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NIH Public Access Policy and Manuscript Submission: Home


The HSCL has regularly scheduled workshops on NIH Public Access Policy Compliance during each semester.


See the schedule and sign up through the Health Science Center IT Training.


Classes are free. Consultations are also available by contacting your liaison librarian.


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The NIH has a number of resources further explaining their policy and processes:

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For any additional questions on the NIH Public Access Policy, manuscript submission, or PMCIDs, contact your liaison librarian.

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Video Presentation - Inttroduction to the NIH Public Access Policy

What is the NIH Public Access Policy?

Publications resulting from NIH funding must be submitted to PubMed Central.  Publishing in an open access journal does not fully meet the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy.

Purpose:  Public access to published results of NIH-funded research.

    • Final peer-reviewed manuscripts must be submitted to PubMed Central once accepted for publication.
    •  Manuscripts must be accessible to the public by 12 months after publication.
    • This applies to all articles accepted for publication after April 7, 2008 and results of grants active after October 2007. 

The NIH Public Access Policy implements Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161. 

The NIH recently announced Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance (NOT-OD-12-160).  As early as Spring 2013, the NIH will hold processing of non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the Public Access Policy.   

Also note that having the article in PubMed (with a PMID) does NOT qualify for compliance. PubMed Central is different from PubMed and it is the PMCID that the NIH requires, NOT the PMID. See the PMCIDs section of this Guide for more detailed information. 

From the NIH Instructions to PIs for submitting RPPRs:

“Section C. Products C.1 Are there publications or manuscripts accepted for publication in a journal or other publication (e.g., book, one‐time publication, monograph) during the reporting period resulting directly from this award? 

This is the only place to report on publications. All publications reported in this section are drawn from MyNCBI site. The PIs MyNCBI account and eRA Commons accounts must be linked (“partnering accounts”). Otherwise the publications will not auto‐populate into RPPR. If your publication is not in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy and does not have the PMCID number, you can still submit the RPPR . You have 10 business days to bring those publications into compliance in MyNCBI. It will automatically change the status on RPPR.  

Non‐compliance will cause a delay with processing of the award.”

NIH FAQ: Research Performance Progress Report:

Open Access at UF

Remember that Public Access and Open Access are not the same. Public Access requires an article to be placed specifically in PubMed Central. Open Access is a publishing model in which the author pays a publishing fee and the journal makes the content free on the journal's website.

To learn more about Open Access, check out the library's Open Access resources:

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