Transparent Authorship: Giving CRediT Using the Contributor Roles Taxonomy

A research project that leads to a published article may involve many people who take on different roles to make that article successful. From designing the study, collecting the data, and writing the manuscript, how do you fairly give credit to everyone who was involved? The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) provides criteria for determining who qualifies to be an author, as well as guidance for acknowledging the work of others who contributed but don’t qualify for authorship. However, the ICMJE doesn’t provide a standardized way to do this, leading to inconsistencies in how authors describe the contributions from non-authors. Even for those who do qualify for authorship, but who aren’t listed as the first or last author, the contributions of middle authors may not be obvious or recognized.

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Featured Class: Finding Articles in Support of Health Equity Research

Join us for this online class:
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 1-2:30 p.m.
Register for Finding Articles in Support of Health Equity Research*

It can be complicated to find information in support of health equity research in scholarly databases due to outdated keywords, complex controlled vocabulary, changes in the language used by researchers, and bias in classification. Participants in this class will gain the resources to find articles about specific populations, disparities, race, gender, and other health equity concepts.

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About HSLS Librarians: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we introduced you to HSLS librarians whose backgrounds and training in nursing, neuroscience, or the humanities allow them to support our patrons’ instruction, research, and scholarship activities. In Part 2, we introduce you to three more librarians whose varied training and experiences help them to make valuable contributions to HSLS services and resources.

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MLA | SLA ’23 Annual Meeting Participation

The Medical Library Association held its Annual Meeting with the Special Libraries Association, MLA | SLA ’23, both virtually and in person in Detroit, Michigan, May 16-19, 2023. Congratulations to those from HSLS who participated in and contributed to the meeting:


Michele Klein Fedyshin, Research and Clinical Instruction Librarian, presented “The Redesigned Core Clinical Journals Filter: What It Is, How to Use It, and Why to Use It.”

Rebekah Miller, Research and Instruction Librarian, presented “Developing and Validating the Nursing Student Misinformation Attitudes, Confidence, and Knowledge Assessment Tool.” Co-authors were Theresa Koleck, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and Urszula Lechtenberg, University of Pittsburgh University Library System.

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Upgraded Access to SAGE Journals Package

Earlier this year, the Pitt libraries upgraded the SAGE journals package subscription, and with that upgrade came access to a variety of new journals for both Pitt and UPMC users. An article that appeared in the February issue of the HSLS Update mentioned a few of these new journals via SAGE. Read on for the full list of the health sciences–related journals that were added during the subscription upgrade with SAGE.

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HSLS Staff News

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


Congratulations to Kirsten Crowhurst, Program Innovation Strategist for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) All of Us Program Center, on earning her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Congratulations to Julia Reese, Technology Integration Services Administrator, on earning her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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