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Open access

Open access

DH / NIHR-funded research and Europe PubMed Central

The Department of Health (DH) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), in association with a number of other UK biomedical funders, is a partner in an initiative to establish Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC)Link open in a new window.

Led by the Wellcome Trust, the aim of this initiative is to create a stable, permanent and free-to-digital archive of the full text, peer reviewed research publications (and datasets) that arise from research funded through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and other members of the Europe PMC Funders GroupLink open in a new window.

The DH and MRC require electronic copies of all research papers, final reports and / or summaries of research funded in part or in full by the DH or MRC, and which have been accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal, to be deposited at the earliest opportunity (within six months) in Europe PMC. This applies to all funding applications submitted since 1st October 2006 for MRC-funded reports and 1 April 2007 for DH-funded reports.

The editorial office will arrange for your published report to be deposited with Europe PMC. You will then be contacted directly by Europe PMC and asked to log on to their system to check the details and give your approval before the report appears on the Europe PMC site.

The preferred mechanism for depositing other articles published in peer reviewed journals is for the journal itself to make the deposit to Europe PMC. If an article is not published in an open access journal the responsibility rests with the author, and Europe PMC will accept final, peer reviewed manuscripts of such articles once they have been accepted for publication.

Please see the NIHR Policy on Open Access for its funded research.


An increasing number of universities, both in the UK and globally, are developing electronic institutional repositories (EPrints) in which they encourage their researchers to deposit their research material. This practice is part of a move towards an open access publication approach to research activities, aimed at improving dissemination, access and citations to research.

The NIHR actively encourages researchers, whose own universities have developed an institutional repository, to deposit any research articles relating to their funded project, including the final published NIHR journal issue, into this facility. The Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)Link open in a new window is available from the EPrints websiteLink open in a new window.

Please note that each institutional repository is likely to have its own system requirements for data entry. However, for consistency, the journal name must be entered correctly (as it appears on the NIHR Journals Library website) and the publisher stated as the "NIHR Journals Library".

If you have any queries about entering details of your research into your institutional repository please contact the editorial office.