NIH Public Access


 What is the NIH Public Access Policy?

The National Institutes of Health has issued a revised Public Access Policy to ensure compliance with Public Law 110-161.  Under the revised policy, any peer-reviewed journal articles arising in whole or part from direct costs paid by the NIH or NIH staff must be submitted in electronic format to the National Library of Medicine's digital archive PubMed Central and made available within twelve months of publication.

 Does it apply to my research publications?  Click here for a chart.

The Policy applies to you if your peer-reviewed article is based on work in one or more of the following categories:

  1. Directly1 funded by an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 (October 1, 2007- September 30, 2008) or beyond;
  2. Directly1 funded by a contract signed on or after April 7, 2008;
  3. Directly funded by the NIH Intramural Program.
  4. If NIH pays your salary.  

It does not apply to non-peer-reviewed materials such as correspondence, book chapters, and editorials. 

Who is responsible for meeting this requirement?

The Principal Investigator is held ultimately responsible by the NIH for meeting this requirement.  A third party may submit the manuscript on the PI's behalf, with the PI approving the final submission.

How do I comply with the NIH Public Access Policy?

Compliance with the policy involves tasks at three specific stages:

  • Before you publish
  • When your article is accepted for publication, and
  • When you prepare NIH applications, proposals or progress reports  

Download a step-by-step checklist for each of the three stages PDF file, 135kb
Includes information on PMID (PubMed) number versus the PMC (PubMed Central) number.

How do I comply using MyNCBI and MyBibliography?

Where can I find more information on the NIH Public Access Policy?  

  • NIH Public Access Homepage
  • NIH's Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • NIH Public Access Policy Details
  • NIHMS Submission Process overview with links to tutorials
  • SHERPA/RoMEO Website (publisher policy database)
  • PMID to PMCID (to NIHMSID) convertor tool

    The faculty librarians of the Indiana University School of Medicine Library support the NIH Public Access Policy by:

    • Offering Faculty Development Workshops, and Third Party Submitter classes
    • Providing individual or group NIH Public Access Policy requirements information sessions through the Library's Departmental Liaison Program.
    • Supplying information and educational materials for NIH-funded Primary Investigators and grant managers upon receipt of an award.
    • Hosting this NIH Public Access Policy resources web page.

      For more information or to schedule a class, contact:

      Beth Whipple, MLS
      Research Informationist Librarian
      317 278-6179

      IUPUI University Library

      School of Dentistry Library
      NIH Public Access

      Ruth Lilly Law Library
      Miriam Murphy, J.D., MLS

      IU Bloomington Libraries
      Sherri Michaels, MLS

    975 W. Walnut Street, IB 100 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 274-7182 | Fax: (317) 278-4506