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National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy (NIH PAP)

A guide for compliance with NIH PAP

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Navigating the NIH Manuscript Submission Process video published on March 17, 2016 by NCBI.

Depositing your Paper

If your publisher does not directly deposit your article into PMC, you will need to use the NIH Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS). To find out which one you need to use, please check with the PMC journal list or contact your publisher.

NIH Manuscript Submission System

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) developed the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system to facilitate the submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts for inclusion in PubMed Central (PMC) in support of the NIH Public Access Policy. Since its inception in 2005, NIHMS has expanded to support the public access policies of other organizations and government agencies. The NIHMS system allows users, such as authors, principal investigators, and publishers to supply material for conversion to XML documents in a format that can be ingested by PMC. Depositing a manuscript in NIHMS for inclusion in PMC is a multi-step process, requiring an author to approve the deposited files and associated funding before conversion and the PMC-ready version after conversion.(Source: About NIHMS)

There are a variety of log-in options based on researcher affiliation.


"Overview of NIHMS submission process" Retrieved from NIHMS

NIHMS Submission Process Infographic

NIHMS Submission Flow Chart