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About the NIH Public Access Policy

Under the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy all peer-reviewed articles arising from NIH-funded research are required by law to be submitted to PubMed Central, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the date of publication.

About this Guide

This Guide provides instructions on various steps you must take to ensure your compliance with the policy. In this guide you will find:

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library acknowledges the original creator of most of this guide Emily Mazure at Duke University Medical Library for giving permission to reproduce content from her NIH Public Access Policy Compliance guide.

NIH Notice

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-042   For non-competing continuation grant awards with a start date of July 1, 2013 or beyond:

1) NIH will delay processing of an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.

2) Investigators will need to use My NCBI to enter papers onto progress reports.  Papers can be associated electronically using the RPPR, or included in the PHS 2590 using the My NCBI generated PDF report.

Please see NOT-OD-12-160 for more details.

Compliance Process Diagram

View this short video from New York University Medical Library on managing your compliance with the policy.  If you have questions please email

UCLA Biomedical Library ran a workshop in September 2013 on how to use these systems to deposit your papers into PubMed Central, the 45 minute recording is available online here.

UAB Lister Hill Library ran a workshop in June 2013 that focused more on the practicalities of how to generate a publications list from your eRA-linked My NCBI account, which you can then use on the RPPR or Form 2590. The hour long recording is available online here and you may wish to skip to the 30 minute mark from which the instructions are presented.

View this chart from the Becker Medical Library on how your NIH accounts are linked together.

The diagram below depicts the overall process involved in the NIH Public Access Policy.  It illustrates what systems are involved and the interactions between those systems.  The steps a PI/author needs to take are illustrated, with those that are typically problematic highlighted in red.

NIH PAP Overview Diagram

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