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NIH Public Access Policy: Submit to PubMed Central


Submit to PubMed Central

The third step in the process is submitting your peer-reviewed, final journal manuscript to PubMed Central.

There are four different methods to submit applicable papers to PubMed Central. It is the responsibility of the NIH Awardee to make sure that the paper is submitted.

  1. Method A: Publish in a journal that deposits all final published NIH-funded articles in PubMed Central (PMC) without author involvement. Check to see if your journal is listed.
  2. Method B: Author asks publisher to deposit specific final published article in PMC. This is typically a fee-based service where the author elects to pay an open access fee to make the article publicly available.
  3. Method C: Author, or designee, deposits final peer-reviewed manuscript in PMC via the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) tool. There are 3 parts to this process as outlined below.
    • Task 1: Deposit Manuscript Files and Link to NIH Funding
    • Task 2: Authorize NIH to Process the Manuscript
    • Task 3: Approve the PMC-formatted Manuscript for Public Display
  4. Method D: Author completes submission of final peer-reviewed manuscript deposited by publisher in the NIHMS.

Note, NIH awardees are responsible for ensuring that all steps of the NIHMS submission process are complete within three months of publication.

For questions and/or help with submitting your manuscript to PubMed Central, please don't hesitate to contact Kelli Hines or the reference department at the Harriet K & Philip Pumerantz Library. The reference department is also available to deposit manuscripts to the NIHMS on your behalf.

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