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Library Essentials for Administrative Assistants

NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy requires all peer-reviewed articles that result from research funded by NIH and published after April 7, 2008 be added to PubMed Central and have a PMCID number. 

In order for articles to be eligible to receive a PMCID, they must meet three criteria:

  1. Peer-reviewed article
  2. Accepted for publication after April 7, 2008
  3. Received direct funding from an NIH grant or received support from one of the CCSG Core Resources (

For more step-by-step help, take a look at our guide on: NIH Public Access Policy & Biosketch.

Watch our webinar on: NIH Public Access Policy 

Assistance Available

Assistance Available:

Progress Reports: 713-792-3220

Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG): 713-563-0939

Manuscript Preparation: 713-792-3305

Manuscript Upload and PMC Troubleshooting: 713-792-2282

Compliance Process Diagram

NIH PAP Overview Diagram

The diagram above from Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library depicts the overall process involved in the NIH Public Access Policy.  It illustrates what systems are involved and the interactions between those systems.  The steps a PI/author needs to take are illustrated, with those that are typically problematic highlighted in red.

View this chart from the Becker Medical Library on how your NIH accounts are linked together.