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NIH Public Access Policy: Definitions


The NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) allows you to submit an electronic version of your peer-reviewed final manuscript for inclusion in PubMed Central. Once submitted, your article will receive an NIHMSID # for tracking purposes.

The Principal Investigator 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.

NIH Biosketch

Biosketches are required in both competing applications and progress reports. Find instructions, blank format pages, and sample biosketches below. Try SciENcv, a tool supporting multiple research agencies, to help you develop your biosketch and automatically format it according to NIH requirements.

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