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How you log into NCBI accounts is changing this summer

Jul 20, 2021, 15:38 PM by Melodi Moore

From the NLM/NCBI Blog:

Do you log into NCBI to use MyNCBI, SciENcv, or MyBibliography? Do you submit data to NCBI? Beginning in June 2021, there will be changes to how you log into these and all other NCBI accounts. Read below for the details.

What’s happening?
NCBI is transitioning from using local account passwords (the password you created at NCBI) for logging into NCBI to using only 3rd-party logins (your username and password from Google,, ORCiD, your university or research institution account, etc).

What about my account data?
This change will NOT affect the data in your account, such as your MyBibliography, SciENcv, or submission data. You will also keep your NCBI Username, you just won’t be able to log in with it anymore.

Why is this happening?
NIH, NLM, and NCBI take your privacy and security very seriously. Transitioning to 3rd parties who have industry-standard security practices ensures that you have the highest level of security and enables us to focus our resources on improving your experience once you log in.

Which 3rd party logins can I use?
We have over 4000 3rd-party options for you to choose from, including, ORCiD, Google, Microsoft, and InCommon and EduGain affiliated organizations. See:

Choosing the Best 3rd-Party Option for You

What is happening when?
Summer 2021 -
As of June 22, users are no longer be able to create an account with an NCBI-managed password. Shortly afterward, we will be launching a software tool (“wizard”) to walk you through the process of disabling your NCBI password and linking a 3rd-party login. We are rolling out the wizard gradually this summer, so you may not see it right away.

June 2022 - Any accounts without valid 3rd-party logins linked to them will no longer be accessible through NCBI login pages. The data in the accounts will be preserved and procedures will be available for data recovery.

What do I need to do?
We suggest linking at least one 3rd-party login to your account now and starting to use it to log into NCBI. By acting now, you will ensure no difficulties or delays in accessing your accounts come June 2022 when special procedures will be required to access accounts without linked 3rd-party logins. For directions, see:

How do I link 3rd-party logins to my NCBI account?

Need more information? 

On July 28, 2021 at 12PM EDT NCBI is hosting a webinar to teach what you need to do link a third-party login using the Wizards, get an updated timeline for the transition third-party logins, and get answers to your questions.  Register here.