Answered By: Laurissa Gann
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2017     Views: 144

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy is a policy intended to ensure that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication.  These papers must be accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.

All institutions and investigators who receive NIH funds are required to adhere to this policy.  For more detailed information as well as instructions for the PubMed Central manuscript submission process, see the following links:

  • Overview and Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy (link)
  • NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) (link)
  • NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) User’s Guide (link)
  • NIH Public Access FAQ (link)
  • MD Anderson Guide to the NIH Public Access Policy (link)
  • Cancer Center Support Grant (link)

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