NIHMS Service

Submitting Manuscripts to the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)

It is the responsibility of the author to make sure their manuscript is submitted to PubMed Central by one of these methods.

Method A: Publish in a journal that deposits all final published articles in PubMed Central (PMC) without author involvement.

Method B: Make arrangements to have the publisher deposit a specific final published article in PubMed Central.

Method C: Deposit the final peer-reviewed manuscript in PubMed Central yourself via the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)

Method D: Complete the submission process for a final peer-reviewed manuscript that the publisher has deposited in the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).

The Health Sciences Library can assist you with Method C, submitting the manuscript to PubMed Central through the NIHMS.


Method C: Submitting a manuscript via NIHMS

Submitting a final peer-reviewed manuscript to PubMed Central (PMC) via the NIHMS involves three tasks, as explained below.  Task 1 may be done by an author or by someone in the authorís organization (e.g., an assistant or a librarian). This task usually takes less than 10 minutes.

The Health Sciences Library staff can complete this task for you or train your assistant to do this. 

Tasks 2 and 3 must by done by the author.

Task 1: Deposit Manuscript Files and Link to NIH Funding

Upload a copy of the accepted final peer-reviewed manuscript and associated files (e.g., Microsoft Word document and figures) via the NIHMS.  At the same time, identify the NIH funding associated with the manuscript.  It usually takes less than 10 minutes to complete this task.

Task 2: Authorize NIH to Process the Manuscript

The author designates the number of months after publication when the manuscript may be made publicly available in PMC.  The author then signs off, via the NIHMS, on a statement that confirms that the deposit of the manuscript is consistent with any publication and copyright agreements, and that NIH may begin processing the manuscript for use in PMC.

Task 3: Approve the PMC-formatted Manuscript for Public Display

The NIHMS will convert the deposited files into a standard PMC format, and email the author to approve the PMC-formatted manuscript for public display.  The author reviews and approves the PMC-formatted manuscript via the NIHMS. Corrections to the manuscript, if necessary, may be requested at this time. 

Following completion of task 3, PMC will automatically make the paper publicly available after the designated delay period has expired.


For More Information

See our Guide to Compliance page for more information and links to the NIH Public Access policy.

For submission assistance or training, please contact Judi Bergjord at 402-280-5199 or