You can read more about racial disparities in research funding, in the library’s Diversity and Inclusion guide. The guide also features resources for finding diversity-related funding opportunities.
Jefferson faculty, students, employees, residents, postdocs, and fellows of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH, JHN, and Methodist Division) have access to Pivot, a database of funding opportunities from all types of funders: governments, nonprofits, and foundations. Pivot can be specifically searched for diversity & inclusion funding opportunities.
Librarians can assist faculty, staff, and student researchers identity research funding sources and find appropriate support staff and tools on campus. Request a consultation to meet with a librarian to learn how to use Pivot and other grants information resources.
Are you ready to teach this fall? Regardless of what the classroom will look like for you, the Academic Commons has the tools and support to help you (and your students) succeed. Join us forworkshops this August on tools like Canvas and Panopto, which will help you best teach online and in-person.
August 1-7 marks World Breastfeeding Week, which is a global campaign to raise awareness and encourage action on themes related to breastfeeding.
Check out the following e-resources on the topic of breastfeeding. Resources discuss a range of breastfeeding subjects, including a practical guide for medical professionals navigating breastfeeding problems in their practice, donor human milk banks, and public policies and cultural norms related to breastfeeding.
This August, the Scott Memorial Library added 25 eBooks to our collection. Topics include teaching online, climate refugees, and queer and trans voices in healthcare. Read the list of new titles below or browse our complete eBook collection on our website.
If Razie Amzovski, the new Academic Commons (AC) employee, looks familiar that’s because she isn’t new to Thomas Jefferson University. Amzovski joins our team after working in the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center. We sat down with the new Educational Technologies team member to learn a bit about why she wanted to join the AC, what educational technology tools she geeks out over, and her favorite place to be when not at work. HINT: passport required!
What is your title at the Academic Commons? I am an Instructional Support Specialist.
What does that title mean to you? The title means that I am here to support faculty, staff, and students with any help that they may need accessing the teaching and learning resources that Jefferson has to offer.
How long have you been working at Thomas Jefferson University? I began working for Thomas Jefferson University in December 2019 at the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center and transferred over to the Academic Commons team in July 2020.
What made you want to join the Academic Commons team? Academics, technology, and helping people have always been in my life in some way. The Academic Commons has given me a place where I can have all three of my passions in one career. I am able to use my knowledge as an educator, mix it with technology, and help people navigate the tools and create their best work.
What do you like about working at Thomas Jefferson University? There are many things I like about working at Thomas Jefferson University, but what is the most intriguing is the room for growth. Jefferson offers many benefits to faculty, students, and staff to grow in their careers, and they have a great support system to help through that journey.
What is something you want students and faculty to know about the Educational Technologies teamat the Academic Commons? The Educational Technologies team is always available to help with anything that you may need. We have a very diverse staff that can help with virtually anything.
What is your favorite educational technology software or tool that the Academic Commons supports that you would encourage faculty to use? One of my favorite educational tools that the Academic Commons support is Nearpod. This is a great tool that all faculty can use when creating lessons, assignments, and/or discussions for their courses. It will help faculty create more dynamic lessons by incorporating different content and activities offered by Nearpod into their teaching.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I am a 1st generation Albanian and the first girl in my family to graduate from college. I love to travel and to be outdoors. My most favorite place to go is my second home, Tetovo, Macedonia, where I can see all my family and friends that I do not get to see all year-round.
Learn more about the Educational Technologies team at the Academic Commons and how they can help you.
Looking for the best practices to use LabArchives in your research lab? Not quite yet ready to dive into the electronic lab notebook (ELN) and have some questions? Join us on Wednesday, July 29, for two virtual sessions on how you can use LabArchives in your lab.
LabArchives has assembled a group of researchers to share their experiences getting started and adapting the ELN to their workflows. You will be able to ask questions and hear from colleagues around North America.
LabArchives Virtual User Group for Researchers Wednesday, July 29
Session 1: How We Got Started Using LabArchives 1-2:30pm This session will give a brief introduction from the LabArchives team, including recent updates followed by presentations from current LabArchives users on how they transitioned from paper to an ELN (electronic lab notebook), organize their notebooks, collaborate and share with other researchers, and other insights. Register for Session 1
Session 2: Creative Use Cases and Adjusting Research in the Time of COVID (presentation from Jefferson’s Dr. Tim Mosca & Christine Fisher!) 3-4:30pm Hear how researchers are using LabArchives ELN in various environments, their creative use cases and customizations, its use outside of the traditional wet bench setting, and, in particular, its use during these unusual times. Register for Session 2
Can’t make it? Sign up for an introductory LabArchives workshop. The next session will be on Wednesday, August 12:
As Thomas Jefferson University begins to welcome back students, faculty, and staff to campus, the library is also reopening our doors.
The health and safety of patrons and staff is our top priority. Read the FAQs below for details on the library reopening and how we will maintain a safe space as we welcome you back.
When will the Scott Memorial Library building reopen? The building reopened on Monday, July 20. The library is open to all current Jeffersonians. The library is not open to the public at this time.
The library building will be open daily from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The service desk will be open: Mondays – Fridays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays – Sundays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Please note: The library building is not currently open 24/7 but from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. To enter the library building, all patrons must wear face masks, covering the nose and mouth.
What measures will be taken to ensure the safety of library patrons and staff? The health and safety of patrons and staff is our top priority. All patrons must adhere to the university’s COVID-19 Community Standards, found in the Relaunch Guide. Students: access the University Relaunch Guide on BannerWeb. Faculty and staff: access the University Relaunch Guide on MyJeffHub.
The library will follow the university’s guidelines. In addition:
Hand sanitizer will be available on all floors
Reduced & spaced out seating in the library and computer labs will adhere to social distancing guidelines
Increased cleaning schedule for tables, bathrooms, computer labs, common areas
All library staff will wear masks and adhere to university guidelines
Increased cleaning of physical materials
Additional details regarding library services & operations will be shared early next week.
Don’t forget, we’re always here for you! Ways to contact us:
The JDC is Thomas Jefferson University’s open access repository. It’s a free service of the Academic Commons that helps you share your scholarly work with the world. All Jefferson faculty, students, staff, and researchers can contribute. Contributions range from posters to conference presentations and webinars to manuscripts and newsletters.
The 5 million milestone emphasizes both the reach and impact of the JDC.Learn about why you should add your work to the JDC and submit work here.
Fast facts about the JDC
Started: January 2005
Uploads: 20,000+ materials created by Jeffersonians
Downloads: 5 million
Countries: Downloads from232 countries
Institutions: Downloads from over 53,000 institutions
Most Popular: “A Case Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Some Diagnostic Considerations’’ by Jeanette M. Stumbo Zaimes, which has been downloaded 74,339 times! Read the top 10 downloads.
New at the JDC: COVID-19 Collection
Check out the COVID-19 collection, which lists all COVID-19 papers, posters, and presentations created by Jeffersonians.
Updates from two major academic publishers, Elsevier and Clarivate, are available for their signature publication metrics. These metrics attempt to calculate the influence and importance of a journal based on how many others have cited articles from that journal. The updates reflect citation information gathered through 2019.
Clarivate’s Journal Impact Factor (JIF) can be found using the Journal Citation Reports database available from the Scott Library. In their announcement, Clarivate reminds us that the JIF has been controversial in the past, and that decision-makers should take care to use it as it was designed to be used, “in journal selection . . . collection development . . . and understanding communication patterns among journals.”
Elsevier’s CiteScore metric can be found through the Scopus database. Their update is more significant because the company has changed how the CiteScore metric was calculated. According to an announcement, the methodology has been updated to address several prior concerns about the metric. Among the changes: only peer-reviewed publication types are included in calculations (not editorials, news items, etc.) improving comparisons between journals, and CiteScore values will now be displayed to one decimal place, not two, to avoid the impression of unwarranted precision.
Learn more about these metrics by visiting the Journal Evaluation Guide on the Library’s website. It explains how these metrics differ from each other and discusses concerns the academic community has articulated about the use of journal-level metrics.
If you have further questions about using metrics to evaluate journals and scholarly research, please contact the Scott Memorial Library’s AskALibrarian service.
The Academic Commons will host online workshops throughout the summer. Workshops in July will cover topics including Canvas, Panopto, and Nearpod to help you best teach online and in-person. Read workshop titles and brief descriptions below. To register, click on a workshop title or visit this page.
Canvas Camp Thursday, July 30 4 sessions: 12:30- 4:30 p.m.
Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: The Course Overview & Syllabus
Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Migrating Content from Blackboard to Canvas
Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Using and Organizing Modules
Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Creating and Grading Assignments
This workshop touches upon two integrated Canvas tools which can be used to create videos, including introductory course and instructor videos, recorded lectures, and narrated PPTs for synchronous and asynchronous learning environments.
Canvas Camp Tuesday, August 11 4 sessions: 12:30- 4:30 p.m.
The Course Overview & Syllabus
Migrating Content in Canvas
Using and Organizing Modules
Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Creating and Grading Assignments
If you have My List citations saved in an APA PsycNET personal account that you’d like to preserve, please print, email or export now. Saved Searches & Alerts may be copied but must be reformulated in the new Ovid platform.
Export, Email or Print My List citations
Use the arrow icon to Export selected citations to RefWorks, Sciwheel, EndNote or other reference management software:
Use the envelope icon to Email selected results:
Use the printer icon to Print selected results:
Record display options for print and email functions include:
Citation: citations only
Citation & Abstract: citations and abstracts
Full Record Display (default option): all fields except the cited references
Full Record Display plus Cited References: all fields, including the cited references
The classroom as we know it is changing, and for many, the abrupt shift to online delivery has upended courses and teaching strategies that took years to build. Join special guest Sam Christ, Canvas Learning Consultant, to learn how to best deal with that change and use technology to make life easier as you navigate the online environment.
Workshops will offer faculty a chance to network with others dealing with changes at Jefferson. You will walk away with best practices and tips to use Canvas, the university’s new learning management system, to adapt to the online environment without re-building your courses from scratch.
Workshop descriptions are outlined below. To register, click a workshop title or visit our website.
Have you heard about Portfolium but are not sure what all the fuss is about? Do you have assignments or elements of your course that would be great projects for students to showcase to potential employers or internship opportunities? Learn about the power of Portfolium, and how its connection to Canvas can help students (and faculty). Register here!
Looking for ways to assess student competency and showcase major projects or milestones within a program or department? Portfolium can help! Explore ways Jefferson is leveraging Portfolium to support curriculum assessment and meet accreditation needs. Register here!
Canvas is one of the many changes happening across Jefferson and across all of education. Feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to begin with all of the changes? You are not alone. This session is meant to help you evaluate where you are amidst all the change, set goals for how to begin working through these challenges, and think about how to accomplish those goals. It will be reflection and discussion-driven so bring your thinking caps. Register here!
The classroom as we know it is changing and for many, the abrupt shift to online delivery has really upended courses and teaching strategies that took years to build. This session focuses on ways Canvas can help faculty adapt current course materials and classroom activities into the online environment in a way that will also benefit their face to face delivery (when the world returns to normal). Register here!
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has begun including preprints* deriving from NIH-funded research in its PubMed Central (PMC) and PubMed databases, beginning on June 8th. The goal of the NIH in adding preprints is to enable faster discovery and dissemination of research, all while continuing to work to keep trust in the reliability and usability of NIH research resources.
*As a reminder, a preprint is a:
posted on an open access platform
before or in parallel with the peer review process
For Searchers and Readers Preprints can be specifically searched:
Starting with Covid-19 related preprints, the NLM will expand its pilot test after workflows are established to include preprints from other NIH-funded research. This pilot test will last a year, after which the NLM will review results and decide if they feel it is beneficial to continue to archive preprints. An NIH workshop on the topic called this a “controlled” approach to integrating preprints, as their use in the biomedical discipline is still evolving. It is also useful to note for context that Europe PMC has been adding preprints to its database since 2018.
The preprints that are added to PMC will be clearly labeled (similar to the image below), making it obvious to readers that this article has not yet undergone peer review. This banner announcement will also be present in preprints that are found while searching PubMed.
For Authors and NIH Grantees
This NLM project comes a few years after the NIH published a notice that strongly encourages the citation of preprints in award applications and progress reports. The NLM is not planning to add any new requirements for NIH awardees related to preprints, and PMC will not become a comprehensive preprint discovery resource, as it will only include NIH funded work.
In their effort to maintain the quality of their database, it is useful to note that the NLM will not be searching for and pulling NIH funded preprints from everywhere. Instead, they will be focusing on gathering preprints only from active awards, and they will search a small and carefully curated list of preprint servers that meet their reliability criteria.
The NLM will be permanently archiving the preprints it includes during this pilot session, and item records will include a visible link to other versions of the preprint article, and to the eventual published version of the article. However, NLM staff also encourage authors to make sure they notify journals they submit to if they have posted a preprint version of the article anywhere online. This is the surest way for authors to make sure that their preprint stays linked with the final peer reviewed copy of an article.
As the pilot project grows over the summer, and the focus switches to archiving non-Covid related preprints, the NLM will also be encouraging authors to include their preprints in their My Bibliography account, and to link their grant award to those preprints in ERA commons, to make sure that their preprint does not get missed.