Depositing Papers in PubMed Central (PMC)
As of April 7, 2008, your peer-reviewed papers should be submitted to PubMed Central (PMC) immediately upon acceptance for publication by a journal. PMC will make these papers publicly available within 12 months of publication. The Policy applies to all peer-reviewed papers that you author or co-author as part of your NIH duties, even if the corresponding author or other authors are not supported by NIH.
Many, but not all, journals will handle the entire process for the NIH author; this is known as “Method A”. In addition, there are 3 other submission methods available to you. All 4 methods are summarized below.
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PMC Submission Methods
Journal makes the final published version available in PMC no later than 12 months after publication without author involvement.
A list of these journals can be found at https://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm
- Tip: Use the search box to look up a journal title.
These publishers do not automatically deposit every NIH-funded paper in PMC.
Rather, the NIH author can choose to arrange with the journal for deposit of a specific article; this usually involves choosing the journal’s fee-based OPEN ACCESS option for publishing that article.
A list of these journals/publishers can be found at https://publicaccess.nih.gov/select_deposit_publishers.htm
The NIH author or other third party (e.g., administrative staff) deposits the final peer-reviewed manuscript into the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system.
When the manuscript is submitted by a third party, the NIH author is still responsible for approving the intial submission in NIHMS and reviewing and approving the PMC-ready web version of the paper for inclusion in PubMed Central after the submitted files have been converted. An embargo/release date can be set by the NIH author, if needed.
See "Methods C and D Best Practices" at https://publicaccess.nih.gov/Methods-C-D-BP
The journal publisher deposits the final peer-reviewed manuscript into NIHMS.
IMPORTANT: Regardless of who starts and manages the submission process, NIH authors and awardees are responsible for ensuring that the final, peer-reviewed manuscript is deposited into the NIHMS upon acceptance for publication.