Administrative Core (A) : NIH Public Access Policy

NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. Researchers are required to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication and receive a PubMed Central ID number (PMCID).

The Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication. It is not sufficient to publish in a public-access journal. Some journals will do this for you, see the website for details. If you must upload the manuscript to PMC yourself, be aware of the journal’s copyright policies. You may be required to upload the final version that you submitted to the journal, as opposed to the PDF of the published article.

If you received CFAR support, you must acknowledge CFAR in any publication resulting from said support in order to comply with the policy and link papers to the CFAR grant (P30AI073961) via the NIH Manuscript Submission System. For help, see the NIH Public Access Policy FAQs.

View the latest NIH Public Access Policy Presentation.

There are two main requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy.

  • Effective April 7, 2008 Principal Investigators must ensure that electronic versions of any peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funding and accepted for publication after that date are deposited in PubMed Central (PMC), NIH’s digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, and that the articles may be made publicly available by PMC no later than 12 months after publication.

  • Effective May 25, 2008, anyone submitting an application, proposal, or progress report to NIH must include the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) when citing articles that arise from their NIH funded research.