Determine Applicability

The NIH public access policy applies to any manuscript that:

  • Is peer-reviewed;
  • And, is accepted for publication in a journal1 on or after April 7, 2008;
  • And, arises from:
    • Any direct funding2 from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
    • Any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
    • Any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
    • An NIH employee.

Does your publication meet these criteria?

Yes. Show me how to post my paper to PMC and report it to NIH.

No. My publication does not fall under the NIH public access policy.  Show me how to report my publication to NIH.


Until further notice, papers written in scripts other than Latin (e.g., Russian, Japanese) cannot be processed by the NIHMS.  These papers are not required to be posted on PubMed Central and do not require evidence of compliance on applications, proposals or reports.  The NIHMS continues to process papers written in Latin (Roman) script that contain characters and fonts used in standard mathematical notation.

Authors may submit final peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted before April 7, 2008 that arise from NIH funds, if they have appropriate copyright permission.

1 See the FAQ for the full definition of a journal.

2 "Directly" funded means costs that can be identified specifically with a particular sponsored project, or that can be directly assigned to such activities relatively easily with a high degree of accuracy.

Last Updated: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014