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Make NIH Happy: Quick Tips for Avoiding Disreputable Journals when Publishing

Recognizing that NIH‐funded investigators have inadvertently published results in “predatory” journals, the NIH recently issued Notice NOT-OD-18-011 “encouraging” authors to publish in “reputable” journals.

While there are existing detailed guidelines for selecting good journals, here are two easy tips for instantly identifying a predatory journal:

Get to Know the TEC!

All of Us Research Program, NIH > NLM > NNLMThe All of Us Research Program Training and Education Center is a new UG4 cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in partnership with the All of Us Research Program (AoURP). The Training and Education Center (TEC) is the central repository for educational content and trainings related to the program. The TEC will be responsible for the development, design, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of educational deliverables targeted to key audiences, including AoURP participants, researchers, health professionals, and general consumer health. There will be four main staff working at the TEC—Jennifer Jones, Executive Director; Lydia Collins, Participant Engagement Lead; Program Manager (TBH); and Instructional Designer-Technologist (TBH).

Genomic Analysis is a Snap using SnapGene

SnapGene MapView

Image: Restriction Cloning ( by SnapGene

Would you like to…

You can do all of this and more with SnapGene. The HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service now provides access to this popular molecular biology software, making it that much easier for Pitt researchers to easily perform in silico DNA analysis, molecular cloning, and PCR.

Redesigned Mobile Apps Website Launched

The Mobile Apps website has a new look! The new website has a more user friendly design and provides easier access to all of the information you need in order to get started using the apps.

Tracking down Datasets Using PubMed and PMC

PubMed and PubMed Central (PMC) now offer filters to limit a search to only those articles or citations that include related data links, supplemental material, data citations, or a data availability or data accessibility statement.

The filters, detailed below, can be combined with any search by simply adding the Boolean operator “AND” and the specific filter into the search box (see the screenshots below for example syntax; the filters are highlighted in yellow).


data[filter] in PubMed search box

Use data[filter] to find citations with related data links in either the Secondary Source ID field or the LinkOut – more resources field (both located below the abstract).

HSLS Staffer’s Experience at Pitt Day in Harrisburg

Pitt Day in Harrisburg travelers

Donna Perkins (front, left), Web Editor/Main Desk
Photo: Mike Drazdzinski, Office of University Communications, University of Pittsburgh

On May 23, 2018, I traveled to the state Capitol to serve as one of the enthusiastic ambassadors representing our university at Pitt Day in Harrisburg. Present for the event were Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, faculty, staff, alumni, students, plus Pitt’s mascot Roc the Panther. From departure to return I saw a number of familiar Pitt faces including Albert Tanjaya who is a student government board member and Chuck Staresinic from Academic Affairs in Pitt’s Health Sciences. The trip provides additional opportunities for forging new relationships with others who share Pitt as a common denominator. Sitting directly behind me on the motor coach were Tom Armstrong and Janet Gerster. It was lovely meeting them and learning about their very important roles as recruiters in the Office of Human Resources. Tom is a recruiter for Veterans and Individuals with disABILITIES.

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