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Ever thought of running for office? Attend Ready to Run (2/8) for FREE!

Interested in working on a political campaign? Ever thought of running for office? Attend Ready to Run Philadelphia for FREE on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Ready to Run
Saturday, February 8, 2020
8am – 5pm
Thomas Jefferson University, East Falls Campus

The event costs $75, but all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty can register for FREE by using code R2RC20 at registration. Learn more about the event here. Sign up here.

This event is sponsored by Jefferson’s Arlen Specter Center.

New Plagiarism Tool: iThenticate Joins Jefferson

iThenticate is now available to all Jefferson researchers, faculty, and students. The tool is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology and is used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research institutions to ensure the originality of written work before publication. With an easy to use submission process that checks for similarity against the world’s top published works, you can feel confident that your academic reputation will be protected!

Register for an account. For help with iThenticate, check out their QuickStart guide.

ORCID iD numbers are *Now* Required for Some NIH Grant Applications

Starting January 25th, an ORCID iD number will be required for both individual fellowship and career development grant applications. If an ORCID iD is not linked to an application submitted after this date, an error will be generated and the application will not be sent to the NIH for consideration.

An ORCID iD is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Creating an ORCID iD is easy, and it will only take a few minutes for you to fill out the form

Once your iD is created, you can link it to your eRA Commons account, and rest securely in the knowledge that your grant application will go through. ORCID iDs can also be used when submitting manuscripts to journals, creating data sets, and more, to make sure that you receive full credit for your contributions. As your ORCID iD links with other systems and databases, it improves the discoverability of your work and reduces repetitive entries and incorrect attribution of work.

Also, consider linking your Scopus author identifier to ORCID and populating it with your publications. Visit our guide on securing your scholarly identity for more information.

Learn more about this new requirement from the NIH Extramural Nexus blog.

Prism 8 is here: New software helps with statistical comparisons, simulations, & more

Calling all Jefferson researchers! Prism, the analysis and graphing tool, is now available for use. With Prism, you can elegantly graph and present your scientific research, make more appropriate analysis choices, and even integrate your work with LabArchives. Learn more about the features of Prism here.

Request a Prism 8 account at

Integration with LabArchives
Prism integrates with LabArchives, so you can directly export projects from Prism into the LabArchives Notebook. Additionally, when a Prism project is open from within LabArchives Notebook, it may be re-saved into the same Page from which it resides, preserving both versions of the file. Learn more here.

Get Help with Prism 8
Prism Tutorials:

Prism Guides:

Prism Support:

JDC Quarterly Report (October – December 2019)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) quarterly report for October – December 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
  • Dean’s Research Development Lunch Conference
  • Dissertations
  • Educational Materials
  • From the Archives
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Population Health Presentation Materials
  • Posters
  • Reports
  • Symposiums
  • What People Are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

New Year’s Day? This January 1st Celebrate Public Domain Day!

January 1st may be the start of a new calendar year, but fans of Open Access also celebrate it as “Public Domain Day,” the day when copyright expires on creative works published 95 years ago. This January 1st works created in 1924 (including select titles by Mark Twain, WEB DuBois, Pablo Neruda, and Agatha Christie, to name a few), will enter into the public domain, meaning that they can be used and repurposed by anyone without the need to obtain permission from the rights holders. This January 1st will be only the second “Public Domain Day” since 1998 when the passage of the Copyright Extension Act added 20 years onto the already existing period of copyright protection for creative works published before 1978.

Image from the 1923 movie Safty Last!, now in the public domain.

It is important for every author or creator to know that copyright law automatically applies to an original creative work, as soon as it is published in a fixed medium. Creators do not have to do anything special for copyright protections to apply to their work. However, authors who want to make their material available to others to use and repurpose can choose to assign their work a Creative Commons License. These licenses exist on top of existing U.S. copyright law and allow creators to give more rights than the law typically allows the public to make use of their work. For example, a Creative Commons License would allow an instructor to more easily copy, distribute, and assign an article or book chapter to their students for a course reading, since repeated use of a work (not purchased by the student or owned by the university) can violate the fair use clause of U.S. copyright law.

Learn more about copyright, the ideas of public domain, fair use, and how you can decide what rights as an author or creator are important for you to protect, by going to the Scott Memorial Library’s Copyright Guide.

Staff Spotlight: Melanie Bahti of the Academic Commons co-authors book

Melanie Bahti, Curriculum and Instructional Design Specialist in the Academic Commons, recently co-authored a book, Pedagogical Partnerships: A How-To Guide for Faculty, Students, and Academic Developers in Higher Education, with Alison Cook-Sather and Anita Ntem. This is the first open access book published by Elon University’s Center for Engaged Learning. Download the full-text here.

Pedagogical Partnerships guides faculty, students, and academic developers in higher education to find ways to increase engaged learning, create more equitable educational experiences, and reframe the traditionally hierarchical structure of the teacher-student relationship.

Congratulations, Melanie for co-authoring this useful resource. We can’t wait to utilize it here at Jefferson’s Academic Commons! Learn more about the Academic Commons.

How to Protect Your Rights As An Author

When working with authors to improve the impact of their articles, questions often arise about terminology that can have legal implications about which version of their article can be shared through sites like the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) or PubMed Central (PMC). The Scott Memorial Library’s guide to protecting your rights as an author explains the difference between the pre-print, post-print and the publisher’s version of an article.

Learn more about your rights as an author by reading the SML’s copyright guide and/or the Gutman Library’s copyright guide.

Typically it is the post-print version of an article (also called the author’s final copy) that journals allow to be posted to open access repositories, often after an embargo period has ended. The post-print version of a manuscript is one that has been edited by the author based on reviewer comments and then accepted for publication. However, no copyediting or formatting has been done by the journal, as is the case with the publisher’s version of an article. The publisher’s version can only be shared in very specific circumstances, usually when the article was published in an Open Access journal.

Learn more about what you can do with your article at each stage in the publishing cycle, and how authors can negotiate with their journal to keep more of their copyright permissions as they write for publication, from the Scott Library’s Copyright & Fair Use guide and Gutman Library’s Copyright guide.

RefWorks and ProQuest eBooks Maintenance: December 20th-21st

Scheduled Maintenance Notification

To ensure their platform remains updated and secure, ProQuest will be performing maintenance in December 2019. Although users will be able to access the platform, the following functionality will be impacted:

  • Viewing eBooks
  • RefWorks, RefWorks Citation Manager, and Write-n-Cite

This maintenance will take place Friday, December 20th from 9:00 pm EST to Saturday, December 21st at 11:00 am EST.

Canvas Camp on January 8: Build your Canvas course with our experts

Join us for Canvas Camp—a day dedicated to building your first Canvas course.

Register for Canvas Camp
9am – 5pm, Scott Memorial Library

At Canvas Camp, on Wednesday, January 8, we’ll guide you through a series of hands-on activities as you build out a course in Canvas, our new learning management system (LMS). Academic Commons team members will be available to provide real-time support.

By focusing on a single course and specific assignments, you’ll learn the following elements of a Canvas course: 

Learning Modules 
Course Navigation 
Key Information Pages, including:
Course Overview 
About Your Instructor and 

Please ensure easy access to digital course files.

Canvas Camp will familiarize participants with the process for exporting select content from Blackboard into the Canvas environment.

We strongly recommend that participants complete a Canvas Basics workshop or have explored the platform in “Growing with Canvas” to get the most from this experience. 

14,000+ pages of early medical education records added to the JDC!

Drawings from John Hill Brinton’s 1852 thesis

Over 14,000 pages from 1,358 unique medical works from the early to mid-1800s have joined the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC), thanks to a CLIR grant awarded to Jefferson and six collaborating institutions last winter.

The collection of records provides a comprehensive look at the history of medical education in Philadelphia through the end of the Civil War. It offers a glimpse of the voices of medical greats ­such as Thomas Mütter, Samuel Gross, and George McClellan, as well as the often unheard voices of students. Records include class notes and dissertations, matriculation records, commencement addresses, faculty lecture notes and more.

To view the materials in the JDC:

1) Search using terms “FTHNN” and/or “CLIR” to browse materials specific to the CLIR project. Browse all CLIR materials here.

Page from Stephen A. Garrison’s 1827 student notebook 

2) Find all materials from the grant in these collections*:

An 1843 ticket for Thomas Mutter’s surgery lectures

Learn more about the CLIR grant and the impact of these materials here.  

We’ve got a new name: The Academic Commons

New name, same expert and reliable support!

As of today, November 21, the Center for Teaching and Learning will now be called The Academic Commons (AC). We may have a new name, but don’t worry, our services and staff are not changing.

The Academic Commons (AC) is Jefferson’s reimagined infrastructure supporting the life cycle of academic discovery and learning.

What We Do

We provide educational technologies and instructional design support to deliver academic content in engaging ways to students. We offer support for the LabArchives electronic research notebook used by all research labs across Jefferson and support for the publication of Jefferson’s research through our Media Services and the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications.  We organize and provide access to published information and resources through the University Libraries, preserve Jefferson-related materials in the Jefferson Digital Commons and the Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections.

Who We Are

The AC includes:

  • Jefferson University Libraries
    • Abington Dixon Library
    • Paul J. Gutman Library
      • Special Collections
        • Archives, Textile Industry Historical Collection, & Materials Library
        • Textile and Costume Collection at The Design Center
        • Senator Arlen Specter Archives
    • Scott Memorial Library
      • Thomas Jefferson University Archives & Special Collections
      • Jefferson Digital Commons
  • Educational Technology Support Team
  • Instructional Design Team
  • Media Services
    • Graphics & Medical Illustration
    • Photography
    • Video
    • AV services (for the Center City campus)
  • Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications

Work With Us

The Academic Commons supports all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty to help you meet academic, professional, and creative goals. We can help you: develop effective teaching practices, design your best work, get published in academic journals and best communicate your message, and find appropriate resources and information for learning and scholarship.

To learn more about our services and contact us today, visit the Academic Commons website.

International Write-In Day: Wednesday, December 4

Jefferson’s first annual International Write-In on December 4, 2019, is a day-long series of events showcasing writing resources for faculty, postdocs, and students, taking place in the libraries on both the Center City and the East Falls campuses. The event also provides students with a welcoming place to come and write with the support of writing tutors, librarians, and their peers. International Write-Ins are held at colleges around the globe to celebrate writing and foster a campus writing community.

In Scott Memorial Library on the Center City campus, the event will kick off with a featured noon-time speaker, Steven J. Zullo, PhD, from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Zullo will share insights into the peer review process for research papers and grant proposals, including how to make the NIH reviewer happy. Learn more about the speaker presentation here.

Other scheduled events on the Center City campus include:

  • Citation Station: Receive help with APA & using RefWorks, F1000, EndNote, & Grammarly
  • Adobe 101: Learn about how you can download and use the Adobe Creative Cloud and its apps, including PhotoShop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro
  • DEW IT: Drop Everything & Write: Practice brainstorming & freewriting techniques
  • Film screening of “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship”
  • Show Me the Money: Information on funding sources for your research and open access publishing

Learn more about the Center City campus Write-In here. The Center City campus Write-In is sponsored by the Jefferson Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication and the Student Writing Center.

In the Paul J. Gutman Library on the East Falls campus, the event will provide a relaxed atmosphere for student writers to make progress on their end-of-semester papers, eat some holiday treats, and receive on-the-spot assistance. Teresa Edge and Daniel Verbit, two of Gutman’s fabulous librarians, will be available from 2 – 5pm for drop-in research help. Additionally, one of the Academic Success Center’s professional writing tutors, Lauren-Elise Kadel, PhD, will be circulating the room to answer writing-related questions and provide feedback. You can learn more about Dr. Kadel from her profile in the March 2018 Academic Success Center newsletter. Dr. Kadel will also facilitate a series of five-minute “ignite” talks at the beginning of each hour:

  • Thesis Statements: Learn how to write concise thesis statements that advance your argument and provide your readers with an overview of your paper
  • Rhetorical Concepts: Receive an overview of how key rhetorical concepts like genre, audience, and purpose can help you refine your writing
  • Research Writing: Develop your strategies for finding, quoting, paraphrasing, and citing sources
  • Revision Strategies: Acquire new revision techniques like reverse outlining, reading aloud, and color blocking to help you “re-see” your writing

Learn more about the East Falls campus Write-In here. The East Falls campus Write-In is sponsored by the Writing Assistance Program of the Academic Success Center and the Paul J. Gutman Library.

The Write-In on both campuses will run from noon – 8 pm. The Center City location is Scott Memorial Library, 200A, and the East Falls location is the Paul J. Gutman Library Instructional Space.

No registration needed. Drop in any time to attend an event or to get writing support. Use #intlwritein19 to connect with other writers participating in the 2019 International Write-In, which is taking place this year across the globe from December 2nd – December 12th.

Listen Now: Oral Histories of Jefferson’s East Falls Campus

Take a trip down memory lane with four recorded discussions about the beginning years of Jefferson’s East Falls campus.

Interviews were conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken, Special Collections & Digital Services Librarian, with Stan Gorski, Gutman Library Director (retired in September 2019).

Conversations delve into the history of Jefferson’s East Falls campus and its previous institutions (Philadelphia Textile School, Philadelphia Textile Institute, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and Philadelphia University)

Conversation One: Building History of the East Falls Campus
Conversation Two: Institutional History of the East Falls Campus
Conversation Three: Library History of the East Falls Campus
Conversation Four: Special Collections History of the East Falls Campus

This selection of oral histories is part of Jefferson’s oral histories collection. Hear the complete collection, which includes interviews with the first women to graduate from Jefferson, on the Jefferson Digital Commons, the university’s institutional repository.