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NIH Public Access Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research.  It requires researchers to submit final peer-reviewed journal article manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.  To accelerate science and improve human health, the Policy requires these papers to be publicly accessible (open access) in PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.

  • As of April 7, 2008, all articles arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.
  • As of May 25, 2008, all NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports must include the PubMed Central reference number when citing an article that falls under the policy and is authored or co-authored by the investigator, or arose from the investigator's NIH award. 

UPDATE:  Beginning July 1, 2013, NIH will delay processing of an award if publications arising from NIH funding are not in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.  See Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance for further information.