To demonstrate compliance, all papers that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy must be cited using the PMCID or NIHMSID in all applications, proposals and reports submitted to the NIH.
More detail about the different ID types and when to use them is included below. Click here for information on locating a PMCID.
PMIDs and PMCIDs are not the same:
Note: For a given PMID (or list of them), you can use the PMCID/PMID/NIHMSID Converter to obtain the PMCID or NIHMSID if they exist.
Overview of Accepted IDs in Citations
Journal deposits final published articles in PubMed Central without author involvement
Author asks publisher to deposit specific final published article in PMC
Author deposits final peer-reviewed manuscript in PMC via the NIHMS
Author completes submission of final peer-reviewed manuscript deposited by publisher in the NIHMS
|To cite papers, from acceptance for publication to 3 months post publication||PMCID or “PMC Journal- In Process”||PMCID or “PMC Journal- In Process”||PMCID or NIHMSID||PMCID or NIHMSID|
|To cite papers, 3 months post publication and beyond||PMCID||PMCID||PMCID||PMCID|
Adapted from NIH Public Access Policy site
Principal investigators with eRA Commons accounts will use the My NCBI My Bibliography tool to manage and populate their professional bibliographies. PIs must have a My NCBI account in order to access My Bibliography and the account must be linked with an eRA Commons account. PIs may designate a delegate to maintain My Bibliography content on their behalf.
References pulled from PubMed using RefWorks will automatically contain PMCID's if they exist in the PubMed record. Choose the "NIH - National Institutes of Health" output style when creating a grant-related Word document.
EndNote X3 and more recent versions store PMCIDs in the Custom 2 field and NIHMSIDs in the Custom 6 field. To add these IDs to existing EndNote citations, highlight incomplete citations and rightclick to select Find Reference Updates, then Update Empty Fields. The NIH output style includes these fields.
For those using EndNote (X2 or earlier), instructions are available on the EndNote website. After clicking on the provided link, select "Importing PMCID numbers".