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NIH Public Access Policy Help Guide

Explains the NIH Public Access Policy, the process for submitting peer reviewed articles to PubMed Central and using myNCBI to verify compliance.

Submitting your article to a publisher

Authors should work with the publisher before rights are transferred to ensure that all conditions of the NIH Public Access Policy can be met. Authors should avoid signing agreements with publishers that do not allow the author to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

  • When you submit your manuscript, tell the publisher that your article is subject to the NIH Public Access Policy. Many publishers have mechanisms in place to facilitate author compliance with NIH Public Access Policy.  If not, consider including the UW OSP Template Letter to Journal Editors with your article submission.  


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