The NIH Public Access Policy requires all peer-reviewed articles that result from research funded by NIH and published after April 7, 2008 be added to PubMed Central and have a PMCID number.
In order for articles to be eligible to receive a PMCID, they must meet three criteria:
For more step-by-step help, take a look at our guide on: NIH Public Access Policy & Biosketch.
The diagram above from Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library depicts the overall process involved in the NIH Public Access Policy. It illustrates what systems are involved and the interactions between those systems. The steps a PI/author needs to take are illustrated, with those that are typically problematic highlighted in red.
View this chart from the Becker Medical Library on how your NIH accounts are linked together.