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Getting Started with My NCBI

My NCBI is a user account within PubMed that allows you to save citations and searches, set unique search preferences, set up search alerts, and have other advanced options within PubMed. Anyone can register for My NCBI with an email address and password.

Begin by simply clicking the "Log In" link in the top right corner of the PubMed screen:

The log in button for My NCBI in PubMed

There are many options for signing up for a My NCBI account. NIH investigators should choose to log in with their eRA Commons credentials. Otherwise, you can choose from the many options shown below.  To use your Duke NetID, click on "more sign up options," type Duke into the Find your login provider box, and then select Duke University. 



Logging In
You must login to access the features of My NCBI. This login will remain active for 12 hours, or you may choose to have your personal computer automatically log you in. If you've already registered, click "Sign In" to get to the login screen.

Logging Out
Click your user name link in the upper right corner of the PubMed Screen and then choose "Log out" option to exit.


Additional Administrative Options
To get into the My NCBI Account Settings, click your user name link in the upper right corner of the PubMed screen and then select Account settings. 


You should now be on the My NCBI Account Settings page. Here, you can manage your account password, email address, and linked accounts. This is also where you can add a delegate(s) to your account and customize your My NCBI site preferences (e.g., highlighted search terms!)

Accessing your MyNCBI Dashboard

To access your My NCBI Dashboard, click your user name link in the upper right corner of the PubMed screen and then select the Dashboard option


The My NCBI Dashboard provides access to your Saved Searches, Collections, My Bibliography, and SciENcv.

Note: Transitioning between My NCBI and PubMed pages

To go from PubMed to the My NCBI home screen, click on the “My NCBI” link (or your username, when already logged in) in the top right corner of the page.

To go from the My NCBI screen back to PubMed, you can use the “Search NCBI databases” box on the left of the page. Make sure that the drop down menu says “PubMed” and leave the search box blank, and then click the “Search” button. This will return you to the PubMed home page. (You can also perform a search in this way by entering terms in the search box.)

My NCBI Search

Additional Resources and Help with My NCBI

NCBI and the National Library of Medicine offer several guides and online tutorials on using the features of My NCBI.