PubMed, My NCBI and the eRA Commons


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  • This session covers four online tools that you need to know about in order to meet all of the requirements associated with getting money from NIH. One of the most important pieces to remember from the beginning – to avoid endlessly confusing yourself in the future – is that these four tools:PubmedMy NCBIeRA CommonsPMCare DIFFERENT AND SEPARATE. They work together seamlessly to transfer relevant information back and forth, but they are distinct tools and they are used for different reasons.
  • So to clarify – PubMed is a database of biomedical citations. ~ 20 million citations from biomedical literature MEDLINE, life sciences journals, online books Covers medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care system, preclinical sciences Linked to other databases, resources and websites within the NCBI family Free! Maintained by National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
  • My NCBI: Retains user information and database preferences. Allows you to save searches, select display formats, filtering options, and set up automatic searches that are sent by e-mail. Contains “My Bibliography” – what you use to save your own citations (journal articles, books, meetings, patents and presentations) and manage peer review article compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • The Electronic Research Administration (ERA) is an online “commons” for exchanging research grants administration information. The Commons is provided by NIH.
  • PubMed Central is FULL-TEXT. Unlike PubMed, which is a database of citations, PubMed Central is a database of articles. BIG difference.For NIH-funded researchers, the really important piece about PMC is that THIS is the database where your published articles that result from work supported by NIH go. The do NOT go in PubMed, but in PMC. The citations will 99.9% of the time appear in PubMed, but the full-text of the article ends up in PubMed Central.
  • Remember:PubMed – citations My NCBI – organization and customizationeRA Commons – management and administration PubMed Central – articles or manuscripts, i.e. the full text of them
  • So this is how all of the tools work together. (Read boxes and follow arrows.)
  • PubMed, My NCBI and the eRA Commons

    1. 1. PubMed, My NCBI & theeRA Commons<br />Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS<br />Head, Research & Scholarly Communication Services<br />Lamar Soutter Library<br />UMass Medical School<br />Updated: September 20, 2011<br />
    2. 2. 1<br />2<br />3<br />4<br />These are FOUR separate tools <br />and/or databases.<br />They are connected, but used <br />for different purposes. <br />
    3. 3. Just what ISPubMed?<br />PubMed = Database of Biomedical Citations<br />
    4. 4. And My NCBI?<br />My NCBI = Tool for customizing information <br />related to the NCBI Databases <br />
    5. 5. The eRA Commons…<br />eRA Commons = <br />Managing and sharing grants administration information<br />
    6. 6. And finally, PubMed Central…<br />PMC = Archive of freely accessible, full-text, biomedical <br />journal articles. <br />When we’re talking NIH Public Access, we’re talking PMC.<br />NOT PubMed.<br />
    7. 7.
    8. 8. Working Together<br />Publisher Submits Bibliographic <br />Info to PubMed<br />Researcher OR Publisher<br />Submits Article to PubMed Central<br />Your Published<br />Paper <br />Researcher Updates his/her<br />“My Bibliography” in My NCBI <br />“My Bibliography” Syncs w/<br />eRA Commons Account<br />Researcher Uses eRA Commons<br />to Manage Funding Reports<br />
    9. 9. For example(s)…<br />FromResearchtoPublicationto the World.<br />
    10. 10. How’d we get this far?You have to do a little bit of work with your researcher(s) before you can manage their accounts via “My NCBI”.<br />Set up a 5-minute appointment with the researcher<br />Go to My NCBI<br />Sign in using the NIH & eRA Commons option<br />Choose “My Bibliography” from the “Collections” box<br />Choose “Edit My Bibliography”<br />Leave “Sharing” option as “Private”<br />Choose “Add a Delegate” under the “Delegates” section<br />Type email of new delegate > Send<br />Delegates are able to see and manage the “My Bibliography” collections of each researcher who gives them this permission.<br />
    11. 11. Any Questions?<br />Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS<br /><br />X6-1966<br />“Ask a Librarian”<br />Library Service Point X6-6099<br />