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.
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 http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm.
Librarians at Lamar Soutter Library provide instruction on the NIH Public Access mandate and using My NCBI's My Bibliography tool for policy compliance.
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.
NIH Public Access Update
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:
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:
- Determine copyright and/or the publisher's policy for the article in question
- If necessary, deposit the manuscript and addtional files into the NIH Manuscript Submission System
- 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.
These links take you to information on specific publishers' websites regarding their policies on the NIH Public Access Mandate.