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NIH Public Access Policy: Applicability

Who Is Responsible?

The Principal Investigator/NIH Awardee is ultimately held responsible by the NIH for compliance, even when they are not the author or co-author of the article. PIs may assign a delegate to submit manuscripts to PMC and manage other aspects of compliance.

The PI is responsible for ensuring that all steps of the NIHMS submission process are complete, including having the PMCID assigned, within three months of the publication of the article. Articles are non-compliant if they do not have a PMCID three months after the publication date.

How to create and manage Delegates

Role of the Author

Every author should answer the questions on the right to determine if their journal article is subject to the NIH Public Access Policy and, if so, submit them to PubMed Central in a timely way.

NIH Research Fellow?

You are expected with the NIH Public Access Policy. See Registering Research Fellows in eRA Commons to ensure you have an eRA Commons account affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Does the NIH Public Access Policy Apply to Your Manuscript?

If the answer to all 3 questions is Yes, then you are required to deposit your article in PubMed Central and make it publicly accessible within 12 months of publication.

NIH Public Access Policy: Determine Applicability

What Publications are Exempt?

The NIH Public Access Policy does NOT apply to the following:

  • Books or Book Chapters
  • Editorials
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Letters
  • Articles accepted for publication before April 7, 2008
  • Articles resulting from work funded by sources other than NIH and US government agencies
  • Other materials that are not peer-reviewed