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Clinical Researchers: Attend December conference for foundational knowledge, new tools, and CE credits

Learn clinical research skills at the Clinical Research Fundamentals Conference from Monday. December 12 – Thursday, December 15. Attendance for this remote conference is free for Jefferson employees and CE credits will be awarded.

Topics will include:

Study Start Up, Feasibility Considerations, and Recruitment and Retention
Identify and Locate Your Resources
Good Clinical Documentation
Adverse Events and Safety Reporting
Monitor Visits and Audit Readiness
The Informed Consent Process
Investigational Product Management
Clinical Trial Billing

You must be a member of the myJeffhub “Jefferson Enterprise Clinical Research”
community to RSVP. Request access and then RSVP:

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Learn about BioRender, a tool to create and share science figures & images, at December 7 webinar

Register now for an introductory webinar on BioRender. BioRender Premium is available to all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty. Use it to create professional, beautiful scientific images in minutes.

BioRender Introduction Webinar
Wednesday, December 7, 12pm

Sydney Burniston, BioRender’s Scientific Communications & Customer Success Manager, will lead the webinar. Download BioRender and read more about its features and tools. BioRender is a website application used by researchers to create and share professional science figures. It includes over 40,000 icons you can use to create scientific posters, presentations, and publications.

Register for the BioRender webinar on December 7:

Check out this flyer for more information.

eLife to eliminate accept/reject decisions on the articles it publishes

In December 2020, the journal eLife announced that it would become the first journal to only publish articles that had been posted as preprints and peer-review comments would become part of the public record. You can read more about this in a previous post

This move aligned with eLife’s stated commitment to replacing what they consider the outdated traditional print-based model of publication and peer review with one that makes more sense given the various online tools available in our digital age.

On October 20th, they announced they are taking another step in their quest to improve scholarly publishing. Now, there will be no accept/reject decision made by the journal based on peer review results. The publicly available peer review commentary will stand on its own as a testament to the article’s worthiness. eLife will still make editorial decisions about which articles to send out for peer review, but now every article that is reviewed by eLife will officially be considered to have been published by the journal.

In a statement made on eLife’s website, they note that they “have found that these public preprint reviews and assessments are far more effective than binary accept or reject decisions … at capturing the nuanced, multidimensional, and often ambiguous nature of peer review.” Richard Seever, co-founder of the preprint platforms bioRxiv & medRxiv, noted on Twitter that this change means that “publication as [a] proxy for [the] veracity/quality” of an article will be a thing of the past, at least for this journal.

Authors can change their article based on peer review comments (which can remain anonymous or not as the reviewer requests) or let their version stand while also including a published response to peer review comments. eLife also stated that they will reduce the Article Publishing Cost (APC) to $2,000 per article, down from $3,000.

Furthermore, while authors can choose to assign a copy of their articles as the “version of record,” this step is now optional, meaning that some works might become “living papers,” able to be changed at any time. According to Richard Seever, this might make the work of databases, which index articles to make them findable on their platforms, more challenging and confusing. For example, authors funded by the NIH will need to designate a version of record for eLife to post to PMC.

With any new publishing model, there are bound to be uncertainties, and the scholarly publishing community will have its eyes on eLife in the coming months to see how this new change works in practice. eLife’s editors hope that the journal will become respected for the quality of its peer review and not just its selectiveness.

However, not everyone is excited about these new changes. Some researchers believe that academics will simply switch to criteria other than the reputation of a journal as a proxy to evaluate the quality of an article, such as an institution’s reputation. This could put early career scientists and those at smaller institutions at a disadvantage. Other authors who have published with eLife in the past are concerned that the journal will lose its reputation for publishing high-quality work. They view this change as the journal’s attempt to “destroy the traditional” model of publication rather than simply helping to improve the system or create a new publishing model. 

Based on eLife’s own statements, it seems that this is exactly what they are attempting to do. Members of its editorial board note that there is an “urgent need to fix scientific publishing,” and that “the power to fix it resides uniquely with scientists” who should “not let [a] fear of change limit” the actions that are needed to create a system that will better support the work that scientists do in the future.

Do you publish in eLife, or would you consider it under their forthcoming model? Let us know.

The Future of #AcademicTwitter under Elon Musk

Twitter has become a space that many academics have increasingly come to use in promoting their work. The communities on the platform allow new ideas to be shared more quickly and valuable research collaborations to be formed. Many academics have found jobs through postings on Twitter or used engagement metrics to show the impact of their work. Unlike academic journals, Twitter is also a space where researchers can engage directly with journalists, policymakers, industry leaders, and members of the public. These engagements can help educate the public about new research findings, and it can also work to combat the spread of misinformation (Stecula, 2022).

However, with Elon Musk’s acquisition of the social media platform on October 27th, many members of #academictwitter are expressing concern about Twitter’s future. Musk’s plan to reduce content moderation on the platform in the name of “free speech” has many worried that Twitter will become a space that is more hostile and less safe, especially for women and minorities. A rise in posting racial slurs on the platform in the days after Musk took charge of Twitter is beginning to confirm some of the worries academics have (Kupferschmidt, 2022). Is Twitter set to become an unredeemable toxic space, one that researchers in good conscience cannot support?

While these fears are understandable, it is too soon to tell. The fate of Twitter will likely be decided more gradually, as policy changes are enacted, and as people make individual decisions to keep engaging with the platform or to find something new. And for researchers, the choice to disengage from the platform is not an easy one.  Many have spent time and energy cultivating a following and making connections. Losing all of that effort at once would be hard (D’Agostino, 2022). Thoughts expressed by Jefferson researcher Dr. Tim Mosca on his Twitter account likely mirror those of many other users of #academictwitter, ” [I]’ve been here a while and seen a lot….this place has grown, the community has grown, and it’s done a lot of good. [I]’m not ready to give it up yet.”

However, he is exploring Mastodon with an account on, a server for the Drosophila research community. Dr. Rebecca Jaffe is trying it out via the med-mastodon server. (Some Mastodon servers are not currently accessible if you are using Jefferson’s campus network.)

Ultimately, what this unrest might do, states Dr. Mark Carrigan, author of Social Media for Academicsis reinforce the importance of “digital public engagement” to the academic community, and invite researchers to “think much more seriously about the infrastructure [they] rely on for digital scholarship” (Carrigan, 2022).

Are you re-considering Twitter for professional use? Let us know. Visit our guide on social media and the academic professional.


Stecu?a, D. (2022, Nov. 4). Academic Twitter is worth fighting for. Inside Higher Ed.

Kupferschmidt, K. (2022, Nov. 4). As Musk reshapes Twitter, academics ponder taking flight.Science 

Carrigan, M. (2022, May 3). Leave, adapt, resist- Time to rethink academic Twitter. LSE Impact Blog.

D’Agostino, S. (2022, Nov. 4). #AcademicTwitter will endure- for now. Inside Higher Ed.

Register Now: The Hidden History of Women at Jefferson (Nov 14)

Join us on Monday, November 14, at 12pm for a discussion about how women have historically impacted Jefferson.

Using Scott Memorial Library’s Archives as a guide, we’ll explore how throughout Jefferson’s history, women have shaped the university and hospital into the institutions they are today.

The Hidden History of Women at Jefferson
Monday, November 14, 12-1pm
Hamilton, Room 224

University archivist F. Michael Angelo will give a quick introduction to second-year medical student Anna Lauriello, who has been researching the university’s Archives, focusing her study on the history of women at Jefferson. Check out the Archives Collection here.

Lunch will provided. Register at

This event is co-hosted by Jefferson’s chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association and Jefferson Humanities and Health.

RSVP: 2nd annual Drs. Theresa & Charles Yeo Writing Prize Reception on Nov 17

Witness the power of writing at the reading and reception for the Drs. Theresa & Charles Yeo Writing Prize. Join us in person in Eakins Lounge (Jefferson Alumni Hall) or remotely on Zoom from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on November 17 to hear from and celebrate the Writing Prize winners and contributors.

Registration is not required. To attend via Zoom, visit this link: . Zoom meeting id: 935 9419 5856

Laura Madeline, Executive Director and Curator of Souls Shot Portrait Project, will make opening remarks. Winning essayists will read their work, and light refreshments will be provided to those attending in person.

Check out this flyer for more information.

Data Sharing, Open Access, and Climate Justice (POST 5)

Beginning in January 2023, data sharing will become a requirement for all NIH grant-funded research. This is just one example of a broader push towards the open sharing of data among scientists and researchers. This movement was motivated by the reproducibility crisis and research waste in academic publishing. Sharing data openly allows scientists to check the work of others, attempt to replicate studies, avoid duplication by learning from negative results, and inspire future research through data reuse.

When it comes to climate change and climate justice, data sharing is also important. In the article Information as Power: Democratizing Environmental Data, Annie Brett (2022) provides a historical overview of environmental data systems, noting that much environmental data of the past has been hard to access, even for the very people supplying the data, who are often the ones directly affected by climate change.  These data systems have historically “concentrate[d] power” in the hands of the government or private corporations, and “new calls to open environmental data have the potential to shift these norms,” especially if infrastructure is improved to make data more accessible.

One example of newly developed and publicly available infrastructure that the federal government designed to address climate justice directly is the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool. It brings together publicly available datasets to map disadvantaged communities. While it was developed for federal programs to ensure their efforts benefit environmentally disadvantaged communities, anyone designing research or programs can use it. Read the White House press release. The tool is still in its beta version, and feedback is actively solicited.

For more information, tips, and resources on sharing your scientific data, please visit the library’s guide on data management.


Brett, A. (2022). Information as Power: Democratizing Environmental Data. Utah Law Review, 127.

Open Educational Resources (OER) for Climate Justice (POST 4)

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages governments and communities to take urgent action regarding climate change so that the planet can continue to support future generations. However, one of the “greatest impediments” to this agenda is a lack of education among those in leadership positions in governments and societies worldwide. 

One solution to this problem is the development of Open Educational Resources (OER). OER, according to the UN, are “teaching, learning and research materials…that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.” Educating the public is critical if the UN’s agenda is to be met, and as a recognition of that fact, the SDG Academy was developed. This non-profit organization is responsible for curating and making accessible educational content created by experts around the world related to the UN’s sustainable development goals. 

OER allow “citizens to educate themselves on issues of climate change,” but, going further, they also allow the knowledge that is created to “reflect the diversity and context of people from different parts of the world,” something that is very important in the fight not only against climate change, but for climate justice (Bahadur & Green, 2022).

So far, the SDG Academy has developed 39 massive open online courses and reached over 600,000 people in 193 countries worldwide. These courses have been made available using Creative Commons licenses that allows the courses to be openly shared and modified, as long as the use is noncommercial in nature. Over 1700 videos are available in the SDG Academy Library for use outside the courses. Faculty interested in incorporating materials into their courses will find ideas in their webinar, Engaging Online: Teaching and Learning with the SDG Academy

“Education is a necessity and a human right, not just a commodity to be bought and sold by those who can afford to do so. We must all go back to school,” says Patrick Walsh, the Vice President of Education at the SDG Academy, to learn how to “coexist in harmony with people and the planet” (2022). Creating and implementing open educational resources is one thing our society can do to make this happen.


Bahadur, C. & Green, C. (2022).  The SDG Academy and Creative Commons. SDG Academy

Walsh, P. (2022). Advancing the UNESCO OER recommendation to enable education for sustainable development. SDG Academy.

The Intersection of Climate Justice and Healthcare (POST 3)

Climate change will affect us all; however, certain sectors of the population will be impacted more severely by its effects than others. According to Dr. Edith Peterson Mitchell, current editor-in-chief of the Journal of the National Medical Association and professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, “many of the disease processes related to climate change already have proven disparities…in racial and ethnic minority communities, geriatric populations, the poor, as well as rural and communities with limited access to healthcare” (Mitchell, 2022). These communities are already well recognized to have poorer health outcomes compared to other populations.

However, the added burden of climate change “deepens pre-existing inequalities by taking the greatest toll on those already at heightened risk” (Antosh, 2022).  In her September grand rounds presentation, Dr. Natalie Antosh, a 3rd year resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, paints an important and startling picture of these added health burdens. The effects of air pollution, extreme heat, extreme weather events, food insecurity, and disease, all brought about by climate change, are discussed in detail in her presentation. For example, she notes that an additional 5 million deaths around the world each year are linked to abnormally hot temperatures. Extreme weather events, such as flooding, lead to increases in waterborne diseases when sanitation systems are disrupted. These and other weather events, such as forest fires, also have significant impacts on the mental health in the communities they impact.  Additionally, rates of diseases such as Malaria and Lyme disease are also increasing, with the number of Lyme disease cases doubling over the past 30 years as climate changes allows the ticks that carry this disease to expand their territory.

One notable source of information for Dr. Antosh’s presentation was a 2021 report by the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. This yearly report, written by a multidisciplinary collaboration, including scientists, public health experts, and health professionals, analyzes 44 specific indicators related to the health impacts of climate change. The report’s introduction notes, “Even with overwhelming evidence on the health impacts of climate change, countries are not delivering an adaptation response proportionate to the rising risks their populations face… [A]ccelerated adaptation is essential to reduce the vulnerabilities of populations to climate change…[but] this will only be possible if the world acts together to ensure that no person is left behind” (Romenello).

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Antosh, N. (2022). “An Introduction to Climate Change & Health.” Department of Family & Community Medicine Presentations and Grand Rounds. Paper 544.

Mitchell, E. P. (2022). Disparities in impact of global warming and climate change in the United States. Journal of the National Medical Association, 114(5), 465-466.

Romanello, M. et al. (2021). The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future. The Lancet. 398(10311), 1619-1662).

Celebrate Open Access Week: “Open for Climate Justice” (POST 2)

It is Open Access Week again, and this year the theme is Open For Climate Justice. Programs will be held at libraries and universities around the world to encourage communities to collaborate to address this important issue. Climate change does not and will not affect everyone around the world equally. Richer nations and those in power will be able to weather the effects of climate change much more easily than poorer nations or underrepresented communities. Access and control of data and information about climate change can play a part in ameliorating this imbalance, as “equitable knowledge sharing” can help address the “inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them” (SPARC).

The library will publish a series of posts this week designed to help the Jefferson community appreciate in more detail how the open sharing of information is critical to our future. We will discuss how information, or a lack of it, can affect power imbalances, and we will highlight several projects that seek to make data related to the intersection of climate justice and health more open.

This series will also highlight a few Thomas Jefferson University community members who have already dedicated themselves to raising awareness about the intersections of climate change and health.  Recently, Dr. Edith Mitchel published an editorial in the Journal of the National Medical Association, calling on physicians and clinicians to “influence the impact of policies related to diminishing the effects of….climate change on the health risks of individuals.” She told Larissa Gordon, Scott Library’s Scholarly Communications Librarian, that it was “very important” for individuals to “have access to important information regarding [the] potential impact” that climate change has “on wellness, wellbeing and healthcare.”

Dr. Natalie Antosh, a third-year resident at Jefferson, gave a Grand Rounds presentation on this topic to the Department of Family and Community Medicine last month. This talk is openly available on Jefferson’s institutional repository, the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC). Dr. Antosh believes that this type of open access “is crucial in minimizing barriers to educational resources” to help everyone become more aware of “important topics such as the intersection of climate change and health.”

Stay tuned to Library News to learn more about the intersection of climate justice and health care, and about how the open sharing of information can address this issue. To follow activities taking place around the world related to this year’s Open Access Week theme use the Twitter hashtag #openforclimatejustice.

Open Access Week: Campus Events on Tuesday and Thursday (POST 1)

Today is the first day of Open Access Week, promoting awareness about the importance of making scientific research accessible to everyone, not just the people and institutions which can afford to pay for that access.

On Tuesday, October 25, and Thursday, October 27, a representative from the Scott Memorial Library will host an information table where Jeffersonians can learn more about the results of a faculty survey about their knowledge and experience with predatory publishing. The dates and locations for the tables are below.

Predatory or deceptive publishers charge authors Article Processing Charges (APCs), as do legitimate open access journals. However, these predatory journals then fail to meet scholarly publishing standards, such as maintaining a rigorous peer review process. They abuse the open access author-pays model for their profit, taking advantage of the need for academics to provide open access to publicly funded research. These actions reflect poorly on the many high-quality open access journals.

Predatory publishing is not just a problem for individual authors but science as a whole. For example, climate deniers can publish their papers in some more problematic predatory journals (Readfearn, 2018).

However, it is not just unscrupulous individuals who seek to publish work in these predatory publications. Our survey shows that faculty are frequently targeted by unsolicited emails from journal publishers (74% responding at least once per week, n=58), many of which are likely predatory.

A sizable percentage of faculty surveyed admit to not having learned much about the journal publication process and how to evaluate journals during graduate school. This means that some faculty may be more vulnerable to invitations from predatory publishers.

A clear majority of faculty felt that these evaluation skills are important ones that should be taught to graduate students at Jefferson.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the survey demonstrated that many Jeffersonians are not familiar with the Library’s Open Access Fund. The Fund is designed to help faculty publish their research in quality, well-respected, open access journals so more people around the world can access their work.

Please stop by to learn more about this survey and the Jefferson Library’s Open Access Fund:

Tuesday, October 25, 11 am – 1 pm, in the JAH lobby

Thursday, October 27, 10 am – 12 pm, in the BLSB lobby

Learn more on our predatory publishing guide.


Readfearn, G. (2018, January 23). Murky world of “science” journals a new frontier for climate deniers. The Guardian.

It’s National Medical Librarians Month: Learn the vital role librarians play in patient care

Did you know that October is the official month to celebrate medical librarians? This year’s theme is Make Better Decisions Faster: Consult Your Health Information Professional and is a great reminder that medical librarians can help you find credible health information quickly and efficiently.

Medical librarians access and deliver information for patient care, research, and publication. They help improve health outcomes for patients by providing evidence-based answers to important medical questions, sometimes in time-sensitive emergency room settings. Medical librarians save hospitals money and can improve the patient experience by helping cut down patient hospital stay time.

At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, our medical librarians are here to help with systematic reviews, point-of-care resources like DynaMed, and more.

Visit our Jefferson Libraries website to learn how librarians can help you and schedule a consultation to meet at a convenient time.

Writers & Artists: Submit your work for the next issue of Evanescent (due November 30)

Submit your work for the next issue of Evanescent, a literary journal published by the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention (JCIPE) dedicated to stories of injury and all its victims.

Evanescent journal articles discuss issues of physical and mental health, social determinants of health, health equity, illness, medicine, trauma and healing, empathy, wellness, and other related topics.

The 4th issue of Evanescent will cover the theme: Where is Our Empathy?

Read the guidelines and submit your work now. In addition to seeking writing, the editors are are looking for compelling visual art and photography that address these issues. The deadline to submit your work is Wednesday, November 30.

Attend the ORCID Workshop for Researchers on Oct. 25 to learn how the tool can save you time

If you conduct research and aren’t yet using ORCID, which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, attend the upcoming workshop to learn about the tool.

ORCID Workshop for Researchers on Tuesday, October 25, from 1-2 pm, will provide an introduction to ORCID. You’ll learn how to create an ORCID record and find out how to use ORCID to your advantage when working with research institutions, funders, and other organizations. Learn more about the session and register now. 

ORCID is a persistent digital identifier and associated researcher profile that provides many benefits.

ORCID links your research together, which helps distinguish authors with similar names. An increasing number of journal submission forms, grant applications, and programs (such as Interfolio) can be auto-populated with ORCID. Trusted organizations can add information to your ORCID record, so you can spend more time conducting research and less time managing it.  

Don’t have time to attend the workshop? Learn about ORCID by visiting the Orchid for Researchers website or contacting

A Conversation with Evan Laine: Wednesday, October 26

The Arlen Specter Center, Paul J. Gutman Library, and University of Pittsburg Library System present:

A Conversation with Evan Laine
on his book Arlen Specter: Scandals, Conspiracies, and Crisis in Focus
Wednesday, October 26, 2-3pm or on Zoom
Nexus Library Instruction Space (LIS), Gutman Library

Refreshments will be provided for all attending in person. Learn more about the event, the book, and the Arlen Specter Center on our website.