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NIH Public Access Policy Page


Use the NIH Public Access Policy website for current information on how to get PMCIDs for your articles.

Use the tabs on this guide to link to specific pages on the NIH website and to find additional information on:

Definitions of frequently used terms

Finding PMCIDs

Using the NIH Manuscript Submission System

Setting up and using My Bibliography 

The NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.

Scientists must have evidence of compliance with the public access policy for all peer-reviewed papers upon acceptance for publication
Be proactive to maintain your funding! 
•Develop your compliance plan while you are preparing your manuscript.
•How you comply and report compliance depends on the journal you choose. 
•Use the public access instruction wizard to develop your plan
NIH wants people to see your work. Over one million people per day use PubMed Central to retrieve more than two million papers to advance research, innovation, education and health. 
For more information, see

NIH Public Access Policy is Mandatory


It applies to any manuscript that:

Is peer-reviewed;

Is accepted for publication in a journal on or after April 7, 2008;

And, arises from:

–Any direct funding from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
–Any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
–Any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
–An NIH employee.

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