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Do I Need a PMCID?

The NIH Public Access Policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. Each manuscript will receive a PMCID once it is submitted and approved by the author or publisher.

Do I need a PMCID? If you answer yes to the following questions, you will need to apply for a PMCID.

  1. Was the article accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008?
  2. Was the article peer-reviewed?
  3. Was the article a result of NIH funding, CPRIT, OR CCSG support? (80% of MD Anderson research is supported by the CCSG. Please check to see if your research was supported by the CCSG.

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