Assistance to authors and researchers is a core service area in Becker Library’s Research, Publishing and Communication division, which provides a wide variety of customized programs, services, and expertise to assist faculty, investigators, and students in navigating a complex and ever-changing research publishing and biomedical communication landscape.
Virtually every user group on campus – faculty members (on both medical and Danforth campuses), administrative staff, post-docs, early-career investigators, clinicians, and graduate and medical students – utilizes Becker Library’s author and researcher services.
The library provides guidance and customized programs and services in order to meet the diverse needs of the campus community, including:
- Copyright issues.
- Selecting an appropriate license for publication.
- Obtaining DOIs.
- Authorship roles.
- Correcting names in databases and publications.
SUPPORTING WASHU AUTHORS IN CHOOSING OPEN ACCESS
As part of renewal negotiations with Elsevier, Becker Library and Washington University Libraries worked together to secure a 25% discount on open access article processing charges through 2022 for corresponding authors with a WashU affiliation. Extensive research and analysis of WashU publication patterns in open-access and Elsevier journals by library staff led to a justification for the reduced charges used in a successful proposal to Elsevier.
HELPING WASHU SUCCEED WITH PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY COMPLIANCE
Becker Library and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research have been working together to share information and assist WashU researchers with NIH Public Access Policy (PAP) compliance questions since 2006.
As administrative support was reduced due to coronavirus-related closures, there was a marked increase in requests from faculty in this area – librarians responded to over 120 emails and additional Zoom sessions were held to provide further assistance.
CURATING YOUR SCHOLARLY OUTPUT
Digital Commons@Becker, the digital repository for School of Medicine scholarly outputs, features a wide variety of content and media types from across the campus. During the past year, 356,005 items were downloaded from Digital Commons@Becker making the total number of items downloaded since its launch in 2010 approximately 1.3 million.
INCREASING YOUR RESEARCH VISIBILITY WITH ORCID IDS
In October 2019 and January 2020 NIH began requiring ORCID IDs for many of their grant applicants. In response, Becker Library conducted extensive campus outreach on how and why to obtain an ORCID ID, and our ORCID Resource Guide received 421 views during the year. Two Flash Session presentations on ORCID IDs were conducted in October 2019 at the School of Medicine and Danforth campuses as part of the Open October series presented by Becker Library and Washinton University Libraries.
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