Three Blog Posts to Help You Have a Better 2018!

In the spirit of New Year’s renewal, here are three posts you may have missed in this past year, worth revisiting for information that will set you up for a great 2018!

If you are an EndNote user, no doubt you know how valuable this citation management tool is — you can use it store related citations in libraries, attach pdf files, and generate citations in the correct format as you write!  What you may not have known is how to Import a Plain Text Bibliography into Endnote! Dina explains how to do it with PubMed in this post from November. [For those readers who haven’t used EndNote, check out our workshops and get started, or visit this LibGuide to see which citation manager is right for you].

Need evidence based guidelines? Well, Seeking Evidence Based Clinical Guidelines will help get you started in the right place and save valuable time!

Looking for information on Patient Safety? This post from Patient Safety Week features a variety of resources for healthcare professionals, patients, and their caregivers.

Want to ask a Librarian?  This post explains the easiest way for our MSK users to find one when you need one! Ask us, we’re here to help!

Happy New Year from the MSK Library!

A New Season for Publishing as Autumn Begins?

  • Science News item published Wednesday discusses negotiations between German institutions and publishers to create a new nation-wide open access model. According to the report, a successful agreement for the large German market could lead to a major shift in academic publishing.
  • The meetings in Germany are just one of the current cases mentioned in Sci-Hub Moves to the Center of the Ecosystem, a post on Scholarly Kitchen looking at how the existence of the illegal sharing site effects the landscape of scholarly publishing and libraries.
  • Legal issues for Sci-Hub continue. Two weeks ago, it was reported that the American Chemical Society (ACS), is seeking millions of dollars in damages from the site and also wants internet service providers to block it. Thanks to Nancy Sims, aka @CopyrightLibn, for sharing this item and calling attention to it.
  • Wrapping up this post, but certainly far from the final word on the matter, is a letter to ResearchGate from the International Association of Scientific and Medical Publishers (STM) proposing a solution to the paper sharing site’ legal issues.

July Picks – Complex Questions Without Easy Answers!

The Curious Case of Motherhood and Longevity subtitled “Why do studies of the effects of reproduction on a woman’s body come to such wildly different conclusions?” was published earlier this month on Undark. In it, Olivia Campbell explores this complicated topic and talks with researchers about the factors involved. While many news stories gloss over the contradictory findings on the costs and benefits of reproduction for women Campbell is clear that, “We want the answer to be simple, but it just isn’t”.

Technology is Biased Too. How Do We Fix it? Turning to algorithms to avoid human error is problematic since human bias is built into technology. On FiveThirtyEight, Laura Hudson, discusses some research into how automated systems reinforce prejudice and why it is difficult to fix them.

From Science, two recent items related to sticky subjects…. Sci-Hub and Science Funding through the NIH: