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Wondering how, where, and what to publish? Our symposium (Jan. 31) has you covered.

How, Where, and What to Publish: UC Berkeley Scholarly Publishing Symposium
January 31, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

309 Sproul Hall (Graduate Professional Development Center)

Register online: bit.ly/013018pubsymposium

Are you an early career researcher looking to make a mark? Come hear from leading scholarly journal and book publishers (such as Elsevier, Springer-Nature, and UC Press) and open publishing framework and platform creators (such as Collaborative Knowledge Foundation and California Digital Library) during a half-day symposium in which experts cover all aspects of how, where, and what to publish.

More details here:

Wondering how, where, and what to publish? Our symposium has you covered.

Announcing the reconfiguration of two important libraries

The Valley Life Sciences Building is part of the classical core of the campus. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)
The Valley Life Sciences Building is part of the classical core of the campus. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)

After consultation with students, faculty, and staff from across campus, the University Library confirms the decision to merge the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library and the Marian Koshland Bioscience & Natural Resources Library at UC Berkeley. The reconfiguration of these two important libraries in the Life & Health Sciences Division of the University Library will better address current campus and research needs.

The Library staff and the collection from the Public Health Library will be relocated to the Valley Life Sciences Building and integrated with the vision and operations of the campus library there. The Library will continue to memorialize Sheldon Margen’s contributions to the school, the university, and the field.

To reach this decision, the Library received feedback from individuals from a number of departments and key campus stakeholders after a call for comment was issued in September.

Read the complete announcement for details on services and the timeline ahead.

 

 

bioRxiv: a free open access archive for unpublished preprints in the life sciences

bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”) is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.
bioRxiv accepts preprints of articles covering all aspects of research in the life sciences. Categories include:
  • Bioengineering
  • Cancer biology
  • Cell biology
  • Ecology
  • Epidemiology
  • bioRxiv logoGenomics
  • Molecular biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Scientific Communication and Education
and more.
Readers may add public comments to articles on bioRxiv. Comments are moderated to ensure they conform to the standards of normal professional discourse.
Once an article is published in a journal, bioRxiv will automatically update the preprint with a link to the published version.

Free online does not equal open access

Lots of articles are freely available online. Does that mean they are open access? Nope.

Here’s a nice post on the difference between public access  and open access:

http://info.hsls.pitt.edu/updatereport/?p=6481.

Basically, the difference is in copyright ownership:

“In public access, funding agencies make research results freely available, while still retaining traditional copyright restrictions. As with a published journal article, anyone can read the findings, but no one may redistribute the content without permission. In OA, the content is freely available and may be reused or even republished by others without having to gain permission. Many OA authors choose to protect their content by applying a Creative Commons or similar license to their work.”

For more information, read the original post.

If you only use PubMed to find public health articles, you may be missing lots!

PubMed is a great source of journal article citations on most public health topics. It’s where I usually start. But there are many other article databases you should use, depending on your topic. Here are a few examples:

Embase is an international index including over 2,000 journals not in Medline/PubMed, as well as conference abstracts. Broad biomedical scope with strong coverage in drug, pharmaceutical, and toxicological research, including economic evaluations and healthcare policy & management. Includes a PICO search tool, as well as drug, device, and disease searches.

Global Health is a public health database particularly strong for finding articles from or about countries in the “Global South.” Topics such as environmental health, nutrition, infectious diseases, and more are covered.

Sociological Abstracts offers access to the international literature in sociology, demography, social psychology, and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. If your research is on families, social relationships, peer groups, etc., you should try this database.

This is but a small sample of the databases offered by the UC Berkeley Library. For more public health databases, please visit our Databases in Public Health guide.

 

Call for Comment: Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library

Bioscience Library
The creation of a more inclusive Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources, & Public Health Library builds on research and teaching trends with access to emerging technologies in these disciplines, and aligns with the vision identified in the University Library Strategic Plan. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the University Library)

A Call for Comment, issued by the School of Public Health Dean Stefano Bertozzi, College of Natural Resources Dean J. Keith Gilless, College of Letters & Science’s Division of Biological Sciences Dean Michael Botchan, and University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, encourages all interested parties to carefully read the proposed plan for the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library and the Marian Koshland Bioscience & Natural Resources Library at UC Berkeley and to share comments and recommendations.

The comment period is open through Friday October 6, 2017. We invite you to submit comments via email to libraryforum@lists.berkeley.edu.

We are sharing the proposed reconfiguration of these two important libraries in the Life & Health Sciences Division of the University Library to better address current campus and research needs. Part of the classical core of the campus, the Valley Life Sciences Building is home to the Marian Koshland Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, and the future home of the “Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library”.

Read the proposed plan.

DO NOT PUBLISH, or Sometimes, open data/open access not ideal

A recent essay in Science makes the case that, at least when writing up research on endangered species, complete transparency could be harmful. The prolific increase in online publishing, whether it be articles, reports, or data, creates significant problems in this field, namely:

  1. Unrestricted access to species location information is facilitating a surge in wildlife poaching, with many species at risk. Poaching has been documented in species within months of their taxonomic description in journals.
  2. Unrestricted access to location data and habitat descriptions can disrupt the often delicate relationships between scientists and landowners. Trespassing has occurred when location data is published.
  3. Unrestricted access to species information has the potential to accelerate habitat destruction and create other negative disturbances. The digital age has brought a desire among many nature enthusiasts to observe, photograph, and sometimes remove animals and plants.

Some fields such as paleontology and archaeology have long maintained restrictions on the publication of site locations and promoted government policies and regulations to limit collection and trade in fossils, artefacts, and culturally sensitive and/or scientifically important material. Organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service do not disclose geospatial data in order to protect research sites. Other solutions include modification of research permits so that endangered species locations are not automatically uploaded into wildlife databases and masking such records on private land, as presently occurs in some states in the United States.

Is this relevant to any public health research? Other than personally identifiable information, what types of health data should not be made widely available?

JAMAevidence: New evidence resource from the library

The UCB Library recently purchased access to JAMAevidence.

JAMAevidence is a resource of evidence-based tools and more, including Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature. This online guide includes Education Guide slide sets, audio summaries, calculators, and critical appraisal and information cycle worksheets – these are not included in the print version.

The Users’ Guides 29 chapters are under these headings:

  • The Foundations
  • Therapy
  • Harm (Observational Studies)
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis
  • Summarizing the Evidence
  • Moving From Evidence to Action

Enjoy!

Sage Research Methods: An Essential Resource for Researchers

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Sage Research Methods, recently purchased by UC Berkeley, is an essential online resource for anyone doing research or learning how to do research. With more than 800 books, reference works, and journal articles from SAGE’s research methods list, SAGE Research Methods provides information on writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing a research method, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up the findings.

Sage Research Methods will help you:

and more.

Highly recommended, try it!

141 Things You Can Learn About Your Community in Just 3 Clicks

Use Community Commons to quickly build a report about any state, county, or group of counties in the USA! Within a minute or so, you will see information on 141 indicators (as of today) including health outcomes, physical environment, clinical care, social and economic factors, and demographics. Use this information for assessment, case-making, advocacy, grant applications, presentations and much more.

Information can be displayed as a table, pie chart, map, or downloaded to Excel.

To get started click here.

Enjoy!

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