Guide Available: Complying with NIH Public Access Policy

NIHThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) is now requiring that all institutions be compliant with the Public Access Policy. 

NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards with a start date of July 1, 2013 or beyond, if your publications are NOT compliant.  See the full policy at

The Library has developed a new guide with instructions for complying with the NIH policy ( Training Sessions are also available!

Duke has downloaded a compliance report and there are over 1,500 journal articles that are out of compliance at Duke.

ALL researchers receiving or using NIH funding for research MUST now set up a My NCBI account in PubMed for monitoring and reporting on the status of their publications, as well as generating the Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) required by NIH.

The Medical Center Library & Archives is working with Duke’s research offices on training and services to assist researchers in quickly becoming compliant.  We will be notifying PIs and research staff, with publications on the NON-compliance list, of the status of their publications and will describe what steps should be taken to become compliant.

FIRST STEP – Every NIH funded researcher MUST set up a My NCBI account and link it to their eRA Commons account. Once this is established, you may designate other staff to update your articles and compliance statuses in My Bibliography.  PLEASE SET UP YOUR ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY, so you will be ready to address any non-compliance issues.

Instructions for setting up a My NCBI account are available at

You may also contact the Library at 919.660.1100 for training and advice.  Our Librarians will be glad to come to your departments, divisions, labs, etc. to train faculty and their designates in how to become compliant.

We will be contacting PIs and research support staff about journal articles that are NOT compliant and explaining how you address those issues and remain compliant in the future.

Thanks for working with us on solving these issues. 

Questions?  Contact Emily Mazure or Pat Thibodeau or the Library’s Service Desk (919.660.1100).