Public Access Compliance Monitor: A New Resource for Institutions to Track Public Access Compliance

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-020

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Release Date: January 9, 2013

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)



NIH announces the release of the Public Access Compliance Monitor (, a web-based tool that institutions can use to track compliance of publications that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy. By providing efficient and flexible methods for retrieving, viewing, and organizing public access compliance information, the compliance monitor supports the efforts of grantee organizations to ensure their awards are compliant.

This Compliance Monitor is provided as an information resource only, and does not substitute for official reporting from the institution to the NIH (e.g. a non-competing continuation award). Public access compliance status and grant-paper associations described in the compliance monitor will not impact NIH's evaluation of public access compliance of individual awards.

The Public Access Compliance Monitor provides the current compliance status of all journal articles that NIH believes a particular grantee institution is responsible for under the terms of the Public Access Policy. In addition to classifying articles according to compliance status, the compliance monitor provides detailed information about each article a full citation; associated grants and program directors/principal investigators (PDs/PIs); the PubMed ID and related IDs where available; and a link to the PubMed record. Institutions can also track the status of papers deposited into the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system.

Accessing the Public Access Compliance Monitor

To gain access to the Public Access Compliance Monitor, institutions must first assign a "PACR" role to one or more individuals in their organization. This can be done by any institutional administrator who is authorized to assign roles in the eRA Commons grants administration system. Reports within the compliance monitor are organized by IPF (Institutional Profile File) number, the unique ID assigned to each grantee organization. Therefore, institutions with multiple IPF numbers must assign a PACR role to someone (even if it is the same person) for each IPF that they plan to monitor.

For more information about accessing and using the Public Access Compliance Monitor, please see the user guide at


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