Upcoming Changes to NIH Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements!

December 19, 2012

NIH’s public access policy ensures that the results of NIH-funded research are accessible to everyone, primarily on the PubMed Central (PMC) web site.

New guidelines (NOT-OD-12-160) have been issued, announcing 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. Once publications are in compliance, awards will go forward. 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, also in the spring of 2013.

These changes are being announced several months in advance of implementation, to give awardees as much time as possible to comply with the policy. Awardees should be strongly encouraged to comply with the public access policy. Recent enhancements to My NCBI allow awardees to associate papers with their awards, and track public access compliance. Additional resources, including frequently asked questions about the public access policy, are available on the web site.*

*Article adapted from “Upcoming Changes to NIH Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements!” NewsBits . NN/LM National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, 16 Nov. 2012. Accessed 19 Dec. 2012.