The NIH Public Access policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. The help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.
To learn more about the Policy, visit the NIH Public Access Homepage for further information such as policy details, training materials, FAQs and more.
Publisher policies are constantly being updated. Let the library review your publications to determine your PMC deposit rights. Give us a call at x4314 or send your citation information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll investigate the publisher's policies and help you determine the next steps to complying with the Policy.
Additionally, we've drafted a publishing addendum with Fred Hutch's General Counsel to ensure your rights are being met.
PubMed Central submissions occur in one of four ways, all of which should occur at the acceptance of the paper as dictated by the NIH Public Access Policy.
Please note: Papers submitted under Methods C & D do require additional author follow-up before a PMCID can be assigned. Immediately upon submission, the approving (or corresponding author) will receive a notice from NIHMS asking them to complete the initial PDF approval. Once this is done, the paper will enter a submission review stage followed by the generation of the web version of the manuscript. At the completion of this stage, the author will receive a an additional request asking that they complete the final web review of their PMC-ready manuscript. Only after this is done can a PMCID be assigned.
Include PMCID in Citations
Include the PMCID at the end of the full citation in your application or report.
We can help you obtain the necessary identification numbers regardless of the PMC submission method.
The librarians want to help you comply with the NIH Public Access Policy!
Use My NCBI's My Bibliography feature to monitor Public Access compliance for all applicable papers the you author or arise from you NIH award. You can associate your papers with specific funding and create clean PDF reports for submission with grant applications, proprosals and progress reports.
To learn more about using My NCBI, visit the Library's LibGuide on Managing NIH Public Access Compliance.
When citing your NIH grants in publication, you should include the activity code (eg.,R01), and the two-letter institute code (eg., GM) followed by the serial code, with any leading zeros included. Separating dashes or spaces should be left out.
A proper grant number citation in you publication would follow this format: R01GM987654
The use of consistent formatting in grant acknolwedgment helps to improve various NIH information resources such as PubMed, PubMed Central and NIH RePORTER.