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The NIH Public Access Policy
What is the NIH Public Access Policy?
This policy requires scientists to make the
results of their NIH-funded research
publicly available in NLM’s digital archive,
PubMed Central (PMC). When publishing
these results in a peer-reviewed journal
scientists must deposit the final
manuscript of their articles in PMC.
For an overview:
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The NIH Public Access Policy and Your Grant
The following video from the NYU School of Medicine outlines the procedures for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. It
specifically addresses the penalty for non-compliance, what is meant by the "final peer-reviewed manuscript," the difference between
PubMed and PubMed Central, and the use of the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).
A more detailed examination of these topics is available from this video from the Louise Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA.
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What Compliance Requires
Submitting Your Article
You must retain the right to deposit your article in PubMed Central (PMC).
There are four methods of submission to PMC.
For two of the submission methods, the journal/publisher will submit your article for you.
For the other two submission methods you are required to submit your article to the NIH Manuscript Submission System
See the Submission to PMC tab of this guide for more information.
Reporting, Citing, and Managing Your Article
You are required to provide the PubMed Central ID (PMCID) number when citing your article.
If you have not been issued a PMCID, use the NIHMS number in reports for the first three months after the article has been
After three months, use the article's PMCID whenever citing it.
See the After Submission to PMC tab of this guide for more information.
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This guide provides support for complying with the NIH Public Access Policy.
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