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Making the Most of My NCBI: About My NCBI


The pages on this guide demonstrate the features of My NCBI.  Click on the tabs above to learn how to sign up for a My NCBI account, to save searches and collections of articles, to store the citations to your papers to use in grant reports and biosketches,  to manage compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, and to generate formatted biosketches to use at

About My NCBI

My NCBI is a powerful tool for use in PubMed and other Entrez databases.  After creating your account and signing in, you can:

Use the My Bibliography feature to:

  • Save searches and/or collections of citations and manage them online
    • Search by subject, author, or journal
    • Can use PubMed limits and MeSH subheadings for a very focused search
    • Can search a broad topic and limit to key journals
  • Schedule automatic email alerts to your saved searches.
  • Select display formats and features like highlighting search terms in result lists
  • Choose filters to group and manage your results
  • Save your citations as required by the NIH for NIH progress reports and non-competing renewals.
  •  Manage article compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
    • Use Awards View to see whether your journal articles are in compliance. 
    • Submit manuscripts to PubMed Central or designate articles as ones to which the NIH Public Access Policy does not apply.
    • Associate a PI's publications to NIH extramural awards.
    • Link to your eRA Commons account and assign a delegate to manage citations in My Bibliography (optional.)


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