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NIH Public Access Policy


About the Policy


  • NIH Principal investigators who have peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008 are required to comply.
  • Individuals completing NIH applications, proposals and progress reports on or after May 25, 2008 are required to comply.


  • Within all NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports, a PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) for citations must be included to refer to NIH funded research articles which fall within the new policy.


  • PMCIDs are assigned to each article once made viewable within PMC. example - PMCID: PMC2223688.


  • There are four ways to get your manuscript into NIHMS and PMC - Details
  • Include the PMCID at the end of the citations in your NIH applications, proposals and reports - Examples


  • Compliance with current NIH policy.
  • PMC is a well-respected digital repository which makes submitted articles freely accessible to researchers and students around the world.

Additional Policy Details

Implications of the NIH Public Access Policy

Policy Updates

As of November 16, 2012, the NIH has revised the public access policy to include efforts to enhance policy compliance. Starting in Spring 2013, the NIH will delay processing grant awards if publications from NIH-funded research do not comply with NIH public access policy article deposit requirements. For more details about this update, please review the NIH notice NOT-OD-12-160.

Help for Policy Compliance

FAQ- Public Access Policy
Submission Tutorials
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Copyright Issues

Before you sign your publication agreement, ensure that it allows submission of your manuscript to the NIHMS. - More Information

Cover Letter

Publisher Policies

Consider choosing publications that will automatically submit your manuscript to PMC - Publishers that will submit on your behalf

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