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My Bibliography Version 3.0 for eRA Commons Users

Hutcherson L. My Bibliography Version 3.0 for eRA Commons Users. NLM Tech Bull. 2019 Mar-Apr;(427):e6b.

2019 April 10 [posted]

My Bibliography Interface for eRA Commons Users

In the new My Bibliography interface for eRA Commons users, publication compliance status can be viewed at a glance in the My Bibliography banner. Adding citations, searching, filtering, and sorting options to manage article citations and awards are displayed at the top of the page (see Figure 1).


interface for eRA Commons users
Figure 1: My Bibliography interface for eRA Commons users.

Checking NIH Public Access Compliance Status

In the My Bibliography banner, check the citation compliance status bar for immediate feedback on your citations that are non-compliant, not defined, in process, or compliant to the NIH Public Access Policy. In the example below, Theodore Smith has two articles which are non-compliant, 29 not defined, two in process, and 190 compliant to the NIH Public Access Policy (see Figure 2).

The publication compliance status bar has filtering functionality as well. It can help you quickly find the article citations associated to each compliance status group. For example, clicking on the second icon in the status bar The number 2 and a red exclamation mark to indicate two non-compliant citations would result in My Bibliography displaying only the two non-compliant citations found in Theodore's bibliography.


At the top of the page to the right of "My Bibliography", icons show at a glance how many articles are in which status
Figure 2: My Bibliography NIH Public Access compliance status bar.

The color coding in the publication compliance status bar corresponds to the color coding in the article citations list. Article citations that are compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy have the Public Access Compliance information color coded in green and they display the PubMed Central article ID (PMCID) associated with the article citation (see Figure 3).


In the citation list, a compliant citation is green and says "complete"
Figure 3: Citation compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Citations that have the Public Access Compliance information color coded in red are either non-compliant or not defined. Non-compliant article citations have awards associated to them (see Figure 4) but the article manuscripts have not been submitted to the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system. Non-compliant article citations do not display a PMCID. The compliance process can be started by clicking "Edit Status."


In the citation list, a non-compliant citation is red and says "non-compliant"
Figure 4: Citation non-compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Not defined citations do not have awards associated to them (see Figure 5) and they do not display a PMCID. Citations that are not defined need to be identified as works supported by NIH grants; click "Edit Status" to confirm that an article was partly or wholly supported by NIH grants. NIH funding information can be added to not defined citations by clicking the "Add Award" button.


In the citation list, a not defined status is red and says "not defined"
Figure 5: Citation with not defined status.

Publications or products newly submitted to the NIHMS are considered in process and display the Public Access Compliance information color-coded in blue. Note that the citation below has been assigned an NIHMS ID number (see Figure 6).


In the citation list, an in-process citation is blue and says "in process at NIHMS"
Figure 6: Citation compliance in process.

Publications or products that are not funded by NIH grants, or were accepted for publication prior to April 7, 2008 (not covered by the NIH Public Access Policy), are marked as "Not Applicable-Exempted"(see Figure 7).


In the citation list, an exempted citation and says "Not applicable - exempted"
Figure 7: Citation Not Applicable-Exempted.

Associating Funding to Your Citations

Assign Awards is a My Bibliography feature that facilitates associating NIH or HRA (Health Research Alliance) awards to article citations and to search for awards using a grant number, award title, or grantee name. To associate multiple citations with awards at once, select the citations you wish to associate to awards, click "Manage citations" and select "Manage awards" (see Figure 8).


Under Manage Citations, choose Manage Awards
Figure 8: Manage awards option.

Select the appropriate funding institution tab and choose the pertinent award ID(s) from the award list presented to you in either "My awards" or "Other awards" (see Figure 9). Your selections will be saved automatically. The "My awards" section displays a list of awards associated with your personal profile. The "Other awards" section displays awards that are not associated directly with your personal profile but have been linked to citations found in your My Bibliography collection.


Use the Assign Awards screen to tag citations with the relevant funding
Figure 9: Assign Awards tool.

In some cases, it is not possible to deselect awards in the Assign Awards tool. For example, if a grant association was created in the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system or if a grant was linked to one of your citations by the grant owner; in both cases the award checkboxes will be locked, shown by a padlock icon Padlock icon noting a arant associations that cannot be removed. Contact eRA Commons or the NIHMS help desk for assistance in removing locked award associations for your citations.

It is also possible to associate individual citations to awards by clicking the "Add Award" button (see Figure 10) and selecting the pertinent award ID(s) in "My awards" or "Other awards" list.


Each citation also has its own Add Award button
Figure 10: Individual citation Add Award button.

In the Assign Awards tool, the "Search/Add other awards" tab allows you to search for awards using a grant number, award title, or grantee name. The search box includes an auto-complete feature, which provides a list of possible grant number or grantee name matches (see Figure 11).


The Search/Add other awards tab in the Assign Awards screen allows for searching by grant number
Figure 11: Searching for grant number.

A list of grantee names affiliated with the selected grant number will be provided (see Figure 12). Check the award(s) you wish to associate to a citation in your bibliography and the selected award(s) will be automatically saved in the "Other Awards" section. At this point, the newly selected awards will be ready for you to associate them to other citations in your bibliography.


After selecting a grant, the names of grantees will be shown
Figure 12: Grantee name and grant number search.

Filtering Your Citations by Awards

The Awards Filter is a feature of My Bibliography that helps you limit citation results by awards associated to your citations. Awards Filter contains all the grants associated with your citations stored in My Bibliography. Click on "Filter citations" to open Awards Filter and select one or more awards by which to limit your citation results (see Figure 13).


Click Filter Citations to restrict display to citations associated with particular grants
Figure 13: Awards Filter tool.

Creating an Award Compliance Report for Your Bibliography

Citations stored in My Bibliography can be selected and compiled into a report in PDF format. Select the citations you wish to include in your report and choose the option "Compliance report (PDF)" in "Manage citations" (see Figure 14).


Under Manage Citations click Compliance Report (PDF) to generate one
Figure 14: Compliance report (PDF) option.

In the Export - PDF report pop-up, enter the First, Middle, and Last name to appear in the report and a starting page number. Do not enter a page number if you prefer to enter the page numbers directly on the report pages (see Figure 15).


PDF report pop-up has blanks for PI name and starting page number
Figure 15: Export - PDF report pop-up.

The resulting PDF will have the information entered in the First, Middle, and Last Name fields on the upper right corner of all the pages included in the report. The compliance status will be shown in the first column and the corresponding citations will be listed in the second column. Pagination will be displayed at the bottom of the page.

Adding Delegates

My Bibliography users can grant access to other persons (delegates) to view, add, or to remove citations in a collection, and they will be able to associate citations to awards as well. Delegate invitations are initiated by My Bibliography account owners. To add a delegate to your account, click on your username (top right corner in My Bibliography) and select "Account Settings" (see Figure 16).


When you click on your username in the upper right, options are listed including Account settings
Figure 16: NCBI Account link to Account settings.

Go to the "Delegates" section of Account Settings and click "Add a Delegate" (see Figure 17). Enter the delegate's email address and click OK. Your delegate will receive an email message with a URL that leads to an access confirmation page. After the delegate confirms the connection to your account, access will be granted.


At the end of the Delegates section is the option to Add a delegate
Figure 17: Add a Delegate option.

By Lidia Hutcherson
National Center for Biotechnology Information

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