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Librarians for GSBS students, faculty and researchers:

Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS
Research Librarian and Informationist

Lisa Palmer, MSLS, AHIP
Institutional Repository Librarian

Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, MA, MLIS
Head of Research and Scholarly Communication Services

We're here to help!


Our Department offers a number of classes on topics related to scholarly communications and publishing (see descriptions below). Contact Sally for more information or to schedule a session.

  • NIH Public Access Policy: Submitting Manuscripts to PubMed Central  
    The NIH Public Access Policy requires all authors publishing peer-reviewed articles based on research funded by NIH to make their work publicly available within 12 months of publication through PubMed Central. This class provides an overview of the Policy and covers the practical steps for compliance including determining copyright of currently published articles, maintaining author rights, and using the NIH Manuscript Submission System.
  • Introduction to Copyright Basics  
    The introductory session will include:
    * What Copyright law covers and does not cover
    * Myths/Truths about copyright in educational settings
    * Annual Copyright License/Academic
    * Constructing Durable Links to e-resources
    * Attribution and permission for 3rd party works
    * Using images “legally”
    * Where to go for more information
  • Author Rights  
    Today more than ever, authors need a good understanding of the basic concepts of intellectual property, as well as the rights they have when it comes to publishing, sharing, and archiving their scholarly work. This workshop is designed to help faculty become aware of authors’ rights issues.
  • “Fair Use” vs. Attribution vs. Permission  
    In this session, we will define "Fair Use" and discuss how to determine if a proposed use is "fair."

    * Four Factors
    * Complete attribution
    * Attribution vs. permission
    * When and how to seek permission
  • Images (Copyright Basics)  
    In this session, we will discuss how to find and use images (photos, microscopic slides, tables, charts, graphs, illustrations, cartoons, clipart, etc.) in teaching, publishing, and presenting.

    * Image E-resources licensed by the LSL
    * Materials in Public Domain, Gov doc, etc.
    * Wikimedia, Flickr, websites, "create your own," etc.
    * What is the role of "Fair Use"
    * Attribution vs. permission
  • EndNote  
    EndNote is a bibliographic management tool that allows users to create and organize a library of citations and abstracts and then import them directly into a Microsoft Word document. This class will demonstrate how to set up a new library, how to import citations from MEDLINE, how to work with the citation style manager and how to add bibliographic references to a Microsoft Word document.
  • RefWorks  
    This class will introduce building a bibliography using the RefWorks bibliographic citation management program. NOTE: Participants should be familiar with finding research articles in MEDLINE. Experience with other databases is desirable.

Scientist Meets Publisher

"Your manuscript has been accepted by the journal I own. Just sign here."

In the News


Publishing Your Research 101


The American Chemical Society (ACS) has created a series of free, online videos under the title, Publishing Your Research 101. The videos "assist authors and reviewers in understanding and improving their experience with the processes of writing, submitting, editing, and reviewing manuscripts." Titles include:

If you are new to the process of scientific writing and publication or you're looking for some tips to jump start your writing, check them out.



The American Society of Microbiology announces the release of its first open access journal, mBio. As with all ASM journals, mBio contains the best research in microbiology and allied fields. It is high quality, peer-reviewed and available to share openly with all of your colleagues throughout the world. If you're thinking of publishing in an OA journal, consider mBio.



UPDATE: BioMed Central Membership will now additionally include all publications within SpringerOpen journals.


Remember: UMMS is a member of both PLoS and BioMed Central!

The Library has purchased institutional memberships in both the Public Library of Science and BioMed Central. This means UMMS authors publishing in PLoS or BMC journals will receive a discount on publishing fees and charges. The next time you have a manuscript ready, consider sending it to one of the open access journals of PLoS or BioMed Central.

  • Retain the copyright for your work
  • Increase visibility of your work
  • Support open access 

For more information, contact Sally -, X6-1966.


Looking to Publish? Wondering where?

Have you recently finished an article and are now considering where to submit it for publication? Are you wondering how to find the best fit? Journal impact factor, name recognition, and likelihood of acceptance are all things to consider. Another resource to help you is JANE (Journal Author Name Estimator). It works by comparing the title and/or title and abstract of your article with others indexed in MEDLINE. The results show you a list of appropriate journal titles, an "article influence" score (based upon the number of times articles in the publication are cited w/in five years of being published), and a sample of articles from the specific journal that match most closely to yours.

To see how it worked, I typed in the title of my graduate thesis "Sex differences in central and peripheral factors of skeletal muscle fatigue" and found that the Journal of Applied Physiology topped the list, followed by ACSM's Exercise and Sport Science Reviews. I was also able to see that JAP deposits articles in PubMed Central 12 months after publication, thus fulfilling any funding requirement (e.g. NIH) had I received such for this work. Finally, I was given a list of the top articles from their respective journals that matched with mine, complete with links back to the abstract in PubMed. All in all, a very handy tool! Give it a try. Let me know how you like it.

~ Sally


Looking to Publish in an Open Access Journal?

Many faculty members and researchers at UMMS are frequent contributors to open access journals, choosing to publish their research in a format that disseminates the findings to a wide audience. You may know of BioMed Central journals or the titles published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), but there are many others that you could consider.

The Directory of Open Access Journals is a comprehensive and well-respected resource for locating OA journals in your field. Visit the site not only to find a journal to submit your articles, but also to locate journals to read, too.


Resources for Answering Questions about Scholarly Communication Issues

  • ARL Toolkit
    From the Association of Research Libraries
  • SPARC Resources
    From the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Scientific Writing Tools

Lecture notes from Library Resource Sessions in Scientific Writing Courses


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