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Research & Publishing

This guide will help you find resources related to writing and publishing.

Free Open Access Publishing at PCOM

Did you know that the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Library covers author publishing fees for a multitude of open access journals? If you're interested in publishing articles available to all, read on for instructions for publishing in BioMed Central, BMJ Case Reports, and PLOS ONE.

BioMed Central

Through the Library's membership with BioMed Central, the Library will pay for up to two accepted manuscripts in a 12 month period when you submit using your PCOM email address. This means that you can publish in any BioMed Central journal without paying an author fee. BioMed Central also hosts the SpringerOpen platform.

BioMed Central is an STM (science, technology, and medicine) publisher of peer-reviewed open access journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine, and medicine. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely accessible online immediately upon publication. Authors publishing with BioMed Central retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution License which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction, as long as the original work is correctly cited. 

BMJ Case Reports

The PCOM Library now has an institutional fellowship with BMJ Case Reports, allowing PCOM faculty, staff, and students to submit case reports - manuscripts without paying an individual fee. When you’re ready to submit your report, contact your liaison librarian to get the fellowship code.

BMJ Case Reports accepts cases in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical specialties. BMJ Case Reports makes it easy to submit cases by providing templates for full cases, images in cases, and global health cases. These templates can be accessed, along with additional guidelines for writing, on the Instructions for Authors page.


In partnership with the Department of Research, the Library now pays faculty publication fees for PLOS ONE. The Library will pay for up to two accepted manuscripts in a 12 month period when faculty submit using their PCOM email address.

PLOS ONE is the world’s first multidisciplinary open access journal and accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. PLOS ONE features original research from the natural sciences, medical research, engineering, as well as the related social sciences and humanities that will contribute to the base of scientific knowledge. By not excluding research on the basis of subject area, PLOS ONE facilitates the discovery of connections between research whether within or between disciplines. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported.

Open Access NIH Policy

NIH Public Access Policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.

Key Open Access and Author Rights Resources


DigitalCommons@PCOM is an electronic archive, housing published and unpublished work by PCOM faculty and students as well as publications of classes, departments, and offices. The DigitalCommons provides electronic preservation and persistent access worldwide to the scholarly and creative works of the PCOM community. 

Top 10 Reasons to Utilize the DigitalCommons @ PCOM

  1. Let your scholarship help create a vital portrait of the intellectual life of the College.
  2. Join your professional colleagues who are contributing to institutional repositories.
  3. Extend your influence and possible citation counts.
  4. Expand the potential readership for your research.
  5. Enhance the visibility of your contributions to your profession.
  6. Utilize a free archive for your publications, making them available in an easily accessible format.
  7. Have a personal faculty page in the DigitalCommons with your bibliography hyperlinked to full text articles.
  8. Remove the gateways to your published research and make it easy to locate.
  9. Archive your research for future generations.
  10. Support your institution that supports you.