Register in PubMed Central

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.

PMC also includes a growing number of final, peer-reviewed author manuscripts by scientists who receive research funding from NIH and other funding agencies. For information on manuscript submission, please visit the NIH Manuscript Submission System homepage.

PMC provides free access to articles from journals that deposit their content in the archive. Although the articles are free, they are still protected by copyright. (See PubMed Central Copyright Information for more information.) PMC does not publish anything itself. (Find out how journal publishers can participate in PMC).

PMC is managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

How to Comply

All papers that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy, whether in press or in print, must include evidence of compliance in all NIH applications and reports.

  1. Determine Applicability
    Does the NIH Public Access Policy apply to your paper?
  2. Address Copyright
    Ensure your publishing agreement allows the paper to be posted to PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  3. Submit paper to PMC
    Submit papers to PubMed Central (PMC) and approve public release. Enter your journal name into the box on the right side of the screen to determine how your paper will be posted to PMC.
  4. Include PMCID in Citations
    Include the PMCID at the end of the full citation in your application or report.