Does the journal you're publishing in submit for you, or do you have to do it yourself? When do you have to pay open access fees? What are embargo periods? Here are the quick answers:
- Method A Journals automatically submit for you and no action is required on your part.
- Method B publishers will deposit the final article to PMC for you upon request, but typically charge a fee.
- Method D publishers will deposit the final peer-reviewed manuscript to PMC for you upon request and usually do not charge a fee, but you will be required to log in to NIHMS to complete additional steps in the submission process.
If your journal/publisher is not on any of these lists, you must notify the publisher that you are required to submit to PMC under the Public Access Policy. Depending on the publisher, you may be required to specify an embargo period when you submit the peer-reviewed manuscript to PMC. You must still deposit the manuscript in the NIHMS immediately, but in the submission process, you can specify an embargo of up to 12 months.