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Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC)
DescriptionEurope PMC: a full-text literature database for the life sciences and platform for innovation
Research center European Bioinformatics Institute
AuthorsEurope PMC Consortium
Primary citationEurope PMC Consortium (2015) [1]
Release date2007 (2007)

Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) is an open-access repository which contains millions of biomedical research works. It was known as UK PubMed Central until 1 November 2012. [2]


Europe PMC provides free access to more than 3.7 million full-text biomedical and life sciences research articles and over 31 million citations. [3] Europe PMC contains some citation information and includes text mining based marked up text that links to external molecular and medical datasets. [1] [4] The Europe PMC funders group requires that articles describing the results of biomedical and life sciences research they have supported be made freely available in Europe PMC within 6 months of publication to maximise the impact of the work that they fund. [5]

The Grant Lookup facility allows users to search for information in a wide variety of different ways on over 56,700 grants awarded by the Europe PMC funders. [6]

Most content is mirrored from PubMed Central, which manages the deposit of entire books and journals. [7] Additionally, Europe PMC offers a manuscript submission system, Europe PMC plus, [8] which allows scientists to self-deposit their peer-reviewed research articles for inclusion in the Europe PMC collection. [9]


The Europe PMC project was originally launched in 2007 as the first 'mirror' site to PMC, which aims to provide international preservation of the open and free-access biomedical and life sciences literature. It forms part of a network of PMC International [10] (PMCI) repositories that includes PubMed Central Canada. Europe PMC is not an exact "mirror" of the PMC database but has developed some different features. [1] [4] On 15 February 2013 CiteXplore was subsumed under Europe PubMed Central. [11]

The resource is managed and developed by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory- European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), on behalf of an alliance of 27 biomedical and life sciences research funders, led by the Wellcome Trust. [5]

Europe PMC is supported by 27 organisations: Academy of Medical Sciences, Action on Hearing Loss, Alzheimer's Society, Arthritis Research UK, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Bloodwise, Breast Cancer Now, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Executive Health Department, Diabetes UK, the Department of Health, the Dunhill Medical Trust, the European Research Council, Marie Curie, the Medical Research Council, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Myrovlytis Trust, the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), Parkinson's UK, Prostate Cancer UK, Telethon Italy, the Wellcome Trust, the World Health Organization and Worldwide Cancer Research (formerly Association for International Cancer Research). [12]

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  1. ^ a b c Europe PMC Consortium (2015). "Europe PMC: a full-text literature database for the life sciences and platform for innovation". Nucleic Acids Res. 43 (Database issue): D1042–8. doi: 10.1093/nar/gku1061. PMC  4383902. PMID  25378340.
  2. ^ Kinsey, Anna (1 November 2012). "UKPMC becomes Europe PubMed Central". Europe PubMed Central. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Europe PMC Content Holdings".
  4. ^ a b "UKPMC: a full text article resource for the life sciences", Nucleic Acids Research, 2011 January; 39 (Database issue): D58–D65
  5. ^ a b "Funders - About - Europe PubMed Central". Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  6. ^ "UK Pubmed Central (UKPMC)", Reference Reviews, 2011 ; 25 (8): 41-42
  7. ^ "How can a journal/book be added to Europe PMC?".
  8. ^ "Prepare for the new Europe PMC plus". 2019-03-25.
  9. ^ "How do research publications get into Europe PMC?".
  10. ^ "PMC International". Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  11. ^ CiteXplore
  12. ^ "Europe PubMed Central Funders". Retrieved 2015-05-01.

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