To submit the manuscript, you will need the grant number from the Principal Investigator (PI); the manuscript, and any supplemental data (figures and/or tables, etc.); the name of the journal in which the manuscript appears; and the title of the manuscript. Upon submission, the system will generate a receipt of the uploaded files in the PDF format. Submitters confirm that the documents have been successfully received by NIHMS and a NIHMS ID number is issued. Then there are several review and approval steps, by the author or PI, for initial approvals and to designate the number of months after publication when the manuscript may be made publicly available in PMC. Within a couple of weeks, a PMCID (PubMed Central ID) is assigned and emailed to the author and the PI.
Near the time when the article is about to be published, the author receives another e-mail requesting final approval of the document. Prior to this time, the PMCID can be viewed in PubMed Central. PMC will automatically make the paper available at the appropriate time.