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NIH Public Access Compliance: SciENcv

What is SciENcv?

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SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) is a tool that is part of My NCBI.  It helps researchers create profiles in the NIH biographical Sketch form and is a researcher profile system for anyone who applies for, is associated with or receives grants from federal agencies.Included in the profile is education, employment research activities, publications, honors, awards and other professional contributions.

SciENcv is especially useful because its features include:

  • Importing profile information from your eRA Commons account
  • Uploads publications from the My NCBI's My Bibliography or your ORCID account (learn more about ORCID here)
  • Allows you to create multiple versions of your profile by using previously entered information.

Creating a BioSketch using SciENcv

Before you create a BioSketch using SciENcv, you will want your publications listed in My NCBI's My Bibliography or you can also obtain a list of your publications from your ORCID account if you have one.

Once you have publication information in either My Bibliography, ORCID, or both, you are ready to create a BioSketch. See all steps here and highlights below.

  • Go to SciENcv once you are logged into My NCBI.  
  • Click, Create New Biosketch
    • Existing BioSketch
      • If you have an existing BioSketch with information such as your education and training, positions and employment, Professional memberships or Honors, you can import this information by selecting the "From an existing biosketch".
        • Enter the name of this BioSketch.   
        • Select the Format
          • National Science Foundation (NSF): Use of SciENcv for preparing a biosketch required as of October 23, 2023 and is strongly encouraged for current NSF applications. SciENcv will produce an NSF compliant biosketch.
        • Select the existing BioSketch to be copied
        • Indicate if you want the BioSketch to be Public or Private (you can change it later)
      • Click Create
    • From an External Source
      • If you don't have an existing BioSketch, select the "From an external source" tab.   
      • Enter the name of this BioSketch.
      • Select the Format
        • National Science Foundation (NSF): Use of SciENcv for preparing a biosketch required as of October 23, 2023 and is strongly encouraged for current NSF applications. SciENcv will produce an NSF compliant biosketch.
      • Select the External Source (eRA Commons or ORCID)
      • Indicate if you want the BioSketch to be Public or Private (you can change it later)
    • Once you have created the new BioSketch, click on "edit" to continue to add or edit information.  
    • NOTE: Whether you select "From an external source" or "From an existing biosketch", you will only be able to select up to four publications from your eRA Commons or ORCID account in section A, Personal Statement.  
    • In Section C, Contribution to Science, you may add up to 5 Contributions to Science and select up to four citations for each contribution.
      • According to NIH guidelines, each description should include:
        • the historical background that frames the scientific problem;
        • the central findings;
        • the influence of the findings on the progress of science or the application of those findings to health or technology;
        • and your specific role.

To share your completed profile:

  • From the SciENcv box in My NCBI, click on "Manage SciENcv"
  • Select a profile name, then select "Change" sharing.
  • A URL will be generated that can be sent to those with whom you wish to share your profile.
  • The completed profile can be downloaded in PDF, MS Word or XML format.  A profile downloaded in MS Word format can be further edited.

SciENcv Video

What if I am not using SciENcv?

For those not using SciENcv to create and manage your biosketch (i.e.do it manually in MS Word, etc), you will need to know how to find the URL of your Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography, which is a requirement on the biosketch.  From the main My NCBI page inside the My Bibliography box, make sure your bibliography is set to PUBLIC. Once that is done, the URL that appears, is as the link to all of the publications in your My Bibliography.  

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