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National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy

Comply with the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy at PubMed Central Logo

  • Send items to the Libraries' Scholarly Communications Officer, Elizabeth Brown at (607) 777-4882.
  • Set up an online account to register manuscripts and reports.
  • Some publications require authors to ensure their copyright transfer agreement permits submission to PubMedCentral. To comply with the policy, add this statement to your copyright transfer agreement:
    Journal acknowledges that the Author retains the right to provide a copy of the final manuscript upon acceptance for Journal publication for archiving in PubMed Central as soon as possible but no later than 12 months after publication by the Journal.
  • Book chapters, conference presentations, and posters are not covered by the policy.
  • Journals participating in PubMed Central (PMC) submit the final manuscript copy to PMC - no additional work is required.
  • Journals not participating in PubMedCentral can submit articles to PMC - no additional work is needed.

The NIH's “Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-funded Research” became effective April 7, 2008. It requires all authors of NIH-funded research manuscripts to deposit copies into PubMed Central, a free digital archive that enhances the visibility of publicly-funded research of biomedical and life sciences literature. It is based at the NIH and was developed at the National Library of Medicine.

Questions? Contact the Libraries' Scholarly Communications Officer: Elizabeth Brown, (607) 777-4882.

Last Updated: 11/17/17