Does the NIH Public Access Policy apply to your paper?
Ensure your publishing agreement allows the paper to be posted to PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
Submit papers to PubMed Central and approve public release.
Include PMCID in Citations
Include the PMCID at the end of the full citation in your application or report.
A PMID is the identifying number assigned to articles in PubMed, which is an index of abstracts. A PMCID is the identifying number assigned to articles in PubMedCentral, which is an index of full text articles. All peer-reviewed articles supported by NIH funding need to be available in PubMedCentral within 12 months of publication, per the Public Access Policy. Having a PMCID shows that your article is in compliance, and you may need it for grant reporting.
NIH requires that the peer-reviewed articles it funds be made publicly available on PubMed Central (PMC). The NIH Public Access Policy requires submission of the final peer-reviewed manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PMC upon acceptance.
What do I need to do?
Many journals will submit to PMC for you ("Method A" journals). Check your acceptance letter or refer to this list from NIH to determine your journal's method.
My Journal/Publisher did not submit for me. Now what?
In addition to Method A, there are other workflows for submitting your paper to PMC:
Instructions for Method C and D Journals
These journals require steps on behalf of the author (Method C) or publisher (Method D) to deposit the manuscript into the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).
Gather the files you need, including the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) - you'll deposit this and not the publisher's PDF. Can't find your AAM? Refer to this guide for authors on how to obtain an Author Accepted Manuscript from a publisher's journal submission system, where the AAM is stored during the publishing process.
For Method C authors: follow the steps here.
If your article is non-compliant, i.e. does not have a PMCID, the authors or PI will need to address the compliance issue: