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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.


Issues with creating and/or linking your accounts? Contact the NCBI Help Desk.


  • Your My NCBI username
  • Your eRA Commons username
  • Your email address

My Bibliography Help

My NCBI Help

Using My Bibliography and eRA Commons

Principal investigators must use "My Bibliography" in My NCBI to manage compliance and organize their bibliographies.

To do so, you must:

  • Link your My NCBI account to eRA Commons account.  
    • Start at the NCBI login pageIf you do not have a MyNCBI account you need to create one.
    • Click on your login name - the upper right hand corner of the screen.
    • Under Linked accounts, click Change.
    • In the Login Account Options box, select NIH and eRA Commons and enter your login credentials. Successful linking of accounts is represented by the following icon:  eRA icon
  • Create a My Bibliography by adding citations
  • Monitor and manage your publications' compliance using My Bibliography

How to Cite

Citation Table
Identifier Description NIHPAP Compliance Status Example
PMCID Pubmed Central unique identifier Complies PMC2901972
NIHMSID NIH Manuscript Submission system unique identifier Temporary compliance NIHMSID30238
PMC Journal - In Process Publisher deposited publication submitted to NIHMS but not yet having received an identifier Temporary compliance PMC Journal - In Process
PMID Medline/PubMed unique identifier Does NOT comply PMID:12748199


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.