NIH Library Writing Center: PubMed Central Submission
Manuscript Submission Assistance Service
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.
Submit Your Manuscript to Pubmed Central
- Login to PMC submission system.
- View training materials on how to submit a manuscript.
- Learn the different ways for submitting your manuscript.
- Request Manuscript Submission Assistance.
- Read NIHMS FAQs.
- Read instructions for Intramural Scientists.
- Determine when to enter NIHMSID or PMCID in your reports.
- Watch short training slide show videos on using the NIH Manuscript Submission System.
NIH and Publisher Policies
- Read NIH Public Access Policy and NIH policy FAQs.
- Request copyright or legal guidance from the Office of the General Counsel.
- Review publisher information on Open Access.
Archived NIH Manuscripts
- Search PubMed Central
As noted on the public access Web site, since 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 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.
Journal deposits final published articles in PubMed Central without author involvement
Author asks publisher to deposit specific final published article in PMC
Author deposits final peer-reviewed manuscript in PMC via the NIHMS
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|
For more information on submitting your peer-reviewed journal articles to PubMed Central, visit: http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process.htm.