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Changes to NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System


The old NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System got a facelift in January 2015. NIHMS is used to deposit and approve research manuscripts  funded by NIH and accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008.

In addition to a new, fresh Web page design, NIH is streamlining the manuscript submission process, as well as the login procedures. The homepage now has a graphic overview of the process. Just hover over the steps for more information or links to more details.

When you enter the system, you will find a list of your manuscripts with the status for each. A PI or author must still provide the initial and final approvals steps, but there are updated instructions for each part of the process.

Major changes to the process:

  • NIHMS ID will be assigned only AFTER files are uploaded
  • Deposit process has been streamlined with clear explanations
  • PDF receipt MUST BE opened before going to the next step reports!
  • Funding must be added by the reviewer BEFORE the initial approval

You can still access the NIHMS System through “My Bibliography” when you add a new citation and want to start the submission or compliance work.

NIH Public Access Policy in a Nutshell

By Jeanene Light, MLS

As most National Institute of Health (NIH) Principal Investigators (PI’s) and authors have heard, beginning in Spring 2013, NIH may delay funds from grant-holders not in compliance with the public access policies. The public policy requires all peer-reviewed articles published with direct NIH support to report PMCID numbers within 12 months of publication.

MyNCBI has been adapted to serve PI’s as a tool for determining compliance and for reporting PubMed Central (PMC) articles. Author-researchers can “associate” their publications with their NIH grants, track their compliance in PMC, and create bibliographies for reporting to the NIH. It is as simple as signing into MyNCBI with an eRA Commons username and password.

The University of Vermont’s Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) , and Jeanene Light, MLS, Dana Medical Library, have teamed up to provide tools to assist PI’s and authors reach compliance. The Dana Medical Library’s research guide at: http://researchguides.uvm.edu/NIH-Public-Policy provides assistance in identifying journals that submit automatically to PMC, specifies procedures for submitting articles “manually”, and offers copyright transfer agreement advice. The research guide also includes links to NIH FAQ’s and videos, as well as contact information for Ms. Light and SPA administrators.

Additionally, the Sponsored Project Administration office now has access to the Public Access Compliance Monitor which provides the current compliance status of all journal articles that NIH believes a particular grantee institution is responsible for under the terms of the Public Access Policy. In addition to classifying articles according to compliance status, the compliance monitor provides detailed information about each article: a full citation; associated grants and program directors/principal investigators (PDs/PIs); the PubMed ID and related IDs where available; and a link to the PubMed record. Institutions can also track the status of papers deposited into the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system.

For a quick, eight minute video highlighting the changes and the procedures, watch the video produced by NYU’s Health Sciences Libraries: bit.ly/11Q39kY. If you have further questions, please contact Jeanene Light or your SPA administrator.


NIH Launches Dietary Supplement Label Database


Excerpted by Michelle Eberle, Consumer Health Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries New England Region (NN/LM NER), from a press release at NIH

Searchable collection contains product information and ingredients from labels of dietary supplements sold in U.S.

Researchers, as well as health care providers and consumers, can now see the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements by looking them up on a website. The Dietary Supplement Label Database, free of charge and hosted by the National Institutes of Health, is available at www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov.

The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place that can be searched and organized as desired. “This database will be of great value to many diverse groups of people, including nutrition researchers, healthcare providers, consumers, and others,” said Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., director of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). “For example, research scientists might use the Dietary Supplement Label Database to determine total nutrient intakes from food and supplements in populations they study.”

Dietary supplements, taken regularly by about half of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to the diet. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. They come in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as liquids and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.

Hundreds of new dietary supplements are added to the marketplace each year, while some are removed. Product formulations are frequently adjusted, as is information on labels. “The Dietary Supplement Label Database will be updated regularly to incorporate most of the more than 55,000 dietary supplement products in the U.S. marketplace,” said Steven Phillips, M.D., director of the National Library of Medicine’s Division of Specialized Information Services.

For consumers, the My Dietary Supplements (MyDS) app from ODS is already available, at https://myds.nih.gov. The app is an easy way to keep track of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products you take, and has science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.

NIH Access Policy Citation Management Tool

In the interest of easing investigators’ bibliography management, improving data quality, and ensuring compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, eRA Commons has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to link NCBI’s personal online tool, “My NCBI,” to Commons. My NCBI offers an online portal—“My Bibliography”—for users to maintain and manage a list of all types of their authored works, such as articles, presentations and books. [See entire press release ]

Please contact the Dana Library reference desk to learn more about My NCBI.

NIH RePORTer Replaces CRISP Database

The NIH RePORTer (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) can be used to locate reports, data, and analyses of NIH Research Projects. The RePORTer website describes the tool:

To provide NIH stakeholders with quick and easy access to basic information on NIH programs, the NIH has created a single repository of reports, data and analyses, along with several tools for searching this database. A common classification scheme based on the traditional NIH budget categories is used to group similar reports. Several different filters can be applied to find information specific to a particular NIH Institute or Center, funding mechanism or topic of interest.

For more information about how to search this comprehensive database, see the FAQ section.

Follow Haiti Health Information on Facebook and Twitter

Peacekeeping - MINUSTAHLibrarians from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine have compiled helpful lists that allow you to follow Haiti health information on Facebook and Twitter.

The following Twitter and Facebook sources are providing substantive health information along with situational awareness news. They are also listed on the Haiti Earthquake page from NLM at http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/haitiearthquake.html#a4.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Twitter: CDCEmergency, http://twitter.com/CDCemergency.

Facebook: CDC, http://www.facebook.com/CDC.

World Health Organization:

Twitter: whonews, http://twitter.com/whonews.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO):

Twitter: pahowho , http://twitter.com/pahowho.

Twitter: PAHO Emergency Operations Center. pahoeoc, http://twitter.com/pahoeoc .

Twitter: PAHO public health, equity and human development. eqpaho, http://twitter.com/eqpaho .

Facebook: PAHO-WHO, http://www.facebook.com/PAHOWHO.

These relief and government organizations are providing primarily situational awareness news, with perhaps some health information content. Some sites cover all the news from an organization, not limited to Haiti.

America.gov (US State Department):

Twitter : http://twitter.com/americagov.

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/ejournalUSA.

US Agency for International Development (USAID):

Twitter: USAID: http://twitter.com/usaid_news & USAID Haiti: http://twitter.com/USAID_Haiti.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/USAID.News.

U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NavyMedicine.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/US-Navy-Bureau-of-Medicine-and-Surgery/192338823825?v=wall&ref=nf.

USNS Comfort [hospital ship]:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/USNSComfort.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/USNS-Comfort-T-AH-20/293015340409?ref=search&sid=686499011.4140798884..1&v=wall.

USS Normandy [participating in Haiti relief]:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/USSNormandy

Voice of America (VOA) News:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/VOA_news.

US Dept of Health and Human Services. HHS.gov :

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HHSgov.

US Southern Command [responsible for US military response in Haiti]:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/southcomwatch.

United Nations:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/UN.

World Health Organization:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/W0rldHealthOrg.

International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC):

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Federation.

American Red Cross:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RedCross.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/redcross.


Twitter: http://twitter.com/reliefweb.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reliefweb.

Doctors Without Borders:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/msf_usa.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/msf.english.

Partners In Health:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/PIH_org.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/partnersinhealth.

Crisis Mapping:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/crisismapping.