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NIH Public Access Policy

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The Four Methods of Submitting to PubMed Central

There are four approaches to submitting articles to PubMed Central (PMC): Methods A, B, C, and D.  The method selected depends upon the degree to which the article journal/publisher participates in the process.

Each method is outlined using a Prezi tutorial on this page.  A table with an overview of these submission methods is also available on the NIH Public Access Policy website.

The NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS), required for submission methods "C" and "D" below, has a new interface and other improvements.

Method A: Automatic Submission to PubMed Central

This brief tutorial outlines the process for automatic submission to PubMed Central (PMC), in which certain journals (called Method A journals) handle the submission process for you. 

NIH maintains a list of Method A Journals.

 

Method B: Publisher/Author Submission to PubMed Central

This brief tutorial outlines the process in which authors request that certain publishers (called Method B publishers) submit articles to PubMed Central (PMC)Publishers usually charge for this service. NIH maintains a list of Method B publishers.

 

Method C: Author Submission to PubMed Central Using NIHMS

This brief tutorial outlines the steps that an author takes to submit a manuscript through the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)

Authors should follow these steps if their journals/publishers will not submit articles directly to PubMed Central (PMC), as in Methods A and B above.

Method D: Publisher/Author Submission to PubMed Central Using NIHMS

Some publishers (called Method D publishers) will submit manuscript files to the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) for the author. The author is responsible for the remaining steps in the NIHMS process. This brief tutorial outlines all of these steps.

NIH maintains a list of Method D publishers.

Authors should follow these steps if their journals/publishers will not submit articles directly to PubMed Central (PMC), as in Methods A and B above, and if their publishers submit their manuscripts directly to NIHMS.