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The Lancet Begins a Preprint Pilot

The Lancet is conducting a six-month pilot project to see whether the medical community is ready for preprints. Authors submitting to any of the Lancet journals will be given the option of posting their manuscripts on SSRN, in a section called MedRN to go live in the next few weeks. They will be free for anyone to read with registration. More information is on their FAQ.

Preprints are early versions of papers that have not yet been through the formal peer review process. Similar to conference abstracts, they offer a way for researchers to discuss their work with a wider audience earlier with the goal of using the feedback to improve the final, peer reviewed articles.

In addition to the basic checks that most preprint servers conduct before posting submissions, MedRN will have some additional criteria unique to the health sciences such as IRB approvals, funding and conflict of interest statements, and prospective clinical trial registrations.

Both the Lancet and SSRN are owned by the publisher Elsevier. Another publisher, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, whose bioRxiv has been responsible for much of the growth of preprints in the life sciences, has announced it will be soon be launching medRxiv with coverage of clinical research areas.

The NIH began accepting preprints in grant application biosketches and progress reports last year.

Please send your thoughts about preprints to Gary Kaplan, Scholarly Communications Librarian (

Springer Nature Experiments replacing SpringerProtocols

Springer Nature Experiments is a new platform to help researchers find and evaluate protocols and methods across the publisher’s offerings. Their algorithm identifies lab techniques and model organisms mentioned in the articles to help you find the most relevant references for your own experiments. The platform will be deactivated on July 25.

The individual articles are hosted separately. In addition to Springer Nature Experiments, all but the Protocol Exchange articles are also discoverable through the library’s “search everything.”

Note that Scott Library does not subscribe to all of the content discoverable in Springer Nature Experiments:

Title Access
Nature Protocols SML subscribes 2014-present
Nature Methods SML does not subscribe
Protocol Exchange Open access
Springer Protocols SML subscribes

Find a link to Springer Nature Experiments from the Databases page.

Learn more in their user guide: Getting Started with Springer Nature Experiments.


JDC Quarterly Report (April-June 2018) Now Available

The Jefferson Digital Commons quarterly report for April-June 2018 is now available. View the report to see what assets were added, and who downloaded JDC content, this quarter.

New Features this Quarter:

  • PlumX Metrics is now integrated with all articles in the JDC. PlumX provides individualized metrics on Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations, allowing authors to measure the impact of their articles in multiple ways.
  • CrossRef DOIs – As a CrossRef member Thomas Jefferson University is now able to create DOIs for content published to the Jefferson Digital Commons. For now this capability is limited to journals and newsletters but it will be available for more content types in the future.


25 E-books New to Scott Library in June

Scott Library added these additional 25 e-books in June to the growing collection:

Journal Citation Reports 2018 Update

If you want to see which articles, institutions, and regions contributed to a Journal Impact Factor (JIF), you can check the new journal profile pages in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 2018 release. Take a video tour. By providing contextual data, Clarivate Analytics, the producer of JCR, is responding to irresponsible uses of the JIF, a journal level metric, to evaluate individual articles or researchers.

Authors can use this information to identify which journals to publish their research in. Some predatory journals incorrectly claim to have Journal Impact Factors (JIF), but you can use JCR to verify your choice before submitting your manuscript.

Jeffersonians can access it at Journal Citation Reports (JCR) or from the list of all databases. If you’re just getting started using the JCR, Scott Librarians can help. Contact them at:

If you’re writing for publication, the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing & Communication at the Center for Teaching & Learning provides support at any stage in that process. Call or email Jennifer Wilson or Pam Walter to schedule an appointment.

Sign up for the Fall Writing Retreat

Need to make writing a priority but can’t find the time? Our Fall Writing Retreat can help you meet your writing and publishing goals. The 2-day retreat, sponsored by the CTL’s Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication, will be held on the weekend of September 8-9 at Scott Library. It is open to Jefferson faculty, fellows, postdocs, and other researchers writing for publication. You’ll be left alone to write, but you’ll also have writing consultants on hand to give feedback or guidance if you need them.

View details and register.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Wilson ( or Pam Walter (


CODE RED: Battling the Plague of Gun Violence, 6/21

CODE RED: Battling the Plague of Gun Violence is a day-long conference to educate about gun violence and create a network of health care providers committed to policy solutions sponsored by Thomas Jefferson University and Get Healthy Philly. The agenda features keynote addresses from David Hemenway, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health & Allison Anderman, Managing Attorney, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Violence.

When: Thursday, June 21, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building

Grammarly: Premium Version Available for Jefferson Users

Grammarly benefits you in three ways when you upload documents to this handy editing tool. First, it allows you to check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Second, it reports any noticeable error patterns so you can learn not to make them. Finally, if you turn the plagiarism feature on, you can see any part of the document that reads too much like another found in the Grammarly database of “16 billion web pages and ProQuest’s databases.”

Who Can Sign Up:

All Jefferson students, faculty, and staff with email accounts can sign up for the premium version (or upgrade to it from the free version).

To Create Your Account:

    1. Go to
    2. Provide your name, or email, and set up a password.
    3. Check your inbox for the email and click on the activation link.
    4. Didn’t receive the confirmation email? Check your spam folder (and any email filters you’ve set up) to make sure the message isn’t being directed away from your email inbox. If you cannot find the confirmation email after checking your spam folder, try adding, and to your contact list, then send yourself a confirmation email again.

To Migrate an Existing Account to Jefferson:

  1. Go to and log in to your existing account.
  2. Go to Account Settings and update the email to your Jefferson address, either or
  3. Check your inbox for an email and click on the verification link.
  4. Go to, click Log in, and enter your login credentials.
  5. Check the inbox for a confirmation email, and follow the link in the email to verify the account. You’ll now be upgraded to a premium account.

To Disassociate an Account from Jefferson:

If you are leaving Jefferson and would like to continue using your Grammarly account (either the free version or upgrading to premium through another method), contact AskaLibrarian.

Download the Apps:

To make sure you get the most out of Grammarly, we have some additional helpful features for Microsoft Word, Internet browsers, emails, and the desktop! All components can be downloaded from

How to Use It:

  • Log into Grammarly.
  • On the home page, click on the “New” box.
  • Upload a document to review.
  • Turn on the plagiarism feature if you want it.
  • Make changes you agree with.
  • Save your document.

Grammarly Tips and Tutorials.

NVivo Software Now Available via University Site License

NVivo is software that organizes and analyzes qualitative data. It is primarily used by qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required.

Previously, NVivo was only available on two computers on the 3rd floor of Scott Library. We now have a site license for the software, allowing access from any computer using your university campus key and password.

PsycINFO Moving to APA PsycNET on July 1

PsychINFO will be moving from Ovid to APA PsychNET on July 1.

If you have searches saved in an Ovid personal account that you’d like to preserve, please save copies now so you can recreate them once the new platform launces. Creating a print preview including search history will generate a good record to save that includes result counts. Once you recreate it on the new platform you’ll be able to verify its performance.

AskALibrarian for help.




25 E-books New to Scott Library in May

Scott Library added these additional 25 e-books in May to the growing collection:


Scott Library Now Subscribes to Nature Protocols

With additional funding made available through the Provosts Office, Jefferson researchers now have access to Nature Protocols, a journal of laboratory protocols for bench researchers. The Library’s subscription includes issues from 2011 to the present.

Nature Protocols, launched in 2006 as part of the prestigious Nature family of journals, is an online publication presenting authoritative peer-reviewed protocols from leading researchers in all areas of the biological and biomedical sciences, including methods grounded in physics and chemistry that have a practical application to the study of biological problems.

Protocols are presented in a ‘recipe’ style providing step-by-step descriptions of procedures which users can take to the lab and immediately apply in their own research. Protocols on the site are fully searchable and organized into logical categories to be easily accessible to researchers.


A Road Map to Clinical Research at Jefferson, 6/20

A Road Map to Clinical Research at Jefferson
This half-day course will inform those new to clinical research of the prerequisites for conducting compliant research at Jefferson. Content includes the responsibilities of the research team, navigation of university systems, and necessary approvals and requirements for study implementation.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 8:00am – 12:30pm
WHERE: 505 Hamilton Buliding

This event is free to Jefferson employees. For more information, or to RSVP:

Ariel: TJU Student Newspaper, 1969-1986, in the JDC

More than 60 issues of the student newspaper Ariel have been digitized and added to the Jefferson Digital Commons. The paper was started in 1969 by Delvyn C. Case, Jr. (MD 1971), a young activist interested in creating an open forum on campus for discussion and debate.

The paper was in publication, with varying frequency, until 1986, and its topics ranged from campus politics to national medical debates while also including lighter subjects such as Jefferson sports and movie reviews.

View the Archives’ full run of Ariel.


One Button Studio: DIY Video Recording in Scott

Room 411 Scott is now a One Button Studio open free of charge to all Jefferson faculty, staff, and students by reservation.

The One Button Studio is a simplified video recording setup that can be used without any previous video production experience. The design of the studio allows you to create high-quality, polished video projects without prior knowledge of lights and cameras. You only need to bring your flash drive with you and push a single button.

Advance reservations are encouraged, although same-day reservations may be possible. Use the form on this page to reserve the studio. Reservations are available during the hours that the Service Desk is staffed (see Service Desk Hours here) and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consult the University calendar (Virtual Event Management System) or call 215-503-6994 for the most current room schedule. We strongly recommend that first-time users schedule an orientation session during OBS support hours (9:00am – 5:00pm, M-F).

In addition to basic recording, the OBS includes equipment to support other recording scenarios including use of a monitor, lightboard, or green screen.

Please remember to bring a flash drive (at least 1 GB) to record your video. Flash drives are not provided by the Library. If you have a PowerPoint presentation, it must be on a second drive; you will not be able to use the same drive for both.