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  • NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access policy ‘requires investigators funded by the NIH to 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.’

  • NIH and Oxford Journals

Any NIH-funded manuscripts submitted to Oxford Journals which are clearly identified by the authors as being funded by the NIH will be tagged, and the final published version will then be sent to PMC for them to include on their platform. Authors do not need to deposit articles themselves via the NIH Manuscript Submission system.

This means that authors funded by the NIH can comply simply by publishing in a 12 month embargo journal.

NIH-funded articles which are not open access will be available after 12 months, while those which are open access will be available immediately. In both cases, the final published version of the NIH-funded article will be hosted at PMC. Oxford Journals will work with our authors to identify which articles are funded by the NIH.

Please note that PMC considers publication date to mean issue publication date. As such, Oxford Journals sends NIH-funded articles to PMC at issue stage, and they will become available in PMC 12 months after that date. Authors should note that PMC will only issue PMCIDs once the article has been published in an issue. Prior to this NIH-funded authors should cite their articles as 'epub ahead of press' in any progress reports to the NIH.

Once articles have been published in an issue, authors can find their PMCIDs at PMC by following these instructions.