Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New FindIt! from PubMed mobile bookmarklet for iPhone and mobile users

Do you long for the little blue FindIt! icon for full-text when using PubMed's mobile site[1] on your iPhone or mobile device? Add our experimental bookmarklet to your device's bookmarks.
  1. Long-press (right-click) this link and save it to your bookmarks:
    KUMC PubMed FindIt!
  2. When you find yourself on a page like just click the bookmarklet to search the PMID with KUMC Libraries' FindIt!
Drag it to your desktop browser's bookmarks, too! It works on standard non-mobile PubMed URLs like

  1. PubMed mobile URLs have an "/m", like

Friday, November 21, 2014

In Google Scholar, the "FindIt @KUMC" link is missing. Will it be coming back?

Links to KUMC-licensed content should be restored in Google by Tuesday 11/25 or Wednesday 11/26. There was a technical issue between Google and the Library's vendor that provides this data. The vendor has fixed the problem and Google Scholar will update their index as scheduled around that time.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
If you have not set KUMC Libraries as one of your Google Scholar Library Links, go to Google Scholar > Settings > Library links. Search for "university of kansas medical center" and any other libraries you have access to.

"One University" Open Access Funds Available

Beginning  November 19, the "One University" Open Access Fund is once again made possible by contributions from the offices of KU Provost, KU Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies, and KUMC Vice Chancellor for Research.

Due to the significant number of applicants but limited funds during the two-year pilot of this fund, considerable evaluation of award results and consultation with KU and KUMC faculty and researchers resulted in changes to the application process, criteria, and awarding of funds available for the remaining FY15 and  FY16.  The awarding will now be a monthly competitive process reviewed within the first 5 business days of each month. Priority will be given to graduate students, early career research staff, pre-tenure faculty, those with little or no research funding to support their open access publishing, and first time OA Fund applicants.  You can find full details of the OA Fund here. To request funds, please go here.

KU, KU Law, and KUMC libraries administer and assess the program with oversight provided by the KU Provost, KU Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies, and KUMC Vice Chancellor for Research.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Meet Our Experts program ending November 14

After four years, Dykes Library has ended the Meet Our Experts program. Effective November 14, 2014, no new publication data or profiles will be added to Meet Our Experts. However, the site will remain online and accessible until November 2016.
The Library Technology team will work with departments and research teams to transport publication data from Meet Our Experts to ORCID Profiles.
Departments that link faculty web pages to Meet Our Experts profiles may consider several options:
  • Continue to link to Meet Our Experts profile pages until November 2016.
  • Replace the Meet Our Experts link with a link to PubMed's list of publications. See an example at Biochemistry faculty pages.
  • Encourage faculty to sign up for an ORCID Profile and link to the ORCID record. See examples here and here.
  • Work with the Library and Web Services to explore other options.
Efforts moving forward will focus on identifying better tools and services for the researcher community. The Library remains committed to improving researchers' ability to get correct attribution for their scholarships, highlighting research collaborations, and expanding the visibility of KU Medical Center scholarships. Please contact our Research and Learning team with comments or questions.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Trying to Get Published in JAMA? JAMA Recommends Working with a Medical Librarian

On September 10, 2014 JAMA published a viewpoint article with advice for authors wishing to publish their review articles in JAMA. Careful scrutiny is needed in systematically conducting the literature review. For this purpose, JAMA recommended collaborating with a medical librarian. Thorough searches are difficult, but a medical librarian can create a customized and systematic roadmap for the process which will reduce bias in the final article. Additionally, librarians’ experience with the databases will make the search process more efficient and effective.
The article further summarized ways that this interprofessional collaboration will help authors:

  1. Help define the question(s), determine scope and feasibility 
  2. Conduct preliminary search to further clarify scope
  3. Choose data sources based on content beyond PubMed and including Grey Literature
  4. Reduce research question to major concepts
  5. Create search strategies customized to the sources used and identify synonyms (controlled vocabulary and textwords) and limits
  6. Conduct searches
  7. Refine searches to optimize the output
  8. Organize the discovered information using citation management software  
  9.  Document the search strategy, procedure and results

This advice translates well to other disciplines and scholarly journals as well. If you are writing and article for JAMA or another scholarly journal, please contact A.R. Dykes Research and Learning Department to set up a research consultation appointment.