NIH Public Access Policy and Compliance LibGuide

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy was created to ensure the public had access to the published results of research conducted with NIH funding within 12 months of publication. The impact of this policy on researchers at GRU, however, varies in complexity based on several factors including the age of the article in question, the publisher, and the submission method used. Greenblatt Library provides assistance to researchers on an individual basis to help navigate the process of maintaining NIH compliance, but now online help is also available.


The newest library research guide (LibGuide) at Greenblatt Library addresses the NIH Public Access Policy, including questions of applicability and compliance; the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS); how to manage your accounts; PubMed Central Identification Numbers (PMCID); and how to get help when you need it. The guide brings together videos, NIHMS tutorials, explanations of terminology, step-by-step checklists, and visual guides to help simplify the process of manuscript submission.

NIH Flow Chart

This LibGuide can be found on the Greenblatt Library website under the heading “Guides for…” and under “Guides for Library Users”.

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Please visit the “What’s New?” blog on the Greenblatt Library homepage for updates on changes or additions to the collection and to read the monthly resource highlights throughout 2014