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NIH Public Access Policy: Helpful Links

Information and guidance for complying with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Helpful Contacts

NIH Public Access - for questions about the details of the NIHMS submission process & policy

NCBI - email: or 1-888-346-3656

eRA Commons Help Desk

NIHMS, or wirte to their Help Desk using this form

Grants Policy & Guidance

Links here relate to and support the NIH Public Access Policy.

NIH Grants & Funding -  Grant policies and guidelines

Communicating and Acknowledging Federal Funding - this webpage includes information on: requirements for acknowledging NIH-supported research, proper grant number format, important info for researchers and FAQs.

Key Resources & Tools

NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System - supports the deposit of manuscripts into PMC as required by the public access policies of NIH and other participating funders. 

My Bibliography -  Info about reference/citation tool - a feature of interest to eRA Commons users is the Award view which allows the user to see whether their publication(s) comply with NIH PAP.  Review My Bibliography FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions about this tool.

Linking eRA Commons Account to My NCBI - NIH Grantees cannot upload publications using Commons and must manage their publications within the National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI) using the My NCBI/My Bibliography tool.

PubMed (MSKCC's Unique URL)

PMC (formerly PubMed Central)

What's New in PMC

PMCID - PMID - Manuscript ID - DOI Converter

Submission Methods Best Practices (deposit papers and ensure compliance):
Method A:
Method A Journals:
Method A Journals Participation Level:

Method B:
Method B Journals:

Method C or D:
Method D Journals:
Note: Even if the publisher performs the initial deposit, the responsible author needs to approve the paper's deposit. NIHMS emails should be addressed immediately.  If no action is taken, then the paper will not move forward to be assigned its PMCID.

Sherpa-Romeo - Publisher copyright policies and self-archiving. This site has many publishers' policies regarding depositing papers in PMC, includes section on Conditions and Copyright with regards to policy.

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) - This organization works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.

MSK Open Access LibGuide

MSK Copyright LibGuide


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