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NIH Public Access Policy Compliance: My NCBI


For anyone awarded NIH funding, you must use My NCBI's My Bibliography tool to save your citations either directly from PubMed or by manually entering them. This is an important part of the submission and reporting process.

Once citations are in My Bibliography you can easily:

  • See if your publications comply with the NIH Public Access Policy
  • Start the compliance process for journal articles
  • Associate publications to awards

My NCBI offers many other useful features, including:

  • Saving PubMed searches (and having search results sent to you).
  • Saving Collections of citations found in PubMed.
  • Customization of the filters and results display in PubMed.

Create New My NCBI Account

Principal Investigators and PD's must use My NCBI's "My Bibliography" tool to manage their professional bibliographies (as of July 23, 2010, see the full notice here).

If you do not have a My NCBI Account...You need to create one!

  • Go to PubMed
  • Click on 'Sign in to NCBI' in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • You can sign in with accounts you already use like your Duke University login or your NIH eRA Commons account.
    • If you have never used My NCBI we strongly recommend clicking on 'Sign in with eRA Commons' (if you have this account) to create your My NCBI account!
  • Signing in through one of the Partner Organizations will automatically sync your My NCBI Account, making it easier to link publication and award/grant information, particularly via eRA Commons.


If you receive an error message when trying to link accounts you may have linked too many accounts already! Email NCBI to have them manually link your eRA Commons account with your My NCBI account.

Include the following in your email: MyNCBI username, eRA Commons username, and email address

My Bibliography


Link My NCBI & eRA Commons Accounts

If you already have a My NCBI account and an eRA Commons account, you need to link them.

  • Log into My NCBI
  • Click on your login name in the top right.
  • Then click on the 'Change' button for 'Linked Accounts'.


My NCBI Link Accounts

  • From the list of 'Login Account Options', scroll down and choose 'NIH & eRA Commons' and then log into your eRA Commons account.

My NCBI Linked Account eRA Commons


Adding Citations

Follow these instructions to add citations and, if necessary, delegates.