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Public Access Policy Overview Print Page


The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication.  To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PMC no later than 12 months after publication.


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Interested in a class?

NIH Public Access Policy For Principle Investigators

This class provides an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy in lecture/presentation format, including the steps involved in order to meet the requirements of the policy and how to demonstrate compliance.

Current class schedule

For more information or to schedule a class for your group, contact Amy Studer:

Here are handouts and slides from the March 13, 2015 class:



With this Notice, NIH informs grantees that in Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.  The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance.  This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring of 2013 (see NIH NOT-OD-12-142).



Contact Info:
Amy Studer
Blaisdell Medical Library
(916) 734-0206

Mary Wood
Carlson Health Sciences Library
(530) 754-9122

Carlson Health Sciences Library [map]
Medical Sciences B
Health Sciences District
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-8041

Blaisdell Medical Library [map]
4610 X Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 734-3529


Services from the Library

Librarians can help you maintain compliance:

  • Find a PMCID number
  • Answer questions about copyright
  • Help you deposit articles into PubMed Central (PMC)
  • Help you with your My Bibliography
  • Help you identify articles that are problematic
  • And more ...

Department of Internal Medicine RAS Unit

The UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine Research Administration and Support Unit is offering assistance with the NIH Public Access Policy on a re-charge basis. 

Contact:  Monique M. Vasquez




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