Public Access Policy

The 2008 NIH Public Access policy requires researchers to make any publications resulting from NIH funding to be publicly available. Any publication is compliant if it has received a PMCID number.
Unlike PubMed, PubMed Central contains full text articles, including any supplementary material.

Some journals will automatically submit your article to PMC. To determine which journals will submit without your input, please visit the Submission Process site.
If your journal does not submit your article, you can submit it yourself. You will need the journal name, manuscript title, NIH funding source and manuscript files.

Steps to ensure compliance with the Public Access Policy:

1. Sign up for My NCBI account

2. Link My NCBI to your eRA Commons account

  • After logging into My NCBI, go to username in upper right-hand corner
  • Link account to eRA Commons

3. Add NIH funded publication from PubMed (or manually) to your “My Bibliography”

  • Check your publications in PubMed and go to “Send to”
  • Choose “My Bibliography” (“other citations” are used for articles that you have not authored)

4. Ensure that NIH funded publications are on track for entering PMC

  • In “Award view” connect publications to funding source

5. Check that citations appear as compliant in “My Bibliography”

  • Any publication is compliant, if it has a PMCID number

For additional questions, please visit the NIH webinar: NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy: PubMed Central Submissions, My NCBI, My Bibliography and SciENcv. Slides and Q&A are on the FTP site ( A live re-broadcast of the webinar will be held on April 21, 2015 at 1 PM US eastern time. Please register for this event at the registration page. Attendance is limited to the first 500 registrants.