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Great News! Embase and 1800+ New Journals added

  UAB Libraries is pleased to announce the addition of Elsevier’s ScienceDirect Journal & Ebook Collection!

  • ScienceDirect is a full-text scientific database of peer-reviewed science, technology, and health articles and book chapters from almost 2,200 active journals and more than 30,000 books. To find content:
  • Use the ejournals and ebooks search at
  • Link to the Science Direct Frontier Collection using  ArticleLinker in databases like PubMed.
  • Access the ScienceDirect website by searching for “S” on the databases page and selecting ScienceDirect. 

UAB Libraries has also added access to the often requested Embase database.

  • Embase is a biomedical and pharmacologic database with extensive international journal and conference coverage. It is useful for comprehensive or  systematic literature reviews, supporting effective evidence-based practice and in drug and medical device tracking.  Embase includes in-depth coverage of pharmacology, pharmaceutics, and toxicology.
  • Access Embase through the LHL databases page.
  • Get started by downloading the Embase Quick User Guide here   Embase includes an extensive set of limits and the ability to include only records from EMBASE that are not included in Medline.

Meet with Elsevier and Embase representatives and see Science Direct and Embase demonstrations at the Elsevier Expo March 4. More Details.

Questions?   Ask a Librarian or contact me directly.


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Meet Browzine™ and turn your tablet into your e-reader!

Keep up to date with your scholarly reading with Browzine™, a new way of browsing and reading your favorite journals from many major publishers on your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android Tablet or Android phone. BrowZine is free. All licensed content is provided via UAB Libraries.



Get started in two EASY steps:

1.  Download the free Browzine app for your device.

2. When installed, choose University of Alabama at Birmingham as your university library. Use your Blazer ID/password when prompted.


Why use Browzine?

  • to scan the complete tables of contents of scholarly journals and read articles optimized for mobile devices
  •  to get one-click from journal tables of content to the PDFs of the articles you want to read
    • save specific articles for later reference and offline reading
    • create a bookshelf of your favorite journals for easy, fast access
  • to receive on screen notifications when new issues of your favorite journals are published

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  • Find journals by searching or browsing a title list, or by using a Browzine bookshelf chosen by subject.
  • Annotate or print articles by opening them in your favorite apps like Good Reader or iAnnotate.


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SciENcv Biosketch Development Workshop

SciENcv Biosketch Development Workshop  

Tuesday, Feb. 17  Noon-1:30pm  PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South

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 The NIH is requiring any biosketch being submitted on or after May 25, 2015 to be in a new format.  I will be demonstrating how to use NIH’s SciENcv tool to create biosketches using both formats.  NSF biosketches are also now included.   Please bring your laptop if you choose.  The last half of the session will be for hands-on help.

Posted in NIH Grants, Training.

UAB Libraries Host Diversity Celebration

Join UAB Libraries for “A Celebration of UAB Diversity: Birmingham, Continuing the Discussion: Our Past & Present through the Eyes of UAB Alumni & Faculty.” Reception follows the presentation.


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New Resources at Lister Hill Library

Lister Hill Library added two new resources in early January.

Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination  includes videos demonstrating head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques. It also includes test prep videos for  Objective Structural Clinical Examinations (OSCEs ). Access the resource here or find it on Lister Hill Library’s databases page.


AccessMedicine Neurology currently includes 11 e-book titles, 9 of which are new to Lister Hill Library, plus videos, lectures, and images.Access the resource here or find it on Lister Hill Library’s databases page. If you want to search all of the Access books that UAB licenses from AccessMedicine, AccessEmergency Medicine, AccessSurgery, AccessAnesthesiology, and Neurology, you can search for them through the McGraw-Hill Medical platform. Individual book titles can also be found in the library catalog.


Curious about our content?  Visit the LHL Guide on New Resources to find out about new books, databases, or journals added to Lister Hill Library’s collection. Got questions? Ask a Librarian through chat, text, email, or phone. or contact me directly.

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NIH Streamlines Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) Interface

Expect the NIHMS to look different when you log in in January, 2015.  This update should also streamline the login and submission processes and provide help on each page. Note the homepage will also include a graphic overview of the NIHMS process (3). You can hover over each step for more information or click “Learn More” to read the complete overview in the FAQs.



Managing Manuscripts

Use the updated manuscript list page to mange and track submissions (1), submit a new manuscript (2), or search for a record (3).  Find help on key topics in the information box (4). learn more about additional changes here: 


Do you have a NIH proposal or report due in the first quarter of 2015?

To see a list of all compliant or non-compliant publications citing your grant, send Lee Vucovich your grant # and the date range.  This list, compiled from the NIH Public Access Compliance Monitor tool, will help you identify publications that need PMCIDs in time for you to obtain them before submission.

Posted in News, NIH Grants.

Altmetrics: Find the Buzz about Your Article

Last week, I saw that Altmetric, a company that measures article level metrics, published their list of the 2014 Top 100 articles.  Here are two examples:

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These are the papers that received the most attention online during 2014 from mainstream news, blogs, social media including Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, YouTube, and Mendeley, and review sites like including F1000. They cover a wide range of topics from serious science to those with imaginative titles.

What do you think of the top 100?

Are you curious about the buzz generated by your recent article?

Altimetric offers a free bookmarklet for your browser toolbar that will provide a detailed analysis of article level metrics for any article. Just grab it to install and go to a journal article page and click on the “Altmetric it” icon.

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Here is the Altmetric report for a recent study (published in Sept. 2014.) Notice the details available to show you who is talking about your work. (Click on an image to enlarge it.)

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Intrigued?  Learn more about Altmetrics

“Altmetrics” is an emerging category of impact measurement premised upon the value of “alternative metrics,” or metrics based distinctly on the opportunities offered by the 21st century digital environment according to the ACRL. Frequently presented as a supplemental measure to traditional citation counts and impact factors, it measures the immediate attention generated by a publication and combined with traditional citation counts, journal impact factors, and H-indexes, offers a richer view of the impact of scholarly research.  There are several studies that measure the correlation between early attention to an article and later citation counts.

You may have seen article level metrics on journal article pages from a growing number of publishers, including some PLOS, Nature, Wiley, and Springer journals. Many of these journals include article downloads and page views as well.  Scopus offers Altmetric data in the right sidebar on the article record, allowing you to see both citing articles and article mentions.

Of course there are limitations to the use of these metrics and legitimate concerns about their validity and importance.  To address these issues, NISO (the National Information Standards Organization) has undertaken an initiative to explore, identify, and advance standards and/or best practices related to alt metrics, and has published a draft white paper for public comment.

To learn more about alternative metrics and their use, start here:

Altmetrics: A Manifesto – Jason Priem, Dario Taraborelli, Paul Groth, Cameron Neylon

Altmetrics: A 21st-Century Solution to Determining Research Quality – Stacey Konkiel

 Keeping Up With… Altmetrics – Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt.

Posted in Journals, Publishing, Tips.

Scopus adds Impact per Publication (IPP) Journal Metric

Today, Scopus announced the inclusion of a new journal metric: Impact per Publication.  The IPP measures the ratio of citations in a year (Y) to scholarly papers published in the three previous years (Y-1, Y-2, Y-3) divided by the number of scholarly papers published in those three years.

The JCR Impact factor, by contrast, is calcuated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years.

The IPP may help you compare journals that do not yet have a JCR Impact factor with those in the same field. Find it in the Scopus Compare Journals tool and other places in Scopus where applicable.

Learn more about the IPP metric and other Scopus journal metrics:

  Screenshot: IPP values available in Scopus ‘Compare Journals’

Screenshot: IPP values available in the Scopus ‘Journal home page’

From the Scopus Blog.

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IDP and Your RPRR

Important reminder for NIH awardees from the UAB CCTS:

IDP and Your RPRR

[translation: Individual Development Plans and Your Research Performance Progress Report]

 The NIH has established new expectations that require you to comment on the use of Individual Development Plans (IDP) to “assist graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to achieve their career goals and become contributing members of the biomedical research workforce.”  A team has already met with most graduate students and postdocs to have them start an IDP.

 You must address the use of IDPs in RPPR Section B. Accomplishments, Question B.4. Actual IDPs should not be included. Grantees must report on whether they use IDPs for all the graduate students and postdoctoral researchers included in Section D. List of Participants. Please see for additional information and for guidance on suggested language to use.

 In collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Education, the GBS Program and the CCTS, we have developed IDP tools to help develop and report on the use of IDPs. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jeff Engler, Dr. Susan Rich, Dr. Lisa Schwiebert, or Dr. David Chaplin for more information.


Posted in News, NIH Grants.