The NIH Public Access Policy is a statutory requirement term and a condition of all grant awards and cooperative agreements. The policy ensures that published results of NIH-funded research are made available to the public.
Scientists are required to submit a copy of their manuscript upon acceptance for publication to the NIH Manuscript Submission system. The final peer reviewed manuscript must be uploaded to PMC (PubMed Central) within three months of publication. The policy requires that the paper be made available to the public within 12 months after publication.
Consequences of Non-Compliance
For non-competing awards with a start date of July 1, 2013 or later:
Note: This applies to articles for which you are either the PI of an NIH award or an author of the article based upon NIH-funded research. It does not apply to articles you cite but with which you have no affiliation.