Looking for the Perfect Journal to Publish Your Research? Check Out These Tools to Help You Decide

February 25, 2010

Are you looking for the perfect journal to publish your research? Use some free and library-purchased tools to help you identify journals to consider submitting your article manuscript to. Have your own method? Have a favorite tool? Share your method, tools, and comments with your colleagues and peers by using the space below.

Some possible tools and strategies

First identify journals based on the key words that describe your research. The phrases and/or words can be taken from your paper or poster’s abstract. Read the rest of this entry »


Scholarly Communication Journal Club

February 22, 2010

Are you interested in reading and discussing articles on any of the below topics (click image below to view a larger version)?

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Learn more about scholarly communication (SC) by participating in a journal club! Interested? Would you attend  journal club meetings on a monthly or quarterly basis? Indicate your interest by contacting Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communication Librarian (x60520 or alynch@coh.org), or leaving a comment below.

We will assess the interest level and evaluate whether we will soon start a Scholarly Communication Journal Club. Have other comments or feedback? Contact Andrea Lynch.

February and March Workshop Sessions — Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy

February 15, 2010

Did you miss the January offerings of Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy workshop? This new educational opportunity by the Graff Library will also be offered this month and in March.

  • February 23th from 3-4pm
  • February 24th from 1-2pm
  • March 9th from 2-3pm
  • March 25th from 10-11am

It will be held in the library’s computer lab. Please RSVP to Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communication Librarian, and indicate which date and time works best with your schedule.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy became law in January 2008 and effective on April 7, 2008. It ensures the public’s access to NIH-funded research. The Policy applies to:

  • any peer-reviewed manuscript that is accepted for journal publication on or after April 7, 2008 that arises from:
    • any direct funding from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
    • any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
    • any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
    • an NIH employee.

The session will include a 45-minute presentation with 15 minutes for questions and/or discussion, and cover the following four steps for complying with the policy:

  • Determine applicability — determine which papers fall under the policy
  • Retain copyright — read the journal publisher’s copyright transfer agreement to make sure you’re able to comply with the policy and deposit the paper to PubMed Central
  • Submit your paper to PubMed Central — there are a number of methods to do this; when the publisher doesn’t do this for free, the library can do it for you
  • Cite using PMCIDs — in biosketches, progress reports, and applications, incorporate the PubMed Central ID into the citations of applicable papers authored by you or that come from your NIH-funded projects

Can’t wait and want to know more now? Take a look at our guide on complying with the NIH Public Access Policy. The guide outlines the necessary four steps for compliance as well as incorporates frequently asked questions and other helpful resources to help you get familiar with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Have questions about the NIH Public Access Policy? Contact Andrea Lynch.

Can’t make it? Contact Andrea Lynch to schedule one-on-one or group sessions that work with your or your group’s availability.

Scholarly Communication Office Hours — Continuation of Schedule through May 2010

February 15, 2010

We are extending the current schedule for Scholarly Communication Office Hours through May 2010. We began offering this service on December 1, 2009.

Andrea Lynch will hold weekly, in-person scholarly communication office hours. Come by the library’s main reading room on Tuesdays from 11am-noon or Thursdays from 2:30-3:30pm to discuss:

  • complying with the NIH Public Access Policy;
  • finding a home for your research;
  • open access publishing options;
  • using copyrighted materials; and
  • keeping track of your publications and the publications you’re reading using EndNote.

Bring questions with you…or just stop by to chat. Look for Andrea at one of the large tables near the Graff Library’s front desk.

Would you prefer virtual office hours? Do these times not work with your schedule? Use the comments feature below to let us know your preferences. Andrea plans to re-evaluate the office hour service at the end of May and will change the service based on usage, preferences, and feedback provided.