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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.

What Compliance Requires

Submitting Your Article

Reporting, Citing, and Managing Your Article

  • You are required to provide the PubMed Central ID (PMCID) when citing your article
  • If you have not been issued a PMCID, use the NIHMS number until you received the PMCID
  • See After Submission to PMC for more information

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.