PubMed Central

  • Do I have to submit my manuscript to PubMed Central?

    As noted on the NIH public access website, 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 or NIH-funded duties, even if the corresponding author or other authors are not supported by NIH.

    There are four methods to ensure that an applicable paper is submitted to PubMed Central (PMC) in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. Authors may use whichever method is most appropriate for them and consistent with their publishing agreement. Click on the method in the table below for details.

     

    Method A
    Journal deposits final published articles in PubMed Central 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

    Method D
    Author completes submission of final peer-reviewed manuscript deposited by publisher in the NIHMS

    Version of Paper Submitted

    Final Published Article

    Final Published Article

    Final Peer-Reviewed Manuscript

    Final Peer-Reviewed Manuscript

    Task 1: Who starts the deposit process?

    Publisher

    Publisher

    Author or designee, via NIHMS

    Publisher

    Task 2: Who approves paper for processing?

    Publisher

    Publisher

    Author, via NIHMS

    Author, via NIHMS

    Task 3: Who approves paper for Pub Med Central display?

    Publisher

    Publisher

    Author, via NIHMS

    Author, via NIHMS

    Participating journal/publisher

    Method A Journals

    Make arrangements with these publishers

    Check publishing agreement

    Check publishing agreement

    Who is Responsible?

    NIH Awardee

    NIH Awardee

    NIH Awardee

    NIH Awardee

    To cite papers, from acceptance for publication to 3 months post publication

    PMCID or “PMC Journal- In Process”

    PMCID or “PMC Journal- In Process”

    PMCID or NIHMSID

    PMCID or NIHMSID

    To cite papers, 3 months post publication and beyond

    PMCID

    PMCID

    PMCID

    PMCID

  • Editing

    We can provide editing services and suggest resources to help you get your draft ready for peer review. We provide, as a free service, light and medium editing for NIH- and HHS-related work. As the writer, you have the option to accept or reject our editing suggestions. In order to serve all eligible staff who request editing assistance, we leave it to you to perform in-depth editing and to make all revisions.  

    Light Editing includes:

  • PubMed Central Submission Assistance

    Submit your peer-reviewed final manuscripts, accepted for publication, to PubMed Central (PMC) with the help of NIH Library staff. The NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) is easy to use and the process of submitting is quick. This free service (for NIH staff only) is the Library's way of supporting NIH Public Access.