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NIH Public Access Policy

The instructions on this page provide steps to ensure compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Contact for Help

Librarians at the HS/HSL can help determine a researcher's compliance status, provide instructions for complying with the Public Access Policy, and answer questions about the NIH Policy. For assistance from the HS/HSL, contact

NIH provides video tutorials and FAQs on various resources to help ensure compliance

eRA Commons: 301-402-7469

NIHMS help desk request form

You can also request additional assistance from NIH at

NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy implements Division G, Title II,  Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008).

The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.

The complete policy can be found at: