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Federal Agency Public Access Requirements

A Guide to Funded Research Public Access Plans and Processes

Submission Policy Essentials | ACL

Effective:  Extramural research articles from 2017 awards with a project start date of September 30, 2017, or later

Who Submits:  PI’s or 3rd parties (e.g., co-PI’s, authors, delegates)

What to Submit:  Final peer-reviewed manuscript accepted for publication

Format:  Wide range of electronic word-processing formats acceptable

Where to Submit:  NIH Manuscript Submission System

Repository:  PubMed Central

Embargo Period:  12 months post-publication

Notes:  Final published articles accepted if author has right to do so


Submit with BuckySubmit | ACL

BuckySubmit is a time-saving, one-stop service that submits grant awardees’ soon-to-be-published manuscripts to a single or multiple federal agency repositories for them.

Want to know more? Contact the UW-Madison Public Access Service at (608) 262-6594 or

Monitoring Compliance | ACL

ACL monitors awardee compliance by reviewing PubMed Central Identification Number (PMCID) usage associated with peer-reviewed publications.

Failure to comply with the ACL’s public access to publications plan could result in withholding or termination of funding for non-competing continuation awards. Before awarding new grants, prospective awardees will be reviewed for compliance. Failure to comply with ACL’s public access policy is considered a “risk factor” in determining awards.