News and notes for biology, December 2016 – January 2017

Interested in open textbooks? You might enjoy one of these OpenStax Microbiology webinars with Senior Contributing Author Mark Scheegurt, Professor at Wichita State University. OpenStax Microbiology is produced through a collaborative publishing agreement between OpenStax and the American Society for Microbiology Press. The book aligns with the curriculum guidelines of the American Society for Microbiology. Register for either session:
Wednesday, February 15, 1-2 pm CST:
Thursday, March 16, 11 am – 12 pm CDT:

Reproducibility events:

Peer review and preprints (pre-peer review sharing) in the news:

Spring 2017 classes at medical campus: Becker Medical Library Publishing and Author Support has announced 4 classes for spring, 2017. Please register if you plan to attend.

  1. Selecting a Journal for Publication, Tuesday February 28, 2017
    Farrell Learning and Teaching Center: Room 214,12:30 to 1:30
    Are you considering submitting a manuscript for publication but on the fence as to which journal to submit to? Which journal will reach your target audience? Did you know that authors have a responsibility to evaluate the integrity, history, practices and reputations of journals being considered for publication? These points along with others will be reviewed to help you select and evaluate a journal for publication. Registration.
  2. NIH and Other Public Access Policies, Friday April 14, 2017
    Becker Library: Room 405, Noon to 1:00 pm
    Are you preparing a manuscript arising from NIH-funded research? Do you have other sources of grant funding such as the American Heart Association or the Department of Defense? If so, you may be required to comply with public access policies issued by these organizations. This session will provide an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy and other public access policies including the steps involved with compliance.
  3. Live Demo: NCBI My Bibliography, Friday April 21, 2017
    Becker Library: Room 405, Noon to 1:00 pm
    Are you interested in learning more about NCBI My Bibliography? My Bibliography is a tool for managing citations and can be used to:
    • compile a list of citations for articles and research products using PubMed
    • track compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy
    • generate a list of citations for a NIH biosketch
    • populate the RPPR for reporting purposes
    The session will start with a live demo of My Bibliography followed by a question/answer session. Feel free to bring your laptop to follow along with the demo or for troubleshooting.
  4. NIH Biosketch and NCBI SciENcv, Tuesday April 25, 2017
    Farrell Learning and Teaching Center: Room 213, Noon to 1 pm
    The session will review the instructions for creating a biosketch in the NIH format and include a review of NCBI SciENcv, a tool to generate a biosketch.

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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