PTSDpubs Database

PTSDpubs database (formerly PILOTS – Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress) is a “freely available, online database providing access to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.” It’s produced by the National Center for PTSD and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, however, it’s not limited to literature on PTSD among Veterans, but is a more extensive PTSD resource.

The database is a free resource that is powered by the ProQuest database platform and is updated monthly. “Its goal is to include citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events, without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographical limitations, and to offer both current and retrospective coverage.”

From the PTSDpubs website:

PTSDpubs has unique features that set it apart from other databases. PTSDpubs offers:

  • A custom PTSD and trauma focused thesaurus to help you create a precise search. PTSDpubs’ unique thesaurus includes specific PTSD symptoms, like hypervigilance, as well as terms such as PTSD DSM-5 and PTSD (ICD-11) to help you search by diagnostic criteria.
  • A detailed listing of tests and measures. Each PTSDpubs record lists all instruments used within the publication, and you can limit your search to a specific test or measure.
  • A comprehensive range of publication types, including journal articles, books, reports, newsletters, and dissertations.
  • Cross-disciplinary coverage of all publications relevant to PTSD. PTSDpubs does not limit its coverage to selected journals, and tries to include all relevant articles.

Subject coverage details as provided by the ProQuest database specifications:

Subject Coverage

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder (with or without reference to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).
  • The assessment, description, prevention, or treatment of any psychiatric disorder, especially dissociative identity disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder), other dissociative disorders, or borderline personality disorder, associated etiologically or epidemiologically with exposure to a traumatic event, or to an event experienced as traumatic by the population under discussion.
  • The preparation or provision of mental health services to a traumatized population or a population at risk of experiencing traumatic events.
  • Issues of professional ethics, scientific methodology, or public policy relating to traumatized populations.

PTSDpubs can be access via the MSK Library’s Databases A-Z list. If you have any questions about this or any other database resources, please feel free to AskUs!

Springer Nature SharedIt Content-Sharing Initiative

Since 2016, Springer Nature has been helping its authors bring more attention to their work by creating shareable links to view-only versions of their peer-reviewed research papers that can be freely-distributed to their potential readers via an initiative called SharedIt.

What is SharedIt?

“SharedIt is a content sharing initiative from Springer Nature that allows authors and subscribers to easily and legally share links to free-to-read versions of research articles anywhere, including social media platforms, repositories and personal websites. All articles published in the Springer Nature owned journal portfolio and over 1,000 co-owned or partner-owned journals are included in the initiative.”

What many authors and readers do not realize is that the mass sharing of downloaded PDFs of peer-reviewed, published journal articles is usually not allowed within standard copyright agreements. The SharedIt initiative makes the sharing legal because the article PDF can only be downloaded and printed if the article has been published as an open access paper or if the viewer has a personal or institutional subscription through which they may gain access to the full-text PDF. For everyone else, the article in its entirety can be read in a free, view-only version but cannot be downloaded/saved/printed. The information, however, can still be read and further shared via the paper’s SharedIt link, even via far-reaching social media channels.

To learn more about SharedIt – see:

…or AskUs at the MSK Library.

Publishing in Journals where Articles are Made Immediately Freely Available to All

It is not uncommon, especially in Europe, for funding agencies to require their grantees to publish their research findings in journals that will make the resulting articles openly-available to all immediately upon publication. In fact, the Cancer Moonshot program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently announced just such a policy – see this Science news article from August 2019 for details: “In departure for NIH, Cancer Moonshot requires grantees to make papers immediately free”.

This “immediately freely available” requirement is quite different than, for example, the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy which allows for a 12 month embargo period during which the article remains behind a paywall so that the publishers are able to make money from subscriptions to their most current content. Even though Open Access (OA) journals have been around for almost 20 years now, with the first OA publisher, BioMed Central being founded in 2000, selecting an open access journal to submit a manuscript to is still confusing territory for many authors, no doubt largely due to the many OA subtypes available to choose from. This recent article nicely describes the OA subtypes – see:

Piwowar H, Priem J, Larivière V, Alperin JP, Matthias L, Norlander B, Farley A, West J, Haustein S. The state of OA: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles. PeerJ. 2018 Feb 13;6:e4375. doi: 10.7717/peerj.4375. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 29456894; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5815332.

Two resources that authors may find useful for identifying potential journal candidates to submit their manuscripts to are PubHubs, a subscription database that the MSK Library provides access to, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a free database that indexes >13,000 journals. Both of these databases have advanced search features that include filters that the searcher can select to limit their search results to their desired OA options.

For example, in PubsHub, a database which contains information on both traditional and OA journal options, users can filter the results list by such options as whether the journal is a “Fully Open Access Journal” (versus a traditional or hybrid OA title), whether the title is indexed in PubMed/Medline, whether it is peer-reviewed, and by range of impact factor.

DOAJ, on the other hand, contains information only on OA titles. It includes such information as OA article publication cost and can be filtered by options such as peer-review status, etc.

For assistance with selecting an OA journal title to submit an article to for publication, feel free to Ask US at the MSK Library!