NIH Public Access Policy
- This mandatory policy exists to insure public access to the published results of NIH-funded research. It requires researchers to submit to PubMed Central peer-reviewed publications accepted that arise, in whole or in part, from NIH funding. (See also frequently asked questions at the NIH website.)
This policy applies to you if any of the following are true:
- You are directly funded by an NIH grant or cooperative agreement
- You are directly funded by the NIH Intramural Program
- The peer-reviewed manuscripts arose directly from your NIH-funded project, even if you are not an author or co-author of the paper
Steps you need to follow to comply with the policy:
- Make sure that your copyright transfer agreement with the journal publisher allows for submission to NIH's PubMed Central. See resources below for assistance with copyright agreements.
- Submit the article to PubMed Central through the NIH Manuscript Submission system. You can do this yourself, or it can be done by a third-party or by the publisher. You may wish to contact email@example.com for guidance. You may find useful information, as well, at the website of the journal's publisher.
- When you submit an NIH application, proposal or progress report, you must include PubMed Central reference numbers for articles cited that arose from your NIH-funded research (and that fall under the public access policy). PubMed Central references are added to the end of the standard citation in this format: "PMCID: 243493." Provide reference numbers to your PUBMED Central Articles when you submit NIH proposals.
- All NIH-funded clinical trials must be registered at www.clinicatrials.gov. Please visit this website for more information regarding this requirement.