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This guide provides support for complying with the NIH Public Access Policy.
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The NIH Public Access Policy

What is the NIH Public Access Policy?

This policy requires scientists to make the results of their NIH-funded research publicly available in NLM’s digital archive, PubMed Central (PMC). When publishing these results in a peer-reviewed journal scientists must deposit the final manuscript of their articles in PMC.

For an overview:

Welch Informationists

The informationists at the Welch Medical Library are happy to answer any questions you may have about the NIH Public Access Policy.

Clicking on a picture below will give you contact information for an individual informationist.  Hovering over this larger image will show the departments the informationist covers.

The informationist assigned to your department or affiliaton can also be easily found on the Informationist Program web page.


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.


What Compliance Requires

Submitting Your Article

  • You must retain the right to deposit your article in PubMed Central (PMC).
  • There are four methods of submission to PMC.
  • For two of the submission methods, the journal/publisher will submit your article for you.
  • For the other two submission methods you are required to submit your article to the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).
  • See the Submission to PMC tab of this guide for more information.

Reporting, Citing, and Managing Your Article

  • You are required to provide the PubMed Central ID (PMCID) number when citing your article.
  • If you have not been issued a PMCID, use the NIHMS number in reports for the first three months after the article has been published.
  • After three months, use the article's PMCID whenever citing it.
  • See the After Submission to PMC tab of this guide for more information.


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