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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research. It requires scientists to submit journal articles that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication to help advance science and improve human health.

The Policy applies to you if your peer-reviewed article is based on work (in whole or in part) in one or more of the following categories:

  • Direct costs are funded by an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 (October 1, 2007- September 30, 2008) or beyond.
  • Direct costs are funded by a contract signed on or after April 7, 2008.
  • Directly funded by the NIH Intramural Program.
  • NIH pays your salary.

Compliance with the policy is mandatory and affects three areas:

NIH has indicated that a failure to comply with this statutory requirement may delay a future grant or jeopardize future research funding.

UWM Digital Commons

Once your article is publicly available through PubMed Central, you are also encouraged to submit it to the UWM Digital Commons. This service from the UWM Libraries is a virtual showcase for UWM’s research and creative profiles. Members of the UWM academic community are encouraged to contribute any completed scholarship for long-term preservation and worldwide electronic accessibility. Content may include research papers and reports, pre-prints and post-prints, datasets and other primary research materials, learning objects, theses, student projects, conference papers and presentations, and other born-digital or digitized research and instructional materials. It is indexed by Google Scholar and other specialty academic search engines. For more information contact Tim Gritten, Assistant Director of Libraries for User Services (gritten@uwm.edu).

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Page last updated on: 01/29/2014