Office of Research & Development

Public Access

NIH Manuscript Submission for VA Investigators

VA investigators must make available to the public all peer-reviewed publications reporting the results of ORD-funded research, without restriction, in accordance with VHA Handbook 1200.19.

To meet this requirement, investigators are responsible for depositing manuscripts in PubMed Central, operated by the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NLM), upon the manuscripts' acceptance for publication. Articles with a publication acceptance date of February 1, 2015, or later are to be included. Deposited manuscripts are made available to the public in PubMed Central no later than 12 months after their publication in a journal. For specific procedures for depositing manuscripts, please visit the following NIH page:

Please note that depositing manuscripts in PubMed Central does not satisfy the requirement, per VHA Handbook 1200.19, to notify VHA Research Communications of any upcoming publications or presentations, upon their acceptance, through the PubTracker system. To learn more about this requirement go to

If you have questions about VA's public access policy please e-mail or call 202-443-5600.

For more information, also see Checklist for publishing VA research.

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