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NIH Public Access Policy: My Bibliography

Step by step instructions regarding new NIH law for Yale staff, faculty, and researchers- provided by the Yale Medical Library.

My Bibliography & Biographical sketch


NIH recently announced a new requirement for Project Investigators and Program Directors related to their publications listed in eRA Commons. As of July 23, 2010, PIs and PDs are required to use the My Bibliography feature in My NCBI to develop their publications lists.

NIH lists three goals for this change: ease investigators’ bibliography management, improve data quality, and ensure compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Essentially, researchers will no longer manually enter citations in eRA Commons and will use PubMed and PubMed Central records to quickly import publication information to My Bibliography. Researchers can also manually enter citation information in My Bibliography for records that do not appear in PubMed and for conference presentations, patents, etc. References saved in My Bibliography will automatically appear in users’ eRA Commons accounts.

Required Actions

  • If not already established, Project Directors and PIs must establish a My NCBI account to gain access to My Bibliography.
  • My NCBI accounts must be linked to eRA Commons accounts.
  • New NIH biographical sketch available