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Scopus User Survey: Tell Us What You Think

July 2nd, 2014 by Raquel Abad

You may already know that all ten UC campuses have access to Elsevier’s Scopus database for the 2014 calendar year. UC is providing an initial subscription; however, to continue the subscription, the UC Libraries need to hear from the community about whether Scopus is important to UC research, and whether it is a useful and necessary research and teaching tool. The UC Libraries have created a very short (i.e., five minute) UC Scopus User survey. It can also be found in the top right corner of every Scopus web page.

Scopus is a citation and abstracting database that covers a broad universe of peer reviewed journal and conference literature, with links to Fulltext – when available – through the library. Covering scientific, technical, medical, social science, and arts and humanities disciplines, Scopus indexes nearly 21,000 journals and more than 340 book series from more than 5,000 international publishers.

Scopus allows researchers to perform citation searches to see how many times a work has been cited, by whom, and to rank searches by times cited, from 1996 to the present. It also offers tools to track, analyze, and visualize research, as well as a capability to cross-search more than 25 million patents.

LAMHDI : Link Animal Models to Human DIsease

June 20th, 2014 by Mary Wood


As reviewed in Lab Animal  43, 236 (2014)
19 June 2014 | doi:10.1038/laban.564i

LAMHDI : Link Animal Models to Human DIsease
is designed to accelerate the research process by providing biomedical researchers with a simple, comprehensive web-based resource to find the best animal models for their research. A stated goal is “to allow researchers to share information about and access to animal models so they can refine research and testing, and reduce or replace the use of animal models where possible.”

The site is provided by NIH National Center for Research Resources.

LAMHDI Database Search is a search of data from partners, currently including MGI, Mouse Genome Informatics;  ZFIN, Zebrafish Model Organism Database; RGD, Rat Genome Database; SGD, Saccharomyces Genome Database; and FlyBase, Database of Drosophila Genes & Genomes. Additional options include a web-search and an extensive list of Featured Resources.

Translational Medicine: Bench to Bedside

June 10th, 2014 by Mary Wood
Science Reference for Library of Congress announces availability of a new science webcast
The Library of Congress celebrated the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA structure with a panel discussion that included
Nobel Laureate James D. Watson  (in collaboration with other scientists discovered the structure of DNA)
Nobel Laureate Carol Greider, Johns Hopkins Univ (and graduate of Davis Senior High, UCSB, and UCB)
Orla Smith, moderator, managing editor of Science Translational Medicine
The discussion focused on translational medicine, which takes basic scientific discoveries in the laboratory (bench) and uses it in the field (bedside) to produce new drugs, devices and treatment options of cancer and other diseases. The biological processes brought about by understanding the structure of DNA have been opening doors to new medical research and treatments since 1953.
Video also on the Library’s YouTube channel

Pain Research Database

June 6th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Federal pain research database launched




NIH news release 5.27.14: Multi-agency effort combines pain research information in easy-to-use database


The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP), a database that provides information about pain research and training activities supported by the federal government, has been launched by six federal agencies.


.The database was developed by NIH staff and members of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). The IPRCC is a federal advisory committee formed to increase understanding of pain and improve treatment strategies by expanding pain research efforts and encouraging collaboration across the government.


The database is managed by the Office of Pain Policy at NINDS
To access the IPRP database
For information about the IPRCC
For general information about pain

NIH : BRAIN Initiative

June 6th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN)

NIH news release 6.5.14: New report outlines initiative goals, budget, and timeline

A federal report BRAIN 2025 : A Scientific Vision calls for $4.5 billion in funding for brain research over the next 12 years.  The long-term scientific vision of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative was presented by the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD).


For more information about the BRAIN Initiative and the ACD working group:
NIH BRAIN Initiative website
NIH BRAIN Initiative Feedback website
NIH Advisory Committee to the Director BRAIN Working Group website

Reproducibility in Research with Animal Models

May 21st, 2014 by Mary Wood

The first workshop organized by the National Academies ILAR, Roundtable on Science and Welfare in Laboratory Animal Use will be held June 4-5, 2014 in Washington DC, and will discuss reproducibility issues in research with animals and animal models.

Reproducibility Issues in Research with Animals and Animal Models: A Workshop

June 4-5, 2014
Register here to join in person or by webcast


Workshop Agenda
Restoring Faith in the Research Enterprise: A Call to Action
Malcolm Macleod, Univ of Edinburgh ;  Henry Bourne, Univ of California San Francisco

Citizens and Science: How Reproducibility Directly Impacts Public Perceptions
Robert Bazell, Yale Univ ; Jan Piotrowski, The Economist

Great Expectations – Critical Assessment of Published Research
C. Glenn Begley, TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals

Heard but Not Learned? Impact and Outcomes of Previous ILAR Efforts
Jeffrey Everitt, GlaxoSmithKline ;  Coenraad F. M. Hendriksen, Netherlands Vaccine Institute

All Hands on Deck – Actions Taken to Date
Gilly Griffin, Canadian Council for Animal Care ; Jonathan Kimmelman, McGill Univ

Russell and Burch Revisited: Reconciling “Reproducibility” with “Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement”
Michael Festing, Independent Consultant ; Stephen Latham, Yale Univ

Can Research Integrity be Incentivized?
Brian Martinson, HealthPartners Institute for Education & Research ; Elizabeth Marincola, PLoS

Reproducibility Challenges in the Future of Animal Models
Roger Reeves, Johns Hopkins Univ ; Jeffrey Rogers, Baylor College of Medicine ; Monte Westerfield, Univ of Oregon

Improving the Reliability of Published Results
Gaylen Edwards, American Physiological Society ; Elizabeth Marincola, PLoS ; Victoria Stodden, Columbia Univ

IOs, Vets, and IACUCs – Making Internal Regulators Partners in Reform
Kathryn Bayne, AAALAC International ; Stuart Zola, Emory Univ ; Jerry Collins, Yale Univ

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Billion of Cure: Proactive Planning in the Preclinical Research Arena
John P. A. Ioannidis, Stanford Prevention Research Center ; Paul Braunschweiger, CITI Program ; Ghislaine Poirier, GlaxoSmithKline

Summing Up: Lessons Learned, Major Themes and Potential Actions for Moving Forward
Kent Lloyd, Univ of California, Davis


The second workshop, to be held September 3-4, 2014, will examine issues relating to transportation of laboratory animals.

Related blog post:  National Academies Launches New Roundtable on Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare

New Clinical Advisory Issued by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

May 15th, 2014 by Bruce Abbott

New Clinical Advisory Issued by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). NLM Tech Bull. 2014 May-Jun;(398):b3.
2014 May 15 [posted]

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) issued a new Clinical Alert on May 15, 2014:

Randomized, Multi-Center, Phase III Study of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation Comparing Regimen Intensity in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (BMT CTN 0901)

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) NHLBI has suspended enrollment for the clinical study BMT CTN 0901 conducted by the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) after preliminary data appeared to show benefit for one approach to the intensity of conditioning for allogeneic stem cell transplantations in patients eligible for the study.

SCOPUS…database by Elsevier

May 12th, 2014 by Mary Wood

UC Davis 2000-2013 documents by subject area



The California Digital Library has purchased a one-year trial to Scopus : a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with tools to track, analyze and visualize research.


Scopus is an Elsevier product that helps to see which articles are citing which other articles, how they are being cited, how they are being used in other ways (online mentions, social media mentions), how they relate to the author’s body of work, how the journals in which they are published match up with the field as a whole, and more.


Scopus also integrates with Embase:
Records in Embase with citing articles will have a link to open Scopus so one can view the citing articles.

Also, Scopus is considered an essential database to search when conducting systematic reviews

See the Facts and Figures flyer or Content Overview page for more information about Scopus.

EndNote Capture Plug-In

May 7th, 2014 by Amy Studer

Did you know there’s a button you can add to your web browser’s toolbar that will quickly open an EndNote library record form and pull citation information in from a webpage?

This is a great feature if you happen upon a citation, book, or webpage that doesn’t offer an Import to EndNote option.
To learn more and install the Capture plug-in:
1.  Sign in to EndNote Web
2.  Select the Options tab –> Download Installers
3. Follow the instructions for the “Capture Reference” button to install it on your toolbar:



When you find a webpage that you would like to add to EndNote, click on the “Capture Reference” button and a new EndNote record will be populated.  You may need to manually enter some of the information (for example, in the following case author needs to be added.)  You then have the option of saving the record to EndNote Web or EndNote installed on your computer.


For EndNote questions, contact a librarian at: or


NIH and California: by the numbers

April 28th, 2014 by Mary Wood

FASEB Releases Updated NIH State Factsheets


FASEB has created a new set of factsheets describing the importance of NIH funding to each state. The factsheets include a table listing NIH funding by congressional district, a summary of the biomedical research profile for the state, and talking points on how investment in NIH research benefits the economy of the state.

NIH State Information Factsheets


California State Factsheet (pdf)