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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.

CDC Public Access Policy

The CDC has released their plan for establishing their policy for public access to scientific publications that arise form CDC funding.

Based on the CDC Plan:

  • The CDC Public Access Policy requires funded authors to submit their final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript to the National Institutes of Health Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS). NIHMS will facilitate submission of the works to PubMed Central and the CDC Stacks.

Effective Date

The CDC Funded Publications Policy is applicable to peer-reviewed publications published after July 15, 2013

Submission Methods

A CDC-funded author must submit an electronic version of the author's 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 manuscript version required is the final, peer-reviewed accepted manuscript. This manuscript is the version of the article that has been accepted for publication and includes all changes made by the author during the peer-review process. It does not include the publisher's formatting.

Embargo Period

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


For peer-reviewed manuscripts, the CDC will use its CDC Stacks digital repository system.  Publications will also be hosted in PubMed Central (PMC).