Advice for NIH Grantees: How to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy


“The NIH public access policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication.” – http://publicaccess.nih.gov/

To comply with NIH Public Access Policy, here are the steps you should take:

Determine if the Public Access Policy applies to your publication

Generally, the NIH Public Access Policy applies to any peer-reviewed journal article that was accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008 and that arose from NIH funding in Fiscal Year 2008 or later.

Determine Applicability for Your Publication

What does the NIH consider to be a ‘journal’?

Review your publication agreement

Before you sign a publication agreement or similar copyright transfer agreement, first make sure that the agreement allows the paper to be posted to PubMed Central (PMC) in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

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Verifying Article Compliance for NIH Public Access


Are you trying to find out if your article complies with the NIH Public Access policy and/or find a PubMed Central ID (PMCID) for your article? If so, this post describes a simple method for finding the PMCID for an article and thereby verifying Public Access compliance.

First, let’s start with a bit of background. To comply with the NIH Public Access Policy, you need to make sure that your peer-reviewed articles that resulted from NIH funding (full or partial) and that were accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008 are available in the PubMed Central (PMC) database with a PMCID. Please be aware that PMC is not the same as PubMed. PMC is NCBI’s full-text digital archive, while PubMed contains only citations and abstracts. It is not enough for your citation to be available in PubMed with a PubMed ID (PMID); you must have a PMCID to satisfy NIH Public Access policy.

To check that your article has a PMCID and is compliant, proceed as follows:

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New PubReader View For Full-Text Articles


NCBI’s new PubReader display format in PubMed Central (PMC) makes full-text research papers not only more readable but also more portable.

Whether you’re using a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone, PubReader adapts to your device, displaying full-text articles in a user-friendly format that minimizes scrolling and maximizes intuitive navigation and portability (see Figure 1).

NCBI’s new PubReader display format in PubMed Central (PMC) makes full-text research papers not only more readable but also more portable.  Whether you’re using a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone, PubReader adapts to your device, displaying full-text articles in a user-friendly format that minimizes scrolling and maximizes intuitive navigation and portability (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. The PubReader format as seen in three common displays (widescreen desktop, smart phone and tablet).

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