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Public Access of Publications SOP

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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.


To require NIH-funded investigators and extramural staff to submit final peer-reviewed manuscripts to a public archive of research publications and to show evidence of compliance with the public access policy in applications, proposals, and progress reports.


NIH's public access policy has two requirements:

Public access covers manuscripts that report research funded in whole or in part by NIH. This includes grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, fellowships, and intramural research. For further details, go to Determine Applicability on the National Institutes of Health Public Access site.

Compliance is a legal requirement and a standard term and condition of NIH grant awards.

Principal Investigators (or grant-supported author or coauthor if not the PI)


Program Officers

  • Monitor awards of funded investigators for compliance with NIH's public access policy.
  • For instructions and training, go to NIH's staff-only public access page Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.For NIH Extramural Staff.


Grantees with questions should read Communicating With NIAID—How to Get Help.

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Copyright and Publication for Grantees Questions and Answers

My Bibliography

My Bibliography: Award Compliance Reports in PDF for eRA Commons Users

My NCBI's Welcome to the Public Access Compliance Monitor

Progress Reports Questions and Answers

Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) SOP

NIH's Public Access Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated April 01, 2016

Last Reviewed May 04, 2015