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Developing Data Attribution / Citation Practices & Standards

November 27th, 2012 by Mary Wood

For Attribution — Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards
Summary of an International Workshop

..Paul F. Uhlir, Rapporteur
..Board on Research Data and Information
..Policy and Global Affairs
..National Research Council

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..The National Academies Press

The growth of electronic publishing of literature has created new challenges, such as the need for mechanisms for citing online references in ways that can assure discoverability and retrieval for many years into the future. The growth in online datasets presents related, yet more complex challenges. It depends upon the ability to reliably identify, locate, access, interpret, and verify the version, integrity, and provenance of digital datasets. Data citation standards and good practices can form the basis for increased incentives, recognition, and rewards for scientific data activities that in many cases are currently lacking in many fields of research…

The problem of citing online data is complicated by the lack of established practices for referring to portions or subsets of data. There are a number of initiatives in different organizations, countries, and disciplines already underway. An important set of technical and policy approaches have already been launched by the U.S. National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and other standards bodies regarding persistent identifiers and online linking…    Read More

Town Hall Meeting on Proposed UC Open Access Policy

November 26th, 2012 by Amy Studer

The following is an announcement from Professor Brian Kolner to members of the UC Davis Academic Senate and Academic Federation.  Please contact him with any questions:

Dear Colleagues,

The University of California is considering adopting an Open Access publishing policy that will make the results of our published scholarly work accessible through the California Digital Library. The University Committee on the Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) and the Academic Council wish to get a sense of the campuses toward adoption of this policy.  Please join us for a Town Hall Meeting on the following date and location

Friday, November 30, 2012
3-5 PM

for a presentation and discussion.  Following the Town Hall Meeting, we will launch a web forum on the Academic Senate web site (details to follow) for further comment.  The Open Access draft policy, frequently asked questions, a slide presentation and other materials can be downloaded in advance at the following site:

We look forward to seeing you at the Town Hall on Nov. 30th.

Professor Brian H. Kolner
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, Davis

Dogs Paralyzed By Spine Damage Walk Again After Nose Cell Transplant

November 26th, 2012 by Ferguson Mitchell

Jasper on treadmill

Towards treating spinal cord injury in ‘patients’: one step at a time
Guest, J. Brain (2012) 135 (11): 3203-3205. doi: 10.1093/brain/aws294

For many years, there has been an expectation that developments in neurobiology and work on regeneration of the CNS will have early applications in the area of spinal cord injury. Now, a study by Grangeret al. (2012) published in this issue of Brain reports a clinical trial in adult dogs with chronic spinal cord injury caused by an acute event, such as disk herniation. These injuries are common in veterinary practice, and studying therapeutics in this clinical population is sensible. The experimental therapeutic intervention was intraspinal transplantation of cultured autologous cells derived from the olfactory mucosa of the frontal sinus, whereas the control group received injections of cell culture medium only. The data analysis indicated a significant difference between the transplanted and control groups in forelimb–hindlimb coordination measured using kinematic analysis of locomotion on a treadmill during partial weight support. No difference in long tract functional recovery was detected between the groups using motor- and somatosensory-evoked potentials. This veterinary study has relevance to human clinical trial designs in several ways. For example, as the authors point out, the external validity is higher with this heterogeneous dog population than with a genetically homogeneous laboratory animal study. In addition, the cell therapy study had a relevant control group that was injected with cell culture medium and was blinded. Careful reading of the study discloses several interesting points for consideration.

Watch the full video over at The Huffington Post.

NIH Notice: Public Access Policy Compliance To Impact Funding Distribution

November 19th, 2012 by Amy Studer

On Friday, November 16th, the NIH announced “that in Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.  The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance.”  (NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-12-160).

Included in this notice are several process and procedural changes related to the public access requirement.

In a related blog post, Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, offers this advice to researchers:

“The challenge is that publication occurs throughout the year, and progress reporting occurs once a year. So I encourage principal investigators to start thinking about public access compliance when papers are planned. Discuss with your co-authors how the paper will be submitted to PubMed Central, and who will do so, along with all the other tasks of paper writing. The easiest thing to do, perhaps even today, is to take a couple of minutes to enter the NIH-supported papers you have published in the last year into My NCBI to ensure you meet the requirements of the policy regardless of when your non-competing continuation is due. This will help you avoid a last minute scramble that could delay your funding.”  (Rock Talk blog, November 16, 2012)

Seeking additional information?  See the NIH Funding Public Access Mandate subject guide, created by UC Davis Health Sciences Librarians.

NLM Turning the Pages Project Offers Glimpse of Rare Veterinary Book

November 14th, 2012 by Amy Studer
Page illustration from "The Anatomy of an Horse" by Andrew Snape, printed in 1683

"The Anatomy of an Horse" by Andrew Snape, printed in 1683

The National Library of Medicine has released a new Turning the Pages virtual book:

The Anatomy of an Horse, by Andrew Snape,  printed in London in 1683

“The Anatomy of an Horse is one of the most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated books about horses published in seventeenth-century Britain. It contains numerous engravings of horses, mainly on the dissecting table, including the digestive system, heart, brain, musculature and the skeleton.”  (For more information, go to:  NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, 2012).

To access the web-based version:

iPad app:

Turning the pages is an ongoing project to make rare and unique items in the NLM history of medicine collection available to the public.

Establishing Your Author Name

November 2nd, 2012 by Mary Wood

from a new post by Cathy Sarli
Scholarly Communication Update
Becker Medical Library WUSTL

Your name as an author is key to establishing a unique public profile for dissemination and promotion of your research.

Authors should use the same variation of their name consistently throughout their academic and research careers.

Consistency of an author name enhances the discoverability of research
of an author name helps establishes a presence for an author

How can authors find out if other authors have similar names? One tip is to do an author search in several databases such as PubMed, Embase or Web of Science.

How many name variants are there for your name?
How many authors share your name?
How many authors with a similar name have publications in the same subject area?
Is it possible to distinguish publications from authors with similar names?

If you find similarities in author names, consider adding your full middle name or using your middle initial to distinguish it from other authors.

Resources to help authors manage unique and consistent author names to ensure that their publications are associated with the correct author:



Scopus Author Identifier Tool