To advance science and improve human health, peer-reviewed articles arising from NIH funds must be made available to the public on PubMed Central. Grantees should ensure their peer-reviewed manuscripts arising NIH funds are deposited into PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication, as well as reported in their annual Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs), to be compliant with the NIH public access policy.
As described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-16-079, NIH will not process RPPRs until all papers arising from the award are compliant with the public access policy. That means funding for awards with non-compliant RPPRs could be delayed. The NIH manuscript submission system (NIHMS) is processing papers in about 3 weeks. We encourage you to ensure compliance well before your RPPR is due to avoid delays processing your RPPR and receiving funding.
For step-by-step instructions on how to bring a particular paper into compliance with NIH’s public access policy, please use the “Show me specific instructions for my publication” link on our public access policy homepage. Additional training and self-help materials are available on the public access website as well, such as tips specifically for sponsored research offices.
Your papers are important to NIH, and the world. On a typical weekday, approximately 1.5 million unique users retrieve more than 3 million papers from PubMed Central. If you have any questions about posting your papers to PubMed Central or about compliance of your award, please contact PublicAccess@nih.gov. We are here to help!