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NIH Public Access Requirement: Overview

NIH Public Access Compliance

NIH Public Access Compliance Report for the University of Wisconsin-Madison

NIH Policy

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 upon acceptance for publication.

To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.

The 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.


The NIH Public Access Policy applies to any peer-reviewed manuscript accepted for publication in a journal on or after April 7, 2008 that arises from any direct funding from: 

  • an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or
  • an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or
  • the NIH Intramural Program, or
  • an NIH employee

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