New SciENcv Features Allow Users To Create and Download Multiple Biosketches


NCBI’s recent update to the SciENcv feature in MyNCBI gives researchers the ability to create multiple biosketches for grants from federal agencies engaged in scientific research, allowing a more tailored and convenient approach to the grant application process.

What is SciENcv?

SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) is designed to help researchers assemble an NIH biosketch by extracting information from NIH eRA Commons and PubMed. The SciENcv interagency working group includes NIH, as well as DOD, DOE, EPA, NSF, USDA and the Smithsonian. You can access SciENcv if you have a My NCBI account. My NCBI accounts are free and offer many useful features, such as saving searches, automated e-mail alerts and My Bibliography.

 Create your biosketch

Based on user suggestions, we’ve made it possible to create biosketches in three ways: from scratch, from an external source, or by duplicating an existing profile (see Figure 1). While the eRA Commons data feed is currently the only external data option, we plan on adding other external data sources in a future release of SciENcv.

Figure 1. Three ways to create your NIH biosketches in SciENcv

Figure 1. Three ways to create your NIH biosketches in SciENcv

View all of your biosketches at once

Along with the introduction of this new multi-profile functionality, SciENcv now has a display in My NCBI that provides information on all SciENcv profiles associated with a My NCBI account, as well as their current sharing status (see Figure 2). Through this display, you can also edit or delete a selected profile.

Figure 2. Example of a MyNCBI account with multiple targeted SciENcv biosketches

Figure 2. Example of a MyNCBI account with multiple targeted SciENcv biosketches

Download your biosketch

Another new feature is the ability to download your CV to MS Word and XML formats, as well as PDF. You’ll find these options at the top right of every biosketch profile page (see Figure 3).

Figure 3. Download formats available in SciENcv

Figure 3. Download formats available in SciENcv

Add a delegate

Finally, we have integrated delegation into SciENcv. From the MyNCBI Account Settings page, users can grant access to other persons to view and manage their SciENcv profiles. These delegates are then able to create, modify or delete the information in the SciENcv account to which they have been granted access (see Figure 4). In that case, the My NCBI user “twoduckies” has been granted access to My Bibliography but not SciENcv.

Figure 4. My NCBI Account Settings page Delegates section.

Figure 4. My NCBI Account Settings page Delegates section.

How to get to SciENcv

You can reach SciENcv from its dedicated home page at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sciencv/ or through a link on the MyNCBI login screen (see Figure 5).

Figure 5. Getting to SciENcv from the MyNCBI login screen

Figure 5. Getting to SciENcv from the MyNCBI login screen

Stay tuned for future blog posts about other useful My NCBI features. In the meantime, you can register for a My NCBI account at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/account/register/.

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