Complying with the New Requirement
Publish with a journal that participates in PubMed Central.
The easiest way to contribute articles to PMC is to publish in a journal that automatically transfers copies of published articles to the repository. Nothing else is required of you.
The list of journals that participate in PubMed Central is found at
Publish with a journal that will deposit manuscripts for you.
Some publishers, while not participating in PubMed Central themselves, will upon request send copies of manuscripts to PMC. Elsevier has had a policy since 2006 to submit articles to PMC on the author’s behalf; other examples of such programs are Blackwell Publishing's Online Open, Oxford Journals' Oxford Open, and Springer's Open Choice. Cornell University Library staff can help you determine if a particular journal will deposit articles on your behalf.
If the publisher deposits only your manuscript, rather than the final published version of the article, you will still have to sign onto the NIH Manuscript Submission System (http://www.nihms.nih.gov/) to review and approve release of the article to PubMed Central.
Submit the manuscript yourself.
If the journal in which you are publishing does not deposit either the published or manuscript version of your article, you will need to do it yourself using the NIH Manuscript Submission System. Depositing a manuscript takes only a few minutes and can be done by the primary investigator or a third-party. Here are some things to keep in mind.
- What to submit: An electronic version of the final, peer-reviewed manuscript, including all graphics and supplemental material associated with the article. Note that you will need the permission of the publisher to submit a PDF provided by them.
- When to submit: Upon acceptance for publication.
- How to submit: Go to http://www.nihms.nih.gov/, label the manuscript with the correct author names, grant #, etc., and then submit.
The voluntary NIH Manuscript Submission System is still in place at http://www.nihms.nih.gov/, and you may wish to start depositing your articles now in order to familiarize yourself with the process prior to the start date of the new policy. Cornell University Library staff can walk you or your designated agent through the steps.