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About Access Restrictions to Electronic Resources

Access and use of electronic resources made available by the Becker Medical Library are governed by license agreements between the School of Medicine and publishers or third parties. Several of the electronic resources carry some restriction on their use. Access may be restricted by user location, number of concurrent users, and/or password.

In short, most people experience access limitations based on the network to which their computer is connected. Below is a quick breakdown of what can be accessed from various networks.

BJH (Limited to) SLCH (Limited to) Proxy (Remote Access) WUSM Off Campus
UpToDate Online
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
Harriet Lane Handbook
Red Book Online
UpToDate Online
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New Data Policy from PLOS

PLOS, one of the leaders in open-access scientific publishing, has recently updated its data policy.  Beginning March 1, 2014, authors submitting research articles to PLOS journals must include a Data Availability Statement to be published with the article if accepted.

Authors can use one of the following methods to comply with the data policy:

Deposit in a repository

PLOS encourages authors to deposit their data in public repositories appropriate for their field. If this option is selected, authors must then provide DOIs or accession numbers for the data upon manuscript acceptance. 

Provide supporting information files

Authors can upload smaller datasets as supporting information files with the submitted manuscript.

When legal or ethical concerns prevent data deposition, two other methods may be acceptable, subject to case-by-case evaluation:

Make data available to all interested researchers upon request

Authors must include:

  • The statement: "Data available on request"
  • The group to contact to request the data*
  • Reasons for restrictions on public data deposition

*The policy does not consider the authors as the sole individuals responsible for data access as an acceptable means of compliance.

Direct readers to the source of third-party data

Authors must include:

  • The statement: “Data available from (named source)”
  • The full citation of the data source
  • Reasons for restrictions on public data deposition

In the new policy, PLOS reserves the right to contact authors’ institutions and funders, post a correction or in the extreme, retract a paper, if data access restrictions are discovered after publication.  The full data policy can be found in the editorial "Data Access for the Open Access Literature: PLOS's Data Policy", which has been published in both PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine. The policy will apply to all PLOS journals beginning March 1, 2014.

* Please note: Becker Briefs pages may contain links, email addresses or information about resources which are no longer current.