Amplifying the Voices of a Global Research Community: A PLOS Perspective

Join us for the next MSK Library Advancing Authorship event as we explore PLOS’s work aimed at representing a global perspective and supporting diverse research communities.

Learn how PLOS supports equity in publishing via its publishing models, open science and open peer-review, and earlier feedback regarding protocol development and acceptance.

Update: You can now view the recording for this event.

DateWednesday, June 30
Time12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom Webinar – REGISTER NOW!


Emily Chenette, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, PLOS ONE
Dr. Emily Chenette studied biochemistry at Columbia University as an undergraduate, and went on to earn her PhD in genetics and molecular biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then completed postdoctoral research at Duke University, where she analysed gene expression signatures in lung cancer. Emily has always loved scientific writing and policy and left the bench to pursue an editorial career in 2007. Before joining PLOS ONE in 2018, she held editorial positions at Nature Cell Biology and The FEBS Journal.

Catherine Kyobutungi, MBChB, MSc, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, PLOS Global Public Health
Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi is the Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center and co-Director of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Catherine has a medical background and is a trained epidemiologist with research interests in Non-Communicable Diseases and Health Systems Strengthening. She has designed and tested service delivery models for resource-constrained settings such as slum settings and is a strong advocate for the societal benefit of research beyond traditional research outputs. At APHRC, she has strengthened approaches to policy engagement and advocacy to ensure timely and effective uptake of evidence in decision making. She has more than 140 publications and sits on multiple national and global expert advisory panels.

Julia Robinson, MPH, MSW, Executive Editor, PLOS Global Public Health
Julia Robinson studied history at Rice University before serving in the US Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa as a Rural Community Health Volunteer. Upon her return, she earned a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington. Before joining PLOS ONE, Julia managed HIV programs and research in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa and is active in global health policy and advocacy work. She joined PLOS in July 2020.

Important NCBI Account Changes Coming in June: Choosing Your Best Third-Party Option

NCBI announced it will transition to federated account credentials on June 1, 2021. What does this mean for you?

We’ve noted before that creating a My NCBI account is a key tool within PubMed and other NCBI databases. It retains your user information and database preferences to help you keep track of research, customize your search experience, and stay compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy. While these account changes are being implemented for privacy and security reasons, they won’t affect what you’ve stored within your NCBI account. Look to the NCBI Account Login Changes FAQs page for more information.

Starting now, if you only have a Native NCBI Account (a NCBI username and password), you will need to add a Linked Account to it. This means signing in via a third-party organization, and letting it confirm your identity. This will give you federated account credentials within NCBI, and make your account more secure. Examples of organizations that you can link through are eRA Commons, Google, ORCiD,, Microsoft, Facebook, and NIH.

As there are 4,000+ third-party login options to choose from, it’s important you select what works best for you. See this list for a breakdown of recommendations by role, activity, or preference. Here are two common scenarios for our MSK user community:

If your work involves using NCBI within the grant application process:

If your work involves using NCBI as a researcher or clinician:

Below are instructions for adding your chosen third-party option(s). The Library recommends adding at least two in case one is disrupted.

Instructions to add a Linked Account from the main NCBI page:

  1. Go to NCBI
  2. Select an option from the list or click on “more login options” for all organizations listed alphabetically

If you’d like to add more Linked Accounts once logged in to NCBI:

  1. Click on your NCBI username in the upper right corner
  2. Select Account Settings
  3. Under Linked Accounts, select Change
  4. In the search box, search for and select your desired account
  5. Authenticate with the third-party