In a previous post, we mentioned the concept of altmetrics briefly when introducing the Altmetric for Scopus feature in the Scopus database. Below we are listing links to two thought-provoking articles on altmetrics, both published last week.
An upgrade for EXAM MASTER® has been scheduled over this weekend. You will not be able to login to your account from about 11:00 PM Saturday, June 22 (CDT) to 6:00 AM Monday June 24 (CDT). Your registered email address and password will remain the same, but remember to update your URL bookmark to uiowa.myexammaster.com or simply go to Hardin homepage and click Health Sciences Resources A-Z.
Enhanced features highlights:
The dashboard allows easier access to recently created, accessed and scored exams.
Two interface choices for the testing environment.
Select multiple topical areas to pull questions into a single exam.
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Traditional scholarly metrics like Journal Impact Factors do not take into account scholars’ impact in today’s social media world. This is where altmetrics come in (visit altmetrics: a manifesto for more information). There are a growing number of altmetrics applications out there. One example is the Altmetric for Scopus.
Scopus is a multidisciplinary database with substantial international coverage. When you view an abstract in Scopus, you might see a box titled Altmetric for Scopus on the right side of the screen.Below is a screenshot taken from the abstract view of the article: Slinin, Y., Paudel, M., Taylor, B. C., Ishani, A., Rossom, R., Yaffe, K., . . . Ensrud, K. E. (2012). Association between serum 25(OH) vitamin D and the risk of cognitive decline in older women.Journals of Gerontology – Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 67 A(10), 1092-1098.
Altmetric for Scopus is a 3rd party web application that collects mentions on social media and news outlets and counts on popular reference managers for a particular paper. The number inside the colored circle is the Altmetric score for the article you’re viewing. If you don’t see the Altmetric for Scopus, it means this app can’t find any mentions of the article you are viewing in their data sources. Also keep in mind that Altmetric only started collecting content from supported publishers/repositories during the second half of 2011. Read more on the app’s potential limits on its developer’s website.
Come to Hardin Library on Tuesday, Feb 19th, 1:00-2:00 pm and learn more about Scopus. Register for the class at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/workshop/ Don’t forget that we offer a class called “Get Started Publishing”. If you don’t see it listed, you can always contact us for a one on one or group consultation.
The Scopus Alert for iPhone app allows you to 1) do keyword search, 2) email, bookmark, and tweet an article, and 3) receive email alerts when articles get cited. Keep in mind that you can only view abstracts, and full-text links are NOT available. A workaround is to email an article to oneself and access the fulltext outside of the app.
Before you download and install SciVerse Scopus Alerts (institutional subscriber’s version) from the App Store on your iPhone, you need to create a Scopus account at http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/scopus. You will be prompted to enter your Scopus log in and password and your UIowa email when you first open this app. Detailed instruction can be found at SciVerse Scopus iPhone app User Guide (PDF file).
Scopus is a multidisciplinary database with substantial international coverage. All citations that are in EMBASE are also in Scopus. Scopus also allows you to measure an author’s scholarly impact and to track an article’s cited and citing references.
U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently added a new page on its website dedicated to compounding information including USP standards. USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations can be downloaded free of charge, at least for now.
If you have not noticed it yet, type a drug name into Google search box and you will see a quick information box on the right side of your results page. Google announced this new feature on Dec 11, 2001 on Google +.
At the bottom of the box, sources are acknowledged and a link for reporting errors provided. A prominently placed disclaimer states “Consult a doctor if you have a medical concern.”
Research has become increasingly data-intensive. Many funding agencies, such as National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have started to implement policies and guidelines regarding data management and sharing. In such context, metadata is a term that is often used but not always explained or defined.
A recent blog post by Bonnie Swoger, a librarian at SUNY Geneseo, does an excellent job in explaining metadata using examples many , if not all, can related to. Swoger blogs at Information Culture, a Scientific American blog.
October is American Pharmacists Month! The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) reminds the public, policymakers, and other health care professionals to “Know Your PHARMACIST, Know Your MEDICINE.” If you are on Twitter, follow #APhM2012 see how people are celebrating American Pharmacists Month.
For information on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy , which is the 4th oldest College of Pharmacy in a state-supported university, visit its website at http://pharmacy.uiowa.edu
figshare is a multidisciplinary repository where researchers can share their research data online under the Creative Commons license. It gives users unlimited public space and 1GB of private storage space for free. All file formats can be published, including figures, datasets, media (including video), papers (including pre-prints), posters and filesets (groups of files). All research data including negative data published on figshare is allocated a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) at point of publication.
Like many other digital repositories, figshare promotes the concept of open access publishing and makes research data easily citable and discoverable.
EndNote is a reference management tool that helps you to easily gather together your references in one place, organize them, and then insert them into papers and format them in a style of your choosing.
This session will walk you through the basics of using EndNote to collect and format your citations. The class will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end.