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NIH Public Access Policy

To advance science and improve human health, NIH makes the peer-reviewed articles it funds publicly available on PubMed Central. Manuscripts will be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.

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PIs must submit manuscripts 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 NIH My Bibliography to Assure Compliance

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Program Directors (PDs) 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).

U-M's Library can help

The PI is responsible for depositing into U-M's Deep Blue, an institutional repository that provides access to published and unpublished work by U-M faculty and students. Work deposited in Deep Blue will be crawled by Google and other search engines, preserved over the long term, and made available at a permanent URL. The PI will also do the final approval of the deposit with NIHMS.

References and Resources


Contact the University of Michigan Library for assistance