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Scopus Expands h-Index Publication Range (now 1970-present)

Prior to the expansion, the h-index calculation found in Scopus Article Details pages was for documents published from 1996- through present.  Authors with highly cited articles prior to 1996 will see an increase in their h-index.  These changes are also visible in the author profile in “Analyze author output” h-index and the Cited by (citations) tab and in the Citation overview tool.

As Scopus explains in their blog post,

No cited references pre-1996 have been added to yet. The first content will start to appear in November 2014. The Cited Reference Expansion project is scheduled to run until 2016 and will see 8M+ articles re-processed to include cited references.

The h-index on the Author Details page should now match the h-index found for a set of an author’s documents.  As the Expansion Project proceeds, the h-index may increase for authors publishing earlier than 1996.  It also evolves over time as articles acquire new citations.

Learn more about Scopus Author Details and the h-index.

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(Almost) Painless Biosketches

sciencv logois an online tool that assists researchers in creating and formatting and saving biographical sketches needed for federally funded research. Because it generates reference lists from My NCBI and imports grant information from eRA Commons, it is fast!

Formatted Biosketch

  • Developed by NCBI (NIH) for the SciENcv interagency working group: DOD,DOE, EPA, NIH, NSF, USDA
  • Used to create, save and maintain multiple NIH biosketches for grant applications and annual reports. Includes template for NIH Biosketch now, and NSF is to be added Fall, 2014. Your stored biosketches can be used as templates to customize for other grants.

This video from NIH demonstrates the features of SciENcv.  Prefer to read? See these detailed instructions.  Or check out this guide to get started working with My NCBI.



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EndNote adds new Library Sharing Feature

After a free upgrade to EndNote 7.2, you will be able to share your entire EndNote library (including references, PDFs, and annotations) with up to 14 others!

  •  Everyone can add to, annotate, and use the library at the same time.  
  • There is no charge for sharing, no library size limit, and charge for unlimited cloud storage!
  • You can share one library per computer and have unlimited numbers of libraries shared with you.
  • If you are sharing a library, it is probably a good idea to back it up frequently. (EndNote > File > Compressed Library.)

To share your library, enable sync if you have not already done so. Instructions

This video shows you how to share an existing library or work as a team to build a new one.

More information from EndNote

Need help with EndNote?  Contact your Lister Hill Librarians or see our EndNote library guide.

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Making the Most of My NCBI

My NCBI is a suite of tools that allows you to save PubMed searches and collections of articles, set automatic email alerts to your searches and customize your PubMed interface to include filters, highlight search terms and more. If you use a My NCBI account to manage your papers for NIH reports,  you might be interested in the newest tool, SciENcv.  Use SciENcv to create and save formatted NIH  biosketches auto-populated with your papers and eRA Commons grant information.


For more information to My NCBI features, check out the guide Making the Most of My NCBI, It is also available through LHL guides to PubMed and the NIH Public Access Policy.

Please contact me  if you would like assistance in setting up any of these tools!

Posted in NIH Public Access, Tips.

LHL News for September

The September issue of the Lister Hill Letter is out! Read the Dean’s Welcome and get details on events you won’t want to miss, including the September Reynolds Lecture and Afternoon Tea. Find out how to get 3D glasses for Anatomy.TV and how to view our online orientation to library services & resources. Would you like to get the newsletter emailed directly to you? Visit our newsletter sign-up page to subscribe.


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Scopus Improvements Released

On Saturday, September 6, Scopus released improvements to the interface designed  to better support day-to-day research tasks.  Specifically, these 3 tools have been improved and renamed and now include new features such as the option to export charts and graphs.

Old Scopus name     New Scopus name      Location on Scopus
Analyze Results      Analyze Search Results      Document Search Result page
Author Evaluator      Analyze Author Output      Author Details page
Analyze Journals      Compare Journals      Main search page

Example: Analyze Search Results



Also, now it is possible to search Scopus Author Profiles by ORCID ID. If a user knows the ORCID ID for an author they can retrieve that author’s profile in Scopus.  Full release notes

If you would like to learn more about using Scopus here at UAB, please contact me.

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WHRDOP Opportunities

Are you investigating women’s health or sex/gender differences? WHRDOP can help!

WHRDOP  (Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Outreach Project) includes UAB’s Lister Hill Library, Sterne Library, and the Graduate School through a contract with the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine.  Find out more at

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You can participate:

1.  Tell us about your research in women’s health or sex/gender differences so that we can spotlight your work in the Women’s Health Resources Guide.

2.  Recommend resources the library can purchase with funds from this grant to support your work in women’s health or sex/gender differences.

3.  Apply for funding for open access publishing for your articles on sex/gender differences or women’s health.

4.  Join a new writing group being formed for researchers interested in sex/gender differences or women’s health.

5. Complete “The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health” online course at for a CME, CNE, CPE, or to add to your CV, or recommend the course to your students or colleagues. 

Please Contact Valerie Gordon ( to take part in any of these activities.

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2014 Impact Factors Now Available

Impact Factor

Impact factors based on 2013 data were uploaded into Journal Citation Reports on July 29th. Find the new impact factor for journals you edit or publish in here. JCR also provides the immediacy index, and Eigenfactor and Article Influence scores for each of the 10.000+ highly cited journals included on the dataset.

If a journal you are interested is not included in  JCR,  Scopus offers alternative metrics for the 21,000 journals it includes. To learn more about the Scimago Journal Rank, The Source Normalized Impact per Paper and the Impact per Publication metrics, connect to the page below at   Scopus offers a journal analyzer tool to use to compare and analyze journals.  Learn more.




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Writing Resources

Are you starting a literature review, a science proposal, or a paper for publication?  The Writing Resources page pictured below contains standards for authors to assist in writing projects, links to citation styles and citing sources, and resources to help avoid plagiarism. It links to similar pages on LHL books & e-books about writing, creating poster presentations, and how to select a journal to publish in. Questions? Ask a Librarian or contact me directly.


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July News


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