NIH offers clarificaton on Public Access Policy requirements

One requirement of the NIH Public Access Policy is that individuals submitting an application, proposal or progress report to the NIH must include the PubMed Central (PMC) reference number (PMCID) when citing applicable papers that are authored by the Principal Investigator or that arise from the PI’s NIH-funded research. The NIH Manuscript Submission ID (NIHMSID), which is issued upon submission, is a temporary substitute for a PMCID.

Effective August 21, 2009, an NIHMSID may be used to indicate compliance with the Public Access Policy for up to three (3) months after a paper is published. After that period, a PMCID must be provided in order to indicate compliance.

The NIH Public Access Policy requires submission of the final peer-reviewed approved manuscript at the time of acceptance unless the journal is an NIH depositor (e.g. Protein Science) or you request the publisher deposit the manuscript for you (e.g. ACS – Option C).

If you have questions, please contact:

Julie Schneider <>
Emily Wixson  <>