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NIH Public Access Policy

Good news from NIH!

Entering your citations into the eRACommons just got easier!

You can now find your citations on PubMed, and using MyNCBI, update your citations in eRACommons, making it much easier to keep your bibliography current and to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy requirements.

Want more information?
View the article "An Easier Way to Manage Citations"
or talk to a Laupus Library Liaison

Please note, after July 23rd, manual entry of citations will no longer be an option.


When submitting an article for publication that has resulted from an NIH grant or funds, researchers must ensure that the publisher will allow the article to be deposited into Pubmed Central.

Some journals will submit the manuscript to Pubmed Central.

When submitting to journals not included in the above list, the author must:

  1. Inform the journal that the article is subject to the Public Access Policy when submitting it for publication.
  2. Make sure that any copyright transfer or other publication agreement allows the article to be submitted to NIH in accordance with the Policy. For more information, see:
    Whose approval do I need to submit my article to PubMed Central?
  3. Submit the article to NIH, upon acceptance for publication.
    Submission Process

For more information:

For assistance with submissions, third party submission, finding Pubmed Central ID numbers, or more information please contact:
Katherine Rickett
(252) 744-2217