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PubMed Central (PMC) is a “free archive [repository] of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)” (PMC, accessed 20 June 2016; There are two PMC International centres: Europe PMC and PMC Canada. PMC International “is a collaborative effort between NIH and NLM, the publishers whose journal content makes up the PMC archive, and organizations in other countries that share NIH's and NLM's interest in archiving life sciences literature” (


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  4. UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded research

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