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NIH Public Access Policy : My NCBI and My Bibliography

Presents an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy and the steps involved in demonstrating compliance.

My NCBI and My Bibliography


My NCBI offers an online portal - "My Bibliography" - for users to maintain and manage a list of all of their authored works. As of April 2010, linking a Commons account to a new or existing My NCBI account allows references saved in My Bibliography to automatically appear in users' Commons accounts.

My NCBI: New My Bibliography Features for eRA Commons Users  The My Bibliography Awards View allows eRA Commons users to see whether publications are compliant and to associate/disassociate grant awards with their publications. See also "Manage NIH Public Access Policy Compliance with My NCBI" section.  

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Determine Applicability

The Policy applies to any manuscript that:

  • Is peer-reviewed;
  • And, is accepted for publication in a journal on or after April 7, 2008;
  • And, arises from:
    • Any direct funding from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
    • Any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
    • Any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
    • An NIH employee

The NIH Public Access Policy Does NOT Apply to the Following:

  • Books or Book Chapters
  • Editorials
  • Articles accepted for publication BEFORE April 7, 2008
  • Articles resulting from work funded by sources other than NIH
  • Other materials that are NOT peer-reviewed