Why You Can’t Use A Google Scholar Link In Your Biosketch

I submitted a request for clarification to grantsinfo@nih.gov for the following policy:

Indicate that a URL for a publication list is optional and, if provided, must be to a government website (.gov) like My Bibliography.

This was in response to recently updated instructions for preparing the biosketch and some discussion on Twitter initiated by @crytogenomicon.

https://twitter.com/cryptogenomicon/status/730412499120566272?lang=en

After about a week, I got the following reply:

With broader rules for including links we could not protect the anonymity of our reviewers.

It took me a few minutes to process this result, and then it hit me. I could link, for example, to the publication list on my personal lab web page. I use Google Analytics, and thus I can see where traffic to my site originates from. It would be very simple to figure out who reviewed my grant in this scenario. Turns out @thatdnaguy was right!

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