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NIH Public Access Policy

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The following resources provide additional guidance and assistance on how to submit your papers.

Research Informationist

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Bethany Myers
Contact:
12-077 Center for Health Sciences
310-794-2030

How to Comply

  • Determine Applicability
    • Does the NIH Public Access Policy apply to your paper?
    • The Policy applies to any manuscript that:
      • Is peer-reviewed;
      • And, is accepted for publication in a journal on or after April 7, 2008;
      • And, arises from:
        • Any direct funding from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
        • Any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
        • Any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
        • An NIH employee
  • Address Copyright
    • Ensure your publishing agreement allows the paper to be posted to PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
      • Before you sign a publication agreement or similar copyright transfer agreement, make sure that the agreement allows the paper to be posted to PubMed Central (PMC) in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
    • Final, peer-reviewed manuscripts must be posted to the NIHMS upon acceptance for publication, and be made publicly available on PMC no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.
  • Submit Paper
    • Ensure that your papers are submitted to PubMed Central and approved for public release. See "How to Submit" for more details.
  • Include PMCID in Citations
    • Include the PMCID at the end of the full citation in your application or report. See "How to Cite" for more details.