Duke Medical Center Library & Archives Blog

Scholarly Communications Hub Revisited
Posted On: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 16:11 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

A common request from our faculty, students, and staff is for assistance with all aspects of publishing and scholarly communications:

  • How do I find the best journal for my next manuscript?
  • Is there help at Duke with paying an Article Processing Charge?
  • How can I tell if a journal is a predatory journal?

The answers to these and similar questions can be found on the Medical Center Library & Archives Website via our Scholarly Communications Hub.

Linked from the Website main page under "Our Expertise" and located in the Training and…


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Tags: scholarly communication

PLOS Adds Journals to Open Access Publishing Agreement
Posted On: Thursday, January 4, 2024 - 23:23 by Li Ma

Duke University Libraries and the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives have entered into a two-year publishing agreement with PLOS, a non-profit scientific Open Access publisher with global reach. This agreement provides authors affiliated with Duke University, Duke Health, and Duke Kunshan University with unlimited, no-fee publishing in all fourteen PLOS journals, two of which have been recently added - PLOS Mental Health and…


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Tags: PLOS, publishing, scholarly communication, open access

Join Us for the Centennial Kickoff Celebration on 1.9.24!
Posted On: Saturday, December 16, 2023 - 09:59 by Beverly Murphy

The Medical Center Library & Archives will be broadcasting the Centennial Kickoff Celebration livestream in the Classroom (Room 104D, Level 1) from 4-5:15p.  

Kickoff Celebration  
Tuesday, January 9, 2024  
4 – 5:15 pm  
Cameron Indoor Stadium  
Open to: The Entire Duke Community  
Tickets Required  
Seating will be limited so please join us if you can’t attend in person.

For more information, see Duke University’s Centennial Celebration Kickoff

Categories: Alerts, Events

Hooves & Healing: Miniature Horses Come to the Library
Posted On: Thursday, November 9, 2023 - 10:32 by Beverly Murphy

More than 75 Duke University and School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students joined the animal assisted therapy group, Stampede of Love, on November 8, 2023. This was an opportunity to relax, de-stress, and share some special moments and photo ops with the adorable therapy horses, Lola and Kiwi.

Stampede of Love is a nonprofit organization that specializes in animal-assisted therapy, with miniature horses as their primary ambassadors of love. These therapy horses, being smaller in size, are perfect for navigating indoor spaces and mingling with people, making them ideal for visits to hospitals, nursing homes, and even libraries!

Categories: Events

Tags: wellness

HVAC System Upgrade
Posted On: Friday, October 27, 2023 - 15:55 by Beverly Murphy

A building wide HVAC upgrade will affect the Medical Center Library & Archives beginning November 8, 2023. Work will continue through the summer and may result in temperature disruptions and construction noise. We appreciate your patience throughout this project!

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Tags: building

NIH Data Management/Sharing Policy Update
Posted On: Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 17:37 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

The new NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy went into effect in January 2023. This means that if you are submitting a NIH grant application that will produce scientific data, you need to include a 1-2 page data management plan that describes the type and format of data you plan to collect or produce and how you will share and preserve it. The new NIH DMS policy establishes the expectation that data sharing is a fundamental component of the research process, maximizing the public’s access to NIH-funded research results. 

Here is the latest on the NIH DMS policy: 

NIH Application Budgeting Instructions Update: NIH will no longer require a single Data Management &…


Categories: Alerts

Tags: data management, NIH

Open Access: Breaking Barriers for Quality Research
Posted On: Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 10:50 by Megan Von Isenburg

By Alissa Kocer

In today's digital age, we’re flooded with information, but not all of it is high-quality or free. Open access journals offer a solution, providing top-notch articles on the internet without restrictions.

As the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives recognizes International Open Access (OA) Week, Oct. 23-29, it celebrates a bold strategic partnership that’s dismantling publishing fees for Duke scholars.

This year’s theme, “Community Over Commercialization,” puts the spotlight on prioritizing the public over profits, and rethinking how we share knowledge.

Building Community Through Access   
Catherine Staton, MD,…


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Tags: open access, publishing

New Open Access Publishing Agreement with PLOS
Posted On: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - 22:37 by Li Ma

Duke University Libraries and the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives are currently engaged in a two-year publishing agreement with PLOS, a non-profit scientific Open Access publisher with global reach. This agreement provides authors affiliated with Duke University, Duke Health, and Duke Kunshan University with unlimited, no-fee publishing in all twelve PLOS journals. Coverage includes articles accepted between January 3, 2023 and December 31, 2024, with all published articles being immediately Open Access and free to read for everyone.

The PLOS agreement will expand publishing opportunities for all Duke authors by eliminating expensive Article-Processing-Charges (APC), which are usually paid by authors and range from $800 to $5,300 per article for PLOS journals. Duke…


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Tags: publishing, scholarly communication, open access, PLOS

Systematic Review Screening Tool Available
Posted On: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - 12:23 by Sarah Cantrell

Duke Medical Center Library & Archives offers an institutional site license for Covidence!

What is Covidence?
Web-based software platform designed to facilitate the systematic review process. It can also be used for other reviews and evidence synthesis projects. 

What does Covidence do?
 Assists with multiple steps in the systematic review process, including:

  • Importing data from citation management tools like EndNote or databases
  • Screening and selecting studies
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Extracting study data
  • Assessing study quality/risk of bias
  • Exporting data to multiple file types
  • Creating PRISMA flow diagrams

How do I access Covidence?…


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Tags: covidence, systematic reviews

International Open Access Week: October 23-29!
Posted On: Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 08:59 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

Open Access (OA) Week is a great reason for everyone to learn more about the many benefits of Open Access and discuss all things open access with friends and colleagues. This year’s theme, Community over Commercialization, encourages a “candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community, and which do not.” 

This idea echoes the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science that calls for the prevention of “inequitable extraction of profit from publicly funded scientific activities” and instead supports “non-commercial publishing models and collaborative publishing models with no article processing charges.” 

To celebrate Open Access week at Duke…


Categories: Alerts

Tags: open access, publishing

NEW Graphic Medicine Collection
Posted On: Friday, September 29, 2023 - 13:04 by Katherine Smith

The Duke Medical Center Library & Archives announces the addition of our new Graphic Medicine Collection. This collection contains a variety of healthcare related topics discussed through the medium of comics, all which are available for check out. Below is a selection of titles from the collection. To browse the collection, please visit the Medical Center Library Reading Room on Level 1, or peruse the collection via our online catalog…


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Mobile Apps from the Medical Center Library
Posted On: Saturday, August 26, 2023 - 14:17 by Brandi Tuttle

With over 3 million apps in the Google Play store, it can be tough to figure out which apps are worth your time and/or money. First stop by the Library's Mobile Apps guide to see the health-related apps you can get through Duke or read on to hear about some of the best apps!

Our most popular point-of-care apps include UpToDate and DynaMed, which feature an impressive variety of medical calculators and clinical evidence. We are thrilled to offer both products as they differ in the specialties they cover as well as how they organize their content. DynaMed offers specialties such as Neonatology, Neurosurgery, Occupational Medicine, Ophthalmology, Oral Health, Otolaryngology,…


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Tags: mobile apps, visualdx, UpToDate, DynaMed, Lexicomp

Spotlight on AccessMedicine, AccessSurgery, Case Files, and JAMAevidence
Posted On: Friday, August 25, 2023 - 10:08 by Sarah Cantrell

The Medical Center Library & Archives is pleased to provide access to several excellent McGraw Hill products, including AccessMedicine, AccessSurgery (two year trial), the Case Files Collection, and JAMAevidence. These products not only connect you to core electronic textbooks, but also provide unique educational materials like study tools and quizzes, infographics, drug information, multimedia…


Categories: Databases

Easy Access to Resources from Off Campus
Posted On: Sunday, August 13, 2023 - 00:42 by Beverly Murphy

Duke students, faculty and staff and most affiliates with a Duke NetID have off-campus access to many online resources, such as databases and e-journals. Simply start at our Website and you will be prompted to sign in with your Duke NetID and password once you get to a resource that requires authentication. Or you may use the Duke NetID Login button at the top right of the site to avoid the need for repeated resource prompts. This login will last until you close your browser.

With the exception of the Duke FormWeb, Micromedex, and CultureVision (which require the VPN), no VPN or Virtual PIN is needed to access our resources. A small subset of Duke's online resources are restricted by license agreements and cannot be…


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Use SciENcv for Your Biosketch!
Posted On: Friday, July 14, 2023 - 10:32 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a system for creating and updating your NIH or NSF biosketch. The biosketch documents your qualifications and experience for a specific role or project and is required for all NIH and NSF grant applications.

Use of SciENcv to create biosketches will be required for NSF proposals submitted on or after October 23, 2023. Please see the NSF policy announcement for more information.

Duke strongly encourages use of this system since it will save you time now and in the future due…


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Tags: NIH, My NCBI, SciENcv