The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 Makes the NIH Public Access Policy Permanent

Notice Number: NOT-OD-09-071

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

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Release Date: March 19, 2009

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In accordance with Division F Section 217 of PL 111-8 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), the NIH Public Access Policy (NOT-OD-08-033) remains a legislative mandate for FY 2009 and beyond. The law states:

SEC. 217. The Director of the National Institutes of Health ("NIH") shall require in the current fiscal year and thereafter that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.

Compliance with this Policy remains a statutory requirement and a term and condition of the grant award and cooperative agreement, in accordance with the NIH Grants Policy Statement. For contracts, NIH includes this requirement in all R&D solicitations and awards under Section H, Special Contract Requirements, in accordance with the Uniform Contract Format.


NIH maintains the NIH Public Access Policy Website,, which includes sections on Submission Methods, Citation Methods, and Frequently Asked Questions.


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

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