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

What Do These Numbers Have in Common: 5,308… 217… 11?

The 2020 Synapse Publications Report can help you find out. This year our authors published 5,308 works! Of this total, we noted that 217 works were COVID-related. We also expanded our document publication types and now organize works under 11 different formats. The new formats include: Correspondence, Editorial, Guidelines, Journal Article, Miscellaneous, Research Letter, and Review.

Synapse is a public-facing resource and the authoritative bibliographic database of MSK publications, developed and maintained by a team of skilled librarians. While this report reflects the year in review, the Synapse database provides a record of the intellectual output written by MSK researchers, clinicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. As of July 2021, Synapse contains over 90,290 entries [references] dating back to 1987.

I hope that by browsing the 2020 Synapse Publications Report, readers will gain a sense of the contributions made by MSK authors to the ever-growing body of scholarly research. If you are curious about our past annual reports, feel free to explore.

Donna Gibson
Director, Library Services



New Advanced Practice Providers Group Added to Synapse

A new custom group was created to track the publications of MSK’s Advanced Practice Providers. APP’s are highly trained nurse practitioners(NPs), physicians assistants(PAs), and certified registered nurse anesthetists(CRNAs) that are an integral part of the healthcare experience at MSK.

Groups in Synapse pull the publications of selected author profiles into a single collection, allowing you to view and track the research coming out of our various departments and services. Administrators and authors can use the groups to create bibliographies for grant applications and annual reports, as well as providing an easy way to highlight your groups publications via the custom Synapse group URL. 

For more information, or to start your own Synapse Group, please contact Jeanine McSweeney.