Public Access of Publications SOP

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

Some links will work for NIAID staff only.


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.


The NIH public access policy has two requirements:

  1. Submission of final peer-reviewed manuscripts to the public PubMed Central (PMC) database of the National Library of Medicine.
  2. Citation of PMC identification numbers (PMCID) in NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports.

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 the NIH public access policy.
  • For instructions and training, go to the NIH staff-only public access page For NIH Extramural Staff.


Grantees with questions should read Contacting Program Officers and Grants Management Specialists.

Use the contacts listed above for questions about your specific situation. If you have a general question or a suggestion to improve this page, email the Office of Knowledge and Educational Resources at


My Bibliography

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

My NCBI Welcome to the Public Access Compliance Monitor

Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) SOP

NIH Public Access Frequently Asked Questions

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