The following questions are answered on this page. If you have other questions, feel free to contact us
PASS supports Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) Open Access policy by facilitating submission of an author’s accepted manuscripts to JScholarship, JHU’s institutional repository.
Additionally, PASS supports existing workflows for federal funding agencies’ public access policy submission into PubMed Central (PMC) - used by NIH and the other funding agencies listed below:
Programmatic submission from PASS to NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) and submission status updates
Programmatic submission from PASS to NIHMS without submission status updates
While programmatic integration is not currently possible, PASS does provide a link to these agencies’ submission portal and provides a list of relevant metadata to aid with submission process
As of July 1, 2018, Johns Hopkins University has implemented a university wide open access policy that expects every scholarly article produced by full-time faculty members of Johns Hopkins University be accessible in an open access repository. To learn more about this policy visit the Office of the Provost's webpages on Open Access at Johns Hopkins.
Each submission may go through a different process for each repository. The PASS team will continue to work with funding agencies to improve integration with their repositories, and bring PASS users more convenient features and streamlined workflows. The current processes are described below:
Within a few hours of submitting your manuscript files to PubMed Central through PASS, you will be contacted by the National Institutes of Health Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS) to approve the processing of the submission. At that point your submission will be assigned a NIHMSID, which can be used to demonstrate public access policy compliance while your submission is being processed.
NIHMS staff will review the submission for completeness and accuracy. If any additional information is required, NIHMS will contact you to request changes. If no further information is required, the submission will be formatted for PMC publication.
Once the processing stage is complete, you will be contacted again by NIHMS for final approval of the documents before publication in PMC. A PMCID will be assigned once the final approval has been received and the manuscript is matched to a PubMed record with complete citation information. The manuscript will then be made publicly available in PMC following the publisher-required embargo period, where applicable.
For submissions citing an NIH grant for which you are or were the PI, PASS will be able to retrieve and display submissions, NIHMSID, and PMCID as they become available.
You can read more about the NIHMS process in the NIHMS Help booklet on the NIH website.
Manuscripts submitted to JScholarship will be assigned an ID and link within several hours, which will be visible through PASS. The manuscript will also be publicly accessible within hours, or following any publisher-required embargo period, where applicable. Content within JScholarship is harvested and indexed by search engines such as Google.
PASS does not automatically create or track submissions to ERIC, but it does identify manuscripts that are subject to the ED public access policy and provides a link to ERIC submission portal.
PASS does not automatically create or track submissions to DEC, but it does identify manuscripts that are subject to the USAID public access policy and provides a link to USAID submission portal.
Whether articles are automatically submitted to PubMed Central by a publisher varies depending on the journal. Each journal falls into one of the following categories:
When there is a fee or you must make your own arrangements, PASS can be used to submit the article to PubMed Central directly without fee. For more information on the various submission paths used by journals, visit the NIH public access website.
Records of prior NIH submissions displayed in PASS go back to January 2013. Each night, updated Submission information is loaded into PASS from the NIH Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS). This information contains the public access compliance status of articles associated with NIH grants. If you are a PI on an NIH grant and have articles that are associated with those grants in PubMed, you may see the following on your Submissions page:
The information for these submissions comes directly from NIH. Please feel free to contact us if there are problems with the information so that we can contact NIH.
Many journals make allowances for self-archiving and compliance with access policies implemented by a funder or institution. You can look up many publishers’ policies for copyright and self-archiving on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. If a journal does not allow open sharing of your article, you may be able to negotiate with them to make an exception. For help with copyright negotiation, or any other copyright related questions, please contact Robin Sinn at the Office of Scholarly Communication.
Anyone with valid Johns Hopkins login credentials can use PASS. This includes faculty, staff, students and other Johns Hopkins associates.
Grants with end dates after January 1, 2011 have been loaded into PASS from the Johns Hopkins grant management system, COEUS. You can expect to see grants for which you are listed as a PI, or Co-PI, or CO-I. If you find any issue with these grant records, please contact us.
Submitters from across all JHU divisions can indicate that an author’s accepted manuscript of a journal article is about prior or current COVID-19 related research using a simple checkbox in PASS. This will ensure that the files are deposited in a collection dedicated to that topic: JHU COVID-19 Publications. This provides a dedicated space for this important and comprehensive information related to COVID-19 and follows the guidance of the Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy.
Once you are in PASS and on the file upload screen, you may receive a notice that PASS has found an open access copy of your research. PASS will retrieve existing open access copies of your manuscript that you can choose rather than uploading your own copy. You must either select the manuscript found or upload your own version of the file to proceed, but please do not do both.
PASS integrates with the UnPaywall API and uses your article’s DOI to search for an existing open access version.
An author’s accepted manuscript is the peer-reviewed version of the manuscript, accepted for publication by the journal.
Check SHERPA/RoMEO to determine whether you can submit the author’s accepted manuscript or the publisher’s PDF to open access repositories.