About the Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy requires that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central (PMC) an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. 

For non-competing continuation grant awards with a start date of July 1, 2013 or beyond:

  • NIH will delay processing of an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • Investigators will need to use My NCBI  (a feature in PubMed), along with their eRA Commons account to enter papers onto progress reports.  Papers can be associated electronically using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR), or included in the PHS 2590 using the My NCBI generated PDF report.

Please see NOT-OD-12-160 for more details.

NIH Public Access Policy Compliance Help

Staff in the Bio-Medical Library are on hand to answer questions about compliance by contacting public-access@umn.eduWe offer expertise in:

  • Staff presentations and consultations on how to use MyNCBI and MyBibliography
  • Navigating author's rights and copyright process
  • Understanding the different article deposit methods and approval processes
  • Acquiring a PMCID

Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) has offered MyNCBI classes. To find out if one is currently being scheduled check the SPA webpage in the Training and Education section.