Lunch & Learn: The Fundamentals of Peer Review on Monday, August 29

Join us and the Jefferson Institute of Bioprocessing on Monday, August 29, at noon, for a lunch & learn session: The Fundamentals of Peer Review.

Hear from Dr. Steve Carney, Editor-in-Chief of Drug Discovery Today, as he leads a workshop to answer all your questions about peer review.

Peer-reviewed journals are a critical tool for sharing scientific discoveries. Through the process of peer review, these journals assess manuscripts for quality and scientific rigor, and this process guides whether manuscripts are accepted or rejected for publication. But what really happens during peer review?

The session will cover:
• An overview of peer review: its goals, people, and process
• How to effectively review a manuscript
• Addressing reviewer comments
• Who are peer reviewers?

This will be a hybrid workshop; the in-person experience will be limited only to those at the Jefferson Institute of Bioprocessing campus. The Zoom broadcast is open to everyone in the Jefferson community. REGISTER NOW.

About the presenter:
Steve Carney, Ph.D., is Editor-in-Chief of Drug Discovery Today and an honorary lecturer in Drug Discovery at the University of Surrey, UK. He has authored over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, written several book chapters, and held several patents.

Sign Up Now: LabArchives Education Boot Camp on August 4

Sign up for LabArchives Education Boot Camp to hear real world advice from educators at Thomas Jefferson University and Columbia University who use LabArchives, the electronic research notebook, for their courses.

Following each presentation, we walk through the basics of setting up a course notebook, grading students’ work and more.

Register: Thursday, August 4, 10am EDT

Regular weekly webinars and recordings are also available.

REGISTER NOW: Academic Commons Workshops on Time Management, Inclusivity in the Classroom, Writing Tips, Educational Technologies, and more

Jump into the fall semester with our Academic Commons workshops. All hybrid, you can attend sessions in-person or on Zoom. Workshops are open to all instructors, scholars, and staff.

Sessions for instructors cover tips to use educational technologies like Canvas, VoiceThread, and even AI tools to engage students.  Writing workshops, hosted by the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC), will teach grammar and editing tips, time management techniques, and more. Librarians from Gutman and Scott libraries will lead sessions on data management and sharing, systematic reviews, and AI-driven tools that help you annotate, read, and cite scholarly literature.

Keep reading for each workshop’s tile and a brief description. Visit our website to read full descriptions and instructor details.

Find the Time: Time Management
Thursday, October 6, 1-2pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom

Do you struggle to find time for what matters to you? Maybe you want to write more, or balance your work and home life. The purpose of this hour of time is to give you tools and strategies to begin finding the time to do things that you value. Practicing well-tested methods used by some of the most productive people in history, you can enhance how you prioritize commitments and interruptions.

Creating a Data Management and Sharing Plan for Your Research
Tuesday, October 18, 1-2pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom

Get 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. Special attention will be paid to how Jeffersonians can use LabArchives as an openly accessible data repository.

Engaging Discussions
Wednesday, October 26, 12-1pm
LIS, Gutman Library, or Zoom

While discussions have the potential to provide avenues for exploration and analysis, they are also unpredictable in nature as instructors are tasked with surrendering a certain degree of control. The goal of this workshop is to provide numerous resources and opportunities to practice evidence-based strategies to engage both you and your learners dynamically via the co-creative process of educational discussions.

Mini Writing Retreat
Friday, October 28, 8-11am
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom

Join us at our half-day writing retreat, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

Getting Started with Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
Tuesday, November 15, 12-1pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom

Are you interested in doing a systematic review? Do you want to learn what type of review can best fit your research needs? Do you have questions about the process of conducting a review?

This workshop will start with a brief overview of systematic reviews and other types of reviews. The workshop will then go over resources and services the library has available to support review projects.

Inclusive Scholarly Writing
Wednesday, November 16, 12-1pm
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom

Have you ever paused while drafting a scholarly paper because you’re uncertain of the most inclusive, contemporary terminology to employ for a participant’s, individual’s, or group’s identity? When publishing, being conscious of the weight and power these terms hold is crucial, but staying up to date can be difficult as language is constantly evolving. In this workshop, we will discuss current industry standards and directions for terms involving race, gender, disability, and other identities. You will also learn how to navigate journal expectations, particularly when they might contradict current social norms or personal preferences.

Mini Writing Retreat
Friday, December 2, 8-11am
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom

Join us at our half-day writing retreat, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

New August eBooks: Neonatology, Pediatric Dermatology, Intercultural Communications & Labor Relations, and more

Kick off August by diving into our 25 new eBooks.  These resources include a range of medical, business, and design topics. Check out the new titles below or browse our complete eBook collection here (Center City/Scott) and here (East Falls/Gutman).

The Adventures of Johnny Bunko:  The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need 

Atlas and Synopsis of Neonatology

Brief Strategic Family Therapy

Clark’s Positioning in Radiography

Color Atlas and Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Disability Visibility: First-person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

Discovering GIS and ArcGIS 

Essentials of Health Policy and Law

Essentials of Nursing Informatics 

Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace 

The Intentional Relationship Occupational Therapy and Use of Self 

Labor Relations: Labor Relations 

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die 

Management of Construction Projects: A Constructor’s Perspective 

Managing a Global Workforce:  Challenges and Opportunities in International Human Resource Management 

New Dimensions in Women’s Health 

Nutrition Research: Concepts and Applications 

Operations Management 

Pattern Cutting: The Architecture of Fashion 

Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care 

Stanfield’s Introduction to Health Professions 

Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century 

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why 

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

ACTION FOR PIVOT USERS: Update how to access your account

We recently consolidated East Falls and Center City instances of Pivot, a tool to identify funding opportunities.

For existing Pivot personal account users (one time action)

To retain access to your Pivot personal account, including your saved searches, alerts, and funding opportunities:

  1. Sign into your personal account at If necessary, request a password reset. If you had been using the institutional login with your address, you may not know the underlying Pivot username and password and will need to request a password reset.

    From on campus:

From off campus:

2. Associate your personal account with your Jefferson Campus Key:

a. Username (top right) > Change account info

b. Scroll down to Single Sign-on, choose Thomas Jefferson University and then Associate Account

c. Log in with your Jefferson Campus Key and Password

d. Success. Now you can sign in using your institutional login credentials

e. If you haven’t already, claim your profile to enable recommended opportunities and help others find you as a potential collaborator

For New Pivot Users

On-campus users can continue to access Pivot from the library’s list of databases or directly at Basic features are available. For advanced features, including tracking opportunities and creating alerts, create or sign into your personal account.

First time users choosing to create an account should choose the option to Use Institutional Login Credentials.

Off-campus users will need to either sign into their personal account or choose Use login from my institution.

If it’s your first time using your Jefferson Campus Key with Pivot, it’ll ask you to finish creating your personal account. You can skip this step by clicking “Funding” in the main menu to get started searching without the personalization features.

Claiming Your Profile
Once you’ve created your account, claim your profile to enable recommended opportunities and help others find you as a potential collaborator.

Get Help
Learn more about Pivot and other resources on our grants information library guide. Contact us at Scott Library/Center City ( or Gutman Library/East Falls ( for help.

New eBooks: Learn about acute pain management, foot & ankle surgery, mass incarceration, etc.

Check out the 25 eBook additions to our digital shelves this month! Topics include cardiac imaging, design thinking, disaster politics and Homeland security, and much more. Click on the titles below or browse our complete eBook collection here (Gutman/East Falls) and here (Scott/Center City).

Acute Pain Management Essentials: An Interdisciplinary Approach 

Cardiac Imaging: A Core Review 

The Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Board Review 

Coping with COVID-19: The Medical, Mental, and Social Consequences of the Pandemic 

Critical Care Echocardiography Review: 1200+ Questions and Answers 

Design and Heritage: The Construction of Identity and Belonging 

The Design Thinking Toolbox: A Guide to Mastering the Most Popular and Valuable Innovation Methods 

Design and Political Dissent: Spaces, Visuals, Materialities 

Disaster Policy and Politics: Emergency Management and Homeland Security 

Foot and Ankle Pain Management 

The Hidden Language of Graphic Signs: Cryptic Writing and Meaningful Marks 

The Human Rights Graphic Novel: Drawing It Just Right 

Inhabiting Displacement: Architecture and Authorship 

Manual of Orthopedics 

Marijuana:  A Short History 

Mathematical Methods in Chemistry and Physics 

McGlamry’s Foot and Ankle Surgery 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 

The Only Neurology Book You’ll Ever Need  

The Ophthalmic Laser Handbook 

Physics in Biology and Medicine 

Primary Care: Evaluation and Management of Obesity 

Principles of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) 

A Tattoo on My Brain: A Neurologist’s Personal Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease 

Where Research Begins: Choosing a Research Project that Matters to You (and the World) 

A new tool for immunology research: FlowJo!

FlowJo is software that helps with viewing and analyzing flow cytometric data. The tool is available to all Thomas Jefferson University researchers, students, faculty, and staff.

Features of FlowJo

  • Single solution for flow analysis
  • Publication-quality graphics
  • Models for advanced data analysis
  • Plugins with fast updates with novel algorithms

Creating your FlowJo Account
Create a new FlowJo account from the library website. If your lab has an existing FlowJo account, continue to use that FlowJo account until it expires and request a Jefferson account when your license is close to expiring.

Once you create your FlowJo account, follow the steps on this FlowJo Guide to sign in and begin using the FlowJo Portal. This guide includes screenshots and step-by-step instructions. Note: You must have FlowJo v10.5 or higher to sign into the portal.

Help with FlowJo

REGISTER NOW: The Qualitative Institute (Aug 3-6)

What is the Qualitative Institute?
This four-day session, led by a collaborative team at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania, will offer an opportunity to explore a broad array of qualitative and mixed methods research skills.  Register and learn more here.

At the sessions, held at Penn and Jefferson on August 3 – 6, you’ll gain skills useful in qualitative research, including:

  • Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Research
  • Conventional and Alternative Data Collection
  • Ethnography and Observation
  • Concept Mapping
  • Focus Groups and Interviews
  • Publishing
  • And much more

Who should attend?

  • Researchers
  • Students and trainees
  • Members of community, nonprofit, and government organizations

Register here and check out this flyer to learn more.  

Summer 2022 Research Support Newsletter: Find out about new tools like ChemDraw and BioRender to assist in your research and publishing goals

The Summer 2022 edition of the Research Support Newsletter is here! In the report, you’ll find details on tools to assist with research and support available at every stage of the research and publication process. These resources are available to faculty, clinicians, students, and staff through a site-wide license paid for by the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries. 

Check out the newsletter to learn more about:

  • BioRender
  • ChemDraw
  • Statista
  • NEJM Evidence

and much more!

Read and share the 2022 Research Support Newsletter now. Happy researching!

Celebrate Men’s Health Week with these 5 Resources

This week is International Men’s Health Week, and the goal of this event is to increase awareness of male health issues on a global level. Congress created Men’s Health Week in 1994 to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. 

Check out the five resources below to learn more:

Library of Health and Living: The Encyclopedia of Men’s Health

Male Infertility: Contemporary Clinical Approaches, Andrology, ART and Antioxidants

Men’s Health Concerns Sourcebook

Men and Yoga Tackle Prostate Cancer [VIDEO]

Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health, and a Strong Community

Accessibility in Architecture, Emergency Management, History of Physics: June’s 25 eBooks are Here!

This June, check out the 25 new eBooks we added to the collection! eBooks cover a wide range of topics, including alternatives to psychiatry, sexism in medicine, and fashion theory. Read the list of new titles below or browse our complete collection at Gutman and Scott libraries.

Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design 

Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry 

Applied Computational Physics 

Boredom, Architecture and Spatial Experience 

Business Driven Information Systems 

Creating Accessible Online Instruction Using Universal Design Principles:  A LITA Guide 

Designing Fashion’s Future: Present Practice and Tactics for Sustainable Change 

Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick 

Falsehood and Fallacy: How to Think, Read, and Write in the Twenty-First Century 

How Scientific Instruments Speak: Postphenomenology and Technological Mediations in Neuroscientific Practice 

Intellectual Property, Design Innovation, and Entrepreneurship 

Introducing Fashion Theory: From Androgyny to Zeitgeist 

Introduction to Emergency Management and Disaster Science 

Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies 

Making Disability Modern: Design Histories 

Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects 

Mass Housing: Modern Architecture and State Power – A Global History 

Nowhere to Run: Race, Gender, and Immigration in American Elections 

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics 

Sands, Powders, and Grains: An Introduction to the Physics of Granular Materials 

Searching for a Rose Garden: Challenging Psychiatry, Fostering Mad Studies 

Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana: Medical, Recreational, and Scientific 

Sports, Study, or Sleep: Understanding the Student-Athlete’s College Experiences 

What is Health? Allostasis and the Evolution of Human Design 

Worn: A People’s History of Clothing 

BioRender Now Available: Create, edit, and share scientific diagrams & illustrations

BioRender, a website application used by researchers to create and share professional science figures, is now available to all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty. It offers a library of over 40,000 icons to use in the creation of scientific posters, presentations, publications, and more. Sign up for a webinar on June 14 to learn more about BioRender.

How to Access
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. 

If you already have a BioRender account, use the “Log In” button on the portal website to link your account. 

Ways to Use BioRender
Now you can create and share publication-quality scientific figures within minutes without having any graphic design or drawing skills. Use the drag and drop features to make your scientific diagram or illustration OR use BioRender’s templates to customize an existing graphic. It’s easy to share your work with colleagues and collaborators, too.

Researchers: Take a look at the Special Topics in Science Communication and Grants series for tips to use BioRender in your scholarly work.  

Get Help with BioRender

To check out BioRender tutorials, step-by-step guides, and more, visit their Learning Hub:  and YouTube channel.

Sign up for a BioRender webinar, just for us! Learn actionable tips and techniques for designing science figures for your posters, presentations, publications and more.

Introduction to BioRender at Thomas Jefferson University
Tuesday, June 14, 12-1 pm

Register Here

For help with BioRender, visit their Support Site:

SPOTLIGHT ON THE CENTER CITY ARCHIVES: A 112-year-old photo album gets some TLC

Every year, one lucky worn-out item from the Center City Archives & Special Collections gets taken off the shelves for some TLC.

The Shepartz Conservation Fund offers funding every year to preserve one item from the collection. In 2021, that one lucky item was a 1906 photo album.

The man behind the lens, Dr. John Arthur Murray, was a Jefferson Medical College graduate in 1893. His album captures photos of daily life inside and outside of Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH), also known as Blockley.

The album of rare photos also includes several images which show intern Ross V. Patterson (Jefferson MD 1904). In 1906, Dr. Patterson became Assistant Physician to the Department of the Insane at PGH. Later that year, he was appointed Sub-Dean, and eventually Dean of JMC/SKMC.

The 116-year-old album needed some TLC. It had been dis-bounded, and the card on which the 127 photos were mounted became buckled to a degree where the prints were in danger of losing their emulsion.

Shepartz Conservation Fund came just in time! The conservators cleaned, flattened, and stabilized the album so it can be digitized without damage. Once the album has been digitized, it will be added to our website so others can enjoy it.

In the meantime, check out more from the Center City Archives and Special Collections, including artifacts, oral histories of notable alums, and much more.

DynaMed Decisions at Jefferson: New Tool Helps Clinicians Deliver Personalized Care & Communicate with Patients

DynaMed Decisions, a new feature of DynaMed, helps you have meaningful conversations with patients about care options. Using interactive tools, you can help patients make the best health decisions based on evidence in the context of their risks, comorbidities, values, and preferences. Clinical experts create, monitor, and update DynaMed Decisions.

What is DynaMed Decisions?
DynaMed Decisions offers a variety of tools to help you calculate a patient’s risk profile and gives recommendations based on that patient’s data.

How do I access DynaMed Decisions?
DynaMed Decisions is a new tab on the DynaMed homepage. Log in to DynaMed via Epic, the library site, or Intranet. 

What are features of DynaMed Decisions?
Assessment Tools: These tools provide personalized guidance based on your patient’s unique data. Click on the images to zoom in.

In addition to assessment tools, the Key Data and Option Grid provides easy-to-understand visuals that you and your patient can review together as you discuss the best action plan.

Key Data: The Key Data tab offers you and your patient visual depictions of various treatments’ risks and benefits. 

Option Grid: The Option Grid answers common questions patients ask when making decisions. Help patients assess their options and arrive at a treatment decision using the Grid. You can share the Option Grid with a patient in real-time or via a PDF or website link. 

Learn More
Read about DynaMed Decisions, watch tutorials, and check out our library guide on DynaMed to learn more.

REGISTER NOW: Faculty Day 2022 (June 8)

Registration is now open for the 2022 Faculty Day Program, Jefferson’s annual celebration of exemplary teaching across the university. Faculty Day will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 8.

14th Annual [Virtual] Faculty Day Program
Sparking Joy in Teaching
Wednesday, June 8, 2022  

Conversations will focus on you – the Jefferson Educator. This year’s theme is Sparking Joy in Teaching. Please join us as we share where and how Jefferson faculty find joy in their teaching while sustaining high standards in education. We will highlight practical educational strategies that exemplify innovation and professional vitality.

                       REGISTER FOR FACULTY DAY

For additional information or questions, contact