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NIH Public Access Policy


The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to 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 Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.

(From the NIH Public Access Homepage)

Learn About NIH Public Access Policy at UCLA

The Biomedical Library frequently offers workshops on complying with the NIH Public Access Policy.  Check back on this site for upcoming classes, and see the box below for videos of previous sessions.

Interested in an information session for your lab or group?  Contact the Library to schedule a workshop!

Videos and Tutorials

The following videos contain information about the Policy and how to comply.

NIH Public Access Policy News

Updated guidelines (NOT-OD-12-160) to the NIH Public Access Policy have been issued, announcing that in spring 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards, if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. Once publications are in compliance, awards will go forward. This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards, also in the spring of 2013.

These changes will be announced several months in advance of implementation, to give awardees as much time as possible to comply with the policy. Awardees are strongly encouraged to comply with the public access policy. Recent enhancements to My NCBI allow awardees to associate papers with their awards, and track public access compliance. Additional helpful resources, including frequently asked questions about the public access policy, are available on the web site.*

*Article adapted from “Upcoming Changes to NIH Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements!” NewsBits . NN/LM National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, 16 Nov. 2012. Accessed 20 Dec. 2012.

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