Welcome to the resource guide for the NIH Public Access Policy.
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The NIH Public Access Policy
The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance of publication.
To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.
NIH-funded investigators are required to submit (or have submitted for them) their final, peer-reviewed manuscript to PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance of publication to be made publicly available within 12 months of publication. This policy applies to NIH-funded manuscripts accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008.
NIH applications, proposals and progress reports must include the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) when citing a work that falls under the policy and is authored or co-authored by the investigator, or arose from the investigator’s NIH award. This policy includes applications, proposals and progress reports submitted to the NIH.
A PMCID is required within 90 days post-publication of the work.
Recommended Practices for NIH-funded Authors
1. Acknowledge NIH funding support in publications. Some specific grants may have a preferred method of acknowledging support. Check with the PI of the grant to confirm wording to use for the acknowledgement.
2. Confirm that the publisher allows for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy before submitting a work for peer review. This can be done by reviewing the copyright transfer agreement form or by checking the publisher website.
4. Retain a copy of the copyright transfer agreement.
5. Retain a copy of the final, peer-reviewed manuscript version of the work that reflects all changes made as a result of the peer review process.
NIH Policy Notices
Are you preparing a manuscript from your NIH-funded research? If so, then you may be required to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. Presentations are available upon request for an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy including the steps involved in complying with the policy and how to demonstrate compliance.
If you would like to schedule a presentation for your department, program or division, please contact Cathy Sarli.
The presentation will be customized for the group and a listing of journals used by the group and submission methods will be provided.
NIH informs grantees that in Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance.
Resources from NIH
Resources from Washington University
Resources from Becker Library
- Connection Chart of NCBI and NIH Resources
- Finding Journal Policies for Submission Methods
- Flowchart for Compliance
- Locating and Citing the PMCID, NIHMS ID and “PMC Journal – In Process”
- Compliance Management Using the My Bibliography Tool in My NCBI
- Steps for Retroactive Compliance
- Submission Methods Chart
- Transition of eRA Commons Bibliography Management to the My NCBI Tool
- Understanding a Public Access Compliance (PACM) Report