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Scientists receiving grant money from the NIH must submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.
To help advance science and improve human health, the NIH makes these papers freely available to the public in PubMed Central (PMC) no later than 12 months after publication. See full details.
As of July 1, 2013, the NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if applicable publications are not in compliance with the Policy.
1. Determine applicability
The policy applies to peer-reviewed journal publications. Books are not covered.
2. Notify the publisher
The publisher must be notified that your paper is NIH-funded, and all grant numbers related to the paper must be included with the publication.
If the publication/copyright transfer agreement does not specify or allow for PMC deposit:
3. Submit accepted papers to PMC
Determine which method (A, B, C, or D) is used by the journal for depositing papers into the NIHMS (NIH Manuscript Submission System) or into PMC. NIHMS feeds into PMC after the author's final approval.
Methods A, B & D - Publisher deposit
Method C - Author deposit via NIHMS
4. Include PMCID in Citations
See all NIH notifications related to the policy.