In November, NIH announced a new format for biographical sketches (aka biosketches); the new format is required for grant applications submitted for due dates after May 24, 2015. SciENcv, a tool available through PubMed’s My NCBI for creating biosketches, has been updated to reflect the format changes and to help users convert their existing NIH biosketches from the old format to the new.
Differences between the old and new NIH Biosketch formats include:
Maximum length increased from 4 to 5 pages
Rearranged data in the table at the top of the Biosketch
Section A, Personal Statement can now include up to 4 supporting citations
Section C is now called “Contribution to Science” and should be comprised of up to 5 brief descriptions of your most significant contributions to science, each with up to 4 supporting citations. In addition, you may also provide a URL to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as My Bibliography. This section is the most notable difference in the new format.
PubMed Labs is a new initiative from NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) designed to create innovative and relevant products by involving the user community from the very beginning. PubMed users are now encouraged (and being solicited) to provide feedback on PubMed directly through the NCBI blog.
A few of the key points of this new initiative:
PubMed Labs will feature early versions of new tools, experimental content, and proposed features.
The focus of PubMed Labs is on what works in the real world.
PubMed Labs is intended to be a forum for conversation.
For more information, read the post on the NCBI Insights blog. The “PubMed Labs” category on the blog will help facilitate conversation, and interested persons can follow the posts via RSS feed.
Do you miss viewing the PubMed Citation Status tag while in the Summary View? The Citation Status tag tells us which step in the indexing process a particular citation is in and whether or not we can expect to find MeSH terms applied to the citation, now or in the future.
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As of March 26, 2015 PubMed will no longer display the citation status tags while in the Summary Display option. Now, the tags can only be seen while in the Abstract or Abstract (text) options.
If you rely on these tags to quickly scan the status of your results, there is a workaround. You can choose or create filters that will always show on the right side of your results page by using your My NCBI account.
The MEDLINE filter is available in the Filters portlet within your My NCBI account. Once in the Filters portlet, click on Properties and then Subsets. You’ll find MEDLINE in the list.
Here is a short video on how to setup filters in My NCBI:
To create a filter for In Processand As Supplied by Publisher citations, you will need to create two custom filters. When creating the custom filters, use this format to capture In Process citations: inprocess[sb] and use this format to capture As Supplied by Publisher citations: publisher[sb].
Here is a short video about how to create a custom filter.
PubMed has several Subject Filters that can be used for searching, and each year the filters are reviewed to determine if they need to be updated. This year, the following subject filters have been revised:
You can find information on all of the filters, including links to the full strategy in the PubMed Resources Guide. Also, notice that you can apply these filters by adding the subject filter name [sb] to your search. For example, to add the complementary medicine filter to your search, simply add AND cam [sb].