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NIH Public Access Policy Compliance: Home

About this Guide

This Guide provides instructions on various steps to take to ensure compliance of the NIH Public Access Policy

Among many things, you will find:

- How to create a My NCBI account and link it to an eRA Commons account

- How to add citations to your My Bibliography

- How to update the compliance status of a citation

- How to submit and approve articles using the NIHMS

- New NIH Biosketch Requirements

- How to use SciENcv

Exempt Articles

If your article is exempt--the NIH Public Access Policy does NOT apply--let NIH know by adding the citation to My Bibliography and editing the status to "N/A".

NIH Notice

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) no later than 12 months after publication. To meet this deadline, the PI or author needs to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PMC upon acceptance for publication. A delegate may be assigned by the PI or author to submit the manuscript, however, the PI or author must still approve the submission electronically.

The NIH Public Access Policy applies to articles that meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • A direct result of NIH funding
  • Peer-reviewed
  • Accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008

The NIH Public Access Policy does NOT apply to the following:

  • Books or Book Chapters
  • Editorials
  • Articles resulting from work funded by sources other than NIH
  • Other materials that are NOT peer-reviewed

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 (see My NCBI Help).  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 and NOT-OD-13-042 for more details.

The Compliance Process