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EndNote iPad app available

January 30th, 2013 by Amy Studer

ipad app

Attention EndNote users:

Thomsen Reuters announces a new EndNote for iPad app, the iOS version of EndNote.

EndNote is a popular reference management software that offers tools for organizing and sharing research, and creating a bibliography for papers that you author.  UC Davis has an EndNote licensing agreement, with free software downloads for UC Davis students, staff, and faculty.

Available for download in the iTunes store. [Cost=$0.99]

Take a look at resources at UC Davis for EndNote users.

Please let us know what you think about this app.

NIH Public Access Compliance Monitor

January 30th, 2013 by Amy Studer
Stacks at Carlson

Stacks at Carlson

On January 9, 2013, the NIH announced the release of  a new resource for institutions to track public access compliance with the open access policy.

The Public Access Compliance Monitor is a web-based tool that institutions can use to track compliance of publications that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy.  (NIH Notice Number:  NOT-OD-13-020)

For questions or assistance, please contact a reference librarian:

BML Reference –
(916) 734-3529

HSL Reference –
(530) 752-1162

New Year’s Open-Access Update: Growth in 2012

January 30th, 2013 by Amy Studer
Eighth Stellation of the Icosidodecahedron

Eighth Stellation of the Icosidodecahedron. Image credit: fdecomite on Flickr. License: CC BY 2.0

From the blog, Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics dated December 31, 2012, Heather Morrison compiles data about the growth of open access during 2012.  Here are some highlights:

Directory of Open Access Journals
8,519 journals
2012 growth: 1,147 journals (3 journals / day)
# articles searchable at article level: 955,720
2012 growth in searchable articles: 234,449 (642 articles / day)

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)
3,340 repositories
2012 growth: 730 repositories (2 repositories / day)

809,849 e-prints
2012 growth: 83,886 e-prints (230 e-prints / day)

2,600,000 articles (from PMC site)
2012 growth: 300,000 articles (from PMC site – update schedule not known so not sure about accuracy)
1,199 journals deposit all articles in PMC
2012 growth:  220 journals (.6 journals / day

Registry of Open Access Material Archiving Policies (open access mandate policies)
353 open access policies (total)
2012 growth rate: 44 policies  (4 policies / month)

For the complete blog entry:

Transparent Pricing Doesn’t Curb Doctors’ Use of High-Cost Hospital Imaging Tests

January 30th, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

MRI Machine

Johns Hopkins Medicine released a study last week, examining “if doctors who are told the exact price of expensive medical tests like MRIs in advance would order fewer of them.”

From Johns Hopkins Medicine:

In a report published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the researchers found that revealing the costs of MRIs and other imaging tests up front had no impact on the number of tests doctors ordered for their hospitalized patients.

“Cost alone does not seem to be the determining factor in deciding to go ahead with an expensive radiographic test,” says the study’s senior author, Daniel J. Brotman, M.D… “There is definitely an over-ordering of tests in this country, and we can make better decisions about whether our patients truly need each test we order for them. But when it comes to big-ticket tests like MRI, it appears the doctors have already decided they need to know the information, regardless of the cost of the test.”

Read more over at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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2013 American Cancer Society statistics now available from CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians

January 30th, 2013 by Bruce Abbott

The annual statistics issue makes this journal the most highly cited publication by the ISI Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports.

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NIH Director’s Blog

January 29th, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

Francis Collins

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health,  started a blog a few months ago. Recent postings include a discussion of copy-editing the genome, the science of stuttering, and a new rheumatoid arthritis drug developed from NIH research. Dr. Collins also has been posting some stunning research-related images. Some content examples include:

– Smoking: It’s Killing Us

– MRSA In a New Light

– Copy-Editing the Genome: Extreme Personalized Medicine?

To follow his posts, please see his blog on NIH.

Image courtesy NIH.

Publish open access articles in RSC journals at no charge

January 25th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Publishing in an RSC journal? Maximize Readership With Gold Open Access

    The UC Davis Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.
    This program offers a limited number of voucher codes that enable UC Davis researchers to publish their paper in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

Benefits of Gold OA publishing

    Gold Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – without any subscriptions or fees.
    Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read. Further details about RSC journals and Open Access are available here.

You are eligible if

    You are currently affiliated with UC Davis (faculty, student, staff) and
    Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
    You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Davis Library

Get your voucher code

    After your article has been accepted for publication by an RSC journal, please complete the form at to request your Gold for Gold voucher code. It will be emailed to you once your eligibility has been verified.
    Once you have your voucher code, complete the online RSC Gold for Gold Application form to make your article open access
    Due to limited numbers, the Library will distribute the voucher codes on a first-come-first-served basis.

Fine print

    Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication
    Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2013


    Please contact Mary Wood, Reference Librarian:
    or Cory Craig, Chemistry Librarian:

“How and Why US Health Care Differs From That in Other OECD Countries”

January 23rd, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

Sign at Seattle's March and Rally for Health Care Reform on May 30, 2009.

Earlier this month, JAMA published a viewpoint article by Victor R. Fuchs, PhD, about the differences between the United States and other countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

In it, he highlights key differences between the US and other OECD members:

“US health care is very different from health care in other countries. Potential reasons for the differences are discussed, leading to the conclusion that future efforts to control cost, provide universal coverage, and improve health outcomes will have to consider the United States’ particular history, values, and political system.”

Read the full article – JAMA.

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Public Health: Behavioral & Social Sciences Research and Program Evaluation

January 22nd, 2013 by Amy Studer
Blaisdell Medical Library Image

Blaisdell Medical Library, UCDMC

Here are two new online resources for public health:

1.    e-Source:  Behavioral & Social Sciences Research

Developed by the  Office of Behavioral & Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the NIH, “inside you will find 20 interactive chapters with authoritative answers to methodological questions on behavioral and social science research. With contributions from a team of international experts, this anthology provides the latest information on addressing emerging challenges in public health.”  Among other topics, chapters cover theory development and social and behavioral theories.

2.   A Guide to Evaluation in Health Research

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) offers this online module designed to to build knowledge and skill in the area of evaluation of health and health research initiatives.

Please let us know what you think about these resources.

NIH releases FY2012 grant numbers

January 18th, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

The National Institutes of Health have released their 2012 grant numbers, and have shown a noted increase in award dollars compared to 2011 numbers. From NIH:

“Looking back on these data, the first thought that comes to my mind is, “We made it.” Despite a flat budget and complex fiscal times, we maintained last year’s success rate and slightly increased the amount of award dollars that went to research project grants. We continue to strive to maintain a diverse portfolio of biomedical research, and keep this important work moving along quickly.”

For the full comparison, see NIH Rock Talk.

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