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Research & Publication in Medicine & Health

NIH Data Sharing Policy

Data Deposit


FAIR Guiding Principles

  • Findability
  • Accessibility
  • Interoperabiity
  • Reuse


FINDABLE - Data are easily findable by humans or computers using associated Metadata, including a unique persistent identifer (DOI).

ACCESSIBLE - Data are able to accessed that may require authentication or other authorization process.

INTEROPERABLE - Data are presented using formal, accessible, and broadly accepted language for analysis and processing.

REUSABLE - Data and metadata are sufficient so that they can be replicated.

Open Access

Open Access Publications


Typically involves an Article Processing Charge (APC) payable to the publisher. Publications are then free to read and re-use.


Authors can deposit an accepted manuscript at the time of submission into an institutional repository and/or subject or disciplinary repository with proper attribution.


Access is restricted in some way through publication agreement.


Common Data Elements (CDEs)

CDEs are health data standard used in clinical and research settings.

CDEs are linked to controlled vocabluaties and terminologies such as SNOMED-CT and LOINC.


United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI)

The United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) is a standardized set of health data classes and constituent data elements for nationwide, interoperable health information exchange. Review the USCDI Fact Sheet to learn more.