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NIH Public Access Requirement: 2: Submit to PubMed Central

Submission Methods

When an article is accepted for publication, submit an electronic version of the article to PubMed Central (PMC) using one of four NIH identified submission methods.

The publisher's policy determines which method is used (A, B, C, or D). Your task is to figure out which method applies. You are NOT able to select the method of your choice.

Remember: PIs and their institutions are responsible for all applicable papers that arise from their NIH funds, even if they are not an author or co-author.

NIH Overview of Submission Methods

Author Approval Steps for Method C and D Submissions

NIH Submission Resources

Method A

If the article is published in a journal that submits all NIH-funded final published articles to PMC no additional action or effort is required. Check this list of Method A journals to see if your journal is listed.

Method A Best Practices

Method B

Arrangement can be made with a publisher, usually for a fee, to submit the final journal article directly to PMC. Not all publishers offer this service.  Check this list of Method B publishers if you are interested in using this service.

Method B Best Practices

Method C

Deposit a copy of the final peer-reviewed manuscript in PMC via the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system. Manuscript files may be deposited in the NIHMS by an author or someone acting for the author, such a delegate or Ebling librarian.

Method C Best Practices

Method D

Complete the submission process for a final peer-reviewed manuscript that the publisher has deposited in the NIH Manuscript Submission System.  Some publishers offer this service.  Check this list of Method D publishers to detemine if your publisher is a Method D publisher.

Method D Best Practices