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NIH Public Access Policy and My NCBI: NIH Public Access Policy

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NIH Public Access Policy


NIH Public Access Policy
As of April 7, 2008, all articles arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PMC (PubMed Central) upon acceptance for publication.

There are three steps to the NIH manuscript submission process:

  1. Addressing Copyright
  2. Submitting the Manuscript
  3. Approving the Submission


electronic Research Administration (eRA Commons)

eRA Commons and  My NCBI

  • When will changes that I make to my bibliography in My NCBI transfer to the eRA Commons?

All changes made in the My NCBI system will appear instantaneously in the eRA Commons.

  • Can I add a citation to an RPPR via My Bibliography?
    You may propose a grant-paper association in My Bibliography, but in order to add a paper to an RPPR, you will have to do so in eRA Commons.For directions on making grant-paper associations in Commons, see eRA Commons User Guide, Section 8.7 Publications (January 2012): Use the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System to upload manuscripts or associate papers with your award. You will be automatically logged into the NIHMS with your NIH eRA Commons User ID. You can also submit manuscripts through the NIHMS via the NIH Public Access website.

Basic Information on NIH Public Access Policy

NIH Public Access Policy Details

Mandated Steps

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