The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication.
Although the record for the article will be located in PubMed Central, some publishers may require you to embargo the full text of the article for a specified period of time. However, the Policy requires that publishers make the full text of these papers accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.
How to Comply
All of your papers that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy, whether in press or in print, must include evidence of compliance in all of your NIH applications and reports.
If you have any questions or need help complying with the NIH Public Access Policy, please contact the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at AskYaleMedicalLibrary@yale.edu.