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Archives and Rare Books

“Should Old Acquaintances Be Forgot?”

What makes a good memory? How about a good meal? For members of the Washington University medical center who served with Base Hospital 21 during the First World War, special dinners were an important part of maintaining morale for the unit’s doctors, nurses, and enlisted men who were often overwhelmed with the wounded soldiers streaming  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Todtentanz – The Early Modern Dance of Death

Modern medical texts tend to be straightforward in their content, presenting the necessary information without artistic embellishment. Their medieval and early modern counterparts, however, made ample use of visual allegory. We’ve already talked about several famous examples, such as Vesalius’s evocation of classical statuary and the various Greco-Roman deities tucked into frontispieces, but today we’re  [Read more]

Mastering Information, Science and Informatics

How to Make Your Protocols Complete, Interactive, and Citable

Are you frustrated by incomplete methods in publications that lack critical details? Are you seeking a simple solution to document comprehensive step-by-step protocols, complete with information on reagents and equipment, and a dedicated space to note any protocol deviations? In research settings, reproducible experimental methods are of utmost importance. Fortunately, protocols.io offers a solution where  [Read more]

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]

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