Until further notice, only papers written in Latin script will be collected via the NIH Manuscript Submission System for the NIH Public Access Policy

Notice Number: NOT-OD-10-009

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

  • November 16, 2012 - See Notice NOT-OD-12-160. Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance.

Key Dates
Release Date: October 30, 2009

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (http://www.nih.gov)

Other Relevant Notices

  • March 19, 2009, (NOT-OD-09-070) - Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2009
  • September 23, 2008, (NOT-OD-08-119) - Reminder Concerning Grantee Compliance with Public Access Policy and Related NIH Monitoring Activities
  • January 11, 2008, (NOT-OD-08-033) - Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research
  • August 12, 2009, NOT-OD-09-136, Clarification on the Use of an NIHMSID to Indicate Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy


The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to published results of NIH funded research on PubMed Central (PMC). There are several ways in which authors may submit papers to PMC (see http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process.htm), including submitting papers via the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).

The NIHMS is currently able to process only papers that are written in Latin (Roman) script. Acceptable papers also may contain characters and fonts used in standard mathematical notation. However, until further technical solutions are developed, papers written in scripts other than Latin (e.g., Russian, Japanese) cannot be processed by NIHMS and are not required to be posted on PubMed Central. Papers written in scripts other than Latin do not require a PMCID when cited in NIH applications, proposals or reports.


Send questions concerning this Notice or other aspects of the NIH Public Access Policy to:

Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
1 Center Drive, Room 144
Bethesda, MD 20892-0152
Email: PublicAccess@nih.gov
Website: http://publicaccess.nih.gov