NIH Public Access Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. All peer reviewed articles arising from NIH funds are required to be submitted to PubMed Central and accessible to the public no later than 12 months after publication. Submitting a manuscript usually takes less than 10 minutes.

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

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

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