Public Access Policy

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s. PDF is funding promising scientific research in order to solve, treat and end Parkinson’s.

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, PDF expects its researchers to publish their findings in peer‐reviewed journals.

In addition, it is a condition of PDF 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 in accordance with the following conditions:

  • Authors are to deposit an electronic copy of their final, peer‐reviewed manuscripts in PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for journal publication as permitted by the journal.
  • 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 Parkinson’s Disease Foundation grants awarded after Friday, January 31, 2014.

PubMed Central is a database of full‐text biomedical journal articles available online without a fee. The database is hosted by the National Library of Medicine, which is a part of the National Institutes of Health. Once posted in PubMed Central, results of research become more accessible, prominent, and integrated within the context of other research findings, making it easier for scientists worldwide to pursue Parkinson’s disease research. Equally important are the continued benefits that families, clinicians, people with Parkinson's, educators, funders, and students can reap from information arising from PDF funding by accessing publications on PubMed Central at no charge.

An author must acknowledge the support of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in every article arising from such funding. The acknowledgement statement must include the applicable PDF grant number. This will enable PDF to link the published outputs of research to the support it has provided with the generous donations of the Parkinson’s disease community.

Learn More

If you are a PDF-funded researcher, learn more about this policy using the links below.

Read Public Access Policy FAQ

Read Public Access Compliance Guide