Sneak Preview: NIH Plans To Strengthen Public Access Policy

December 20, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) To boost compliance with the National Institutes of Health’s public access policy, NIH next year will not process a grantee’s continuation award if it fails to conform to the agency’s public access policy. The policy requirements also will be integrated into its new Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).

The public access policy requires that all program directors/principal investigators (PD/PIs) receiving NIH funds submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.

The NIH requires grantees to show compliance with the public access policy when submitting an application, proposal or progress report to the agency. Grantees should include the PubMed Central reference number for each paper that was authored or co-authored by the applicant or arose from their NIH award. If a PubMed Central reference number is not available because a paper has not yet been published, authors should use the NIH manuscript submission reference number. However, the NIH manuscript reference number is intended to be used only in cases where an awardee needs to cite a paper soon after its acceptance by a journal, when there is not enough time to complete every step of the NIH manuscript submission process.

In a recent policy notice, NIH said that as early as spring 2013, it will delay processing of noncompeting 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 the recipient has demonstrated compliance.

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