Free Open Access Publishing with Cambridge University Press

We are excited to announce that the NorthEast Research Libraries Consortium (NERL), of which the University of Pittsburgh is a member, has signed a Read and Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) that will waive article processing charges (APCs) for open access articles that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh or UPMC.
  • Be original research—eligible article types are research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports, and case reports.
  • Be accepted for publication in a CUP journal covered by the agreement.
  • Be accepted for publication on or after January 1, 2022.

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Working with the HSLS Systematic Review Program: Protocols Will Be Reviewed

A systematic review (SR), like any other high-quality research study, begins with the development of a detailed protocol. A well-written protocol describes a clear rationale for undertaking the review, provides a detailed description of research questions or objectives, lists the primary outcomes of interest, and clearly describes the methods that will be used to find, screen, select, and synthesize data. Documenting this information serves several purposes:

  • It allows investigators conducting the review to plan in advance and anticipate potential problems or issues with their methods.
  • It minimizes the opportunity for arbitrary or “on-the-fly” decision-making during the course of the review that may introduce bias into data collection or synthesis.
  • If the protocol is made publicly available, journal reviewers can assess the likelihood of selective outcome reporting in the final report.

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Featured Workshops: Love Data Week

Love Data Week, February 14-18, 2022, is an international event designed to raise awareness about research data management, sharing, and preservation. To celebrate, HSLS will be hosting a variety of featured workshops*:

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Using Color Accessibly in Digital Content

Following the 2020 introduction of Pitt’s EIT Accessibility Policy, HSLS has endeavored to increase the accessibility of its digital instructional materials. This commitment to a more inclusive learning environment has been supported through HSLS’s creation of accessible Zoom classes, Panopto videos, and digital class files. Though these goals might seem intimidatingly broad and difficult to implement in your own work, they all depend on the same core tenets of universal design. By familiarizing yourself with these guiding principles of accessibility, you will be equipped to create equitable materials across different mediums and platforms.

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Changes to the HSLS Online Collection for 2022

Journals added to the HSLS online collection for 2022 include:

  • American Journal of Psychotherapy
  • Applied In Vitro Toxicology
  • Applied Research
  • Autism in Adulthood
  • Blood Cancer Discovery
  • Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
  • Journal of Hospital Medicine (resumed subscription)
  • Journal of ISAKOS (now open access)
  • Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
  • Modern Rheumatology
  • Modern Rheumatology Case Reports
  • Reproduction
  • Soft Robotics
  • Transgender Health (resumed subscription)
  • Violence and Gender

HSLS also continually adds new open access journals, so visit our E-journals A-Z list and click on “Show Select Subject” to view titles in your area of interest. In addition, the University of Pittsburgh libraries now have a “Read and Publish” agreement with Cambridge University Press, expanding open access publishing for Pitt and UPMC authors. For more information, check out Free Open Access Publishing with Cambridge University Press in this issue.

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HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.


Helenmary Sheridan, Data Services Librarian:

Sheridan, along with Ryan Champagne (Office of Sponsored Programs) and Dominic Bordelon (University Library System), was awarded funding for the Year of Data and Society Second Round of Funded Projects. Their project, Open Scholarship and Research Impact Challenge, will comprise a two-week calendar of events focused on giving researchers practical tools to make their research more accessible, more reproducible, more connected to public welfare, and more in line with their personal values.


Michele Klein-Fedyshin, Research and Clinical Instruction Librarian:

Connor SE, Jonkman LJ, Covvey JR, Kahaleh AA, Park SK, Ryan M, Klein-Fedyshin M, Golchin N, Veillard RB. A Systematic Review of Global Health Assessment for Education in Healthcare Professions. Annals of Global Health. 2022; 88(1): 1, 1–49. DOI: