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Guide to the NIH Public Access Mandate: 3: Your next grant

Researchers funded by the NIH must, at the time they submit articles for publication, also submit the article to PubMed Central for public access. This Guide explains the steps for doing this.

Mandate for Future NIH Grants

As of May 25, 2008, all NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports have to include the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) when citing a paper that falls under the policy* and was authored or co-authored by the investigator, or arose from the investigator’s NIH award. This policy includes applications submitted to the NIH for the May 25, 2008 due date and subsequent due dates.

*The Policy applies to you if your peer-reviewed article is based on work directly funded by a NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 (October 1, 2007- September 30, 2008) or beyond.


Where do I find the PMCID?

There are several ways to find the PubMed Central ID (PMCID):

  1. The PMCID number will be in the email that is sent to the PI when their paper is accepted for review by the PubMed Central system. 
  2. If you know the PMID (PubMed ID) you can use the PMID : PMCID Converter to find the PMCID (or vice versa).
  3. Search the PubMed Central database
    NOTE: This is NOT the same as "PubMed"!

A typical citation will look something like this in PubMed Central, where the PMCID has been bolded:

Species differences in brain gene expression profiles associated with adult behavioral maturation in honey bees
Moushumi Sen Sarma, Charles W Whitfield, and Gene E Robinson
BMC Genomics. 2007; 8: 202. Published online 2007 June 29. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-8-202.
PMCID: PMC1929079

The same citation in PubMed would have looked like this, with the PubMed ID (PMID) bolded:

Sen Sarma M, Whitfield CW, Robinson GE.
Species differences in brain gene expression profiles associated with adult behavioral maturation in honey bees.
BMC Genomics. 2007 Jun 29;8:202.
PMID: 17603883

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