The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PMC no later than 12 months after publication.
The NIH Public Access Policy Does NOT Apply to the Following:
When citing applicable papers in any applications, proposals, or reports you submit to the NIH, you must include the PubMed Central ID number (NOT the PubMed ID #)!
Over 3 months after publication
List the PubMed Central number (PMCID) at the end of the full citation
Less than 3 months after publication or in-press
Add PMCID at the end of the full citation if you have it
Add 'PMC Journal - In Process' at the end of the full citation (Submission Method A or B)
Add a valid NIH Manuscript Submission System reference number (NIHMSID) at the end of the full citation (Submission Method C or D)
Note: This applies to articles for which you are either the PI of the NIH award or an author of the article. It does not apply to articles you cite but have no affiliation with.
Screenshot of a record in the PubMed database (Note the PubMed logo in the top left corner).