Wednesday, 22 December 2010

UKPMC is Zotero-enabled

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways.

UKPMC is now "Zotero enabled", which means that users can store the bibliographic details of any UKPMC article directly into their Zotero Library. Items held in a Zotero Library can be exported as formatted references, tagged and searched. Figure 1, below, shows how to add a single item to your Zotero library.

Figure 1: Adding a single record to your Zotero library

When viewing a full text article (in html, not pdf) it is also possible to extract details of all the articles referenced in that article. (See Figure 2).

Figure 2: Adding multiple record to your Zotero library

Further information about Zotero - a extension to the popular open-source web browser Firefox - can be found at:

Monday, 6 December 2010

Eugenics Review : digitised and freely available through UKPMC

The complete archive of the Eugenics Review journal - from 1909 through to 1968 when the title ceased - has been digitised through the Wellcome Library's Backfile Digitisation Project, and is now freely available at UKPMC and PubMed Central.

As the official journal of the Eugenics Education Society (later known as just the Eugenics Society) , the Review published papers written by prominent members of the eugenics movement, including Francis Galton, Julian Huxley and Major Leonard Darwin.

The Eugenics Society was founded to promote public awareness of eugenic problems, i.e. the existence of hereditary qualities both positive and negative, and the need to encourage social responsibility with respect to these qualities.

The Wellcome Library also holds the archives of the Eugenics Society.

Submission fees – a viable business model for Open Access publishing

A new study commissioned by the Knowledge Exchange argues that there can be benefits to publishers if they switch to a model based on submission fees.

The report “Submission fees – A tool in the transition to Open Access?”, written by Mark Ware, concludes that this model could be particularly relevant to journals with a high rejection rate.  They could combine submission fees with article processing charges in order to make the transition to open access easier.

The model has attracted interest but publishers regard the risks, particularly those involved in any transition, as outweighing the perceived benefits.  To support any transition, funders, institutions and publication funds could explicitly allow submission fees as a cost as this is often unclear in their policies.

This new study draws on research (conducted SQW Ltd on behalf of the Wellcome Trust), which also concluded that submission fees could play a key role in helping publishers transition to an open access model.

When a publisher offer a Wellcome-compliant open access model (i.e. deposition of the final paper in PMC/UKPMC at the time of publication, and a licence which allows the work to be re-used), then publisher submission fees are an allowable expense.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

UK PubMed Central report from NIHR 'trainee' meeting

Over 240 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) trainees recently attended the 4th Annual meeting at the Midlands Hotel in Manchester (November 30th - December 1st). Despite the freezing temperatures outside, the atmosphere inside was warm, welcoming and friendly.
The term ‘trainee’ is probably quite inappropriate, as it evokes the image of fresh young graduates. Here the trainees were a diverse group (doctors, dentists, midwives, statisticians, health economists and other allied health professionals). Many were senior fellows or clinical lecturers. We have all heard about working young doctors with long hours, but this group work exceptionally hard to manage a research programme alongside their professional duties on the wards and clinics.
Events were chaired by Professor Jim Neilson, NIHR Dean for Training and Dr Lisa Cotterill, Director of the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre. Delegates heard an upbeat assessment of the future of National Health Service (NHS) clinical research by Dr Russell Hamilton, Director of R&D for the Department of Health (DH). Despite the climate of economic uncertainty, the powers that be are convinced that clinical research will continue to be an important and protected activity for the NHS. Sir Iain Chalmers of the James Lind Library, delivered an inspiring lecture on evidence-based medicine and illustrated this with his moving personal experiences of Gaza in 1969/1970 and 2009/2010. Breakout sessions gave delegates the opportunity to discuss personal perspectives on managing a research career alongside clinical duties and focus on career development issues.
The meeting was attended on behalf of UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) by our newly appointed Engagement Officer, Dr Mohammed Tasab. Delegates were pleasantly surprised to learn of the range of useful tools and clinically relevant content available from the UKPMC site. The grant lookup facility and the availability of UK clinical guidelines were of particular interest to many participants.
In association with the other UKPMC funders, the DH and the NIHR is an important partner in the UKPMC initiative. They require that [for applications submitted from 1st April 2007] peer-reviewed research papers accepted for publication, and supported in whole or in part by DH/NIHR, are deposited at the earliest opportunity – and in any case within six months - in UKPMC.
Author: Mohammed Tasab

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Window display to promote open access and UKPMC

At the Wellcome Trust we are always keen to try new ways to promote our open access policy, and the UKPMC repository.

Our latest promotional activity involves a huge poster in the rear window (Gower Place) of the Wellcome Trust HQ, in London.

In addition to promoting OA, the poster also provides the opportunity for the Trust to promote its data sharing policy, and the work it is doing in providing access to the Library's collections, through its ambitious digitisation programme.