National Institutes of Health (NIH) PubMed Central (PMC)

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research. Upon acceptance for publication, NIH requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central. To help advance science and improve human health, our policy also requires that the full publication be accessible to the public.

PMC is a free digital archive of full-text scientific literature in biomedical and life sciences.  With a mandate to collect and preserve biomedical literature, PMC serves as a digital counterpart to the National Library of Medicine’s extensive print journal collection.

If your paper was supported by federal funding and is subject to the Public Access Policy, you may deposit your paper in PMC using Method C. Method C is initiated by the author. We do not deposit papers in PMC. Moreover, the full manuscript cannot be made available earlier than 12 months after publication. During this 12-month period, the PMC depository allows you to clearly label articles for the full 12-month embargo. During the depositing process, please note our embargo period of 12 months applies to authors who did not purchase the Open Access option. For authors who purchased Open Access, the embargo is lifted.

For a brief understanding of the differences in PubMed Central and PubMed see link.

Matrix for Posting Manuscripts at Pub Central (PMC) and PubMed
Based on Federal Funding and Open Access
The matrix is based on the fact that Am J Health Behav IS currently indexed in PubMed

Federally Funded PapersNon-Federally Funded PapersOpen Access PapersNot Open Access Papers
Who Owns CopyrightAJHBAJHBAuthorAJHB
Posting at PMCMandatoryNoMandatory if federally fundedMandatory if federally funded
Who Posts at PMCAuthorNoAuthor, only if federally fundedAuthor, only if federally funded
Embargo at PMC1-year embargo requiredCannot post at PMC; blocked from posting freely anywhereCannot post at PMC unless federally funded; free to post anywhere, anytimeCannot post at PMC unless federally funded; blocked from posting freely anywhere
Posting at PubMedYes, AJHB is indexed in PubMedYes, AJHB is indexed in PubMedYes, AJHB is indexed in PubMedYes, AJHB is indexed in PubMed
Who Posts at PubMedAJHB since indexed in PubMedAJHB since indexed in PubMedAJHB since indexed in PubMedAJHB since indexed in Pub Med
Shared with PublicOnly for research purposes; no depositories other than PubMedOnly for research purposes; no depositories other than PubMedOpenly shared anytime, anywhereOnly for research purposes; no depositories other than PubMed
International Papers Posting at PMCMandatory, these are rareNoMandatory if federally fundedMandatory if federally funded
Depositing in University or Private DepositoriesNot allowed, only allowed at PubMedNot allowedAllowedNot allowed

If additional questions arise, contact journal offices.