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NIH Public Access Policy Information

What does it mean and how to comply!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy requires that researchers funded by NIH grants submit their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts, which have been accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008, to PubMed Central (PMC). To facilitate the submission process, the NIH has developed the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS). NIHMS allows users to deposit and manage manuscripts. Manuscripts in a wide range of electronic word-processing formats can be submitted. Any additional files that contain figures, tables, or supplementary information should also be included with the manuscript. No further formatting of the manuscript is necessary beyond that required by the journal that has accepted the article.

If your article is accepted for publication before April 7, 2008, you do not need to comply with this law. If your article is accepted on or after April 7, 2008, then you must submit an electronic version of your article to PubMed Central. NIH has a thorough FAQ that can answer many questions, as well as tutorials that can show you what to do.


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Last modified: October 22, 2013