NIH Policy Compliance

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NIH Public Access Requirement

NIH Open Access Compliance
As of April 7, 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy mandates deposit of all final, peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting from full or partial NIH-funding into PubMed Central, the NIH digital archive of free full-text health sciences journal articles, immediately upon acceptance. In addition, authors citing their own NIH-funded papers in NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports, are required to include the PubMed Central ID (PMCID) at the end of a full citation.

The NIH Public Access home page provides all the information you need to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

To find out if a journal publisher submits articles directly to PubMed Central or if you will need to submit your article the Methods of Submission link will be your first step. If you do not find the journal or the publisher in this section, your next step is to check the journal's home page in the For Authors section. If you need assistance with this contact the Eskind Biomedical Library for training.

Vanderbilt's Amendment to Publication Agreement (VUNetID and ePassword required):
This document should be used by Vanderbilt researchers when submitting articles to peer reviewed journals to secure copyright permissions that will allow compliance with NIH policy.

Additional Resources:

NIH Vanderbilt Public Access Presentation from April 12, 2013

My NIH Public Access Compliance Dashboard in StarBRITELearn More

Step by step NIH videos on how to submit and approve articles to PubMed Central:

My NCBI, My Bibliography feature for eRA Commons Users

Using My NCBI My Bibliography to Monitor Compliance

How to Use the My NCBI My Bibliography for Public Access Compliance — Video Walkthrough

E-mail questions and comments regarding Public Access Policy to NIH:

Changes to the NIH Public Access Policy and the Implications (PPT – January 2013).

Request NIH Compliance training (offered by the Eskind Biomedical Library)