May 22, 2022

PubMed Central Continues to Expand as a Repository for Federally and Privately-Funded Research

From the NLM Technical Bulletin and PMC-Announce:

Since March 2016, the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system has added support for researchers from the following federal agencies to deposit in PubMed Central (PMC) any manuscripts that fall under the agency’s public access policy:

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR/HHS; intramural only at this time)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; intramural only at this time)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA; intramural/civil servants and grantees)

Manuscript deposit support for all Administration for Community Living (ACL/HHS) researchers will be available in NIHMS by October 2017 and for Department of Homeland Security researchers in early 2018.

Additionally, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Open Access Policy now requires their grantees to make their published research results available in PMC immediately upon publication under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.

Manuscript deposit support is not provided in NIHMS for Gates-funded researchers; rather the final published version of any Gates-funded article is to be deposited directly to PMC by the publisher or a funder-supported data provider without author involvement. More information on this open access policy is available on the Gates Foundation website.

PMC will continue to update the list of participating funding agencies at Public Access and PMC as support is implemented.

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