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June 30th, 2010 by Deanna Johnson

NIH has replaced the CRISP database with the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) Expenditures and Results (RePORTER). RePORTER is an electronic tool that allows users to search a repository of both intramural and extramural NIH-funded research projects from the past 25 years, and access publications (since 1985) and patents resulting from NIH funding. In addition to NIH-funded research, the system provides access to research supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).RePORTER1b

RePORTER retains all of the features of CRISP while providing additional query fields, hit lists that can be sorted and downloaded to Excel, NIH funding for each project (expenditures), and the publications and patents that have acknowledged support from each project (results).  It also provides links to PubMed Central, PubMed, and the US Patent & Trademark Office Patent Full Text and Image Database for more information on research results.

RePORTER2bThe query form allows the user to generate queries by entering terms or making selections from drop down menus. In the Principal Investigator, Project Number, RFA/PA, and Organization fields, the % wildcard can be used at the beginning and/or end of a search string when only part of the information is known. Use of the % wildcard increases efficiency and flexibility of the search query. Additionally, in the Term Search field users can search for projects that contain one or more specific terms in the project title, abstract, public health relevance statement, or the scientific terms assigned to each project. When “And” is selected (the default), only those projects that contain all the search terms entered will be found. When “Or” is selected, the query will result in a much larger list of projects, as RePORTER will find all projects containing at least one of the search terms entered. Finally, quotes can be used to find a specific phrase. Of the three types of term search, the phrase search will produce the most narrow list of projects.

RePORTER3bThe results of the query are returned in a project listing that includes the project number, subproject identifier (if applicable), project title, contact principal investigator, performing organization, fiscal year of funding, NIH administering and funding Institutes and Centers (IC), and the fiscal year total costs provided by each funding IC. The project number, subproject id, and the project title are clickable and linked to more detailed information on several Project Information tabs, including Description, Details, Results, and Subprojects (for multi-project grants only).

For additional information about using the RePORTER query tool, read the RePORTER Manual.

If you have any questions, or would like to make a suggestion for new features, there is a Help button at the bottom of each page that opens the RePORTER FAQs page, on which there is a ‘Click here to contact us’ link.

Thomson Reuters releases the 2009 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR)

June 28th, 2010 by Bruce Abbott

Link to the JCR:

From the press release:

Thomson Reuters announced the release of the 2009 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR). The most widely used tool for assessing the world’s leading journals, JCR and the metrics it offers — including Journal Impact Factor — empower users to objectively evaluate a journal’s performance and its influence on research globally.

Featuring more than 9,100 of the world’s most highly cited peer-reviewed publications, the 2009 JCR includes 861 journals added through the Thomson Reuters Regional Content Expansion. This multi-year initiative aims to enrich the collection of regionally important and influential International journals represented in JCR and other Thomson Reuters services.

Included in 2009’s release are features that help users visualize and evaluate the journal data in context, including:
• Five-Year Impact Factor, which helps users evaluate journals in the context of their specific field. In the 2009 JCR release, 1,055 journals receive their first calculated Journal Impact Factors.
• EigenfactorTM Metrics that assess a journal’s prestige and citation influence by considering scholarly literature as a network of journal-to-journal relationships.
• Rank-in-Category Tables, a unique visualization tool illustrating at a glance a journal’s performance in the context of multiple categories.
• Journal “Self-Citations,” an analysis of a journal’s self citations and their effect on the Journal Impact Factor calculation.

DOI’s for you and me…

June 22nd, 2010 by

 Some researchers may need the DOI for articles in their bibliographies.

going to: and finding the GuestQuery area is one way to get a DOI or you can go directly to GuestQuery by going to:

Once there you will need the name of the journal (important, necessary, useful) and then other information. General seaches with minimal information will not produce any group of results. The minimal information I used in one trial was the journal title, the first author’s last name, the volume number, and the first page number. Do NOT give up trying a search until you have put in a bit more information then Single Citation Matcher requires in PubMed.

On another hand — using the Single Citation Matcher requires in PubMed and then using the “Medline” display is another and perhaps easier way to find DOI’s.

By the way – from:
“The Digital Object Identifier (DOI®) System is for identifying content objects in the digital environment. DOI® names are assigned to any entity for use on digital networks. They are used to provide current information, including where they (or information about them) can be found on the Internet. Information about a digital object may change over time, including where to find it, but its DOI name will not change.”

There is a lot more information, background and tools at:

AND – if you have a DOI – find what it is at:

For additional help – contact a librarian at UC Davis:

My NCBI Tool Replaces eRA Commons for Bibliography Management

June 22nd, 2010 by Mary Wood

eRA Commons has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to link “My NCBI” to Commons.   My NCBI offers an online portal— “My Bibliography” —for users to maintain and manage a list of all of their authored works, such as journal articles, manuscripts accepted for publication, books, and book chapters.   As of April 2010 (see previous blog post), linking a Commons account to a new or existing My NCBI account allows references saved in My Bibliography to automatically appear in users’ Commons accounts.

As of July 23, 2010, PD/PIs will be unable to enter citations manually into eRA Commons and must use My NCBI’s “My Bibliography” tool to manage their professional bibliographies.

For more information on how to handle the changes, see notice number NOT-OD-10-103.  Read the step-by-step guide for how to set up a “My NCBI” account and access “My Bibliography.” You can also see the National Library of Medicine tutorial, “Using My Bibliography to Manage Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy,” for more details.

The benefits…
The partnership between eRA Commons and My NCBI allows Commons users to benefit from My Bibliography’s ability to populate citation data from PubMed , PubMed Central , and the NIH Manuscript Submission system .

Additionally, this integration allows the grantees to easily track compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.  Commons users can propose, confirm, or reject grant-paper associations; associate their My Bibliography citations with an eSNAP (electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process) progress report in Commons; and designate delegates to maintain their professional bibliographies in My Bibliography.  Users can log in to My NCBI and access My Bibliography from eRA Commons, or they can log in directly to My NCBI using their Commons username and password.


Morgan and Claypool Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences

June 13th, 2010 by Bruce Abbott

Off campus access:,

We have licensed the Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences from Morgan & Claypool. This collection consists of a library of 50- to 100-page electronic books, each of which synthesizes an important research or development topic, authored by a prominent contributor to the field.  Morgan & Claypool calls these Lectures and states that they offer unique value to the reader by providing more synthesis, analysis, and depth than typical research journal articles. They are also more modular and dynamic than traditional print or digital handbooks, such as collected volumes and monographs. They are ideal entry points to new areas for researchers, advanced developers, and students.

Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences

Published in Collection One:

Colloquium content is organized into the following series:

Coming Soon:

All UCD Libraries Closed June 14-15

June 6th, 2010 by

Due to mandated campus furloughs, all UCD libraries will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, June 14 and 15. This includes the Blaisdell Medical Library in Sacramento, and the Carlson Health Sciences Library in Davis.

Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals – updated edition

June 2nd, 2010 by Mary Wood

2010-Guide . . ILAR (Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources, National Academies) announced today the availability of the newly updated Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the internationally accepted primary reference on the humane treatment of animals in research, testing, and teaching.

. .Last updated in 1996, the Guide is available from the National Academies Press website:  read online, download pdf, order paperback copy.


. .“The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals provides a framework for the judgments required in the management of animal facilities. This updated and expanded resource of proven value will be important to scientists and researchers, veterinarians, animal care personnel, facilities managers, institutional administrators, policy makers involved in research issues, and animal welfare advocates.”