NIH Public Access Policy
The NIH Public Access Policy became law on December 26, 2007, when President Bush signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2007, instructing NIH to make all of its funded research publicly available, at no charge to the user.
Beginning April 7, 2008, investigators who receive funding from the National Institutes of Health are required to submit their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central, the open repository provided by the National Library of Medicine. Submission must be no later than twelve (12) months after the article is published in a journal.
The new law also states:
Beginning May 25, 2008, anyone submitting an application, proposal or progress report to the NIH must include the PMC or NIH Manuscript Submission reference number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH funded research. This policy includes applications submitted to the NIH for the May 25, 2008 due date and subsequent due dates.
NIH provides a secure website for depositing manuscripts, as well as an informational website offering details about the Public Access Policy, the submission process, important dates, and other information that will help NIH investigators comply with the new law.
Many journals will automatically deposit your article in PubMed Central for you. A list of these journals is available at http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm .
Useful Links (to help NIH investigators comply with the Policy)
- The NIH Public Access Policy website
The official site for information on the policy, this resource provides several helpful pages, including the list of journals that will submit articles to PubMed Central for authors, an FAQ section, and other general information.
- NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System
Where to go to submit the final peer-reviewed manuscript.
- Publisher Policies on NIH-funded authors
Wiki updated by Open Access Directory editorial board and medical librarians
- NIHMS System Frequently Asked Questions
- NIHMS System Tutorials (in html, QuickTime, and PDF)
The NIHMS System Slide Shows demonstrate how to perform various actions in a step-by-step fashion and are illustrated with screen captures. There are three versions available for each help topic: a hyperlinked HTML display, a QuickTime movie, and a PDF file. Submission help for PIs, login help, and other assistance is available here.
- Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research (the actual statute)
- PubMed Central: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/