Michigan State University

NIH Public Access Policy

What is the NIH Public Access Policy and how do I comply as a researcher? 

  • The law states that: "The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication."
  • For more information see NIH Public Access Policy Details (plus FAQ).

How do I comply?

  • Information from the NIH on How to Comply (includes lists of journals that submit articles to PubMed Central on behalf of authors)
  • NIH Manuscript Submission System
  • Memorandum to the MSU faculty from Provost Kim Wilcox and Dr. Ian Gray, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, about compliance. Includes contact numbers for four MSU administrative offices that can provide assistance.

Do any other funding bodies have a similar policy?

  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the U.S. and funding bodies in some other countries have mandated a similar public access policy. The Association of Research Libraries site lists the details.