Category Archives: Researchers

Spring Workshops: Quiet time for professional writing & accessibility support

Check out our workshops this April and May, geared toward providing you with uninterrupted scholarly writing time and one-on-one support on improving the accessibility of your course materials for learners.

Writing Retreats: Friday, April 7 & Friday, May 5, 8:30 – 11:30am and 1- 4pm (virtual

Join us for uninterrupted “me time” to focus on your scholarly writing. Use this quiet time to research literature, write, and get answers to questions. We’ll have a writing consultant from the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, & Communication, and a librarian available to help you find materials, discuss your journal choice, answer questions, or read what you have so far. We scheduled retreats into half-day segments to accommodate varying schedules, but you are welcome to join for any part of the day.

Sign up for the Writing Retreat (April 7, 8:30 – 11:30am)
Sign up for the Writing Retreat (April 7, 1 – 4pm)

Sign up for the Writing Retreat (May 5, 8:30am – 11:30am)
Sign up for the Writing Retreat (May 5, 1 – 4pm)

Ally Drop-in Clinics: Monday, April 17 – Wednesday, April 19, 11am – 1pm (hybrid)

Get one-on-one help with Ally, the accessibility tool in Canvas.  At a drop-in, connect with resources illustrating how to increase the accessibility of your documents across popular apps. With guidance, some minor adjustments to your files can significantly increase accessibility for learners. This clinic is part of a series of events during Ally Awareness Week. Put your knowledge of Ally to work and try to climb the leaderboard to win prizes. More info to come.

Sign up for Drop-in Clinic 1 (Monday, April 17)
11am – 1pm, virtual

Sign up for Drop-in Clinic 2 (Tuesday, April 18)
11am – 1pm, Scott Memorial Library, Center City

Sign up for Drop-in Clinic 3 (Wednesday, April 19)
11am – 1pm, Gutman Library, East Falls

DOCUMENTARY NIGHT: Making a Mountain on Tuesday, March 28, at Gutman Library

Making a Mountain
movie poster

Join us on Tuesday, March 28, at 7pm to watch “Making a Mountain.” Enjoy snacks and refreshments as you connect with others who are interested in architecture, design, and sustainability. RSVP here.

In “Making a Mountain,” architect Bjarke Ingels and his team have spectacular plans for a new waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen. A visionary project which combines waste management with urban recreational space, CopenHill features a ski slope on top of the building. But it is going to be an uphill struggle…

We hope you’ll join us on March 28 to watch and discuss the film.

Check out the films and documentaries available to you, thanks to the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries, via the Academic Video Online database.

March eBooks: 25 new titles cover architecture for sea level rise, obstetric surgery, industrial design, and more

Our eBook additions for March include resources on architecture and design, eyelid disorders and diseases, joint reconstructive surgery, and more. Check out the list below or browse our complete eBook collection at East Falls/Gutman Library and Center City/Scott Library.

The 5-minute Clinic Consult

The ABSITE Review

The Aesthetics of Industrial Design: Seeing, Designing and Making

Architecture and the Housing Question

Atlas of Lymph Node Pathology: A Pattern-based Approach

Bauhaus Effects in Art, Architecture, and Design

Comprehensive Textbook of Eyelid Disorders and Diseases

Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen and Superficial Structures

Fields Virology: RNA Viruses

Grossman & Baim’s Cardiac Catheterization, Angiography, and Intervention

Habsburg Madrid: Architecture and the Spanish Monarchy

Introduction to Physical Polymer Science 

Landscape Architecture for Sea Level Rise : Innovative Global Solutions

Negotiating the Complexities of Qualitative Research in Higher Education: Essential Elements and Issues

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Operative Techniques in Joint Reconstruction Surgery

Operative Techniques in Obstetric Surgery

Operative Techniques in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Operative Techniques in Spine Surgery

Operative Techniques in Surgery

Parametric Design for Landscape Architects: Computational Techniques and Workflows

Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice: A Practical Approach

Revisional and Reconstructive Surgery of the Foot and Ankle

Vascular System

Virtual Aesthetics in Architecture: Designing in Mixed Realities

Open Access Fees Waived for Jefferson Authors in American Chemical Society (ACS) Journals

The Jefferson Libraries are pleased to announce that we have entered into an institutional open access agreement with ACS (American Chemical Society) Publications. This agreement waives article processing charges (APC) for open access publishing in any ACS journal for manuscripts submitted by Jefferson authors between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2025. Please visit the libraries’ Open Access Guide for more information and details on the ACS process.   

Formally known as a Transformative Agreement, this new license provides unlimited electronic access to all ACS journals and no-fee open access publishing for Jefferson authors. Jefferson Libraries have joined this agreement as part of our PALCI consortium membership. We will pay ACS Publications an additional annual license fee to participate in this Transformative Agreement. 

At manuscript submission, Jefferson authors must select Thomas Jefferson University as their affiliated institution from the ACS Paragon Plus system drop-down. Jefferson authors must use their Jefferson email address and should confirm that their stated affiliation within the manuscript is Thomas Jefferson University. Once the manuscript is accepted, Jefferson authors will be guided through the Journal Publishing Agreement for the appropriate open access options and the libraries will be notified that an open access manuscript is in process.  

We hope to announce a similar agreement with another publisher in the next few weeks. Please visit the libraries’ Open Access Guide for more information and details on the ACS process.   


  • What if I submitted a manuscript to ACS in 2023 before learning of this agreement? 

    Please email and we will contact ACS Publications on your behalf. 

  • What if only some of the authors are from Jefferson? 

    The only requirement is that the submitting or corresponding author be from Jefferson. 

  • What if the ACS journal I am submitting to is not fully open access? 

    All ACS journals have an open access publishing option, and this agreement covers all ACS journals. 

  • Other questions?  Please email  

Celebrate Women’s History Month with collection of feminist resources & join us for INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISMS: Many Identities, One Movement on March 8

March is Women’s History Month & International Women’s Month, and this year we’re celebrating with a collection of digital and print resources from the Gutman and Scott libraries on intersectional feminism. Check out the resources and join us on March 8, International Women’s Day, for INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISMS: Many Identities, One Movement. You can attend in-person or virtually.

Dr. Jane Caputi

At the event, Dr. Jane Caputi of the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University will explore the evolution of feminist theory and discuss the current battle over Black, Queer, and Feminist studies in America. A reception will follow the discussion. Learn more and sign up.

And while you’re at it, if you’re on the East Falls campus, check out Gutman Library’s Intersectional Feminism Collection on the 1st floor (Main Floor) of the library to take out a resource or browse online. The titles in this collection cover how racism, ableism, xenophobia, and homophobia combine with sexism to show how societal discrimination affects every woman differently. If you’re in Center City, visit Scott Library’s 1st-floor Leisure Collection to check out Center City’s resources.

In addition to our print resources, explore our eBooks online:

100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism

And the Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America’s First Feminists

Are All the Women Still White? Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms

Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and the Digital Humanities

Feminist Disability Studies

Intersectionality in Feminist and Queer Movements: Confronting Privileges

Intersectional Feminist Readings of Comics: Interpreting Gender in Graphic Narratives

Marginalized Mothers, Mothering from the Margins

Medical Entanglements: Rethinking Feminist Debates about Healthcare

We hope you enjoy these resources in honor of Women’s History Month, and we’ll see you on March 8 at INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISMS: Many Identities, One Movement.

Who’s Got Skills? The Paul J. Gutman Library Staff! Check out the new staff exhibit

Next time you’re at Gutman Library, take a look at the new exhibition: We Got Skills! On display now until Friday, April 28, the display highlights the creative talents of our library staff.

Visit the first-floor and ground-floor cases to explore the skills and creativity of the library team. We think you’ll be impressed!

Join us on Thursday, April 27, from 4-6pm, for a closing reception as we celebrate our library team! RSVP is not required.

Documentary Film Night Tomorrow (2/21) – Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Join us for this new documentary film series at Gutman Library! Once a month, we’ll watch a documentary that aligns with the theme “Idealists & Changemakers.” Everyone is welcome to attend.

On Tuesday, February 21 let’s watch “RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope,” the second in our series of four documentary screenings at Gutman Library. Enjoy snacks and refreshments as you connect with others who are interested in the health sciences, mental health care, architecture & design, and sustainability. Join us after the film for a discussion on mental health, facilitated by Slade Roff, LCSW, a staff member of the East Falls Student Counseling Center (SCC). Register here!

The research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. “RESILIENCE”  delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

Check out the films and documentaries available to you, thanks to the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries, via the Academic Video Online database and register for our March documentary screening.

RSVP TODAY for Intersectional Feminisms: Many Identities, One Movement (March 8) with Dr. Jane Caputi

Celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, by joining us for Intersectional Feminisms: Many Identities, One Movement. The discussion and reception will take place in the Media Classroom at the Paul J. Gutman Library on the East Falls campus from 5-7pm. You can attend the presentation virtually via Zoom.

Caputi’s research is in contemporary American cultural studies, including popular culture, gender and violence, and ecofeminism and environmental justice

Hear from Dr. Jane Caputi of the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Caputi will discuss the evolution of intersectional feminism – the idea that women’s overlapping identity markers like race and age impact how they experience discrimination.

Dr. Caputi will share examples of intersectional activism and also discuss the current attack on Black, Queer, and Feminist studies in America, specifically the recent Florida legislation’s rejection of the A.P. African American Studies curriculum. Learn more and register now.

After the presentation, join us for a reception to get to know others at Jefferson interested in the topic, and check out Gutman Library’s collection of books, magazines, videos, and eBooks on topic of intersectionality.

Register today and we’ll see you on March 8th! Learn more about Dr. Caputi.

Celebrate Love Data Week with LabArchives and Data Management Workshops

Love Data Week, February 13-17, is the international celebration of data, and is a week dedicated to spreading awareness of the importance of research data management and sharing and preserving data. Celebrate Love Data Week by attending sessions on LabArchives and NIH Data Management.

Introduction to LabArchives ELN for Research (February 15 and 16)
Learn the benefits that LabArchives offers researchers and how it can easily be integrated into your research data management toolkit. Topics covered include:

  • Notebook structure
  • Audit trail, revisions history, and version control
  • Access controls
  • Page signing and witnessing
  • Creating templates and copying content
  • Collaborating internally and externally

Register Now
Session 1: Wednesday, February 15, 10am
Session 2: Thursday, February 16, 1pm

Best Practices and Tips for Establishing Your Notebook’s Structure (February 13 and 17)
The LabArchives Research Notebook begins as a blank slate that is meant to be flexible so that you can customize the structure to complement current workflows. Join this session for a closer look at how you can use our built-in layouts or set up a notebook using other popular structures including: project and grant-based, individual researcher-based notebooks, date-based, or team and company notebooks to manage shared materials for reference purposes.

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Session 2: Friday, February 17, 10am

Creating Templates to Standardize the Collection and Management of Data (February 15 and 16)
We recommend using templates in LabArchives to create a consistent entry format for documenting and tracking information. Templates can be made from reusable pages or entries that can easily and quickly be copied to help save time. Once created, this form can be reused by all members of the notebook to provide consistency and a clear list of data requirements. Join this session to see examples of templates, how you can create your own, and reuse them.

Register Now
Session 1: Wednesday, February 15, 3pm
Session 2: Thursday, February 16, 11am

Creating a Data Management and Sharing Plan For Your Research (February 14)
This workshop, led by Scott librarians Larissa Gordon and Anita Lai, and Jessica Gutierrez, Associate Director of Research Conduct & Compliance, provides faculty with resources and advice about creating data management plans for research data using the 2016 FAIR Guiding Principles for Scientific Data Management and Stewardship. These plans will be required for NIH grants starting in the new year, but data management is also valuable for every researcher to consider. It can help to preserve your data, make your research more visible, and also aids in the advancement of the scientific community by allowing other researchers to access your data. Special attention will be paid to how Jeffersonians can use LabArchives as an openly accessible data repository.

Register Now
Session 1: Tuesday, February 14, 1pm

Learn how to create science figures with BioRender: Workshop on February 15, at 10am

Did you know that you have access to BioRender Premium? BioRender, an application used by researchers to create and share professional science figures, offers you a library of over 40,000 icons to use in the creation of scientific posters, presentations, publications, and more. Register here for a workshop, led by BioRender, all about how to create science figures.

Log into BioRender
Set up your BioRender account and access the tool on our portal website ( Register with your or email account. To access the Premium account, you must log in through this portal every time. 

Register for the BioRender Workshop
Learn how to create professional science figures in minutes at BioRender’s workshop at 10am on Wednesday, February 15.

REGISTER HERE for the workshop!

This webinar will be led by Sydney Burniston, BioRender’s Scientific Communications & Customer Success Manager. The webinar is being hosted by the Jefferson Postdoctoral Association as part of their Technical Skills Seminar Series.

New eBooks in February: SPSS survival guides, dermatosis in pigmented skin, racial health disparities related to COVID-19, medical malpractice litigation, and more

This February, we’re adding 25 eBooks to our collection. Topics cover HIV in communities of color, the use of cannabinoids for neurological disorders, gender confirmation surgery, and more.

Check out the list below or browse our complete eBook list here (Center City/Scott Library) and here (East Falls/Gutman Library).

Absolute Allergy and Immunology Board Review

Advanced Ureteroscopy: A Practitioner’s Guide to Treating Difficult Problems

Applying Quantitative Bias Analysis to Epidemiologic Data

Atlas and Anatomy of PET/MRI, PET/CT and SPECT/CT

Atlas of Dermatoses in Pigmented Skin

Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine

Cannabinoids and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Clinical Anatomy and Embryology: A Guide for the Classroom, Boards, and Clinic

Color Atlas of Human Gross Pathology

Comprehensive Multiple-Choice Questions in Pathology: A Study Guide

COVID-19 and Health System Segregation in the US: Racial Health Disparities and Systemic Racism

Diversity, Cultural Humility, and the Helping Professions: Building Bridges Across Difference

Excelling in the Clinic: A Concise Guide for Medical Students

Functional Movement Disorder: An Interdisciplinary Case-based Approach

Gender Confirmation Surgery: Principles and Techniques for an Emerging Field

HIV in US Communities of Color

Holistic Pain Management in Pregnancy: What RNs, APRNs, Midwives and Mental Health Professionals Need to Know

Instrument Development in the Affective Domain: School and Corporate Applications

Integrity of Scientific Research: Fraud, Misconduct and Fake News in the Academic, Medical and Social Environment

Life After Residency: A Career Planning Guide

Medical Malpractice Litigation: How it Works, Why Tort Reform Hasn’t Helped

Post COVID-19 Complications and Management

Preventing Errors and Pitfalls in Nursing with Infectious Patients

Public Health Informatics and Information Systems

SPSS Survival Manual: A Step by Step Guide to Data Analysis Using IBM SPSS

SAVE THE DATE: Intersectional Feminisms on Wednesday, March 8, at Paul J. Gutman Library

Mark your calendar for Intersectional Feminisms – a presentation by Dr. Jane Caputi – on Wednesday, March 8, as we celebrate International Women’s Day.

At Intersectional Feminisms, Dr. Caputi, Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University, will lead a presentation on the general history of intersectional feminism and beyond.

We invite all of the Jefferson community to attend this event on Wednesday, March 8, at 5 pm in Gutman Library’s Media Classroom. After the presentation, a reception will follow. We’ll share more event details and registration links soon.

Dr. Caputi’s primary research is in contemporary American cultural studies, including popular culture, gender and violence, and ecofeminism and environmental justice. 

Dr. Caputi has made two educational documentaries, The Pornography of Everyday Life (2006), distributed by Berkeley Media, and Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth (2016), distributed by Women Make Movies. Check out Dr. Caputi’s resume to learn more about her work and background. 

January 2023: Celebrating and taking care of yourself in the New Year

The New Year is a time to acknowledge the accomplishments of the past and prepare for all of the changes still to come.

This January, we’re highlighting resources that support self-care, mental health, and more. Topics include seasonal affective disorder, psychedelics, aging, and knitting.

Electronic Resources

Iceland : Deep In The Polar Night (video)

Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft by Tara Jon Manning (eBook)

The New Year–The Old Year by Ida B. Wells (article)

Stacks (Scott Memorial Library)

Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

Graphic Medicine (Scott Memorial Library)

The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel

NIH expands beyond Covid-19 Preprints in Phase 2 of Pilot Program

In the summer of 2020, the NIH began a pilot program to add Covid-19 related preprints featuring research funded by the NIH to its databases. Two years later, evaluations of this pilot program are positive (Funk, 2022). The National Library of Medicine (NLM) successfully managed the technical hurdles of including and properly labeling preprints into PubMed and PubMed Central (PMC). Including preprints increased the discoverability of NIH-funded research, increasing the speed of access by more than 100 days, according to one published statistic, while not decreasing trust in the NLM or its research tools. According to the NIH, indexing preprints in multiple places had value because researchers access and discover information differently. Due to the success of this pilot, the NIH is expanding its incorporation of preprints into the database and will soon start including all preprints supported by NIH funds published after January 1st, 2023 (NLM, 2022).

It is important to note that the NIH will only include preprints posted to servers that it identified during the first phase of its pilot program as having policies and practices that align both with the mission of the NIH and with recommendations made by groups such as the Committee on Publication Ethics. Eligible preprint servers currently include bioRxiv, medRxiv, arXiv, and Research Square, although the list may change over time.

In support of this new phase of its pilot program, the NIH has updated its search functions and record displays, including an updated information banner on preprint records, more prominent identification of final published journal articles on preprint records, and the ability to exclude preprints from a search as well as limit a search to preprints only (NLM, 2023). Figures 1 and 2 show how the updated peer-reviewed articles are displayed on preprints in PubMed and PMC.

At the end of 2023, the second phase of this program will be assessed to evaluate its continued success in increasing the discoverability and maximizing the impact of NIH-funded research.

Learn more about preprints and contact us with questions.


Funk, K., Zayas-Caban, T. & Beck J. (2022). Phase 1 of the NIH Preprint Pilot: Testing the viability of making preprints discoverable in PubMed Central and PubMed. BioRxiv.

National Library of Medicine. (2022, December 14). NIH Preprint Pilot accelerates and expands discovery of research results: Expansion of pilot planned for early 2023.

National Library of Medicine. (2023, January 9). Next phase of the NIH Preprint Pilot launching soon. NCBI Insights.

Figure 1. PubMed search result summary and abstract displays of a preprint and its associated peer-reviewed version.
Figure 2. The PMC view of the same preprint summary and full-text views with update notice of its peer-reviewed version.

Last Chance: Join Jefferson’s SoTL Community

If you are interested in learning more about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), join the Academic Commons’ new SoTL Community. This community is open to anyone interested in teaching and learning – including faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. Complete the interest form to get started.

SoTL is a growing field in higher education that uses systematic and methodological inquiry to research the impact of teaching practices and learning experiences. SoTL is a valuable exercise to reflect on your teaching practices, with the overall goal of improving participant learning. SoTL projects aim to improve learning by finding better, more engaging ways to teach. 

As a member of the SoTL Community, you will learn the steps involved in SoTL research, develop your own SoTL plan, share progress on your project, and offer feedback to colleagues. Our community will meet three times during the spring 2023 semester (February, March, and April) for one-hour sessions. To learn more about each session’s goals and topics, read our earlier article.

If you are interested in joining this community, complete this interest form. Please complete the form by Friday, January 20, 2023.