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NIH Public Access Policy: Citations & PMCID

Information on the NIH Public Access Policy

How to Find your PubMed Citations ID (PMCID)

PMCID'S

When citing applicable papers in any applications, proposals, or reports you submit to the NIH, you must include the PubMed Central ID number (NOT the PubMed ID Number).

Over 3 months after publication:

List the PubMed Central number (PMCID) at the end of the full citation

Less than 3 months after publication or in-press:

Add PMCID at the end of the full citation if you have it
Add 'PMC Journal - In Process' at the end of the full citation (Submission Method A or B)
Add a valid NIH Manuscript Submission System reference number (NIHMSID) at the end of the full citation (Submission Method C or D)
Note: This applies to articles for which you are either the PI of the NIH award or an author of the article. It does not apply to article you cite but have no affiliation with.

Additional instructions from NIH

PMID vs. PMCID

This is a screenshot of a record in the PubMed database (Note the PubMed logo in the top left corner). You can see the difference in the PMID # and the PMCID #. 

PMCID Number in PubMed Central

This is a screenshot of an article in the PubMed Central database. You can note the PubMed Central (PMC) logo in the top left corner.

 

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