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NIH Public Access Policy: NCI Moonshot and NIH Policies

NCI and NIH Policies

Investigators funded by the NCI Cancer Moonshot program need to comply with the NCI Public Access and Data Sharing Policy. While the NCI Moonshot Policy requires a PMCID for demonstration of compliance, it has different requirements from the NIH Public Access Policy.

NIH and NCI Moonshot: Comparison Table

  NIH Public Access Policy NCI Moonshot Policy
Who must comply? Anyone funded by the NIH as of FY2008. Anyone funded by the NCI Moonshot as of October 2017.
What to submit? Final, peer-reviewed manuscript version of a journal article. Published research results in any manuscript that is peer-reviewed and accepted by a journal.
Is there a publication license requirement? No The work must be published using a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Generic License (CC BY 4.0) or an equivalent license, or otherwise dedicated to the public domain (e.g., Creative Commons public domain tool, CC0).
Is there a fee? There is no fee required to comply with the NIH Policy. There is an article processing charge (APC) assessed for most works published using a Creative Commons license.
Where to submit? NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)/PubMed Central (PMC). NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)/PubMed Central (PMC).
When to submit? Upon acceptance of publication. Upon acceptance of publication or when full-text is published. The work is expected to be in PMC with tagging of metadata within four weeks of acceptance by a journal.
When to make public? No later than 12 months after the official date of publication (embargo period). The full text of the work must be made freely available within 12 months of publication. Immediately; no embargo period. The full text of the work must be freely available immediately without a subscription required for access.
How to demonstrate compliance?

Up to 90 days post-publication: NIHMSID or “PMC Journal – In Process.”

90 days post-publication: PMCID.