Mark Your Calendar: International Open Access Week, October 25-31, 2021!

Join the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Library staff in recognizing International Open Access Week being held October 25-31, 2021. This year’s theme, “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity,” partners well with the release of UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.

International Open Access Week, a global event is an opportunity for librarians and information professionals to engage with their communities about the benefits of open access and to increase awareness of the role open access plays in the scholarly communication landscape.

In support of Open Access, we will be featuring five open access publications by MSK authors and will share one each day (Monday to Friday) as a Today’s Science Sparks on the Library Website. You can also browse the Today’s Science Sparks’ archives to find other open access articles.

I would like to highlight Plan S, supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders with a tagline that states “Making full & immediate Open Access a reality.” The plan requires that scientific publications resulting from research funded by public grants be published in compliant open access journals or platforms. To better understand this movement, check out the Plan S Principles.

You can also discover which open access journal titles MSK authors publish in by looking for the orange open access button in a Synapse work record. If you see the button in a record, this confirms the journal is open access. Synapse is our public-facing and authoritative bibliographic database showcasing the intellectual output of all our researchers.

If you want to participate in the open access week experience, you can follow the conversation on Twitter, as well as share your thoughts. Don’t forget to include the official hashtag — #OAWeek. 

If you have any questions about Open Access, don’t hesitate to ASK US.

Donna Gibson
Director, Library Services

Let’s Celebrate National Medical Librarians Month!

Before the month comes to an end, I’d like to take a moment to let you know that October is National Medical Librarians Month. This month is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contributions of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Library team who continue to provide specialized library support to our physicians, nurses, students, and other healthcare professionals across the Center and all locations. This year’s theme is, Avoid Misinformation! Take the Right Path: Partner with your Medical Librarian. 

If you have a story to share where a Library staff member was helpful, feel free to let me know. You can also reach out should you want to discover how we can support your work. 

Donna Gibson
Director, Library Services

RefWorks Subscription Cancellation Effective 12/31/2021

MSK Library’s subscription to the RefWorks citation management tool will expire 12/31/2021, and will not be renewed.  

In 2020, MSK Library faced some particularly difficult budget decisions due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the MSK Library also supports the citation management tool EndNote, coupled with increasing RefWorks subscription costs and decreasing numbers of RefWorks users, the decision was made that we could no longer support the two separate citation management tools.  

Please review the questions/answers and instructions below for additional information: 

When will RefWorks go away? 

The cancellation is effective 12/31/2021. You will no longer be able to access your RefWorks account after this date.  

What will happen to all the references and folders I have in my RefWorks account? 

To move your RefWorks library to another tool, you will first need to export all your references as a .ris or .txt file, and then import them to the new citation management tool following our step-by-step instructions below. We recommend users export their RefWorks references as soon as possible. 

Please note that you CANNOT export attachments (like PDFs), so you will want to make sure that you have them saved in another location. 

If you want to keep all your folders, you will need to export one folder at a time. 

How can I get help with transitioning my RefWorks references and folders to another citation manager? 

We know that changing citation software, particularly if you are in the middle of a big research project, can be challenging and we are here to help! If you have questions about transferring your RefWorks library, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email. You can set up a one-on-one appointment with a Research Informationist via Zoom to help guide you through the process. 

Exporting References from RefWorks
Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to EndNote
Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to Zotero
Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to Mendeley
Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to SciWheel

Exporting References from RefWorks

Login to your RefWorks account. 

Step 1: Click on the References menu item and select Export. 

Note: If you would like to keep your folder organization, you will need to export one folder at a time. RefWorks recommends exporting 200 citations or fewer at once. 

Step 2: Save the exported RefWorks citations in a format compatible with your bibliographic software.

Step 3: When you click on Export References, a new tab will open in your browser. In the browser menu, go to File and select “Save Page As” and save it as a .txt or .ris file type. 

If you do not see File in your browser menu, right click the page and select Save As. Then save it as a .txt or .ris file type. 

Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to EndNote

If you do not already have EndNote, contact the Help Desk at 123-3337 or 646-227-3337 to have EndNote added to your MSK account.

Open EndNote Desktop. Go to File->Import->File.

Click Choose and select the .ris or .txt file you wish to import.

EndNote Import menu

Under Import Option, select Reference Manager (RIS). Then click Import. Repeat the steps in EndNote for each RefWorks file. 

Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to Zotero

Download Zotero. Open Zotero’s desktop application and create a username/login. Go to File->Import. 

Select the .ris or .txt file you wish to import, then follow the prompts to add it to your library. Repeat the steps in Zotero for each RefWorks file. 

Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to Mendeley

Create a Mendeley account.

Click on Import Library, select RIS, and select the .ris or .txt file you saved from RefWorks. Repeat the steps in Mendeley for each RefWorks file. 

Migrating Citation Records from RefWorks to SciWheel

Create a SciWheel account.

Click Import References, and choose the Reference files option (RIS, BIB, NBIB, MEDLINE and EndNote XML). 

Then, select the .ris or .txt file you want to import and click Open to add the references to SciWheel. Repeat the steps in SciWheel for each RefWorks file. 

Questions? ASK US at the MSK Library: