Scholarly Publishing Round-up July 2019

Learn more about a new clinical research preprint server, NSF and SciENcv, and updated guidance for My Bibliography.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Hyperlinks in Grant Applications. Posted on May 13, 2019 by NIH Staff.

The do’s and don’ts of hyperlinks in grant applications are simple:

  • Do include hyperlinks when explicitly requested in application guide, funding opportunity, or NIH Guide notice instructions.
  • Do use hyperlinks in relevant citations and publications included in biosketches and publication list attachments.
  • Don’t use hyperlinks anywhere else in your application.


On June 5, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Yale University, and The BMJ launched medRxiv (pronounced “med-archive”), a preprint server for clinical research. medRxiv is a free online archive and distribution server for complete but unpublished manuscripts (preprints) in the medical, clinical, and related health sciences. Preprints are preliminary reports of work that have not been peer-reviewed. They should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information. Authors will be asked to provide competing interests, all relevant ethical guidelines, clinical trial IDs, and other detailed information.

My Bibliography Updated

As many of you are aware, My Bibliography was recently updated with new interface and features.  See the updated NCBI My Bibliography guidance for more information.

National Science Foundation (NSF) and SciENcv

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the NIH’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketches and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF. Multiple training resources are available on the SciENcv website and on the Becker Library website.


Transpose, a database of journals policies on preprints and peer review relating to media coverage, licensing, versions, and citations was recently launched. In addition to searching for individual journals, users can select up to three journals to compare side-by-side.


A Waste of 1,000 Research Papers

Rethinking Impact Factors: Better Ways to Judge a Journal

Male Researchers’ ‘Vague’ Language More Likely to Win Grants

How to Add Academic Journal Articles to PubMed: An Overview for Publishers

“PubMed is a kind of superset for content archived and indexed by NLM. It pulls in articles from both the MEDLINE index and PMC full-text archive. PubMed is the public facing search for those two resources,” Funk explained. “So you don’t apply for or get selected to be in PubMed. You apply for and get selected to be in either MEDLINE or PMC and as a result your records are searchable in PubMed.”

NIH Probe Of Foreign Ties Has Led to Undisclosed Firings—And Refunds From Institutions