News and notes for biology, July 2018

Farewell and thanks! This is probably my last post on this blog. Retirement will be a new chapter for me; I’m not entirely sure what it will hold yet but I’m looking forward to finding out! Rob McFarland has been named interim biology subject liaison to work with your collection requests and other information needs until a permanent biology subject librarian has been found. So beginning in August, 2018, please contact Rob McFarland with your library concerns. Rob is also Chemistry & Engineering Librarian; his office is in Louderman Hall.

From Becker Medical Library: Tips for NIH Public Access Compliance: The NIH Public Access Embargo Period

You may be interested in Controversial ideas about scientific publishing and peer review: poll results and commentary on Dynamic Ecology blog. “Basically, there’s just not much of a constituency for turning every journal into Plos One, or replacing all journals with arXiv. And old-fashioned indirect methods for evaluating scientists and their work–citation counts, reference letters, and publication venue–remain much more popular than the newfangled method of altmetrics.”

Nice essay although it’s really just more of the same: When to trust (and not to trust) peer reviewed science, posted on The Conversation-Science + Technology

Preprints in Europe PMC: reducing friction for discoverability

Book authors: If you have rights or get rights reverted to you, consider you can Add your full-text book to the NCBI Bookshelf. NCBI Bookshelf option is new to me; I think I’ve mentioned some of these before: Making a Book Open Access at (using Rights Holder Creative Commons Declaration Form.) More info: Rights Reversion at Authors Alliance and Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available (124 page book).

New journal now available: Annual Review of Biomedical Data Science, v.1, 2018+. WU does have an online subscription to this title.

Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference, September 27 & 28, 2018 at the University of Missouri – St. Louis WU faculty and staff may register and attend FTTC at no cost because the libraries, teaching center and several other university units have contributed enough to be a “gold sponsor” of this conference. The program is available online.

From Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries July 2018:

About the author

Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819