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Options for Submitting Your Manuscript

Publish with a journal that participates in PubMed Central.

  • 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.
  • The list of journals that participate in PubMed Central is found at
    http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm
  • Publish with a journal that will deposit manuscripts for you.

  • Some publishers, while not participating in PubMed Central themselves, will upon request send copies of manuscripts to PMC.  Elsevier has had a policy since 2006 to submit articles to PMC on the author’s behalf; other examples of such programs are Blackwell Publishing's Online Open, Oxford Journals' Oxford Open, and Springer's Open Choice.   The University of Connecticut Library staff can help you determine if a particular journal will deposit articles on your behalf.
  • 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.
  • Some publishers may charge a fee for this service, but you can avoid that fee by submitting your manuscript yourself. You are not required to pay the publisher to do this for you.
  • Submit the manuscript yourself.

    If the journal in which you are publishing does not deposit either the published or manuscript version of your article, you will need to do it yourself using the NIH Manuscript Submission System. Depositing a manuscript takes only a few minutes and can be done by the primary investigator or a third-party. Here are some things to keep in mind.
  • What to submit: An electronic version of the final, peer-reviewed manuscript, including all graphics and supplemental material associated with the article.  Note that you will need the permission of the publisher to submit a PDF provided by them.
  • When to submit: Upon acceptance for publication.
  • How to submit: Go to http://www.nihms.nih.gov/, label the manuscript with the correct author names, grant #, etc., and then submit.