Routes to depositing in PMC

Gold (paid-for) open access

If you are funded by MRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) or British Heart Foundation (BHF), and you are paying for gold open access, the publisher should send the final version of record of your paper to PubMed Central (PMC) once it is published. However, it is the responsibility of the funded author to ensure that the paper meets the requirements, so we recommend checking that the deposit has been made.

Green (self-archiving) open access

If your funder requires deposit in PMC but you are not paying a fee for gold open access, the author accepted manuscript may be deposited. Some publishers will do this on your behalf, or you may need to do it yourself. Some publishers require an embargo to be added to the paper, which you can do as part of the deposit process. The length of embargo required can be checked using Sherpa Romeo. Note that an embargo longer than 6 months is not compliant with most funders’ open access policies. If you need any help determining compliance or the embargo required, contact the open access team.

If the publisher automatically deposits the published version and you also need to deposit the accepted version yourself, you may encounter a message that stops you completing the process. If this happens, you will need to contact the EPMC helpdesk to allow you to complete the submission.

For more information on the two deposit routes, and a diagram illustrating how to determine which applies to your paper, see the How papers get into PMC guide from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the body who developed and maintain PubMed.

Please note that PMC deposit is only possible where the paper has funding from one or more bodies in EPMC’s 
list of funders.


How to deposit my paper into PMC

These videos and more detailed information about using Europe PMC plus can be found in the Europe PMC plus User guide.

Europe PMC plus

Creating a submission

A video tutorial for Europe PMC plus explaining how to create a submission in Europe PMC plus

Creating a submission

Creating a submission

Creating a submission

A video tutorial for Europe PMC plus explaining how to create a submission in Europe PMC plus

Checking your submission status

Checking your submission status

Checking your submission status

A video tutorial for Europe PMC plus explaining how to check the status of your submissions

Reviewing a submission

Reviewing a submission

Reviewing a submission

A video tutorial for Europe PMC plus explaining how review a submission that has been submitted on your behalf by another user