Scholarly Publishing Round-up March 2017

Learn about correcting records for your works in PubMed, upcoming classes on the NIH Policy, My Bibliography and the NIH Biosketch, and pre-prints.

Do you have an error in a PubMed citation record for your work?

PubMed Citations: A New, Faster Process for Correcting Errors. Noticed an error in the article title, your affiliation, or even your name on a citation in PubMed? The National Library of Medicine has implemented a new, faster system to correct errors. Authors should contact the publisher of the journal and the publisher can now correct the mistake using the new PubMed Data Management System.

If you are not sure who to contact at your publisher’s office, please contact Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter.


Reproducibility is a growing trend. Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology (RP:CB) Overview. Center for Open Science (COS). The Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology (RP:CB) is an initiative to conduct direct replications of 50 high-impact cancer biology studies. The page includes links to related coverage of the Reproducibility Project.

A manifesto for reproducible science. Nature Human Behavior, January 10, 2017. The authors argue for the adoption of measures to optimize key elements of the scientific process: methods, reporting and dissemination, reproducibility, evaluation and incentives. These measures will improve rigor and reproducibility.

Dr. Brian Nosek from the Reproducibility Project is part of the Washington University Assembly Series and will be presenting  Improving Openness and Reproducibility in Scholarly Communication at 12 pm on Wednesday, March 22 in Graham Chapel.


Pre-prints are another growing trend. In October we reported on the RFI from NIH seeking input on including preprints and interim research products in NIH Applications and Reports. The deadline was extended to December 2016. Questions posed by NIH included:

  • What are examples of interim research products?
  • Can interim research products can increase the rigor and impact of NIH funded research?
  • How to ensure that interim research products can be created and used with integrity?

An RFA was issued by ASAPbio: A Central Service (CS) for  preprints in the life sciences. The proposals are due April 30, 2017. Sharing of preprints provides researchers with a faster way to disseminate their work, establish priority of their discoveries, acknowledge funders’ contributions to research advancement, and obtain feedback.

Related Readings:


Scientometrics Pioneer Eugene Garfield Dies. Dr. Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information (Science Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports, etc.)  has passed away. He was also the founding editor of The Scientist.

Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu. Sarah Bond. Forbes. January 23, 2017. It is time to delete your account.

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes. David Epstein and Propublica. February 22, 2017.

Time-to-Credit Gender Inequities of First-Year PhD Students in the Biological Sciences. Feldon DF, et al. 2017. CBE Life Sci Educ. In a national cohort of 336 first-year PhD students in the biological sciences from 53 research institutions, female participants logged significantly more research hours than males and were significantly more likely than males to attribute their work hours to the demands of their assigned projects over the course of the academic year. Despite this, males were 15% more likely to be listed as authors on published journal articles, indicating inequality in the ratio of time to credit.

Related Reading:


Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Classes:

NIH and Other Public Access Policies

Are you preparing a manuscript arising from NIH-funded research?  Do you have other sources of grant funding such as the American Heart Association or the Department of Defense?  If so, you may be required to comply with public access policies issued by these organizations.  This session will provide an overview of the NIH Public Access Policy and other public access policies including the steps involved with compliance.

  • Friday, April 14, 2017 
  • Becker Library, Room 405 
  • Noon to 1:00pm 
  • Registration


Live Demo: NCBI My Bibliography

Are you interested in learning more about NCBI My Bibliography?  My Bibliography is a tool for managing citations and can be used to:

  • complete a list of citations for articles and research products using PubMed
  • track compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy
  • generate a list of citations for a NIH biosketch
  • populate the RPPR for reporting purposes

The session will start with a live demo of My Bibliography followed by a question/answer session.  Feel free to bring your laptop to follow along with the demo or for troubleshooting.

  • Friday, April 21, 2017 
  • Becker Library, Room 405
  • Noon to 1:00pm 
  • Registration


NIH Biosketch and NCBI SciENcv

The session will review the instructions for creating a biosketch in the NIH format and include a review of NCBI SciENcv, a tool to generate a biosketch.

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Room 213 
  • Time: Noon to 1:00pm 
  •  Registration