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This guide will provide information for NIH Public Access Policy compliance.
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2016 URL: Print Guide

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Notice: The NIH of Thursday posted a formal notice stating that on grant awards with a start date of July 1 and beyond: 1) it would begin delaying award processing if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the NIH's public access policy; and 2) investigators will need to use MyNCBI to enter papers onto progress reports. (posted 02/22/13)

Notice: My NCBI tool to replace eRA Commons for bibliography management: "As of July 23, 2010, PD/PIs will be unable to enter citations manually into eRA Commons and must use My NCBI’s “My Bibliography” tool to manage their professional bibliographies." -NOT-OD-10-103.  (posted 06/17/10)


NIH new rules on temporary use of an NIHMSID to indicate compliance with the Public Access Policy, effective August 21, 2009 - NIH NOT-OD-09-136 - (posted 08/19/09)


NIH Public Policy Links

NIH Public Access Policy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

PubMed Submission Methods submit_process.htm

NIH Manuscript Submission System

Journals that submit directly to PubMed Central submit_process_journals.htm


UNMC Policies/Procedures

UNMC's Procedures on NIH Public Access Policy - download the pdf below.


PMID:PMCID converter

PubMed has a PMID:PMCID / PMCID:PMID converter that will locate articles that are listed in both PubMed and PubMedCentral pmctopmid

Please contact the McGoogan Library Ask Us Desk if you would like assistance in locating PMIDs or PMCIDs. (email / phone: 559-6221)


Does the NIH Public Access Policy apply to you?

The NIH Public Access Policy applies to the following:

1. It is a requirement for future NIH funding.

2. All articles arising from NIH funding must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication, to be publicly released within 12 months.

3. All NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports must include the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) when citing an article that falls under the policy that is authored or co-authored by the investigator, or arose from the investigator's NIH award. 

When and How to Comply



What is the NIH Public Access Policy?

The NIH Public Access Policy is Public Law 110-161, Div. G, Title II, Sec. 218

From the NIH Public Access Policy site: "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.  To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication. "

Papers included in this law (FAQ B1):

The Policy applies to any manuscript that:

  • Is peer-reviewed;
  • And, 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;
    • 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.

Authors may submit final peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted before April 7, 2008 that arise from NIH funds, if they have appropriate copyright permission.

1 "Directly" funded means costs that can be specifically identified with a particular project or activity. See NIH Public Access Policy: .



More information

The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, re-introduced in Congress in February 2009, seeks to repeal the NIH Public Access Policy. Read the text of the legislation and follow the progress of this bill at



UNMC contacts

NIH Manuscript Submission (self-submission) assistance: Robin Taylor, Project Coordinator, Dept. of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience (email: /phone: 559-3549)

Need additional assistance?: contact the Askus Desk at McGoogan Library of Medicine (email: / phone: 402-559-6221)

UNMC Sponsored Programs Administration Contacts: find your SPA contact:



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