New NIHMS System for Public Access Policy Compliance

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is in the process of updating many of its research support tools for improvements in navigation, usability, and more. The NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system is the latest tool to see changes, which went into effect on January 23, 2020. NIHMS facilitates the submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts for inclusion in the PubMed Central (PMC) database in support of the NIH Public Access Policy. NIHMS also supports the public access policies of other organizations and government agencies.

Here's what's notably new in NIHMS:
  • "My Manuscripts" menu that allows researchers to more easily see the progress of submissions
  • Submission progress graphic for individual deposits (shown below)
  • Ability to easily import metadata (information describing the manuscript) from PubMed, DOIs or My Bibliography while in the first step of the submission
  • Ability for reviewers to more easily preview PMC-ready manuscripts in Web and PDF views
  • "Walkthrough" pop-up window now automatically guides users during the first use of the new system. For subsequent uses, submitters will have to select the walkthrough (walking person) icon for this step-by-step help.
The NIHMS instructions on our NIH Public Access Policy Compliance Guide have been updated to reflect the recent changes and include a link to the new NIHMS step-by-step tutorials (screenshots). Users should still sign in to NIHMS with eRA Commons credentials if they have one, though My NCBI login credentials may be used if an eRA Commons account does not exist.