PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM). All the articles in PubMed Central are free (sometimes on a delayed basis). Some journals go beyond free, to Open Access.
Detailed FAQ available on the PMC website.
NLM is digitizing the earlier print issues of many PMC journals and material dating back to mid- to late- 1800s or early 1900s can be found.
The currency and age of material in PubMed Central varies by journal. Many journals make their content available in PMC as soon as it is published. Others may delay release of content in PMC for anywhere from a few months to a few years after publication, but most provide free access to full text within a year of publication.
PubMed Central is an archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Participation by publishers in PMC is voluntary, although participating journals must meet certain editorial and technical standards. PMC, itself, is not a publisher. For a complete list of journals see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/
Type of coverage
Indexing and full-text.
Print counterpart or
There is no print equivalent.
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U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)