An Easier Way to Manage Citations

Manual data entry is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Yet, until recently, if an investigator had a manuscript or journal article that needed to be added to the eRA Commons, he or she would have to type in the citation information manually.

In the interest of easing investigators’ bibliography management, improving data quality, and ensuring compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, eRA Commons has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to link NCBI’s personal online tool, “My NCBI,” to Commons. My NCBI offers an online portal–“My Bibliography“–for users to maintain and manage a list of all types of their authored works, such as articles, presentations and books.

When a new or existing My NCBI account is linked to a Commons account, citations added to My Bibliography will appear automatically in the Commons account. Investigators and their delegates will benefit from My Bibliography’s ability to query the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed and PubMed Central databases, as well as the NIH Manuscript Submission system, and import citation data directly from those sources. Users can access My NCBI from Commons, or they can log in directly to My NCBI using their Commons username and password.

In order to complete the integration of these two systems, eRA will be removing the ability to enter citations manually into Commons in July. For more information on how investigators should handle the upcoming changes, see NOT-OD-10-103.

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