What is the NIH Public Access Policy?
Posted by Stephen Maher, Last modified by Ashley Curran on 2015-04-16 15:08:20

The NIH Public Access Policy (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/) requires that any investigator who receives a NIH research grant and publishes the results of the research in a scientific journal must deposit an electronic copy of the final peer-reviewed manuscript to the digital archive, PubMed Central. For any questions not answered on this page or for additional support please email the library at PublicAccessHelp@med.nyu.edu.

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Effective April 7, 2008, the National Institutes of Health’s Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research placed the following reporting requirements on NIH-funded research:

  • All peer-reviewed articles, accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008, that arise, in whole or in part, from NIH funding (i.e. grants) or from NIH staff must be deposited into PubMed Central (PMC) – the NIH digital repository of all full-text peer reviewed journal articles.
  • PMC will then make these papers freely available to the public no later than 12 months after publication.
  • Institutions and investigators are responsible for ensuring that any publishing or copyright agreements concerning submitted articles fully comply with the Policy.
  • Submissions of the final, peer-reviewed manuscript must include all graphics and supplemental materials associated with the published article.
  • Effective May 25, 2008, anyone submitting an application, proposal or progress report to NIH must include the PMC or NIH Manuscript Submission reference number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH funded research.
  • All active recurring and any new awards with anticipated start dates on or after July 1, 2013 will require compliance with this Policy. Non-compliance of this Policy will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards. The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance.  


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