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NIH Public Access Policy

This guide provides an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy and how to ensure your research and publications are compliant with its requirements.

Overview - The NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)

The NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system facilitates the submission process of peer-reviewed, accepted manuscripts for inclusion in PubMed Central (PMC) in compliance with the NIH or participating funder's public access policy. Complete files undergo a conversion process before being sent to PMC.

Flowchart showing the steps in the process from initial deposit of a manuscript into NIHMS to the document being available in PubMed Central

Logging in to NIHMS

To log in to NIHMS:

  1. Go to the NIHMS login page and use your eRA Commons credentials to log in                                                          You can also log in to NIHMS at with your credentials

  2. Manuscripts that are already in NIHMS can be tracked, and you can use the "Submit New Manuscript" button to begin a new manuscript submission