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NIH Public Access Policy: Journals and NIH Policy

Step by step instructions regarding the NIH policy for Einstein staff, faculty and researchers.

Journals and the Public Access Policy

How are publishers complying with the NIH Open Access Policy?

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.

Some publishers, while not participating in PubMed Central themselves, will send copies of manuscripts to PMC upon request

Librarians can help you determine if a particular journal will deposit articles on your behalf. 

The best tools are:

 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 to review and approve release of the article to PubMed Central. 

Publisher Policies -- Method D

The following publishers will submit the final peer-reviewed manuscript to NIHMS (aka Method D). Please note that authors must approve the submission and approve the PMC web version of the article before a PMCID is assigned. It is essential for authors to respond to emails from NIH as quickly as possible.

Please note that publisher policies can change from time to time, and that some journals might have their own unique policy. It is always a good idea to double check.

Details on the four submission methods are available at NIH Public Access Submission Methods.