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Need Help with Your Manuscript? The NIH Library is Here to Help!

NIH Library Summer Writing and Publishing Classes

Would you like assistance with writing an abstract or guidance on where to submit your manuscript? Do you want help editing it? The NIH Library offers classes, services, and resources to guide you through your writing and publishing process.

This summer, the NIH Library is offering a series of online classes intended to help you write and publish successfully, including a new class on creating graphical/visual abstracts. Learn more about these classes and register through the links below:


  • How to Create a Graphical/Visual Abstract, July 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
    This one-hour webinar explains what a graphical or visual abstract is, how it is being used, information that should be included when developing one, and how to create one.

Writing and Publishing Classes

Editing Services
The NIH Library’s Editing Service provides free, light and medium manuscript editing, assistance with selecting a journal, suggestions for responding to peer review comments, and more. Get started by submitting an Editing Request.

Additionally, the Library offers a plagiarism checking service using iThenticate to identify missed citations or paraphrased wording that is too similar to a published source. This service is free and confidential for requesters who are the first, last, or corresponding author of NIH work-related, unpublished manuscripts.

The NIH Library provides access to online tools to support  your writing and publishing needs:

  • EndNote: download EndNote for free from the NIH Library and use it to manage the references in your manuscript. Available to NIH, HHS, and CMS customers. 
  • Journal Citation Reports: find a journal’s impact factor or identify alternative journals for your manuscript submission. Available to NIH, HHS, and CMS customers.
  • AMA Manual of Style: ensure your manuscript follows the styles established to support the medical and scientific publishing community. Available to NIH and HHS customers.
  • Chicago Manual of Style: access the style manual used primarily by those working in literature, history, and the arts. Available to NIH customers.

Contact us to let us know how we can help with your writing, publishing, or research needs.