NIH Public Access Policy

Manuscripts must be submitted to PubMed Central

When an investigator funded by the NIH produces a manuscript, federal law requires that an electronic version of the final, peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting from NIH funding be submitted to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication. These manuscripts will be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. The NIH shall implement this public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.

Use My Bibliography to Assure Compliance with NIH's Public Access policy

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Program Directors (PDs) now must use My NCBI's online portal My Bibliography to manage their bibliographies. Citations must be added to My Bibliography to ensure that they appear in eRA Commons and thereby become associated with future annual progress reports. My Bibliography helps users address NIH Public Access compliance by assigning the appropriate NIH grant(s) with publications and expedites and facilitates their deposit into the National Institutes of Health Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).

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Last reviewed: October 2014