NIH Public Access Policy

NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. 

Scientists are required to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon manuscript acceptance.  Please read the tutorials available through Countway Library Services to learn how to submit manuscripts and review the Harvard University Guidelines around the NIH Public Access Policy.  It is extremely important that all publications resulting from HU CFAR support comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.  Failure to do so may result in federal withholding of HU CFAR funding.  It is essential that all HU CFAR investigators understand the policy and submit publications for public access.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us.

View the latest NIH Public Access Policy Presentation.

There are two main requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy.

  • Effective April 7, 2008 Principal Investigators must ensure that electronic versions of any peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funding and accepted for publication after that date are deposited in PubMed Central (PMC), NIH's digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, and that the articles may be made publicly available by PMC no later than 12 months after publication. 
  • Effective May 25, 2008, anyone submitting an application, proposal, or progress report to NIH must include the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) when citing articles that arise from their NIH funded research.