public Access to Research Policy

LUNGevity Foundation funds biomedical research in order to better understand the causes of lung cancer and to advance its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The main output of this research is new knowledge. To ensure this knowledge can be accessed, read, applied, and built upon in fulfillment of our goals, LUNGevity expects its researchers to disseminate their findings, including publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

In addition, it is a condition of LUNGevity funding that all peer-reviewed articles supported in whole or in part by its grants must be made available in the PubMed Central online archive. PubMed Central is a database of full-text biomedical journal articles available online without a fee, hosted by the National Library of Medicine in the National Institutes of Health. Once posted in PubMed Central, results of research become more accessible, prominent, and integrated, making it easier for scientists worldwide to pursue biomedical research. It also makes this information accessible to LUNGevity and its donors, as well as patients, clinicians, educators, students, and others.

LUNGevity award recipients are required to deposit an electronic copy of their final peer-reviewed manuscripts in PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for journal publication and take the steps necessary to link that manuscript to the appropriate LUNGevity grant. The manuscript is to be made publicly available in PubMed Central no later than 12 months after the official date of journal publication. This requirement applies to all LUNGevity grants awarded after June 1, 2012.

LUNGevity award recipients must acknowledge LUNGevity support in every article arising from such funding. The acknowledgment statement must include the applicable LUNGevity grant number. This will enable LUNGevity to link the published outputs of research to the support it has provided.

LUNGevity also encourages award recipients to publish in peer-reviewed open access journals with a policy of immediate availability of the published version without restriction, and permits use of non-salary/stipend grant funds to pay associated publication fees.