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NIH Public Access Policy Compliance: Submission Methods

Overview

If you are unsure as to whether the publisher will submit the article to PubMed Central (PMC) for you: 

1. Check the list of Submission Method A journals

If it is not listed there...

2. Check the list of Submission Method B publishers

If it is not listed there either...

3. Ask the publisher is they will submit for you.

Time Requirements

When citing applicable papers in any applications, proposals, or reports you submit to the NIH, you must include the PubMed Central ID  (PMCID) number (NOT the PubMed ID #) according to the instructions below!

Less than 3 months after publication or in-press

  • Add PMCID at the end of the full citation if you have it

  • Add 'PMC Journal - In Process' at the end of the full citation (Submission Method A or B)

  • Add a valid NIH Manuscript Submission System reference number (NIHMSID) at the end of the full citation (Submission Method C or D)

Over 3 months after publication

  • List the PubMed Central number (PMCID) at the end of the full citation

Additional instructions from NIH

PubMed Central (PMC) Submission

There are 4 submission methods:

  • Method A  Journal deposits final published articles in PMC without author involvement
  • Method B  Author asks publisher to deposit specific final published article in PMC
  • Method C  Author deposits final peer-reviewed manuscript in PMC via the NIHMS and author approves submission twice (upon NIHMS deposit and 6-8 weeks after deposit--links sent via email)
  • Method D  Publisher deposits final peer-reviewed manuscript in PMC via the NIHMS and author approves submission twice (upon NIHMS deposit and 6-8 weeks after deposit--links sent via email)

More details from NIH

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PMID vs. PMCID

Screenshot of a record in the PubMed database (Note the PubMed logo in the top left corner).

PMCID in PubMed

  • The 'Grant Support' from NIH will often be listed in the PubMed record.  Just click the plus sign to view the Grant.