In early January 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a revision to its Public Access Policy that ensures that published results of NIH-funded research are publicly available.
Effective April 7, 2008, all peer-reviewed articles arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.
In early 2013, NIH issued a notice stating that for non-competing continuation grant awards with a start date of July 1, 2013 or beyond, NIH will delay processing of an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the Policy. The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance.
NIH Policy Overview
Does the Policy Apply to You?
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
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
How to Comply
1. Address copyright. Before signing an author agreement or copyright transfer agreement, verify that it allows the paper to be submitted to PubMed Central in accordance with the public access policy. See the Author Rights libguide for information on how to retain your copyright.