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NIH Public Access Policy

What is the NIH Public Access Policy?

The NIH Public Access Policy mandates that papers resulting from NIH-funded research be made available in PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication. The Policy applies to peer-reviewed manuscripts (including their graphics and supplemental materials) accepted for publication on or after April 7th, 2008, for work arising in whole or in part from direct costs paid by the NIH or NIH staff.

Does the Policy apply to me?

Per NIH's FAQ the Policy applies to peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008 and arising from any direct funding from

  • an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008, or;
  • an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
  • the NIH Intramural Program.

How do I comply with the Policy?

  • Retain your copyright to archive the final, peer-reviewed manuscript (also called the pre-print manuscript)
  • Submit your final, peer-reviewed manuscript to PubMed Central upon acceptance by the publisher
  • Include the PubMed Central reference ID in any NIH application, proposal, or progress report
    • See the NIH Public Access Policy FAQ for assistance

For more information

Submission service

University Library Submission Service


The University Library can assist you in ensuring you retain your right to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy -- you can amend your publication contract with U-M's author addendum. The Library also provides a service that streamlines submission and compliance. To learn more about this service, contact us at or send the

  • corresponding PI name and grant number(s);
  • name of the journal and any embargo period its publisher requires, and;
  • manuscript and any supplemental data or images associated with it

to and we will be glad to make the deposit on your behalf.