NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy requires that the final version of any peer-reviewed journal article resulting from NIH-funded activities MUST be submitted to the PubMed Central (PMC) repository, where it will be made available to the public within 12 months after publication.  The NIH investigator is responsible for compliance.  A notation regarding this compliance requirement is included as standard language in NIH Award Statements. It is critical that all investigators ensure that papers resulting from NIH-funded research, once accepted, are uploaded to PubMed Central.

An ORSD Summary of the NIH Public Access Policy designed specifically for HSPH Faculty is available for download.  You may also view  NIH’s Policy Overview or NIH’s Policy Notice for more detailed information.

An excellent resource is available to help you comply with the NIH Public Access Policy: 

HMScholar– Uploading of Documents: Countway Library has initiated a service, HMScholar, in which they will do the actual uploading for HSPH investigators. It requires a very simple application and a copy of the manuscript.