The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to published results of NIH funded research. Effective on or after 07/01/2013 for non-competing renewals, NIH will enforce its Public Access Policy which has been in effect since 04/2008. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication. Enforcement will take place when the Principal Investigator (PI) prepares his/her annual progress report, the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) or PHS 2590. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PMC no later than 12 months after publication, or NIH will delay processing of the grant's annual funding until the PI has demonstrated compliance (see NOT-OD-12-160).
All publications/projects resulting from the utilization of any CTSI-CN resources are required to:
- Credit the CTSI-CN grant using the language below.
- Submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication.
Researchers whose publication/project benefited from the CTSI-CN grant, should cite the grant as follows:
"This publication [or project] was supported by Award Number UL1TR001876 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences or the National Institutes of Health."
K scholars should also cite grant KL2TR001877, as follows:
"This publication [or project] was supported by Award Numbers UL1TR001876 and KL2TR001877 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences or the National Institutes of Health."
What should PI's do to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy?
- Seek further information about how to comply with the policy by contacting Children's National library at 202-476-3195, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the George Washington University's (GW) Himmelfarb Library guide to the NIH Public Access Policy and/or email GW Himmelfarb Library at NIHaccess@gwu.edu;
- Associate your eRA Commons and My NCBI accounts;
- Generate an Awards View of your My NCBI bibliography;
- See whether any articles are non-compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy;
- Read the NIH help pages on managing compliance using My NCBI;
- Search PubMed periodically and add to My NCBI any missing articles you authored or co-authored to your bibliography;
- Ensure that non-compliant articles associated with your award are delivered to PubMed Central;
- Contact GW Himmelfarb Library Staff by sending an email to NIHaccess@gwu.edu, to request help to determine if the publisher will submit the manuscript for you or to help you submit the manuscript through the NIHMS;
- Ensure that the text you upload using the NIH manuscript submission system is the peer-reviewed manuscript accepted for publication, not the published PDF version;
- Contact an author to review and approve the text. If you cannot reach your co-author you can petition the NIHMS helpdesk to have signing authority assigned to you, or if you are not an author you should remove the paper from your My NCBI bibliography and not include it on your RPPR or PHS 2590;
- Read and act without delay on the emails you receive from the NIHMS that request you to approve the deposit of your own papers into PubMed Central; and
- Assert control over your copyright using the SPARC addendum as the basis for negotiating with your publisher retaining your right to deposit your articles in PubMed Central before entering into a publication agreement.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the above resources to help guide you through this process.