Stricter Standards for NIH Public Access Policy Compliance

In an effort to improve compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that more stringent standards will soon take effect. As described in the NIH guide notice, Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance,

“…in Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance. This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring of 2013.”1

The NIH Public Access Policy requires researchers to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PMC upon acceptance for publication. The policy requires that these papers be accessible to the public through PMC no later than 12 months after publication.

There are three submission methods for final published articles:

  1. A number of journals automatically deposit the final published article to PMC without author involvement.
  2. The author can make arrangements to have the publisher deposit a final published article in PMC—usually for a fee.
  3. The author deposits the final peer-reviewed manuscript in PMC via the NIH Manuscript Submission System.

HSLS maintains a Scholarly Communication Web site that provides information and guidance on the NIH Public Access Policy, including policy basics, compliance, article submission, and more.

1. “Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance,” National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research, accessed January 3, 2013,

~ Jill Foust

The Values of Libraries Study: An Update

In the fall of 2010, UPMC physicians, residents, and nurses were invited to participate in the initial phase of a multi-site survey of the role of library information resources in improving patient care. The results of the full study were recently published.1 In this study, clinicians from 118 hospitals completed an online survey that asked them to think of an occasion when they required additional information for a patient care issue, and to then answer questions about the impact of access to library information resources on patient outcomes for that particular case.

Nearly every study participant agreed that information resources available from their libraries were relevant (99 percent), accurate (99 percent) and current (97 percent). The high quality of information available was not just appreciated, however—75 percent of participants agreed that access to the information definitely or probably changed how they handled an aspect of patient care, including advice given to a patient (48 percent), drug choice (33 percent), and diagnosis (25 percent). Participants (85 percent) indicated that having access to the information saved them time, with the average amount of time saved estimated to be 2.5 hours.

In addition to these positive impacts, clinicians believed the information provided by libraries helped to avoid negative events such as patient misunderstanding of disease (23 percent), misdiagnosis (13 percent), adverse drug events (13 percent), medication errors (12 percent), patient mortality (6 percent), and hospital acquired infections (3 percent).

In follow-up interviews, a subset of participants reiterated the clinical value of having access to current and accurate information, and the impact such access has on patient safety. Clinicians also commented on the value of having access to professional librarians who can assist with patient care, either through provision of literature searches for busy clinicians, or through education of clinicians in the most efficient use of library resources.

1. J.G. Marshall, J. Sollenberger, S. Easterby-Gannett, L.K. Morgan, M. Klem M, et al., “The Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care: Results of a Multisite Study,” Journal of the Medical Library Association 101 no. 1 (2013): 38-46.

~ Mary Lou Klem

Director’s Reflections…Does Access to Information Make a Difference?

Elsewhere in this issue, Mary Lou Klem reports on the newly-published results of the Value of Libraries project, a multi-site study aimed at determining the impact of the library’s information resources and services on patient care. UPMC participated in the pilot phase of this project. In this survey study, clinicians were asked to think about an occasion in the last six months when they looked for information resources for patient care (beyond what is available in the eRecord or lab results) and to answer questions regarding that occasion.

A total of 1,473 UPMC physicians, residents, and nurses responded to the survey. Continue reading

Trial Access to Data Citation Index

Free trial access to the Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters will be available during the month of February. You can use the Data Citation Index to discover research data available in a growing number of data repositories worldwide. About 80 repositories are currently indexed by Data Citation Index. Roughly 60 percent of the indexed repositories focus on life sciences research; physical and social sciences, as well as arts and humanities, are also represented.

The Data Citation Index is organized by three record types: repository, data study, and data set. Each record also includes a recommended citation for the resource, helping to make data easier to cite.

You can access the Data Citation Index on the Web of Knowledge platform, under the “Select a Database” tab. More information about Data Citation Index is available here. If you have any feedback you would like to share, please e-mail Ask A Librarian.

STAT!Ref’s Mobile App

E-books from STAT!Ref are available in a convenient mobile app for on-the-go access for Pitt and UPMC users.


The STAT!Ref Mobile App provides access to the following e-books: Continue reading

Changes in HSLS Collections for 2013

The economic climate of recent years demands that libraries build and manage their collections in more cost-effective ways. Subscription costs continue to rise—at rates far above general inflation—leaving libraries with little budgetary room to maintain their existing collections, let alone grow them. In response to the changing needs of their diverse user populations, libraries often add new resources while canceling others.

The following electronic journals have been added to the HSLS collection for 2013:

  • Applied Clinical Informatics
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Best Practice and Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology
  • Biofactors
  • British Journal of Health Psychology
  • Canadian Journal of Urology
  • Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
  • Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
  • Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Disruptive Science and Technology
  • Endocrine-Related Cancer
  • Focus: the Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry
  • Hastings Center Report
  • Health Care: the Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation1
  • International Health
  • International Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • IUBMB Life
  • JACC: Heart Failure1
  • Journal of Addictions Nursing
  • Journal of Chromatographic Science
  • Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Journal of Forensic Nursing
  • Journal of Health Administration Education
  • Journal of Health Communication
  • Journal of Interprofessional Care
  • Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
  • Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
  • Journal of Vascular Access
  • JoVE Bioengineering
  • JoVE Clinical and Translational Medicine
  • JoVE Immunology and Infection
  • JoVE Neuroscience
  • Lancet: Respiratory Medicine1
  • Methods of Information in Medicine
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Pancreatology
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Research Synthesis Methods
  • Sleep Medicine Reviews
  • Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Thrombosis and Haemostasis
  • Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
  • Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Systems Biology and Medicine

1.  Publication forthcoming later in 2013.

Please note that the new subscriptions may not yet be active for some journals.

Below is a list of cancelled e-journals and print journals. Cancellation decisions were primarily based on usage statistics and cost-per-use, though other factors were considered in the process. The savings realized through these cancellations allow us not only to absorb the cost increases on our existing resources, but also to add some new resources. HSLS made a concerted effort to add new electronic journals that have been requested by our users.

The following electronic journals were cancelled for 2013. University of Pittsburgh users may order individual articles for a small fee through the HSLS Document Delivery Service.

  • Acta Oncologica
  • American Journal of Nephrology
  • Animal Genetics
  • Annals of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons
  • Autoimmunity
  • Bioanalytical Reviews2
  • Biorheology
  • Canadian Journal of the Neurological Sciences
  • Cancer Investigation
  • Caries Research
  • Clinical and Experimental Allergy Reviews2
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Clinical Toxicology
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology
  • Current Eye Research
  • Current HIV Research
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Dentomaxillofacial Radiology
  • Dermatology
  • Digestion
  • Drug Metabolism Reviews
  • Eating Disorders
  • European Neurology
  • Foot and Ankle International
  • Free Radical Research
  • General and Comparative Endocrinology
  • Health Care for Women International
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Human Heredity
  • Journal of American College Health
  • Journal of Analytical Psychology
  • Journal of Asthma
  • Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
  • Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • Journal of Community Health Nursing
  • Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
  • Journal of Family Therapy
  • Journal of Nursing Measurement
  • Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacology
  • Journal of Personality Assessment
  • Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Molecular and Cellular Probes
  • Molecular Membrane Biology
  • Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine2
  • Neuroepidemiology
  • ORL: Journal for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
  • Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
  • Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
  • Research and Theory for Nursing Practice
  • Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
  • Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
  • Seminars in Ophthalmology
  • Technology and Health Care
  • Xenobiotica

2.  Ceased publication.

The following print journals were cancelled for 2013:

  • Antiviral Therapy
  • Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
  • Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
  • Rhinology

~ Jeff Husted

Data Management Planning, Part 1

This is the first article in a six part series which will describe the various aspects of data management planning.

All data has a “lifecycle.” It’s created, processed, analyzed, preserved, shared, and potentially re-used by you or others in the research community.

Data management is the development and execution of policies Continue reading

Increase Your Research Productivity: Try JoVE

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is the first and only peer-reviewed video journal for biological, medical, chemical, and physical research indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE. Via a global network of videographers, JoVE films and edits videos of researchers demonstrating their experimental techniques. As of mid-January 2013, JoVE has published 2,176 video protocols by 7,267 international researchers from prestigious universities at a rate of 50 articles per month.

JoVE articles are generally 10-15 minutes long and provide step-by-step descriptions of protocols/techniques to enable other researchers to easily reproduce them. Each article is accompanied by a written component containing introductory remarks, a written description of the protocol, representative results, discussion, and references. JoVE publishes novel techniques, novel applications of existing techniques and gold standard protocols.

The JoVE Editorial Board consists of world renowned scientists, physicians, professors, and key opinion leaders, including three members of the University of Pittsburgh community:

  • Neil Hukriede, PhD, associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Developmental Biology
  • Joseph Newsome, DVM, research associate professor of the Department of Pathology and clinical director, Division of Laboratory Animal Resources
  • Kimimasa Tobia, MD, PhD, research assistant professor of the Department of Developmental Biology and director of Animal Imaging Core

There are multiple ways to find articles of interest in JoVE. The homepage provides a rotating slide show of highlighted video articles as well as lists of the most recently published and most popular video articles. Articles may be located by keyword search or by browsing one of the many JoVE sections:

  • A = All
  • G = General
  • N = Neuroscience
  • i2 = Immunology & Infection
  • CTM = Clinical & Translational Medicine
  • B = Bioengineering

The purpose of JoVE is to encourage rapid knowledge transfer, elucidate the complexity of life science research, address the time- and resource-consuming process of learning experimental techniques, and expand the parameters of scientific publishing.

Give JoVE a try! For more information, contact the HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service.

*Parts of this article were reprinted from JoVE.

~ Carrie Iwema

Open Access Growth Surprises with Numbers

Consider these facts:

  • An estimated 30 percent of scientific literature published in 2011 may be available on the Web at no charge through open access;1
  • The rate at which researchers self-archive their work in repositories has increased 1 percent per year (2005–2010) to 21 percent;ibid
  • An in-depth analysis shows the number of open access journals has increased over 900 percent from 2000–2011, with the average number of articles doubling.

Open access has proven to be a powerful force that shows no signs of slowing down in 2013. Continue reading

Show Off Your Musical Talent, and Win a Memmys Award!

Have you ever wanted to showcase talents beyond your academic achievements? Perhaps star in your own video? If so, here is your chance to create a dazzling music video and win the coveted “Memmys” award. The University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine is recognizing schools whose students have created the very best videos. Each year, three schools selected by a panel of judges will receive a Memmys award for display, and their medical library will receive a monetary prize. Entries submitted by the April 1, 2013 deadline are eligible for prize money that will be given to their school’s health sciences library. The first place entry will receive $2,500, second place $1,500, and third place $1,000.**

To enter the contest, you must be a student in a health professions school (dental, pharmacy, medicine, public health, nursing, or allied health). Your music video must be related to health care education, include original song lyrics, and be no longer than five minutes. Additional contest rules are listed on the Memmys Web site. This being the first year for the Memmys, any music video made in the past five years is eligible.

*Parts of this article were reprinted from Memmys.

**If an entry from Pitt wins, HSLS pledges to host a congratulatory pizza party for the winner(s) and 15 friends.**

~ Jill Foust

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Willibald Pirckheimer’s Podagra Laus

Willibald Pirckheimer (1470-1530), a German humanist from Nuremberg, was a friend of Erasmus and Albert Dürer and one of the most acclaimed men of his time. He was educated in Italy, and upon his return was elected to the Nuremberg City Council. Pirckheimer was able to help the city with his legal expertise. His fierce temperament and outspoken criticism, however, did not make him popular among his fellow citizens. Despite many years of service and his patrician background, he never achieved the same admiration in his native city that he enjoyed elsewhere as a gifted and influential spokesman of German humanism. He chose Latin as his language of expression, but initially did not publish very much. It was the breadth of his interests, connections, and views expressed in letters that earned him fame.

One of his later published works was Apologia seu Podagrae laus (Nuremberg 1522), an ironic praise of gout, from which he suffered. In this short witty eulogy to gout, Pirckheimer takes on the role of “woman gout,” in a literary game to settle scores with his enemies.

This 16th century leaflet, housed in the Falk Library Rare Book Room, is only 23 pages long. The text is in perfect condition. Its title page has a beautiful woodcut border. There are no illustrations other than the two woodcut initials at the beginning of the preface and the main text. The book has a contemporary paper binding. It was a common practice for the purchaser of a book to order a binding since early prints were usually published without them. Therefore, the binding tells us more about the owner than the publisher. The book was donated to the library in 1985 as part of the Gerald Rodnan collection.

This book can be viewed in the Rare Book Room by appointment.

~ Gosia Fort

NN/LM MAR Provides Services to the Public Health Workforce

Flu outbreaks—workplace and school safety—emergency preparedness and response—food safety. What do these things have in common? They are all public health issues.

Based at HSLS, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) promotes the use of and access to reliable health information by public health workers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. We are guided in this work by our Special Advisory Group on Outreach to Health Professionals and the Public Health Workforce. Members of the advisory group include Barb Folb, HSLS Public Health Informationist, and Maggie Potter, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a number of free information resources for the public health workforce. Those resources include Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. A one-stop information resource, provides links to health promotion resources, literature and guidelines, health data tools and statistics, grants and funding, and training. A highlight of is structured PubMed searches for Healthy People 2020 topic areas. NLM also has resources for environmental health and toxicology and disaster information.

Services that NN/LM MAR provides to public health organizations and departments include:

Free membership in NN/LM MAR is required for some services.

If you know of a public health organization that would benefit from the services of NN/LM MAR, or if you would like us to exhibit or speak at your next conference, contact Outreach Coordinator Kate Flewelling at 412-624-3336 or send an e-mail to

~ Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator

THANK YOU to our Generous Donors

Below is a list of those generous people who have contributed to the library’s gift fund in 2012. With the support of these thoughtful donors, HSLS can continue to provide essential resources to enhance the quality of health care in western Pennsylvania and beyond. Continue reading