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PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)

About PMC

Discover a digital archive of scholarly articles, spanning centuries of scientific research.

User Guide

Learn how to find and read articles of interest to you.


Browse the PMC Journal List or learn about some of PMC's unique collections.

For Authors

Navigate the PMC submission methods to comply with a funder mandate, expand access, and ensure preservation.

For Publishers

Learn about deposit options for journals and publishers and the PMC selection process.

For Developers

Find tools for bulk download, text mining, and other machine analysis.

9.7 MILLION articles are archived in PMC.

Content provided in part by:


Full Participation Journals

Journals deposit the complete contents of each issue or volume.


NIH Portfolio Journals

Journals deposit all NIH-funded articles as defined by the NIH Public Access Policy.


Selective Deposit Programs

Publisher deposits a subset of articles from a collection of journals.

New in PMC

Dec. 15, 2023

Update on PubReader Format

The PubReader format was added to PMC in 2012 to make it easier to read full text articles on tablet, mobile, and oth…

Aug. 30, 2023

Update on Access to Coronavirus-related Articles in PubMed Central (PMC) COVID-19 Collection after end of Public Health Emergency

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) collaborated with publishers and scholarly soci…


Second Phase of the NIH Preprint Pilot Launched

Example of the preprint banner that displays on preprints in PMC

The second phase launched in January 2023 and expands the scope of the Pilot to include preprints resulting from all NIH-funded research.

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