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About the NIH Mandate

About the NIH Mandate
  1. What is the NIH Public Access Policy?
    The Policy implements Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008) which states:
    SEC. 218. The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH 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: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.
    The Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit journal articles that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central. The Policy requires that these articles be accessible to the public on PubMed Central to help advance science and improve human health.
  2. What is PubMed Central?

    PubMed Central is an archive of full-text biomedical journal articles available online without a fee.  Articles on PubMed Central contain links to other scientific databases such as GenBank and PubChem. Articles collected under the Public Access Policy are archived on PubMed Central. More information about PubMed Central is available here.



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