Becker Blog


New quiet study space opened on the sixth floor

Becker Library has added a new quiet study area. The Center for the History of Medicine space on the 6th floor of the library is now available to School of Medicine students and faculty for quiet study – no reservations required. The library opened the space in response to student requests for more study areas  [Read more]

Mastering Information, Science and Informatics

Prepare for NIH Data Management and Sharing Plans Using the DMPTool

Beginning with the January 25, 2023 grant cycle, the NIH will enact a policy requiring all NIH grant submissions to include a two page Data Management and Sharing plan (henceforth referred to as the plan). The plan outlines how the investigator will store, protect, and ultimately share research data generated from NIH funds. You can begin  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

Questions about Research Profiles? Check out the new information webpages

Additional information about Research Profiles has been added to the Becker Library website at   Students, staff and faculty — as well as visitors from outside the Washington University community — are encouraged to consult these pages to learn about ways to use Research Profiles.    The main page provides an overview of the site  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

Scholarly Publishing Round-up April 2022

Learn more about journals with reduced or waived article processing charges for corresponding authors, how to cite a preprint, and new features on the Scopus author page.   New agreements and memberships with publishers. Becker Medical Library is exploring new models of publishing to enable open access to publications by negotiating agreements and memberships with  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press to waive or discount Article Processing Charges for open access publications

Becker Medical Library and Washington University Libraries are pleased to announce a new transformative license agreement with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHLP) — a nonprofit publisher of leading research journals in molecular biology, genetics, and related fields. The agreement allows for a full waiver of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for a limited number of  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Tracking your checkouts in My Catalog

Q: Does the library keep a record of books I’ve checked out in the past? A: By default, the library does not track book checkouts—but you can opt in to this feature by editing your account. Contact if you have any questions!

Archives and Rare Books

Patent medicine advertising: The questionable claims and contents of ‘Sapanule’

The @BeckerLibrary Archives and Rare Books team have been providing a liberal dose of quirky quackery with our new weekly Instagram hashtag #MedicalAdMonday. It’s a showcase of salves, tonics, balsams, and bitters that claim to cure all manner of maladies, from chilblains to catarrh, boils to biliousness. But what was in these patent medicines and  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Louise Bourgeois and the first obstetrics book published by a woman

Although the medical field and publications were dominated by men during the European pre-modern period, Louise Bourgeois made a name for herself as both a medical professional and the author of numerous medical texts. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting a woman author from our collections! Louise Bourgeois (also known as Boursier) (1563-1636) was a  [Read more]

Announcements, Scholarly Publishing

Microbiology Society to waive article processing charges for open access publications

Becker Medical Library and Washington University Libraries are pleased to announce a new Publish and Read agreement for journals published by the Microbiology Society. The agreement allows Washington University corresponding authors a full waiver of Article Processing Charges (APCs) to publish their works under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) Open Access license as of January 1,  [Read more]

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