NIH Public Access Mandate
The NIH Public Access Mandate was signed into law in late 2007. This new law requires all NIH funded researchers to submit or have submitted for them an electronic copy of their final peer-reviewed manuscript to PubMed Central. The manuscript will be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. PubMed Central (PMC) is a digital repository maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
Who is affected?
The Policy applies to you if your peer-reviewed article is based on work in one or more of the following categories:
1. Directly funded by NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 (October 1, 2007-September 30, 2008) or beyond;
2. Directly funded by a contract signed on or after April 7, 2008;
3. Directly funded by the NIH Intramural Program;
4. If you are an NIH employee.
- April 7, 2008: As of April 7, 2008, all articles arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.
- May 25, 2008: As of May 25, 2008, NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports must include the PubMed Central reference number when citing an article that falls under the policy and is authored or co-authored by the investigator, or arose from the investigator's NIH award. This policy includes applications submitted to the NIH for the May 25, 2008 due date and subsequent due dates.