NIH Public Access Law

Who: All researches who receive National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant monies and who publish the research results in a peer-reviewed journal.

What: Required by law to submit an electronic copy of their accepted publication to PubMed Central (PMC), the NIH’s free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

When: As of April 7, 2008. Effective May 25, 2008 NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports must include the PubMed Central reference number when citing an article that falls under the policy and is authored or co-authored by the investigator, or arose from the investigator’s NIH award. This policy includes applications submitted to the NIH for the May 25, 2008 due date and subsequent due dates.

More information: For more information about this policy and how to comply, please refer to the NIH Public Access website. The Association for Research Libraries provides a free guide, “The NIH Public Access Policy: Guide for Research Universities” at

Importing PMCIDs into EndNote: EndNote has created instructions for importing PubMed Central ID numbers (PMCIDs) into your EndNote library. For more information, visit the EndNote FAQ page.

Please consider submitting your results to the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s institutional repository, ScholarSpace. ScholarSpace is used to store the intellectual works and unique collections of this academic community and provides a permanent web location for those accessing these resources. Please contact the ScholarSpace admins at for further information.

The Library is interested in and committed to supporting and expanding Open Access and Scholarly Communications.

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Call or email the librarians at the Health Sciences Library, School of Medicine 808-692-0810 OR the Science-Technology Department, University of Manoa Library 808-956-8263

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