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NIH Public Access Policy

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What is the NIH Public Access Policy?

The NIH Public Access Policy is an open access mandate established by the National Institutes of Health in 2008. The policy requires scientists to make the results of their NIH-funded research publicly available in NLM’s digital archive, PubMed Central (PMC) within 12 months of publication. When publishing these results in a peer-reviewed journal, scientists must deposit the final manuscript of their articles in PMC.

For an overview of the policy, visit the NIH's Public Access Policy website.

Link your My NCBI Account to Your eRA Commons Account

Follow these steps to link your My NCBI account to your eRA Commons account.

  1. Log into My NCBI.
  2. Click on your login name on the top right.
  3. Click Change under Linked Accounts.
  4. From the list of Login Account Options, Choose NIH & eRA Commons, and then log in to your eRA Commons account.
  5. Browse the NIH's eRA Commons page for more information.
  6. A My NCBI Account linked to an eRA Commons account can be used to view references, confirm compliance, and add or delete awards.

The NIH Public Access Policy and Your Grant

The following video from the NYU School of Medicine outlines the procedures for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.  It specifically addresses the penalty for non-compliance, what is meant by the "final peer-reviewed manuscript," the difference between PubMed and PubMed Central, and the use of the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).

A more detailed examination of these topics is available from this video from the Louise Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA.

NIH Biosketch Tool

A new Biographical Sketch format, using SciENcv, is required for all NIH- and AHRQ-funded grants. As of October 2015, the NIH has made clarifications to the Biosketch requirement, which can be found at the end of this announcement.

For instructions, see the NLM Technical Bulletin's blog post or view the YouTube video tutorial.

Find more information on the new Biosketch format and SciENcv updates for grant applications with due dates after May 24, 2015.