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NIH Public Access @ UCSD: What is PMC?

Resources to help the UCSD research community comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

What is PMC?

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From the PubMed Central (PMC) Overview:

  • PMC is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), one of the institutes that make up the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • It is the official repository for papers submitted in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • As an archive, PMC is designed to provide permanent access to all of its content.
  • All PMC literature is free, but are still under copyright protection and some may be delayed by an embargo of up to 12 months, as requested by some publishers.
  • While some journals in PMC are fully 'open access', there are key differences between Public Access and Open Access.