News and notes for biology, June 2017

Biologists debate how to license preprints, Flood of online manuscripts generates confusion about terms for distribution and reuse. Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2017.22161

Canary Haz, another browser plugin to seek fulltext; more info: Introducing Canary Haz: discovering article PDFs with one click. I don’t understand the popularity of tools like Canary Haz, UnPayWall, and Open Access Button, not to mention Sci-Hub, but they do seem to be popular. Since I do most of my work on campus at a university with many subscription I find I usually have access to what I need. When I don’t, I find Interlibrary Loan simple and fast to use.

NIH Grant Support Index (GSI) and Other Metrics “NIH reviews the Grant Support Index (GSI) and encourages the use of metrics to assess the impact of NIH funding.” Post from Becker Medical Library.

Over 2000 Henry Stewart Talks: Biomedical & Life Sciences Lectures are available to WU users on or off campus. Titles and links to individual lectures will appear in our catalog within the next month or two. Meanwhile, you can search on the site; although many are biomedical, there are also basic sciences, such as Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Genetics & Epigenetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, and Methods. These talks are geared to graduate students. It is possible to jump to a particular slide if you want to use parts in teaching or embed into Blackboard, etc. A Quick Start Guide: The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection is available.

About the author

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