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NIH Public Access Policy Compliance

Learn how to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy

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  upon acceptance for 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.

Policy details are available.

FAQs about the NIH Public Access Policy

NIH Notice

With this Notice, 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.  This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring of 2013 (see NIH NOT-OD-12-142).

Does the NIH Public Access Policy Apply to You?

The Policy applies only to research and review manuscripts accepted by a peer-reviewed journal. The Policy does not apply to materials such as correspondence, book chapters, and editorials. In addition, the article must meet the following criteria:

  1. Directly funded by an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in FY 2008 (October 1, 2007- September 30, 2008) or beyond;
  2. Directly funded by a contract signed on or after April 7, 2008.
  3. Directly funded by the NIH Intramural Program.

NIH Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products

NIH Public Access Policy Website

NIH Public Access Policy when and how to comply

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With credit to Rita Sieracki at the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries and staff at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives for providing the bulk of the content in this guide.