Open Access Week 2013: Winners!

November 19, 2013

Open Access Week 2013 (OAW 2013) has come and gone. For those of you missed the posts about it, you can check them out here to learn more about open access. In addition, you can read about how other institutions celebrated OAW 2013 by visiting this site. Or, if you are on Twitter, you can check out the OAW tweets by searching on #oaweek or by clicking here.

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Learn about open access, share what you learned, and consider this interesting tidbit

October 28, 2013

In this post, I’m asking you to learn more about open access, share what you learned, and to consider an aspect of what the open access movement is trying to accomplish.

Learn and share

  • Read this short 4 page article, which is a nice guide detailing resources to help authors make their publications available via open access options: Dawson, D. (2013). Making your publications open access: Resources to assist researchers and librarians. College & Research Libraries News, 74(9), 473-476. After reading this article, learn more about one resource detailed in the paper. Using the comment feature below, share the name of resource you chose and one thing you learned about it.
  • Check out Steve Hitchcock’s Open Access Impact Bibliography, which highlights studies on the impact of open access publishing. There are two special listings worth mentioning: 1) one list that sorts the studies by the those that are cited most in Google Scholar; and 2) reviews about these impact studies. Please take a look at this tool and share your ideas/thoughts using the comment feature below.

 Consider this

  • One of the issues that the OA movement is attempting to address is making published research freely available to everyone to read. As of October 24th, a quick and dirty search in PubMed/MEDLINE for City of Hope authored publications* yields 4773 results.  Then, if you restrict the articles to only those that are freely available using the Free Full Text Available filter, you get 1732 results. Therefore, 36.3% of articles found in PubMed/MEDLINE where the first author is associated with City of Hope are freely available for anyone to read without a subscription. A similar search performed on October 28th of NIH authored# articles yields 115,539 results, with 48,434 results or 41.9% of the articles freely available to read.

COH employees who leave OA-related comments using the Reply feature below will receive a small prize. 

Want to chat about the pros and cons of open access or learn about it? Connect with me, Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communication Librarian (x60520 or

* PubMed/MEDLINE search strategy: “city of hope”[Affiliation] OR duarte[Affiliation] OR 91010[Affiliation]

# PubMed/MEDLINE search strategy: bethesda[Affiliation] OR “National Institutes of Health”[Affiliation] OR “nih”[Affiliation] OR 20892[Affiliation] AND “loattrfree full text”[sb]

Open Access Week 2013: Watch this!

October 24, 2013

Consider watching this 4 minute video where Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, interviews Jack Andraka, a 16-year old high school sophomore and winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. This is a nice discussion about some of the benefits of opening access to published research, one of which is making faster discoveries and speeding up innovation.

Want to chat about open access or learn about it? Connect with me, Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communication Librarian (x60520 or

Celebrating Open Access Week 2013

October 23, 2013

Open Access Week is an international celebration to raise awareness about open access. Libraries, non-profit organizations, and other institutions promote the benefits of open access by hosting a variety of events over this week (October 21st through the 27th).

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.”

Learn more about OA by reading is this handout: A very brief introduction to Open Access.

In the library, we celebrate OA Week by giving away prizes, writing blog posts, and having a table with a variety of handouts and giveaways in the Graff Library building.

If you attended our Back to School event yesterday and entered into our gift basket raffle, you might have won the Celebrating Open Access Week 2013 basket that had shirts, pens, pins, and brochures.

Stop by the library to pick up a pin, pen, or both, so you can show your support of OA. When you stop by and fill out an entry form, you will be entered into a raffle for a shirt. And, you will also receive some OA talking points to discuss with people who ask you about your shirt. You can also enter into this raffle online by asking a question related to OA and/or sharing one thing you know about OA. Just use the comments feature below.

More OA blog posts will be published tomorrow and Friday, so check back to see what other things you might learn. Stay tuned!

Want to chat about open access or learn about it? Connect with me, Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communication Librarian (x60520 or

EndNote Output Styles

September 24, 2013

Having an issue with EndNote because it doesn’t have the style you need? If so, check the EndNote Output Style download page.  You can search by style name, journal title, citation type, or publisher.

If you still can’t find it, try looking for a downloadable EndNote style on the journal’s instructions for author page.

Still coming up empty? Try modifying a pre-existing style. Here’s a short video by the NIH Library (6:20 minutes) about modifying an existing style and some of the popular changes that have come up in the past.

Need help? Having problems downloading the style  you need? Please contact us via email at or phone at x68497, or stop by in person.

New resources posted on the NIH Trans-NIH BioMedical Informatics Coordinating Committee (BMIC) site

April 22, 2013

Informatics touches on a lot of what we do here at City of Hope. Are you interested in knowing more about how you can help facilitate the comparison and combination of data sets across studies, registries, and electronic health records? One way is to learn about the NIH Trans-NIH BioMedical Informatics Coordinating Committee (BMIC).

The NIH BMIC has been around for over 5 years and is tasked to “improve communication and coordination of issues related to clinical- and bio-informatics at NIH.” This group recently posted three new resources to its Home page:

  • The CDE Resource Portal: a collection of NIH-sponsored common data element (CDE) initiatives and other tools.
  • NIH Data Sharing Repositories: a searchable list of 45 repositories (as of this posting) that will accept data submissions from NIH-funded researchers and others.
  • NIH Data Sharing Policies: a searchable list of 16 policies in effect at NIH.

Take a look, then let us know what you found useful by using the Comments feature below.

Setting up a My NCBI My Bibliography

April 22, 2013

It takes about 2 minutes to create a My NCBI account and add an article to your My Bibliography. Why would you want to do this? Here are a few reasons:

So, what are the steps? Just the two below with an optional one to save your time and memory.

  1. Register for My NCBI. Click here for help.
  2. Create a My Bibliography: My Bibliography is a tool for keeping track of your publications, whether they are found in PubMed or not. Journal articles, meeting abstracts, presentation, books, book chapters, and patents can be included. You can also make it public in order to share it with others or add it to your LinkedIn and/or Facebook or other social networking profiles.

Tutorial: Creating a My Bibliography in My NCBI (4 minutes)

If you have an eRA Commons or Google account, you can link your My NCBI account to it. That way you just need to log in to My NCBI with the other account, thereby saving you from remembering yet another username and password.

If you need help with setting up your My NCBI My Bibliography, please contact me, Andrea Lynch, at or x60520. I’d be happy to assist you over the phone or stop by your office.

There are other time saving benefits of having a My NCBI account, check them out by viewing these brief tutorials.