Librarians for GSBS students, faculty and researchers:
Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS
Head, Research & Scholarly Communication Services
Lisa Palmer, MSLS, AHIP
Institutional Repository Librarian
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.
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:
- How to Write a Paper to Communicate Your Research
- Writing Your Cover Letter
- Selecting Peers to Suggest as Reviewers
- And many more
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.
NEW: PLoS & BIOMED CENTRAL MEMBERSHIPS
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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