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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 (PMC) upon acceptance for publication.  To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PMC no later than 12 months after publication.

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With this Notice, NIH informs grantees that in Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.  The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance.  This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring of 2013 (see NIH NOT-OD-12-142).

We now have a new Guide that focuses specifically on issues involved in ensuring you are compliant: NIH Public Access Policy Compliance

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Librarian can help you maintain compliance!

We can:

  • Find a PMCID number!  Just email us the citation.
  • Answer questions about copyright.
  • Help you deposit articles into PubMed Central (PMC).
  • Create or Update your My Bibliography.  Just make us a delegate.
  • And more!

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