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About this Guide

This Guide provides background information, compliance instructions, and troubleshooting assistance for the NIH Public Access Policy

Use the tabs at the top of this page to navigate the resources. The information in this guide is provided by the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives and is updated on an as-needed basis. For latest information from the National Institute of Health, please visit the home page for the policy.

If you are a member of the Duke Community and need assistance with NIH PAP Policy compliance, please send an email to and our team would be happy to assist you.


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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  • Other materials that are NOT peer-reviewed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 MyNCBI Help).  Papers can be associated electronically using the RPPR, or included in the PHS 2590 using the My NCBI generated compliance report PDF.

Please see the following NIH notices for more details: