Scholarly Publishing Round-up July 2016

Journal Citation Reports

The 2015 edition of Journal Citation Reports is now available. For more information, see the Notice.


A Washington University institutional sign-in to ORCID using your WUSTL Key is now available. This new functionality will make it easier for authors to sign-in to ORCID.

To sign-in to your ORCID account using your institutional account, select the Institutional Account tab from your ORCID profile page. Enter "wash" and select Washington University in St. Louis from the dropdown list and click Continue. This will redirect to the WUSTL Key page to sign-in to ORCID using your institutional account. For more information, see Different ways to sign into ORCID.

Authors can unlink their ORCID accounts from Washington University using the Account Settings feature. Scroll to the Alternate Sign-in Accounts section and select the trash can icon next to the account to unlink the account from WU.

Several funding agencies and publishers now require an ORCID iD from individuals upon submission of a proposal or manuscript.

Funders who require ORCID iD

  • Autism Speaks
  • US Department of Transportation

Publishers who require ORCID iD

  • eLife
  • EMBO
  • IEEE
  • Hindawi
  • PLoS
  • Royal Society
  • Science

For more information, see our Becker guide on ORCID.



Authors can now add citations in bulk to their My Bibliography collection by uploading a file in either MEDLINE or RIS format. See Adding Citations from a File.  This feature can also be used to add citations to “Other Citations” collection.

RIS files can be generated by exporting citations from databases like Web of Science, Scopus or from reference managers like EndNote.   For more information, see our Becker guide on My Bibliography.


Odds and Ends:

Who Gets to be the Corresponding Author? Sociobiology, by Joan Strassman.  Have questions about authorship? See the Washington University Policy for Authorship on Scientific and Scholarly Publications and Guidelines for Conducting Responsible Authorship. For examples of authorship issues reported for published literature, see Retraction Watch: Authorship Issues.

Not sure how to cite your departmental affiliation in a manuscript? See the Style Guide for Washington University.

Check out a new publishing initiative with a triple-blind peer-review process, ScienceMatters. The aim of ScienceMatters is to redirect the focus of science publishing away from storytelling and back to the observation, a fundamental unit of science. John Ioannidis, a leading expert from Stanford University on the credibility of medical research, serves on the scientific advisory board of ScienceMatters. His work “Why Most Published Research Findings are False” (PLoS Medicine, 2005) has garnered nearly 1.7 million online views and 2,166 citations in Scopus.

Related Readings:

Want to learn more about PubMed? The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) developed a webinar: PubMed for Scientists (45:19). The webinar was designed for scientists and covers how to search by author, use filters for your search, create alerts, and other tools in PubMed.

How to (Seriously) Read a Scientific Paper. Science, by Elisabeth Pain. Interesting compilation of tidbits from authors and researchers on how to read a paper.


Questions? Contact Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter

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