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UC Libraries E-Book Value Statement

March 28th, 2013 by Amy Studer

Woman reading

The library’s e-book collections provide important content for teaching, learning and research.

UC CDC recently endorsed the UC Libraries EBook Value Statement which will provide guidance as UC librarians select resources and negotiate ebook packages with suppliers.  The statement is intended to “help shape the scholarly publishing landscape in ways that are responsive to the needs of our primary users and that enable us to be effective stewards of our libraries’ collections funds” (UC Libraries, 2013).

To view the complete statement:

Reference:  UC Libraries.  (2013, February 6).  UC Libraries e-book value statement (Version 1.4).

Image credit:  Woman reading, National Media Museum — Kodak Image Collection.  Source:

RWJF County Health Rankings for 2013 released

March 27th, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has posted its U.S. county health rankings for 2013. The data reflects 25 health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, family and social support, and other factors affecting health.

Included are videos and tweets, like the following. “People in unhealthy counties are dying too young w/ premature death rates twice that of the healthiest. #HealthRankings”

For more information, see the RWJF website.

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BioMed Central tool to help choose an open access journal

March 27th, 2013 by Deanna Johnson

Find the right journal

BioMed Central, with Edanz Journal Selector, have created a tool to assist authors in identifying open access  journals that fit their research; it selects  from more than 350 open access journals published by BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen.


..“The Journal Selector uses semantic technology to help authors quickly choose the open access journal that is right for their manuscript. Authors can enter an abstract or description of their research and the Journal Selector provides a list of relevant open access journals. Matches to a journal are based on the similarity of the entered text to articles already published in that journal.”


Additional tools and information on publishing in open access journals may be found in the library’s Open Access libguidePublishing in Open Access Journals

New Open Access (OA) Resource

March 18th, 2013 by Amy Studer
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Lately, it seems like Open Access (OA) has been in the news a lot:

Want to find out more about Open Access? What does it mean?  Why do we care about it?  What support exists for authors who want to publish OA?

UC Davis Librarians have created a new topic guide to help answer some of your questions about Open Access:

Questions or Comments?

Contact:   Amy Studer  |   |   (530) 752-1678

New solution for logging into MyNCBI while on the VPN

March 15th, 2013 by Amy Studer

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Many of us have had problems logging into MyNCBI while logged onto the VPN.

One solution is to select the “Keep me signed in unless I sign out” button on the “Sign in to NCBI” page. Unless you sign out of NCBI, the next time you access PubMed via the VPN from this same computer/ device, you should already be signed into myNCBI.  This works on Windows, Mac and iOS.  This approach should not be used on public computers.

Here is a workaround that should permit you to log into MyNCBI while also logged onto the VPN:

1. Log onto the VPN from the HSL homepage:

2. Navigate to PubMed via the PubMed link on the left under Online Resources.

3. Click “Sign in to NCBI” at the top right of the PubMed homepage.

4. Open the NCBI login frame in a new window. Instructions vary based on browser:

  • In Firefox, right click inside the smaller frame and select “This Frame/ Show Only This Frame”.
  • In Safari, right click inside the smaller frame and select “Open Frame in New Window”.
  • In Internet Explorer, right click on the “See more 3rd party sign in options”, select” Open in New Window” and on the resulting page, click on “Sign in with an NCBI account” to use NCBI login credentials.

5.  Enter NCBI username and password.  Consider selecting the “Keep me signed in unless I sign out” button.

You should now be logged in to MyNCBI and directed to the PubMed homepage.


We hope this helps!

Please let us know if you have questions or problems:

Carlson Health Sciences Reference Librarians    |      (530) 752-7042

Good news about access to PubMed via the VPN

March 15th, 2013 by Amy Studer
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We have good news to report from the UC Davis Library Systems Department this morning:

The problem we have been having with accessing PubMed via the VPN has been resolved.

We thank all of you who access PubMed remotely for your patience!

Please let us know if you have further problems so we can work on solutions:

Carlson Health Sciences Reference Librarians

(530) 752-7042   |

Animal testing and cosmetics

March 12th, 2013 by Mary Wood

On March 11, 2013, the European Commissioner in charge of Health & Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg announced that   “… Today the last deadline to phase out animal testing for cosmetic products in Europe enters into force. As of today, cosmetics tested on animals cannot be marketed any more in the EU…”

With commentary abundant the day after its announcement – including  New York Times, Huffington Post, Agence France-Presse, and Canadian Press – the following press releases offer a bit of clarity.

Questions and Answers: Animal Testing and Cosmetics Reference: MEMO/13/188 Event Date: 11/03/2013

Full EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics enters into force Europa Press Release

and related links

Directive 76/768/EEC to be replaced as of July 2013 by Regulation 1223/2009/EU

The Impact Assessment is available on European Commission, Health and Consumers website

Library adds SMS service!

March 7th, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

Get your Library notices via text messages!

Library patrons may sign up to receive SMS (text) notifications in addition to email when books arrive, are overdue or recalled. (excluding items arriving from Interlibrary loan and 2hr loans from Reserves)

SMS messages are sent in addition to standard email messages. You cannot opt to receive SMS messages instead of email. SMS messages may incur carrier charges to patron cellular accounts.

Current library users can sign up for SMS through My Account and new users through Activate My Library Card, both via Harvest. If a user wishes to update her SMS contact number or wishes to drop the SMS service, she can opt out via My Account.

Current Library Users

  1. Log into My Accounts/Renew books via Harvest
  2. Click on Address Update Form link
  3. Enter the telephone number where you want to receive text messages in the SMS number field
  4. Check Receive SMS box to enroll and uncheck Receive SMS box to stop receiving text messages
  5. Click on Update to finish the process

New Library Users

  1. Click on Activate Your Library Card link and follow instructions
  2. Enter the phone number where you want to receive text messages in the SMS number field and check the Receive SMS box

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PeerJ – new open access journal

March 1st, 2013 by Mary Wood


.PeerJ Publishes Its First Articles
from Press Release, Feb 12th 2013

PeerJ, a new academic journal publisher, founded on the principles of affordability, innovation, and Open Access, published its first articles 2/12/13, launched by Jason Hoyt (formerly at Mendeley and Stanford University) and Peter Binfield (formerly at PLoS ONE)

Essential Features of PeerJ:

> Rapid, peer reviewed, ‘Open Access’ scholarly journal, using a Creative Commons license which means that all articles are entirely free to read, distribute, and reuse provided authors are properly attributed.

> Publication decisions are made only on scientific validity (not on perceived impact).

>  Uses a ‘Membership Model’ whereby authors become lifetime members, giving them the ability to freely publish their articles thereafter.

>  PeerJ has 800 Academic Editors, including 20 Advisory Board members (of which 5 are Nobel Laureates).

>  Encourages ‘open’ Peer Review (meaning that reviewers are encouraged to provide their names; authors are empowered to reproduce their peer review history alongside their published article).

>  By utilizing short, iterative development cycles, users will see the rapid development of new features and innovative functionality, dramatically improving the academic publication and reading experience.


UC Davis scientists included in inaugural issue


1 Dept of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA
2 National Pet Alliance, San Jose, CA
3 Dept of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


1 Dept of Plant Pathology, University of California Davis, California
2 College of Life Sciences, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Huhhot, China
3 Rice Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China