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National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy (NIHPAP)

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.

What to Deposit

Journal Articles

  • Final, peer-reviewed manuscript - after all reviewer comments have been addressed*
  • Acceptable formats:  .doc, .docx, rtf, or .pdf 
  • All supplemental materials (images, figures, etc.) not already in the manuscript
  • Accepted for publication after April 7, 2008

Do Not Deposit

  • Book chapters
  • Monographs - e.g. a writing of essay, book
  • Non-peer reviewed journal articles - e.g. letters to the editor, commentary, conference proceedings
  • Dissertations

*Final articles published by the journal CANNOT be deposited without publisher permission.

How to Comply


For Support With Compliance

For NIHMS support, email:

Instructions for Compliance

The link below to a Canvas Tool will walk you through all the steps for complying with the NIH Public Access Policy.