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National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy (NIHPAP)

For NIH grantees and their support staff by providing a clear understanding of the National Institutes' Public Access Policy (NIHPAP), how to comply , and how to manage publications in eRA Commons using the My Bibliography portal in My NCBI.

Who Submits

Identifying Submission Methods: Submission to PubMed Central (PMC) depends on the individual who will submit the document. 

If the PUBLISHER is submitting the document:

Method A Author publishes in a journal that submits all NIH-funded final published articles to PMC; no fee.
Method B Author requests a publisher to submit an individual NIH-funded final published article to PMC (usually for a fee).

If YOU are submitting the document:

Method C Author self-submits the final peer-reviewed manuscript to NIHMS; NIHMS prepares the manuscript for posting to PMC.
Method D Publisher submits the final peer-reviews manuscript to NIHMS on behalf of NIH-funded authors (no fee);
NIHMS prepares the manuscript for posting to PMC.

JOURNALS that submit for you:
Here is a list of journals that submit directly to PubMed Central.

Submit using NIHMS

NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) is the PubMed Central submission system. Users must login using their appropriate credentials:

After you have logged in, follow the on screen instructions to complete your submission.

Manuscript Submission Process

For Support With Compliance

For NIHMS support, email:

Instructions for Compliance

The link below to a Canvas Tool will walk you through all the steps for complying with the NIH Public Access Policy.