Author Manuscripts in PMC

Policy and Submission Process

As a result of the NIH Public Access Policy, the final, peer-reviewed author manuscripts of journal articles that are supported by NIH funding must be deposited into PMC via the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System, as soon as the articles have been accepted for publication.

Specifically, the final manuscript supplied to PMC is the version that the journal has accepted for publication, including any revisions that the author has made during the peer review process.

The published version of the article usually includes additional changes made by the journal's editorial staff after acceptance of the author's final manuscript. These edits may be limited to matters of style and format or they could include more substantive changes made with the concurrence of the author.

Step-by-step instructions for navigating the NIHMS submission proccess are available in a video tutorial.

Display of the Citation in PMC

The citation for the manuscript version of an article in PMC includes a reference to the published article. In addition, if the article includes a digital object identifier (DOI) or is from a journal that participates in NCBI's LinkOut service, then the reference to the published article also provides a direct link to the full text of the article at the journal site. See the illustration below.


Other Policies, Papers and Paths for Deposit

Similar policies are also in place for papers supported by funding from agencies in the UK, Europe, and Canada. These manuscripts may be deposited through the Europe PMC submission system or the PMC Canada submission system.

See the list of all NIH-funded manuscripts in PMC.

See the list of all funded manuscripts in PMC.

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Last updated: Thu, 02 Jan 2014