PubMed Central Reference Number (PMCID) in publications and citations

BLaST is excited to see work published by any of our researchers. However, we need to follow guidelines under the NIH. Following this process is extremely important as the NIH will delay processing and funding for awards that are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.
Any publication, poster, or other presentation (talks, news releases. interviews, and articles, and internet-based communications) of BLaST-supported research requires acknowledgement. Scientific publications must include acknowledgement of NIH award support:
FULL NIH STATEMENT TO INCLUDE: Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Numbers UL1GM118991, TL4GM118992, or RL5GM118990. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
For Posters/ powerpoint presentations, flyers, brochures, or media to the public presenting your BLAST funded research: the following UAF AA/EEO and non-discrimination statement must also be added fo the NIH statement:
BLaST is supported by the NIH with the linked awards; TL4GM118992, RL5GM118990, UL1GM118991. UA is an AA/EEO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:
In addition to the acknowledgement and statement to posters, flyers, brochures, and powerpoint presentations, the BLaST Logo, CNSM logo, and the NIH Diversity Programs Consortium logo must be added.
PMCID/PMC: If you are submitting a manuscript, the NIH public access policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds (e.g. BLaST) to PubMed Central (DIFFERENT from PubMed) immediately upon acceptance for publication. To comply with this policy, you will need to follow these three steps:

1) Address Copyright

Why is this important? As BLaST provides support for research, we are required by NIH to ensure work supported is fully acknowledged. Institutions and investigators are responsible for ensuring full compliance with the Public Access Policy when working with a publisher (e.g. that any publishing or copyright agreements are consistent with submitting to PMC). Authors (you, the BLaST researcher) should work with the publisher before any rights are transferred to ensure that all conditions of the NIH Public Access Policy can be met. Authors should avoid signing any agreements with publishers that do not allow the author to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

2) Deposit Paper Upon Acceptance for Publication

  • Method A : Publish in a journal that deposits all NIH-funded final published articles in PMC without author involvement.
  • Method B : Make arrangements to have a publisher deposit a specific final published article in PMC.
  • Method C : Deposit the final peer-reviewed manuscript in PMC yourself via the NIHMS.
  • Method D : Complete the submission process for a final peer-reviewed manuscript that the publisher has deposited via the NIHMS.

3) Cite Article

Include the PMC number (PMCID) for applicable papers in applications, proposals and reports, as described at

Please read the below FAQs to assist you in this process. Visit the NIH Public Access page for additional information about including PMCID in citations or contact Amy Topkok at with any questions or concerns about your publication.

Additionally, anyone submitting an application, proposal or report to the NIH must include the PMC reference number (PMCID) when citing applicable papers that they author or that arise from NIH funded research.


Publication Examples

As we are in our fourth year of our five year grant, we are excited to start seeing publications being produced as well as papers in journals. Here are a few of those so others may use them as examples. Way to go!

Jerome, S. P., Sticka, K. D., Schnurr, T. M., Mangum, S. J., Reynolds, A. J., & Dunlap, K. L. (2017). 25(OH)D levels in trained versus sedentary university students at 64° north. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 76(1), 1314414.

Raven Shaw, a previous Fall 2016 - Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) student and now a 2017-2018 Scholar, has been working with the tribal organization Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA) and the Southeast Alaska Tribal Oceanic Research (SEATOR) Center informing the public in Southeast Alaska on the dangers of Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). Please see this plankton identifying booklet that was illustrated by Raven, working with Esther Kennedy, the environmental specialist at STA.

Informal Guide to Plankton ID Booklet (11 pages)

Check out our August 2017 Newsletter! Pack full of our new group of undergraduates, graduates, and faculty and staff information. Look for future issues here.


August 2017 Issue