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Are You Compliant?

The National Institutes of Health has released a web-based resource to help institutions assess whether their publications are in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

The tool, called 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," NIH said in a notice issued this week.

The compliance monitor classifies articles according to compliance status and also provides information about each article, including a full citation, associated grants, the PubMed ID, and a link to the PubMed record.

The NIH Public Access Policy has been in place since 2008. It requires scientists to submit journal manuscripts related to NIH-supported research to PubMed Central, where they must be made accessible to the public no later than 12 months after publication.

Beginning this spring, NIH will delay funding for grants if the publications related to the award are not in compliance with the policy.