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Tools for Authors: SciENcv

This libguide provides guidance for authors in support of their scholarship efforts.


Science Experts Network (SciENcv) allows users to create an online professional profile (NIH and NSF biosketches) to share with others. Information such as education, employment, research activities, publications, honors, grant awards, and other professional activities can be included in the SciENcv profile. In addition, the SciENcv profile allows users to note their ORCID IDs. ORCID provides a persistent and unique author identifier number for authors. For more information on ORCID, see the ORCID tab.

Users will be able to utilize their existing Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) profiles to create profiles in the new NIH biographical sketch format, as well as be able to select the new NIH biographical sketch format when creating profiles manually or through a data feed from an external source. The Personal Statement section of the NIH biographical sketch has been updated to include an option to list up to four peer-reviewed citations. A new section, Contribution to Science, replaces the former section Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications, and it aims to give researchers a place where they can describe five of their most significant contributions to science.

Users are encouraged to test SciENcv and provide feedback. To create a SciENcv profile, users should sign in to My NCBI.  A SciENcv profile will be automatically populated with information stored in an NIH Biographical Sketch for eRA Commons account holders who have linked their eRA account to My NCBI.

Three Options for Creating a Biosketch in SciENcv

Three options for creating a biosketch using SciENcv: 

1. Scratch: Blank biosketch  
2. External: Commons account, ORCID or National Science Founcation (FastLane)
3. Existing Profile: Saved biosketch 
Four types of biosketch templates:
1. NIH Biosketch
2. NIH Fellowship Biosketch
3. NSF Biosketch
4. Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

SciENcv Video from NCBI

SciENcv: The Easy to Use Biosketch Tool

New: Shorter URL to My Bibliography page

SciENcv recently introduced a "tiny" URL link to a list of publications from a My Bibliography account for the biosketch. The long URL from previously created biosketches in SciENcv will remain functional.



From the All About Grants:

Dr. Neil Thakur, special assistant to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, and Dr. Bart Trawick, literature database lead at the NIH National Library of Medicine, are guests on two podcasts about the new NIH biosketch and SciENcv.

Learn about the modified format for the NIH biosketch and the origin of the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae tool, also known as “SciENcv“, help with the creation of biosketches for NIH and NSF applications.

From NCBI:

SciENcv Feedback

Overall, I was surprised at how relatively easy the SciENcv tool was to use!”  SciENcv User

Notes on SciENcv

  • A five page alert is available in SciENcv.
  • SciENcv auto-populates most sections of a NIH Biosketch by linking your biographical information from eRA Commons (education, work experience, award history) with your publications and research products in your My Bibliography account.
  • All auto-populated content is editable.
  • Citations to publications and research products are automatically formatted and include documentation of compliance with NIH Policy (NIHMS, PMC Journal-In Process, PMCID) and are dynamically updated when a PMCID is assigned to the work.
  • Multiple biosketches can be created and tailored for various award purposes.
  • Biosketches can be exported in a Word document, PDF, or XML.
  • SciENcv is not required for generating a biosketch.
  •  SciENcv includes the NSF and IES biosketch format.
  • SciENcv also links to content in your ORCID account.

NIH Biosketch

See the NIH Biosketch Guide for more information on SciENcv.