New - Expanded Eligibility for Spanish-Language Journals!

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has expanded the eligibility requirements for PubMed Central (PMC), NLM's full-text digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, to consider applications from non-MEDLINE journals published primarily in Spanish. Prior to this update, PMC's Language Guidelines required that the full-text content of a non-MEDLINE journal be published largely in English to be eligible to apply to the archive. This policy update will broaden the PMC eligibility requirements to be more inclusive of non-English-language journals and increase the global representation in NLM's literature databases.

As with English-language journals, Spanish-language journals must meet PMC's Pre-Application Requirements and must be suitable for the NLM Collection (according to the Collection Development Guidelines of the NLM). Additionally, while not a requirement, journals are strongly encouraged to publish English translations of article titles and abstracts to enhance discovery.

At this time, individual publishers will initially be limited to submitting one Spanish-language title at a time, and decision times are expected to exceed the standard timeframes. Publishers and journals interested in participating can send an email to for more information on how to apply.

Full announcement from NLM Technical Bulletin appears here.