The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy became effective April 7, 2008. The NIH requires that the author's final version of any peer-reviewed journal article resulting from NIH-funded activities must be submitted to PubMed Central (PMC), NIH's digital repository, where it will be made available to the public within 12 months after the journal article is published.
NIH has recently indicated that it will begin enforcing the policy in the Spring of 2013. In particular, the NIH plans to begin holding processing on non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from their grants are not in compliance. For more information, see the official notice.
The information in this guide will help with several of the compliance issues that University of Pennsylvania authors will need to address and is organized around three steps to compliance:
An additional tab contains video tutorials to some of the tools used to manage NIH Public Access compliance
The NIH Public Access Policy does NOT apply to the following: