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Understanding the NIH Public Access Policy, Awardee's Responsibilities, and Managing Papers with My NCBI

How to Comply

This guide provides links to resources to aid researchers in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Papers that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy, whether in press or in print, must include a PMCID or valid NIHMSID in all NIH applications and reports

How to Comply:

  1. Determine applicability
  2. Address Copyright
  3. Submit paper
  4. Cite the PMCID 

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NIH Public Access Policy is Mandatory

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication. More details


The Policy applies to any manuscript that:

  • Is peer-reviewed;
  • And, is accepted for publication in a journal on or after April 7, 2008;
  • And, arises from:
    • Any direct funding from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
    • Any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
    • Any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
    • An NIH employee

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