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NIH Public Access Policy Compliance: Submission Methods

Learn how to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy

Four Submission Methods

Method A
The journal posts the final published version of the NIH-funded article to PubMed Central (PMC) without author involvement.
Method A Journals

Method B
The author makes arrangements with the publisher to post NIH funded paper to PMC.  This usually involves choosing the publisher's fee-based open access option.
Method B Journals and Publishers

Method C
The author or PI or a delegate deposits the final peer-reviewed manuscript in the NIH Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS). The author or PI is responsible for completing approval steps and ensuring that the final peer-reviewed manuscript is deposited in the NIHMS.

Method D
The publisher deposits the final peer-reviewed manuscript into the NIHMS.  The author or awardee is responsible for completing approval steps and ensuring that the final peer-reviewed manuscript is deposited in the NIHMS.
Method D Publishers

More information about these four submission methods is available.

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