Submission Methods

There are four methods to ensure that an applicable paper is submitted to PubMed Central (PMC) in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. Authors may use whichever method is most appropriate for them and consistent with their publishing agreement. To identify the submission and reporting method for a specific journal, use the submission method identification wizard.  

Submision Method and My NCBI Best Practices

Overview of Submission Methods

Version of Paper Submitted Final Published Article Final Peer-Reviewed Manuscript
Submission Process Publisher posts the paper directly to PMC Papers are required to be submitted via the NIHMS upon acceptance for publication. The NIHMS converts them to the PMC native format.
Deposit Files
  • Method A Journals post NIH supported papers automatically
  • Authors must make special arrangements for Method B journals and publishers to post the paper  
  • Manuscripts must be submitted to the NIHMS upon acceptance for publication
  • Authors or their designee must submit Method C papers to the NIHMS
  • Method D publishers will submit papers to the NIHMS
Approve Submission Publisher Author, via NIHMS
Approve PMC web version Publisher Author, via NIHMS
Responsible Party NIH awardee NIH awardee
To cite papers, from acceptance for publication to 3 months post publication PMCID or “PMC Journal- In Process” PMCID or NIHMSID
To cite papers, 3 months post publication and beyond PMCID PMCID


Last Updated: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014