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National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy (NIHPAP): Home

This guide is for NIH grantees and their support staff by providing a clear understanding of the National Institutes' Public Access Policy (NIHPAP), how to comply , and how to manage publications in eRA Commons using the My Bibliography portal in My NCBI.


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This tab describes the NIH Public Access Policy, the full-text database known as PubMed Central and its relationship to the policy, and the National Institutes of Health Manuscript (NIHMS) system.

NIH Public Access Policy Process Map 101

This downloadable PDF provides a visual step-by-step process map to simplify the compliance process.


This tab reviews the steps required to comply with NIH Public Access Policy (NIHPAP).  Additional information on what items
qualify for deposit, copyright information, journals that automatically submit to NIHMS, and definitions of approved identifiers is also presented.

Submitting to NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)

This tab provides step-by-step instructions for submitting a manuscript to NIHMS.

The Policy & eRA Commons

This tab describes relationship between the publications appearing in eRA Commons and the My Bibliography feature in My NCBI, the personal online tool for information management provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information which is fully integrated with the Entrez system that includes PubMed.

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