News and notes for biology, Sept. 2017

bioRxiv Selects Hypothesis to Enable Annotation on Preprints; more about Hypthesis Annotate the web, with anyone, anywhere.

I’ve posted about “predatory journals” before but this blog post, suggesting the PubMed indexes several of these, was a bit startling to me: A Confusion of Journals — What Is PubMed Now?, post on Scholarly Kitchen blog. I think this is worth knowing, especially if you are helping young scholars identify the best sources, but not worth panicking about. Note inclusion in PubMed is not the same thing as inclusion in Medline; AND medline[sb] can be added to a search strategy but you will lose a lot of recent publications as well as valuable articles published in journals with are not part of the Medline subset.

Science Topics is an interesting initiative from Elsevier. These pages are freely available and discoverable on Google and other search engines. They link to snippets from Elsevier books explaining and often defining a topic. There are links from the snippets to the fulltext of chapters but you don’t actually get that fulltext unless we have purchased that particular ebook. Links to Topics are also integrated into journal articles on Science Direct; integration into book chapters is coming. Currently the program covers life sciences and health sciences and includes more than 80,000 topics pages; physical sciences topics pages and integration will be next. I think these may be very useful in courses where you want students to read and understand the journal literature, because there are handy “more information” pages when an unknown concept is mentioned. Rather than wondering or searching, students can click and learn. BUT readers need to read html versions online; if you print out pdfs you lose the topics links! Elsevier press release: Elsevier launches ScienceDirect Topics to help researchers quickly build their knowledge and save valuable time searching. And here is another way of looking at the initiative: Elsevier Launching Rival To Wikipedia By Extracting Scientific Definitions Automatically From Authors’ Texts which quotes another post “the aim is to stop users of the publishing giant’s ScienceDirect platform from leaving Elsevier’s walled garden and visiting sites like Wikipedia in order to look up definitions of key terms.”

Building your NIH Biosketch: Get the link you need for Section C. Also this post gives registration information for a My Bibliography class at the medical campus on Nov. 2, noon-1.

Updates to Campus Box Delivery Introduced

The current plan is that the North entrance to Olin Library will open on October 18th, the day after fall break.

From Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries in September, 2017:

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