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Scholarly Publishing

November 2023 Scholarly Communications Round-up

Learn more about the recommendations from ICJME for authors and AI, the Highly Cited Researchers list for 2023, the new Article Development Charge from the American Chemical Society, and a new video that helps researchers assess journal quality. Authors and AI The ICJME Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

Update WUSM websites using information from Research Profiles

Research Profiles was updated at the beginning of the 2023-2024 academic year with profiles added for all new faculty members. All faculty members are encouraged to check their profiles and use the change request form to make updates and report any errors needing correction.  A growing number of departments are choosing to reuse information from Research Profiles, linking  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

Part I: Artificial Intelligence: The Basics

This is the first of a two-part series on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in biomedicine. Part I includes an introduction to AI, its definitions, WashU announcements and policies, and resources; and Part II will focus on authorship and copyright issues related to AI and publishing. What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Per Oxford English dictionary (OED), AI  [Read more]

Science and Informatics

Extensive Research Computing Resource: O’Reilly Online Learning Platform

Start with the basics or boost your current research computing and programming skills with self-paced on-the-go online trainings availble in the O’Reilly Online Learning platform. The platform provides over 30,000 full-text e-books and videos on computing, databases, networking, operating systems, programming, software engineering, .NET, Cisco products, Web design, Java, XML and more. The platform is  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Systematic Review or Scoping Review? How to Choose the Best Review for your Research Topic

Before embarking on an evidence synthesis project, it is important to understand what type of review is most suitable for your research question. Choosing the wrong review type for your question can lead to frustrating results. The ultimate goal of a systematic review is to “collate all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

Unlocking the Potential of Institutional Repositories: A Comprehensive Guide

During the month of September, Washington University School of Medicine scholarly works were downloaded more than 30,000 times across multiple countries from Digital Commons@Becker. Digital Commons@Becker is the institutional repository for Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), hosting the scholarly work created here at WUSM to enhance both the research outputs’ visibility and access. Digital  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Preparing for Upcoming Federal Public Access Policies: What Does it Mean for School of Medicine Researchers?

In August 2022, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memo: Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research (OSTP 2022 Nelson Memo), that directs federal agencies to update their public access policies per OSTP 2013 Holdren Memo. The policies pertain to publications, scientific data underlying publications, and  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Virginia Minnich, Professor of Medicine

This short biography of Virginia Minnich (1910-1996) was researched and written by Ellen Dubinsky and first appeared in Becker Medical Library’s digital exhibit, Medical Journeys: Transplanting medical knowledge across the world (2007-2009). Born on January 24, 1910, Virginia Minnich was raised on her family’s farm in southern Ohio. Economic conditions forced Virginia to delay starting  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Bob Hope’s Cookbook Fundraiser for St. Louis Children’s Hospital

The famous actor and comedian Bob Hope raised money for St. Louis Children’s Hospital throughout his career.  On numerous occasions throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, he visited with patients, served as the host at Children’s Hospital fundraisers, and organized several celebrity golf tournaments in St. Louis — with all benefits going to the hospital.   [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Leonhard Thurneisser and the Secrets of Alchemy

There are plenty of treasures scattered throughout our rare book holdings, but we’re currently enamored with Leonhard Thurneisser zum Thurm’s Quinta Essentia, a wonderfully illustrated alchemical poem that’s a definite highlight of the Robert E. Schlueter Paracelsus Collection. Like Paracelsus himself, Thurnheisser led an itinerant life. Born in 1531 in Basel, he learned the craft  [Read more]

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