PubMed Central was created in 2000 as a digital, open access repository for biomendical and life sciences journal literature. In 2008 Congress mandated that all peer-reviewed journal articles that arise from NIH-funded research must be submitted.
PubMed links to the full text articles in PubMed Central.
What does the policy require?
- Submission to PMC must be completed within 3 months of publication and the article made publicly available no later than 12 months after the publication date.
- All communications with NIH, e.g. applications, proposals or progress reports, must include the PMC or NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) reference number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH funded research.
- NIH authors must use My NCBI Bibliography to enter the references in their eRA Commons professional bibliography.
- NIH researcher, Primary Investigator and the Institution are responsible for compliance.
Effective July 1, 2013 NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from them are not in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
Video summary of requirements
This video was produced by NYU. For questions about the NIH policy and its requirements, contact the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the contact info above.