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NIH Public Access Policy

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its Public Access Policy on April 7, 2008. Federal law requires that the author's final version of any peer-reviewed journal article resulting from NIH-funded activities must be submitted to the PubMed Central (PMC) repository where it will be made available to the public within 12 months after the journal article is published. To comply with this policy, all authors will need to follow procedures outlined below in the "What You Must Do" section. 


NIH Public Access Policy and Expansion to Other Federal

As of July 1, 2013, NIH began delaying the processing of awards if publications resulting from NIH funding are not compliant.

On February 22nd, 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies directing:

Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans
to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the
public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account
for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research.  


Compliance Rule for NIH Public Access Policy Citation Management

Beginning July 23, 2010, program directors and principal investigators were required to use My NCBI's "My Bibliography" tool to manage their professional bibliographies.

To ease investigators' bibliography management, improve data quality, and ensure compliance with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy, eRA Commons has linked to the National Center for Biotechnology Information's (NCBI's) personal online tool, "My NCBI." Using My Bibliography, users can maintain and manage a list of all types of their authored works, such as articles, presentations, and books. 

For more information on how to use NCBI's "My Bibliography" tool to manage compliance, see the article entitled, "NIH Public Access Policy: Compliance Management Using the My Bibliography Tool in My NCBI."


What You Must Do

Ensure that the publisher will permit deposit of the manuscript in PMC

  • Effective May 25, 2008, you must include the PMC ID or NIHMS ID numbers for your articles that you cite in your progress reports, new applications, and renewals.
  • These are only required for articles accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008, but you may include PMC ID numbers for articles already in PubMed Central as well. Examples of citations with PMC and NIHMS ID numbers.
  • Ask a librarian for assistance.

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