eRA Commons and MyNCBI: managing your grant citations more easily

eRA Commons and MyNCBI are partnering to make managing your grant bibliographies easier.  Commons requires investigators to submit bibliographies during the submission process for NIH grants.  In the past, investigators entered citations manually.  As of July 23rd, 2010, Commons will no longer be accepting manual submissions.  Instead, they will be leveraging the power of PubMed, the NIH Manuscript Submissions System and PubMed Central via MyNCBI to directly import citations into eRA Commons.

MyNCBI is a customization feature available in PubMed and other NCBI databases like Entrez. MyNCBI not only allows  customization and saved searches, but also has a featured called My Bibliography. My Bibliography  saves citations from PubMed, NIH Manuscript Submissions system and PubMed Central to create bibliographies.  It also gives the ability to add non-Pubmed citations from books, chapters, presentations, meeting abstracts and more.

An investigator can link his existing MyNCBI account to his Commons account or go through Commons to create a new MyNCBI account.  Instructions for creating and linking accounts can be found on the eRA site. After investigators link their MyNCBI and Commons accounts, citations they have saved in My Bibliography will appear automatically in their Commons account. The investigator or his designate will then be able to associate papers with grant awards.   The Office of Extramural Research hopes this will improve the quality of citation data and NIH Public Access Policy compliance.

Dates to note:

  • July 22, 2010: Manual citations added to a Commons account should be moved to MyNCBI
  • July 23, 2010: Investigators will no longer be able to add manual citations to Commons
  • October 22, 2010: Commons will no longer display citations manually entered into Commons.  All citations previously entered will be removed from the Commons system.

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<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

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