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Information on the NIH Public Access Policy

Delay of Processing Notice

NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.  Awards will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance.  

This change took effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring of 2013 (see NIH NOT-OD-12-142).

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NIH Public Policy Overview

The NIH Public Access Policy, effective April 7, 2008, ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires authors to submit their final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central (PMC), NIH's digital repository, upon acceptance for publication.  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.

Understanding the Basics

Changes to the NIH Public Access Policy and the Implications

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Amie Freeman
Thomas Cooper Library

Christine Whitaker
School of Medicine Library

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