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Reducing our Irreproducibility

May 16th, 2013 by Mary Wood

from OLAW Current News Flashes


Nature Announcement: Reducing our Irreproducibility

Nature introduces editorial measures to improve consistency and quality of reporting in life-sciences articles. Central to this initiative is a checklist intended to prompt authors to disclose technical and statistical information in their submissions, and to encourage referees to consider aspects important for research reproducibility. The checklist includes information to be provided for animal studies and recommends consulting the ARRIVE guidelines for reporting animal experiments.

…”We recommend consulting the ARRIVE guidelines (PLoS Biol. 8(6), e1000412, 2010) to ensure that other relevant aspects of animal studies are adequately reported”…

Download the Reporting Checklist For Life Sciences Articles or learn more at Reporting Life Sciences Research.

ARRIVE Guidelines developed by
UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

Coming May 29th…Open Access Presentation by the Publisher of PeerJ

May 9th, 2013 by Amy Studer

What’s All the Fuss About Open Access? What Do I Need to Know, and How Does it Benefit Me?

Join us for a presentation by Pete Binfield (previously the Publisher of PLoS One, and now the Publisher and Co-Founder of PeerJ) as he provides an overview of the current landscape of Open Access publications; highlights some of the more innovative models that are being tested in the marketplace; talks about items such as article level metrics and open peer review, and shows how these new developments can benefit you as both a researcher and author.

Click on image to read about Pete Binfield

  • Date: May 29, 2013
  • Time: 3-4 pm
  • Place: 1065 Kemper Hall

Hosted by UC Davis Library. Contact:

Amy Studer, Health & Life Science Librarian | (530) 752-1678


Howard, J. (2013, April 29). Asking authors to buy memberships for open access. Chronicle of Higher Education.

VanNoorden, R. (2013, March 27). Open access: The true cost of science publishing. Nature News, 495(7442).

UC Davis Library Blog entry about PeerJ: March 1, 2013

Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP)

May 3rd, 2013 by Amy Studer

Image credit: judepics License: CC-BY-NC 2.0

Do you know someone who has “used, applied, or remixed scientific research — published through Open Access — to make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole?” (ASAP)

Nominate them in the Accelerating Science Award Program.

Three top awards of $30,000 each will be presented. Nominations are accepted from May 1 to June 15, 2013 . Winners to be announced in October 2013 during Open Access Week.

Sponsors of ASAP include Google, PLoS, Wellcome Trust, Association of Research Libraries, and SPARC, among others. Here is a complete list:

Perhaps you have a success story about open access that you would like to share with others at UC Davis? We would love to hear from you.

Contact: Amy Studer | | 530-752-1678

A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI

May 3rd, 2013 by Amy Studer
DNA Molecule display, Oxford University

Image credit: By net_efekt. License: CC-BY 2.0

I had the wonderful experience of spending March and April enrolled in a new course sponsored by the National Library of Medicine:

A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI

We started with an online preparatory course, which culminated with a week of instruction on NCBI bioinformatics databases at NLM on the NIH Campus in Bethesda.

The course was taught by NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., M.L.S., Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

The goal was to learn how to search within and across the NCBI bioinformatics resources, such as:

Also, we experimented with tools like:

I am interested in finding out more about how members of the UC Davis community are using and learning about these databases.   If you are currently using these databases for your research or want to learn more about them, please consider contacting me:

Amy Studer, Health & Life Sciences Librarian     |    530- 752-1678

NIH Grantees – Progress Reporting Changes

May 3rd, 2013 by Mary Wood

NIH Office of Extramural Research Grants and Funding

Extramural Nexus News

Progress Reporting Changes begin this month

from NIH Extramural Nexus:

NIH grantees with Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards are now required to use the eRA Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Commons Module, for awards with start dates on or after July 1, 2013 (due dates on or after May 15 and May 1, respectively). Progress reports for these awards submitted in any other format will not be accepted and must be resubmitted in the RPPR format.  If a progress report has been initiated as an eSNAP, the format must be changed to the RPPR, with the help of the eRA help desk. It is important to be aware of these requirements because noncompliance with them will jeopardize the NIH’s ability to issue timely awards.

Not sure if this requirement applies to your NIH grant? Your Notice of Award will specify whether an award uses SNAP.  If you need additional help, you can find contact info for assistance in this NIH Guide notice, or get in touch with your grants management specialist. The RPPR page and Frequently Asked Questions also contain additional information.

Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

Update: NIH Public Access Compliance previous blog post

NIH Public Access Mandate UC Davis Library Guide