Get More out of PubMed with My NCBI

My NCBI is a tool that provides a customized database searching experience for PubMed and all the other databases within the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Users can save articles and search strategies as well as create automated email alerts and customize preferences in how they interact and search PubMed. My NCBI is also a key component to keeping publications in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, through My Bibliography’s integration with eRA Commons. Creating a My NCBI account is quick and easy!

Here’s a breakdown of some popular features:

  1. Keeping track of research
    • My NCBI allows users to Save Searches (including applied filters), so that they can be run again and even displays how many new articles have been added since the last time the search strategy was executed.
    • The Save Search feature allows users to set the format (what citation information they want to see) and how frequently email alerts should be delivered.
    • Organize articles in Collections, which can be continually added to, and can even be made public with a shareable URL to send to colleagues and collaborators.
  2. Customizing search experience
    • Filters allow for customized categories to be identified and filtered from a search strategy. Up to 12 filters can be added to a user’s account at a time, and they range from general topics such as English language, Clinical Trials, Reviews, and Humans, to more complex and customized filters such as the Cancer subset topic search, and even specific search strategies.
    • Edit and customize Preferences, such as the number of references per page, the layout (Summary, Abstract), and the default sort (Most Recent, Best Match, etc), as well as linking accounts, setting up delegates, and much more.
    • Add Highlighting to search terms found in titles and abstracts for quick and easy scanning for relevant articles.
  3. Staying compliant
    • The My Bibliography portion of My NCBI serves as a place to organize and store a user’s publications.
    • This section links to eRA Commons, so that users can quickly identify which of their publications are NIH-compliant and address those papers that are not.

Narrowing Down Google Results

Once you run a Google search, you have several options to narrow your search results.

One way is searching Google using its general search box and then limiting the search results to News, Images, Videos or other common material formats. You can then further refine your search by format:

  • Type your search terms in the Google search box
  • Once you get the search results, click on the format icon of your choice (e.g. News, Images, Videos) located under the Google search box
  • Click on Tools (also located under the Google search box) to see drop down menus with options that allow refining your chosen format search

These options are sensitive to each format. For example, you can refine your Images search by Size, Color, Usage Rights, etc., while your Videos search can be refined by Duration, Source, etc.

Meet Your New (Research) Friend JANE

Are you struggling to identify journals to submit your manuscript to? Do you want to check to see if there is any other literature written about your topic? Or maybe, look for researchers doing similar work?

JANE, the Journal/Author Name Estimator, is a program that can help you answer these questions and more.

By inserting information on your topic or manuscript (title and abstract, or simply keywords) JANE goes to work comparing the text you submitted with PubMed records, identifying the best matching journals, articles, or authors.

Behind the scenes, a similarity score calculation between each article and the text you shared is done. JANE then identifies the top 50 articles that are most similar to your text. Authors and journals are also combined to create a confidence score, which is then provided to you.

To learn more about JANE or explore other applications of this nature, don’t hesitate to ASK US!