NIH Public Access Policy: Updates and Resources


The NIH Public Access Policy remains a legislative mandate for FY2009 and beyond. Per the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, investigators funded by the NIH must submit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication so that these documents may be made freely available on PubMed Central no more than 12 months after they are officially published.

Several changes made to the NIH Public Access Policy webpage reflect this development and seek to provide resources for the research community. For example, a set of up-to-date training slides may be downloaded and customized to assist institutions in training authors to comply with this policy.

Furthermore, as all applications, research proposals, and progress reports submitted to the NIH must include a PubMed Central or NIH Manuscript Submission reference number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH funded research, a section on citation methods has been added to the Public Access Policy website. This section, accessible via the sidebar item “Citation Methods,” consolidates instructions on citing papers in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.