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NCBI Account Changes

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Current as of June 10, 2021

Changes Coming to NCBI Accounts

Beginning in June 2021, the way you log in to your NCBI account (i.e. PubMed account) will be changing.
  • NCBI accounts will require users to login using a 3rd party. 
  • These are called "federated credentials" and include systems like OSU, eRA Commons, Google, and more.
  • NCBI will no longer manage accounts directly.  So if you have a "native" NCBI account (an account that you created directly within NCBI), you will need to switch to using one of the other 3rd party systems.
  • If you have a "native" NCBI account, you can link it up to another 3rd party login system using the instructions below.
  • These changes only affect the way you login to your NCBI account and the username and password you use.  They do not affect how you access or use PubMed otherwise.

To learn more about these changes, check out the links below:

Link You NCBI Account to Another System

If you already have an NCBI account and you want to link it up to another 3rd party system, use the instructions below.

  • After signing in to NCBI, click on your username in the top right-hand corner and select Account Settings.
  • Within the box "Linked Accounts", click on "Change".
  • Use the search box to find a 3rd party system to use.  The HSL recommends using OSU (search for Ohio) as the simplest option, however you can also use Google, eRA Commons, or others.
  • Enter the appropriate credentials to login to this new system.
  • You should now see your new 3rd party system listed under Linked Accounts.