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HOW TO: Create MyNCBI Accounts and Alerts

This guide provides a simple step by step process for creating your NCBI account and creating alerts to keep up to date on the latest published literature in your area.

Creating Alerts in My NCBI

When you click on Create alert in most NCBI databases, you are asked if you would like to receive email updates of new search results automatically. Automatic email updates of search results are then sent according to the frequency you selected when saving your search in My NCBI (monthly, weekly, or daily). You can also choose a format (Summary, Abstract, Summary text, Abstract text, PubMed), optional text (up to 200 characters), and change the number of items to be sent (1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 or 200 items).

1. Go to any of the NCBI databases, for example, PubMed, and sign-in with your NCBI credentials, then conduct a search (see below):



2. Once you have your results, click on the “Create alert” link under the search bar.



3. After you click on “Create alert,” name your saved search and click the “Yes” radio button to receive email updates of new search results.


4. Select the frequency, day, report format, and the number of items to send, then click “Save.”

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