NIH Public Access Policy

NIH Public Access Policy Tips Sheet  - distribute whenever you receive a new NIH award to all potential authors (includes postdocs, trainees, subrecipients, and other collaborators) who may publish papers as a result of the NIH funding.

The Main NIH Public Access Policy page - contains the policy, training videos, and step-by-step instructions on when and how to comply.


Training Resources:


Materials from Information Sessions: Additional materials to assist you:
(Thank you to University of Minnesota for contributing the following materials):




If you receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), you may be subject to the NIH Public Access Policy. This policy requires that NIH-funded researchers submit a copy of their refereed journal articles to PMC (formerly PubMed Central) upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after publication.

Note: The NIH has announced that, beginning May 2013, it "will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance." For more information, see this post by the NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research or this NIH Notice.

For full coverage of the NIH Public Access Policy, see