List of FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

For advice on posting and reporting papers and obtaining PMCIDs:



  • The NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) is tool for authors and publishers to deposit electronic version of peer-reviewed final manuscripts for inclusion in PubMed Central. Papers in the NIHMS are assigned an identifier (NIHMSID). The NIHMS has a video overview, illustrated submission tutorials and an FAQ.
  • My NCBI is a tool that retains user information and database preferences to provide customized services for many databases operated by the National Library of Medicine's National Center for Biotechnology Information, including PubMed, PubMed Central and SciENcv. It allows you to save searches, select display formats, filtering options, and set up automatic searches that are sent by e-mail. It includes the bibliography management system My Bibliography.
  • My Bibliography is a reference tool that helps you save your citations (journal articles, books/chapters, patents, presentations and meetings) directly from PubMed or, if not found there, to manually enter citations using My Bibliography templates. eRA commons users use My Bibliography to track compliance with the NIH public access policy and report papers to NIH.
  • Other Citations is a separate collection of citations on My NCBI. Its features and operation are identical to My Bibliography. Some NIH principal investigators use it to track and report papers that they did not author, but arose from their NIH award.
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