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This guide will help you navigate the process of submitting a manuscript to PubMed Central in order to comply with the NIH Public Access mandate.
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About the Mandate

This mandate ensures that NIH-funded research is available, free of cost, to the public in PubMed Central (PMC).

All investigators who receive NIH funding must submit, upon acceptance for publication, a Word Document version of their final peer-reviewed manuscript (including graphs and supplemental materials).


Do I Need to Submit My Manuscript?

Manuscripts that meet the following criteria must be submited to the NIH:

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles; not dissertations, book chapters, conference proceedings, or letters to the editor
  • Accepted for publication after April 7, 2008
  • Arose from any direct funding (including partial funding) from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or an NIH employee

Note: if your manuscript includes research supported by any of the following CCSG Supported Research Facilities, you must submit to the NIH and acknowledge the Core Grant and the facility:

Biological Imaging Facility Highthroughput Screening Facility
Biostatistics & Informatics Facility Histopathology Facility
Biosample Repository Facility Laboratory Animal Facility
Cell Culture Facility Molecular Modeling Facility
Cell Sorting Facility Organic Synthesis Facility
DNA Sequencing Facility Population Studies Facility
Genomics Facility Transgenic Mouse Facility
Glasswashing Facility  

Determine applicability through the NIH Public Access website.


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