Archive for the ‘Life Sciences’ Category

The new NIH biosketch format is required starting in May 2015

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The National Institutes of Health have introduced changes to the biosketch format that will allow researchers to describe the importance of their research. The new biosketches should be submitted with grant applications on or after May 25th, 2015.

There are three alterations to the biosketch:

  • The allowed length has been increased to five pages instead of the previous four
  • Up to five of the applicant’s most significant contributions to science are to be included in section C. Description can include the impact of each, its context and the role of the applicant. The importance of each contribution can be underscored by up to four peer-reviewed publications, videos, patents, databases or other products.
  • A URL to the applicant’s publicly available bibliography may be provided

There are tools to make the formatting easier. At this time, every researcher with a MyNCBI account has access to the MyBibliography and SciENcv tools. If you maintain MyBibliography as you publish and edit the settings to make it “Public,” you will be provided with a URL that you can share on your biosketch.

SciENcv is connected to MyBibliography, and you can directly import the citations you want into section C. To create the new biosketch in SciENcv, click on “Create New Profile.” You will be given three options—to create a profile from scratch, from an external source or from another profile. To minimize the amount of changes you need to make, if you have used SciENcv before, select “from another profile.” If you have an eRA commons account, you can use it as the external source. Both options auto-populate sections of your biosketch. In all cases the type of document that you should create is “New NIH Biosketch.”

As noted above, the main difference in the structure between the NIH biosketch and the new NIH biosketch is section C. In SciENcv, you can add contributions and select citations to support them from your Bibliography. It also allows you to include a link to your complete Bibliography.

For an NIH announcement about the new biosketch use, please, refer to

You can find more information on SciENcv in this site:

For step-by-step guide on how to start using SciENcv sections A, B and D see For more information on starting a new profile and section C, go here.

<submitted by Vessela Ensberg>


Attention Freshmen Life Sciences Students!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Meet Health and Life Sciences Librarian Meredith Bloom and learn about what the Biomedical Library  can do for you at the “Discovering Your Library” event at College Library on October 11th at 3 p.m.! This event is part of the Freshman 15 Workshop Series. To attend, please RSVP here.

<submitted by Meredith Bloom>

Now at UCLA: SpringerProtocols!

Monday, August 1st, 2011

With contribution from the California Digital Library, UCLA now has access to SpringerProtocols, a collection of over 18,000 expert-written and reviewed laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences.

Many of the protocols are from the classic book series Methods in Molecular Biology, Methods in Molecular Medicine, Methods in Biotechnology, Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Neuromethods, and laboratory handbooks such as The Biomethods Handbook, The Proteomics Handbook, and Springer Laboratory Manuals. Thanks to CDL, our subscription includes access to the archive of protocols from 1980 to 2010. In addition, the online content features video protocols and downloadable PDFs.



Popular Protocols:

Video Protocols:

<submitted by Irene Chang>

BioOne Scheduled shutdown 6/28 3-7pm PDT

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

The publisher BioOne has let the UCLA Library know that they will be experiencing scheduled downtime on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 starting at 3:00pm PDT.  They expect the downtime to last no longer than four hours.  Service should be restored by early evening.

BioOne journals include Ambio, BioScience, Comparative Parasitology, Journal of paleontology, along with many other titles.  A full list of BioOne journals that UCLA subscribes to can be found in the UCLA library catalog.

New Electronic Resource: Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences is now available online to at UCLA. Published by Morgan and Claypool, the collection consists of more than 50 electronic books about 50 to 100 pages long and written by prominent experts in the field. Each book or “lecture” is a synthesis of an important research or development topic and currently organized in series of Biotechnology, Cell Biology of Medicine, the Developing Brain, Developmental Biology, and Integrated Systems Physiology: From Molecule to Function to Disease. Forthcoming series are Drug Development and Neuropeptides.

The collection is a great starting point for researchers and students in providing up to date, in depth information edited and authored by scientists, doctors, professors, and researchers from globally recognized universities, medical centers, and tech companies.

(Previous blog post about trial access of this resource)

<submitted by Irene Chang>

Instruction Materials for LS 10H: Research Training in Genes, Genetics, and Genomics

Friday, January 28th, 2011


Below are links to the materials for the LS10H library instruction session to be held on January 28, 2011 from 2-3:20 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom. The class will be meeting adjacent to the Public Service Desk at 2 p.m. and will proceed to the classroom together.

Important links:

<submitted by Janet Carter>

Instruction Materials for LS10H: Research Training in Genes, Genetics, and Genomics

Friday, October 22nd, 2010


Below are links to the materials for the LS10H library instruction session to be held on October 22, 2010 from 2-3:20 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom. The class will be meeting adjacent to the Public Service Desk at 2 p.m. and will proceed to the classroom together.

Important links:

<submitted by Janet Carter>

Morgan and Claypool Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

morgan claypool

The Biomedical library has licensed the Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences from Morgan & Claypool. This collection consists of a library of 50- to 100-page “lectures”, or self-contained electronic books, each of which synthesizes an important research or development topic, authored by a prominent contributor to the field. A prominent consulting editor guides lecture topic and author selection, as well as peer review.  The Colloquium content is currently organized into three series: Cell Biology of Medicine, Developmental Biology, and Integrated Systems Physiology: From Molecule to Function. Coming soon are three additional series: Biotechnology, Drug development, and The Developing Brain.

The titles for the first 16 lectures (ebooks) are:

<submitted by Janet Carter>

Featured Resource: Springer Protocols Trial

Thursday, September 16th, 2010


 springer protocols

The Biomedical Library is pleased to announce access to Springer Protocols on a trial basis until October 29, 2010. You can access the protocols through Springer Protocols or the SpringerLink web site.

Springer Protocols is an online collection of almost 18,000 protocols in the areas of biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, cancer research, cell biology, genetics/genomics, imaging/radiology, immunology, infectious diseases, microbiology, molecular medicine, neuroscience, pharmacology/toxicology, plant sciences, and protein science.

Many of the protocols are from the classic series Methods in Molecular Biology. Springer Protocols also includes protocols from Methods in Biotechnology, Methods in Molecular Medicine, Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Neuromethods.

The trial will end on October 29, 2010. Please send your comments about the Springer Protocols trial by November 5, 2010 to Janet Carter, Collection Coordinator.

<submitted by Janet Carter>

eRA Commons and MyNCBI: managing your grant citations more easily

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

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.

Related Web sites and help documents:

<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>