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Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance

Sally Rockey’s blog post on this is at:

Dear Colleagues,

NIH’s public access policy is central to our mission. It ensures that the results of NIH-funded research are accessible to everyone, so that, collectively, we can advance science and improve human health. On a typical weekday, over 700,000 users retrieve more than 1.5 million papers on PubMed Central, the host archive for the public access policy.

When we put the policy into place in 2008, it was an adjustment for all of us. Since that time, we have focused much of our attention on outreach to the grantee community. This strategy, along with the research community’s shared commitment to making public the results of NIH-supported research, has resulted in a high level of compliance with the policy. However, public access is a statutory requirement and we still need to improve compliance.

Tomorrow, we will be releasing the attached guide notice (NOT-OD-12-160) announcing that in spring 2013, at the earliest, we will begin to hold processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.  Once publications are in compliance, awards will go forward.  This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the spring of 2013 (see NIH NOT-OD-12-142).

What to Do Now

We are announcing this change months in advance of implementation to give awardees as much time as possible to comply with the policy. The more compliant Type 5s we receive, the fewer awards we will need to delay. Please encourage your awardees to come into compliance with the public access policy now. They can use My NCBI to associate papers with their awards, and track public access compliance today.

Staff Training and Resources

Changes to our workflow and the program checklist will be explained in a staff training webinar this winter. You and your grantees can find a variety of resources at Additionally, we are providing a short FAQ for staff and drop-in slides discussing this policy change for use in your own presentations. These are available at

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