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PubMed Learning Center

Following is a collection of resources that DCL has put together over the years to help publishers understand the NLM's PubMed Central repository.

PubMed Central Primer and XML101

To index journal articles in PubMed requires full-text JATS XML – and publishers only have three chances to submit valid XML or their PMC application is declined. This can be a confusing and intimidating process for some publishers. This recorded webinar provides a primer to demystify the process.

PubMed, PubMed Central – Ask the Experts

DCL specializes in the conversion and submission of documents to PubMed Central. DCL's Devorah Ashlem and David Turner discuss the intricacies of the XML specification in this recorded webinar.



The PMC team maintains a list of frequently asked questions they receive. If you have a question, the answer is likely found here.


PMC Process

This page describes the process for including a journal in PubMed Central (PMC) as well as the pre-application requirements. 


Journal Selection

The scientific quality assessment for PMC focuses on the scientific rigor of the articles examined. This page details the criteria for journal selection.


Direct Inquiries

The PMC staff are available via email and are an extremely pleasant group to work with! Click the arrow below to email PMC directly.


Collection Development Guidelines

This resource details guidelines that determine whether a publication is a journal that is eligible for inclusion in the PubMed Central collection. 


MEDLINE, PubMed, and PubMed Central

The NLM resources MEDLINE, PubMed, and PubMed Central are similar yet different. Click the arrow to understand the differences.

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