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Public Access Policies: Other Federal Agencies

This guide provides basic information regarding the public access policies of U.S. federal agencies.

Plan for the AHRQ Public Access Policy

The official AHRQ Public Access Policy for AHRQ-Funded Scientific Publications was released on February 19, 2016 and mirrors the NIH Public Access Policy.


Effective Date for the AHRQ Public Access Policy

The AHRQ Policy is fully effective on the date of policy publication, February 19, 2016.

The policy does not apply to any publication arising from an AHRQ-funded grant, cooperative agreement award, or research contract, funded prior to publication of the Policy.

See the Policy:

Submission Methods for the AHRQ Public Access Policy

AHRQ-funded authors must submit an electronic version of the author's final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript to the National Institutes of Health Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) upon acceptance for publication.  

For additional information on using NIHMS, please see the following:

Manuscript Version Required

The final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript is required.

Embargo Period

For the AHRQ, the maximum allowed embargo period is 12 months from date of publication.


For peer-reviewed manuscripts, the repository is PubMed Central (PMC).