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General Information

The NIH Public Access Policy requires all NIH funded researchers to submit or have submitted for them an electronic copy of their final peer-reviewed manuscript to PubMed Central. The manuscript will be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. PubMed Central (PMC) is a digital repository maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

The NIH has released comprehensive guidance on these new rules including answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Many journals submit articles to PubMed Central on behalf of authors. If you publish your article in one of these journals, you do not need to do anything to comply with the submission requirement. A complete list of these journals is available at



Librarians at Lamar Soutter Library provide instruction on the NIH Public Access mandate and using My NCBI's My Bibliography tool for policy compliance.

Request a training today! 


Quick Reference

LSL Librarians have put together a one-page quick reference sheet with links to the policy, NIH procedures, and additional resource for compliance. 

Quick Reference online presentation


Manage Compliance with NCBI's My Bibliography

Looking for help with My NCBI, My Bibliography, and compliance issues related to the NIH Public Access Policy? NIH and the National Library of Medicine have developed numerous resources to point you in the right direction including the eBook, My NCBI Help, and a YouTube playlist of related videos. Check them out. The answers are there!


Changes to the NIH Public Access Policy and the Implications to Awards

A mutli-part webinar (total running time approx. 90 minutes) that explains the changes to the NIH Public Access Policy and how reserachers and universities can insure compliance with the law is available on the NIH's YouTube Channel.

Visit NIH's YouTube Channel to see all 7 chapters.


NIH Public Access Update

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NIH Steps Up Enforcement of Public Access Policy

On November 16, 2012, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it is tightening enforcement of its policy requiring that investigators deposit copies of their papers in a public archive. Starting as soon as next spring, researchers who haven't complied will not receive the next installment of their grant.  Read more:

Read ScienceInsider article

Read NIH formal policy announcement


Contact Us

Librarians at the Lamar Soutter Library are available to help University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers by answering questions about the law, helping with copyright questions, troubleshooting compliance issues, and providing training or assisting with using the NIH online submission system.

Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, MA, MLIS
Head of Research and Scholarly Communication Services

Lisa Palmer, MSLS, AHIP
Institutional Repository Librarian

We're here to help!



Fulfillment of the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy involves 3 basic steps:

  1. Determine copyright and/or the publisher's policy for the article in question
  2. If necessary, deposit the manuscript and addtional files into the NIH Manuscript Submission System
  3. If necessary, approve the manuscript once it has been formatted for PubMed Central

Additionally, you must maintain a current "My Bibliography" listing within a "My NCBI" account.

Publisher Info

These links take you to information on specific publishers' websites regarding their policies on the NIH Public Access Mandate.

    Use this form to request that Springer deposit a manuscript to PubMed Central on your behalf.
    The journals listed here submit the accepted author manuscript to Pubmed Central to be made publicly available 12 months after final publication.
    The free service helps authors fulfill funding agency requirements, as well as institutional mandates.
    Funding body policies and agreements.
    "Method D" - Publisher deposits the final peer-reviewed manuscript on behalf of the author. The Author must complete all remaining steps in the NIHMS in order for the submission to be accepted.

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