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Citing Federally Funded Research


As an NIH-funded organization, the CTSC requires all investigators employing CTSC-supported research in their publications to comply with NIH citation policies. All publications resulting from federally funded research must have a PubMed Central Reference Number (PMCID) to comply with NIH policy. This applies to all publications resulting from CTSC-supported research. This citation is critical for the CTSC and all research facilities who receive federal funding.

Awardee and Publisher Responsibilities

Requesting a PMCID is the responsibility of the awardee. Awardees may coordinate with their publisher to request or include the PMCID, but should not assume their publishers have requested the PMCID.

Requesting on Schedule

A PMCID must be requested as soon as the research is accepted for publication. No submittal window is provided in which to request a PMCID. The NIH 12-month submittal window for publication refers only to public availability on PubMed Central.

Obtaining a PMCID

Investigators may obtain a PMCID in one of three ways:
  1. Request a New PMCID. Submit a manuscript to PubMed Central through the NIH Manuscript Submission System.
  2. Find an Existing PMCID. PMCID for published papers are listed in the lower right corner of the Abstract Plus view of PubMed. If the paper is successfully processed but not yet publicly available on PubMed, PubMed will also list the date the paper will become available. 
  3. Convert a PMID or NIHMSID. Use the PMCID-PMID Manuscript ID Converter. Papers with PubMed-ID (PMID) or NIH Manuscript Submission Reference Numbers (NIHMSID) do not satisfy the NIH policy for citing federal research.

Using the PMCID in Literature

  • Include a PMCID at the end of each citation in a peer-reviewed journal article using the following format: PMCID: PMCxxxxxxx (xxxxxxx = character string assigned by PubMed Central)
  • When a citation for federally funded research appears PMCIDs should appear in each citation of a peer reviewed journal article.
  • Papers that have been accepted but do not have an assigned PMCID yet may use the following: PMCID: PMC Journal - In Process
  • Citations may also end with the following when appropriate: Not a peer reviewed journal article.

Defining CTSC-Supported Research

Support from the CTSC takes many forms, including but not limited to:
  • Pilot funding
  • Use of infrastructure/space
  • Biostatistics consultation
  • Clinical research unit use
  • Clinical and core laboratory use
  • Community-engaged research support
Cite the CTSC in all applicable research publications, and submit all CTSC-supported publications to PubMed Central.

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