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Emergency Medicine

Guide to electronic resources in support of Emergency Medicine faculty, staff, and students.

How to Comply

All of an NIH grantee's publications that come under the NIH Public Access Policy, including in press and in print, must show evidence of compliance in NIH competing grant applications, non-competing continuation grant applications, and progress reports.

Steps in complying:

1. Determine Applicability
Does the NIH Public Access Policy apply to your paper?

  • Is it peer-reviewed;
  • And, is it accepted for publication in a journal on or after April 7, 2008;
  • And, does it arise from direct NIH grant funding.

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
Submit papers to PubMed Central and approve public release.

4. Include PMCID in Citations or NIHMSID
The following three identifiers indicate that the publication is in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy:

  • PMCID: PMCID######
  • Or, NIHMSID: NIHMSID######
  • Or if the journal automatically deposits, PMC Journal - In Process



What to Deposit

Journal Articles

  • The final, peer-reviewed manuscript, after all reviewer comments have been addressed.
  • This can be a .doc, .docx, rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Also, tables, images, and supplemental material that are not imbedded in the manuscript.
  • Manuscripts that have been accepted for publication after April 7, 2008.

What Does Not Need To Be Deposited

  • Book chapters
  • Monographs - i.e., a writing of essay or book length on a specific, often limited subject
  • Non-peer reviewed journal articles - i.e. letters to the editor, commentary, conference proceedings
  • Dissertations

*The final version of the manuscipt that is published by the journal cannot be deposited unless permission is obtained from the publisher.


MLibrary Copyright Information
University Library's Copyright Office guidelines on copyright.

Open Letter From UM Medical School Office Of The Dean To Attach To Copyright Agreements
Authors may use this letter to facilitate rights for submitting manuscripts according to the NIH Public Access Policy.

Definitions of Identifiers

  1. A PMID is a unique identifier in the Medline/PubMed database and does not indicate compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

    Example: PMID: 12748199

2. A PMCID is a Pubmed Central unique identifier and is used to indicate compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

   Example: PMCID:PMC2901972

3. A NIHMSID is used for a manuscript which has been submitted to PubMed Central but has not yet been assigned a PMCID. It demonstrates compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy but can only be used for 3 months. 

    Example: NIHMSID:NIHMSID302380


Journals that submit to PubMed Central

Some journals automatically deposit all NIH-funded final published published articles in PubMed Central.

See the list of these journals at