Publications & NIH Policy

NIH Public Access Policy

Effective April 7, 2008 under federal law, NIH requires that the author's final version of any peer-reviewed journal article resulting from NIH-funded activities MUST be submitted to the PubMed Central (PMCID) repository, where it will be made available to the public within 12 months after the journal article is published. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the SEO Office before your publication goes to press.

PLEASE NOTE: Funded students should cite their fellowship grant numbers on posters and in publications. See the instructions below.

Sample wording from the NIH for publishers that do not automatically grant open access for the journal articles:

“The Journal acknowledges that the Author retains the right to provide a copy of the final peer-reviewed manuscript to the NIH upon acceptance for Journal publication, for public archiving in PubMed Central as soon as possible but no later than 12 months after publication by Journal.” 


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