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Forthcoming Changes to Author Affiliation Field in MEDLINE/PubMed

September 12th, 2013 by Cathy

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently announced forthcoming changes to the Author Affiliation [AD] field in MEDLINE/PubMed records. As of October 2013, the Author Affiliation field will no longer be edited by NLM. For the 2014 PubMed system, NLM will use author affiliation data (xml format) submitted by publishers to populate the Author Affiliation fields.

NLM Technical Bulletin: Changes Coming to Author Affiliations

Note the caveat: “Searchers who were using a PubMed search to limit to US authors as the first author should be aware that it will no longer be comprehensive as of October 1, 2013.”









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Do You Have Your ORCID iD Yet?

September 9th, 2013 by Cathy

orcidORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes authors from other authors and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between authors and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognized.

ORCID is linked among other identifier systems such as the Scopus Author ID, ResearcherID and LinkedIn; publishers such as Nature and APS; and funding agencies such as NIH and the Wellcome Trust.

Your name is key to establishing a unique public profile throughout your research and academic career for publications and research activities. But if your name is a common name or if you have changed your name, or if you are affiliated with several organizations over your career, there may be multiple name variants associated with your publications and research activities. ORCID provides a universal, non-proprietary solution by linking your publications/research activities to you. Registering for an ORCID identifier helps to promote discoverability among multiple information platforms and workflows as well as establishing a unique presence for researchers and scholars, regardless of name variants or affiliation history.

Registration for the ORCID iD is free and privacy settings are controlled by the individual. To register, complete a short registration form and select Register.

See the ORCID materials for more information:



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How to Use My Bibliography

August 20th, 2013 by Cathy







Using the My Bibliography Tool is easy.

For WU authors, see: NIH Public Access Policy: Compliance Management Using the My Bibliography Tool in My NCBI.


Adding Publications to MyBib:

Publications can be added to MyBib from PubMed (up to 500 in a single instance) or using a template in MyBib for publications not found in PubMed. PubMed queries can be run by author name or by grant award number.

My Bibliography

Creating a Bibliography

Assigning Delegates in MyBib:

As a Project Director or Principal Investigator (PD/PI), you can assign a delegate your MyBib.

Sharing My Bibliography

Confirming a My Bibliography Connection for Delegates

Managing Non-compliant Publications:

Managing Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy 

My NCBI: Managing Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy Using My Bibliography 

My Bibliography: Award Compliance Reports in PDF for eRA Commons Users


eRA Commons Help Desk OR Toll-free: 1.866.504.9552







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FAQs on NIH Progress Reports

August 6th, 2013 by Cathy

FAQs on Public Access Policy Compliance and Publication Reporting in Progress Reports

See the FAQ by Janna Wehrle for questions and answers regarding My Bibliography and generating progress reports.


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Eliminating the Impact Factor

August 5th, 2013 by Cathy

Interesting editorial by the EIC of Journal of Cell Biology, Tom Misteli: Eliminating the impact of the Impact Factor

All research outputs—minable datasets, software, equipment and technology development, contributions to large-scale collaborative efforts, and reagents made available to the community—should be considered when assessing a scientist’s contributions. In addition, an individual’s influence on policy and on scientific or clinical practice should be included in any evaluation.

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Google Scholar Metrics Released

August 1st, 2013 by Cathy

Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.

Scholar Metrics currently cover articles published between 2008 and 2012. The metrics are based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar in July 2013. This also includes citations from articles that are not themselves covered by Scholar Metrics. Please refer to the Coverage of Publications guidance for more information on inclusion criteria.

There are over 70 subcategories for the field of Health and Medical Sciences. One of these categories is Ophthalmology and Optometry. From this list, there are 53 top-cited publications from Archives of Ophthalmology, 2008-2012. One of the articles is authored by investigators from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine: Kass MA, et al., Delaying Treatment of Ocular Hypertension: The Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study. Arch Ophthalmol. 2010;128(3):276-287. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2010.20.

Interestingly, this article was the subject of an editorial in the same issue: Sommer A. Treatment of Ocular Hypertension: Hamlet’s Lament Revisited. Arch Ophthalmol. 2010;128(3):363-364. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2010.13.

It has been less than a decade since the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS) provided the first rock-solid evidence that lowering IOP in patients with high baseline levels (24-32 mm Hg) reduces the risk of developing primary open-angle glaucoma (as defined in their study by visual field criteria and/or demonstrable changes in the appearance of the optic disc). I still find it hard to believe that the evidence in favor of evidence based glaucoma management was so recently arrived at!

Do editorials have significance per acknowledgment of investigators or studies that warrant recognition? Do editorials have an influence on clinical implementation or policy development?

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ORCID Announces New Updates

August 1st, 2013 by Cathy

ORCID has announced changes to allow for enhanced usability of ORCID records. See New way to add Works to ORCID Records for more information.

Do you have your ORCID iD yet?

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes authors from other authors and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between authors and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognized.

Registration for the ORCID iD is free and is linked among databases such as Scopus and Web of Science, publishers and funding agencies to ensure correct author linkages.

How should the ORCID iD be displayed?

Whether on your website, in the metadata for research works, in the submission process for a conference, or any other venue where the iD can be expressed, we recommend that ORCID iDs be displayed as a URI, with hyphens between every 4th digit, as such:


In the event that space is limited, the URI can be shortened to  orcid.org/0000-0002-1825-0097.



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Retroactive Compliance Checklist for Applicable Works Under the NIH Public Access Policy

July 16th, 2013 by Cathy

Do you have a work that was published a year ago and need to demonstrate compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy? Not sure where to start?

The Steps for Retroactive Compliance of Works Under the NIH Public Access Policy document provides guidance on where to start, steps to take, and sample language that can be used when contacting the NIHMS or journal publishers for clarification.



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Users, narcissism and control – tracking the impact of scholarly publications in the 21st century

July 12th, 2013 by Cathy

Interested in learning more about new digital applications that allow for tracking and monitoring use and dissemination of scholarly works? What is the significance of tweets, likes and bookmarks noted for a scholarly work?  A report issued by the SURFfoundation, Users, narcissism and control–tracking the impact of scholarly publications in the 21st century, examines 16 tools that track social use of scholarly works.

This report explores the explosion of tracking tools that have accompanied the surge of web based information instruments. Is it possible to monitor ‘real-time’ how new research findings are being read, cited, used and transformed in practical results and applications? And what are the potential risks and disadvantages of the new tracking tools? This report aims to contribute to a better understanding of these developments by providing a detailed assessment of the currently available novel tools and methodologies. A total of 16 different tools are assessed.

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NIH Public Access Policy Session

July 11th, 2013 by Cathy

Upcoming presentation on the NIH Public Access Policy: Wednesday 17 July, Noon to 1 pm. Erlanger Auditorium at the McDonnell Sciences Building. See Registration for more details.

This presentation will provide an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy including the steps involved in complying with the policy and how to demonstrate compliance.

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