Category Archives: Researchers

Scott Memorial Library’s 125th Anniversary: Hot Cider & Donuts on 10/25!

Join us on Friday, October 25, as we celebrate the SML’s 125th anniversary!

Hot Cider & Donuts to Celebrate the SML!
Friday, October 25, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
2nd Floor | SML

We’ll celebrate the library’s birthday with a hot cider & donuts event and Gallery Wall reveal on the second floor of the library from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Chat with Jefferson archivists and historians to learn more about the history of the library and university. See you there!

Register Now: A Road Map to Clinical Research at Jefferson (10/23)

 “A Road Map to Clinical Research at TJU” on October 23 is a half-day course that will inform those new to clinical research of the prerequisites required to conduct compliant research, the responsibilities of the research team and how to navigate the University systems, approvals, and requirements. Research personnel from the Office of Human Research, Jefferson Clinical Research Institute, JCRI Business Operations, and SKCC Clinical Trials Office will be presenting.  It is strongly recommended that all new research personnel attend this in-person training.  

Continental Breakfast Provided. RSVP on the myjeffHub Jefferson Enterprise Clinical Research Community

A Road Map to Clinical Research at Jefferson
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
8:00 am-12:30 pm, 505 Hamilton Bld

Contact with any questions or concerns 

Book Signing (10/16) at the Campus Book Store: Unbreakable Mind

Meet local author Steven Quigley at the Jefferson Center City Campus Bookstore on Wednesday, October 16, from 2-5pm. Bring a copy of his book “Unbreakable Mind: Channeling your Survival Instincts after Catastrophic Injury” to have it signed. Read about Steven’s story and background on the book here.

JDC Quarterly Report (July – September 2019)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) quarterly report for July – September 2019 is now available. Check out the full report to see a list of what was added and what people are saying about the JDC.

Inside this report, you’ll find:

  • Articles
  • Conferences
  • From the Archives
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Master of Population Health Capstone Presentations
  • Master of Public Health Capstone Presentations
  • Posters
  • What People Are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

Check it out here!

Open Access Week 2019: Events, Screenings, Games, and Prizes!

October 21 – 27, 2019 marks Open Access Week, a global event where advocates engage communities to teach them about the benefits of Open Access. What is Open Access? According to SPARC, Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.

Here at Jefferson, we’ll celebrate Open Access throughout October, with events, documentary screenings, games and more. Get involved by attending an event on your campus and join the conversation online. Follow us on Twitter (@GutmanLibrary, @SMLibrary_TJU) and tell us why you support Open Access using the hashtag #openaccess2019.

Center City Events

Predatory Publishing: The Difficulties of Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research & Career
Thursday, October 3, 12-1 pm
Edison Building
130 S. 9th Street, 14th Floor, Room 1402

At the Dean’s Research Development Lunch Conference, Larissa Gordon, MS, Med, MA; Scholarly Communications Librarian and Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS; Medical Writer will lead a presentation titled, “Predatory Publishing: The Difficulties of Choosing the Right Journal for your Research and Career.”

Open Access Table: Play the Open Access Game!
Friday, October 18, 12-2 pm
Bluemle Lobby
233 S. 10th Street
Play the Game of Open Access to learn about author copyright, ORCID IDs, the NIH Open Access Mandate, Jefferson’s Open Access Publishing Fund, and more.

Open Access Publishing Roundtable
Monday, October 21, 1:30-2:30 pm
Scott Memorial Library, 200A

After attending this roundtable, you’ll be able to answer these open access questions: “What is it? Why should I care? How can the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund help me publish my work?”

Open Access Table: Play the Open Access Game!
Thursday, October 23, 11 am-1 pm
JAH Lobby
1020 Locust Street

Play the Game of Open Access to learn about author copyright, ORCID IDs, the NIH Open Access Mandate, Jefferson’s Open Access Publishing Fund, and more.

East Falls Events

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Documentary Screening & Discussion
Tuesday, October 22, 12:40 – 2:30 pm
Library Media Classroom, Gutman Library

Jefferson University Libraries and the Philadelphia University Honors Institute invite you to a viewing of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. The film questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into the for-profit academic publisher and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies.  A panel discussion of Jeffersonians involved with open access will follow.

25 E-Books Join the SML Collection in September

This month, we added 25 titles to our e-Book collection. The additions cover topics ranging from nutrition and global health to traumatic brain injury and nervous system disorders. View the titles below, and check out the complete collection here.

AM: STARs LGBTQ Youth: Enhancing Care for Gender and Sexual Minorities: Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews

An Introduction to Pain and Its Relation to Nervous System Disorders

Atlas of Common Pain Syndromes

Atlas of Image-Guided Spinal Procedures

Cancer Nanotechnology: Principles and Applications in Radiation Oncology

Cerebrospinal Fluid in Neurologic Disorders

Challenging Neuropathic Pain Syndromes: Evaluation and Evidence-Based Treatment

Complications in Neuroanesthesia

Discovering Nutrition

Easy EMG E-Book: A Guide to Performing Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography

Endocrine and Metabolic Medical Emergencies: A Clinician’s Guide

Essentials of Global Health

Evidence-Based Public Health

Fundamental Neuroscience for Basic and Clinical Applications

Hand Trauma: Illustrated Surgical Guide of Core Procedures

Handbook of Geriatric Assessment

Hypertension and Stroke: Pathophysiology and Management

Introduction to Global Health

Liu, Volpe, and Galetta’s Neuro-Ophthalmology E-Book: Diagnosis and Management

Movement Disorders in Childhood

Nerves and Nerve Injuries: Vol 1: History, Embryology, Anatomy, Imaging, and Diagnostics

Nerves and Nerve Injuries: Vol 2: Pain, Treatment, Injury, Disease and Future Directions

Non-Parkinsonian Movement Disorders

Traumatic Brain Injury, Part I

Traumatic Brain Injury, Part II

New Tool for Clinical Researchers: The Clinical Research Project Pathway

The Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI) just finished developing a tool, The Clinical Research Project Pathway, in RISE to support investigators with the clinical trial initiation process. 

This application is a tool designed to guide clinical research investigators through the steps of initiating a clinical research study at Jefferson. Click here to access the Pathway!

Background on the app:
In the spring of 2018, a large group of subject matter experts from across the TJU research community came together to attempt to map out every possible iteration and required touch-point of initiating clinical research at Jefferson. The idea was to create a guide for clinical researchers, with the goal of transparency, compliance, and ease of use. This tool utilizes branching logic and, based on the specific responses the user inputs, the user will be guided through the required TJU-specific steps – from concept to trial activation. Most steps include contact information for the “process owner”, and where appropriate, links to educational content.

Questions? Contact the JCRI.

Announcing an Updated “Predatory Publishing” Library Guide

Amidst recent legal action taken against predatory publishers, the Scott Memorial Library has updated its Predatory Publishing Guide.

In the Spring of 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it won a $50 million court judgment against one of the largest predatory publishing companies currently operating. The award amount was cited as being equal to the profit the predatory publisher had netted from its victims between 2011 and 20171. Yet this one court victory will unfortunately not solve a problem which has become pervasive in academic publishing over recent years.

The author of a recent article (published in the Journal of Human Lactation in July), on avoiding predatory journals nevertheless advised authors to “not be dismayed,” noting that “predatory publishers and journals know their audience and understand how to manipulate them.” The author goes on to note that “recognizing predatory journals and the consequences of publishing in them is crucial for evidence-based practice, education, and personal growth…The importance of verifying legitimate journals… cannot be overemphasized.”2

With that in mind, the SML updated its Predatory Publishing Guide and plans to offer workshops soon to help authors learn how to recognize predatory publishers and make informed decisions about which journals they choose to publish their work in.

Authors who have questions about the legitimacy of individual journals can email Larissa Gordon, the library’s Scholarly Communications Librarian, for a personal consultation before submitting an article for to a journal for review.

Library Guide:




National Institutes of Health & Jefferson Present: Sexual and Gender Minority Workshop (October 11)

The National Institutes of Health, in conjunction with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University, will host a free, day-long workshop on sexual and gender minority health research on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Jefferson.

Students, postdocs, and new/early investigators are invited to attend. Learn more and register here. Space is limited, so register now.

Sexual and Gender Minority Workshop
Friday, October 11, 9am – 5pm
5 – 7pm networking
Bluemle Life Sciences Building
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Fall Writing Retreat: Sign Up Now

Devote a day to writing at our Fall Writing Retreat, hosted by the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC). The retreat will provide you with protected time to write in a comfortable, supportive environment. Writing consultants will be on hand to give feedback or guidance if you need them. Register here.

Date and location: Saturday, October 12, from 8 am – 5 pm in Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A. 

Questions: Contact Jen Wilson (503-0441, or Pam Walter (503-2828

Register here!

Check out other workshops and events hosted by the OPWPC here.

This event is sponsored by the Jefferson Center for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication.

Register Now: Clinical Investigator Training Course

This one-day course presented by ACRP and hosted by Jefferson will look at the practical application of clinical research competencies as they relate to the role of the principal investigator and site staff. Through lecture, case examples and interactive exercises this course will focus on both the “WHY BEHIND” and the “HOW TO TRANSLATE” regulatory requirements into more efficient clinical trial conduct.

All experience levels welcome. 7 CME (Continuing Medical Education) credits will be awarded upon completion.

Click here for more information and registration details regarding the upcoming course for Clinical Investigators. Contact with any questions or concerns.

Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund is Back: Apply Now!

Did you know that Jefferson can help cover the cost of getting published?

The Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund provides financial support to faculty, students, and staff who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals. Financial support primarily covers Article Processing Charges.

Jefferson will provide up to $2,500 per article, and the amount provided is based on the number of contributing Jefferson authors.

Funds are provided on a first-come, first-approved basis so hurry and apply today!

Learn more about the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund and apply here. Check out a list of last year’s funded projects here.

Saying Goodbye to a Library Legend: Stan Gorski Retires

This post originally appeared on Jefferson’s Facebook. Follow @jeffersonuniv on social media or visit for more university news.

Stan Gorski, director of the Paul J. Gutman Library on the East Falls Campus, retires this week after 37 years with the university! Read below for a Q&A with Stan where he looks back at his career and what lies ahead:

How has your job at the University changed over the years?
I started as a part-time evening librarian in the old Pastore Library in the early ’80s. Around the same time, I organized and developed the rare book collection and school archives. This became my main role until the late ’80s when I was hired as a full-time librarian in charge of interlibrary loan and reference. However, as my responsibilities changed over the years, I was always involved with special collections. I acted as interim director on three occasions and became associate director in 2010. With the retirement of Karen Albert in 2016, I was made director of the library.

What have been some of your favorite University moments or projects?
In the planning for the new Gutman library in the late ’80s, all the librarians were included in designing the interior space. Brainstorming the future needs of students in a new building was a fulfilling experience. I also was part of the team that planned and coordinated the development of the “Single Bullet” exhibition highlighting Arlen Specter’s role in the Warren Commission. By bringing together students, faculty, librarians and outside experts, it was a true collaborative learning experience.

What’s something people would be surprised to find out about you?
I’m an avid reader of science fiction and mysteries. I also collect science fiction first editions and sell at regional rare book fairs. I always have been interested in art, and in the ’70s, I studied at the Barnes Institute under Violette de Mazia.

What’s the first thing you will do in retirement?
My daughter asked me and my wife to come to Chicago and help with the preparations for the christening of my first grandchild.

Congratulations, Stan and thank you for all you have done! Enjoy retirement! 

Canvas Workshops for Faculty: Register Now

Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system, is coming! Canvas will replace Blackboard in June 2020. To help faculty prepare for the switch, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting workshops and one-on-one Canvas consultations.


Workshop titles include Canvas Basics, Mobile Canvas, Grading in Canvas, Communicating with Canvas, and Advanced Canvas. View the complete Canvas workshops schedule for Center City and sign up here. We are in the process of finalizing meeting locations for East Falls Workshops and will share registration links as soon as they become available.

Upcoming Canvas Basics Workshops:
Tuesday, August 27, 12-1:30, Scott 307
Wednesday, September 11, 2-3:30, JAH 13-B
Thursday, September 19, 9-10:30, Scott 307
Friday, September 27, 10-11, JAH 311

View more dates and register here.

Visit Jefferson’s Canvas website ( for additional resources and information.