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Submit Your Paper to PubMed Central (PMC) Print Page

Submission Methods Overview

There are 4 submission methods:

Method A
Journal deposits final published articles in PubMed Central without author involvement

Method B
Author asks publisher to deposit specific final published article in PMC

Method C 
Author deposits final peer-reviewed manuscript in PMC via the NIHMS

Method D
Author completes submission of final peer-reviewed manuscript deposited by publisher in the NIHMS

More details from NIH


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NIH Public Acces Policy : Address Copyright

Publisher Policies for NIH-funded Authors
From Simmons College:  Useful to determine journal submission methods


PubMed Central (PMC) Submission


NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)

Authors (or someone they delegate) can submit the final peer-reviewed manuscript (not the final published version) to the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).  Submitting to NIHMS is the only way an author can submit manuscripts to be added into PMC, if the journal publisher doesn't deposit it for them.

NIHMS provides a number of great tutorials and and FAQ page to help you get started using the system.


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