Background: Adopted in 2008, the NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. The policy requires scientists to submit journal articles that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central ( The Policy requires that these articles be accessible to the public on PubMed Central to help advance science and improve human health. 

Resources for NIH-Funded Researchers:

Preliminary Guidance about NIH Public Access Policy (.pdf)

Letter for UC Authors to Attach to Manuscript Submissions (.pdf)

NIH Public Access FAQ

NIH Overview of Public Access Policy

List of Journals that Submit Articles Directly to PubMed Central


General Information about Open-Acess Publishing and Scholars' Rights to Their Copyrights:

Reshaping Scholarly Communication: UC Office of Scholarly Communication

Copyright: Taking Back Control

Publishing in the Digital Age

SPARC: Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition

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