Researchers long familiar with PubMed may remember the cubby. MyNCBI is the name of the new personal storage space. MyNCBI can be used to save searches, as well as something called “Collections” from PubMed and other NCBI databases, such as the genomic, protein, and nucleotide databases. MyNCBI users can also share their collections via RSS feed, stable URL, and code that can be posted in HTML and blog pages.

Getting Started

If you don’t have an account, you will need to register for one. Go to any NCBI database, such as PubMed and click on the “Sign In” link. Once signed in, run a search. From the results page, check the box next to the items that you would like to save into a collection. TIP: Do make sure to select some items or up to 5000 items found in your search will be sent to your collection.

After choosing what you want to save, select “Collections” on the pull-down menu and then click the “Add to Collections” button. As shown below:

Saving a collection in PubMed
Save lists of articles that you found in PubMed and share the list with colleagues

My NCBI collections are now set to “Private” as the default. However, you can change the setting of a collection to public so that it can be shared with others. In order to do this, click on the MyNCBI link in PubMed. Then click on “Manage for Collections.”

On the screen listing your collections, there is a “Sharing” column. Click on the Private link for the collection you would like to share. Then select the radio button for “Public.” You will get the URL and an HTML code at that point. The code is what you could use to paste your collection onto another webpage or into your blog, for example.

Editing your collections
Login to MyNCBI to change the settings from private to public

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