Archive for August, 2009


So the folks at NIH are putting investigators’ feet to the fire with the NIH Public Access Policy.  As of 2009 August 21, the NIHMSID can only be used for up to three months after a paper is published in order to indicate compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.  An FAQ is available here.

Remember, the NIHMSID is assigned as soon as you submit your final, peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript to NIHMS (the National Institutes of Health Manuscript Submission system).  You may use this identifier only temporarily until the PMCID is assigned.

How do you ensure a timely PMCID assignment?

  1. Submit your manuscript as soon as possible
  2. Approve your PDF receipt as soon as possible
  3. Review and approve the web version as soon as possible

In other words, ASAP.  Hey, we’re around to help so email nihms-library-support (, if you questions.

August 25, 2009 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

NCBI Short Read Archive of NexGen Sequencing Data

sraSo the guys at NCBI have been busy, busy, busy.  They are now maintaining the Short Read Archive (SRA) for parallel sequencing technologies.  SRA allows you to:

  • Search and display SRA project data through their homepage
  • Search and display SRA project data through Entrez
  • Download data through Aspera Connect
  • BLAST service for sequence similarity searching of 454 sequencing reads for transcriptome studies

There is a nice summary of SRA in the August version of NCBI News.

August 19, 2009 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

NCBI 3D Structure Help

So the folks at NCBI have posted a whole bunch of useful help files on the web for their 3D structure resources, 3D Macromolecular Structure and Conserved Domains.  There are also other helpful how-to files which the fabulous Kristi Holmes over at Becker Library at Wash U has already blogged about here.  Oh, there’s a link to that blog, Bioinformatics@Becker, in my blogroll in case you haven’t already checked it out.

Rock on!

August 5, 2009 at 3:42 pm 1 comment

Bioinformatics Conferences

A list of upcoming bioinformatics conferences from Conference Alerts.

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