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    The strike rate index: a new index for journal quality based on journal size and the h-index of citations.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2007 Apr 19;4. Epub 2007 Apr 19.
    CSIRO Livestock Industries, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, 306 Carmody Road, St, Lucia, Queensland 4067, Australia.
    Quantifying the impact of scientific research is almost always controversial, and there is a need for a uniform method that can be applied across all fields. Increasingly, however, the quantification has been summed up in the impact factor of the journal in which the work is published, which is known to show differences between fields. Here the h-index, a way to summarize an individual's highly cited work, was calculated for journals over a twenty year time span and compared to the size of the journal in four fields, Agriculture, Condensed Matter Physics, Genetics and Heredity and Mathematical Physics. Read More

    CAMbas--a XML-based bibliographical database on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).
    Biomed Digit Libr 2007 Apr 3;4. Epub 2007 Apr 3.
    Department of Medical Theory and Complementary Medicine, University of Witten/Herdecke, Gerhard-Kienle-Weg 4, 58313 Herdecke, Germany.
    The term "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)" covers a variety of approaches to medical theory and practice, which are not commonly accepted by representatives of conventional medicine. In the past two decades, these approaches have been studied in various areas of medicine. Although there appears to be a growing number of scientific publications on CAM, the complete spectrum of complementary therapies still requires more information about published evidence. Read More

    Factors influencing publication choice: why faculty choose open access.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2007 Mar 9;4. Epub 2007 Mar 9.
    Librarian for Bioinformatics & Pharmacy, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, USA.
    Background: In an attempt to identify motivating factors involved in decisions to publish in open access and open archives (OA) journals, individual interviews with biomedical faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Duke University, two major research universities, were conducted. The interviews focused on faculty identified as early adopters of OA/free full-text publishing.

    Methods: Searches conducted in PubMed and PubMed Central identified faculty from the two institutions who have published works in OA/free full-text journals. Read More

    Use of the Internet for health information by physicians for patient care in a teaching hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 Dec 12;3:12. Epub 2006 Dec 12.
    Latunde Odeku Medical Library, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
    Background: The Internet is the world's largest network of information, communication and services. Although the Internet is widely used in medicine and has made significant impact in research, training and patient care, few studies had explored the extent to which Nigerian physicians use Internet resources for patient care. The objective of this study was to assess physicians' use of the Internet for health information for patient care. Read More

    LitMiner: integration of library services within a bio-informatics application.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 Oct 19;3:11. Epub 2006 Oct 19.
    CISTI Research, Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, National Research Council of Canada, 1200 Montreal rd, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0R6, Canada.
    Background: This paper examines how the adoption of a subject-specific library service has changed the way in which its users interact with a digital library. The LitMiner text-analysis application was developed to enable biologists to explore gene relationships in the published literature. The application features a suite of interfaces that enable users to search PubMed as well as local databases, to view document abstracts, to filter terms, to select gene name aliases, and to visualize the co-occurrences of genes in the literature. Read More

    Technology mediator: a new role for the reference librarian?
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 Oct 13;3:10. Epub 2006 Oct 13.
    Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 North Campbell Avenue, P,O, Box 245079, Tucson, AZ 85724-5079, USA.
    The Arizona Health Sciences Library has collaborated with clinical faculty to develop a federated search engine that is useful for meeting real-time clinical information needs. This article proposes a technology mediation role for the reference librarian that was inspired by the project, and describes the collaborative model used for developing technology-mediated services for targeted users. Read More

    The use of free resources in a subscription-based digital library: a case study of the North Carolina AHEC Digital Library.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 Sep 6;3. Epub 2006 Sep 6.
    UNC Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library/CB # 7585, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA.
    Background: The North Carolina (NC) Area Health Education Center's (AHEC) Digital Library (ADL) is a web portal designed to meet the information needs of health professionals across the state by pulling together a set of resources from numerous different sources and linking a pool of users to only the resources for which they have eligibility. Although the ADL was designed with the primary purpose of linking health care professionals to a set of licensed resources, the ADL also contains a significant number of links to free resources. These resources are available to any ADL member logging into their ADL account and to guest visitors to the ADL. Read More

    Purchasing online journal access for a hospital medical library: how to identify value in commercially available products.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 Jul 12;3. Epub 2006 Jul 12.
    School of Clinical Medicine and Research, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.
    Background: Medical practice today requires evaluating large amounts of information which should be available at all times. This information is found most easily in a digital form. Some information has already been evaluated for validity (evidence based medicine sources) and some is in unevaluated form (paper and online journals). Read More

    Three options for citation tracking: Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 Jun 29;3. Epub 2006 Jun 29.
    Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St. P.O. Box 20804, New Haven, CT 06520-8014, USA.
    Background: Researchers turn to citation tracking to find the most influential articles for a particular topic and to see how often their own published papers are cited. For years researchers looking for this type of information had only one resource to consult: the Web of Science from Thomson Scientific. In 2004 two competitors emerged--Scopus from Elsevier and Google Scholar from Google. Read More

    Scholarly communications program: force for change.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 Jun 21;3. Epub 2006 Jun 21.
    William H. Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, 1900 East Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.
    The changing landscape of scholarly publication and increasing journal costs have resulted in a need for proactive behavior in libraries. At Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, a group of librarians joined forces to bring these issues to the attention of faculty and to begin a dialog leading to change. This commentary describes a comprehensive program undertaken to raise faculty awareness of scholarly communications issues. Read More

    Using geographic information systems to identify prospective marketing areas for a special library.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 May 4;3. Epub 2006 May 4.
    School of Medicine Library, University of South Carolina, 6311 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29208, USA.
    Background: The Center for Disability Resources (CDR) Library is the largest collection of its kind in the Southeastern United States, consisting of over 5,200 books, videos/DVDs, brochures, and audiotapes covering a variety of disability-related topics, from autism to transition resources. The purpose of the library is to support the information needs of families, faculty, students, staff, and other professionals in South Carolina working with individuals with disabilities. The CDR Library is funded on a yearly basis; therefore, maintaining high usage is crucial. Read More

    Multimedia Bootcamp: a health sciences library provides basic training to promote faculty technology integration.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 Apr 25;3. Epub 2006 Apr 25.
    Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA.
    Background: Recent research has shown a backlash against the enthusiastic promotion of technological solutions as replacements for traditional educational content delivery. Many institutions, including the University of Virginia, have committed staff and resources to supporting state-of-the-art, showpiece educational technology projects. However, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library has taken the approach of helping Health Sciences faculty be more comfortable using technology in incremental ways for instruction and research presentations. Read More

    Conceptual biology, hypothesis discovery, and text mining: Swanson's legacy.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 Apr 3;3. Epub 2006 Apr 3.
    Department of Library & Information Science, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 135 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA.
    Innovative biomedical librarians and information specialists who want to expand their roles as expert searchers need to know about profound changes in biology and parallel trends in text mining. In recent years, conceptual biology has emerged as a complement to empirical biology. This is partly in response to the availability of massive digital resources such as the network of databases for molecular biologists at the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Read More

    Scopus database: a review.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2006 Mar 8;3. Epub 2006 Mar 8.
    University of South Alabama Biomedical Library, 316 BLB, Mobile, AL 36688, USA.
    The Scopus database provides access to STM journal articles and the references included in those articles, allowing the searcher to search both forward and backward in time. The database can be used for collection development as well as for research. This review provides information on the key points of the database and compares it to Web of Science. Read More

    The "impact factor" revisited.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2005 Dec 5;2. Epub 2005 Dec 5.
    Medical Statistics and Epidemiology Group, Bioinformatics Institute, BMRC, A*STAR, Singapore.
    The number of scientific journals has become so large that individuals, institutions and institutional libraries cannot completely store their physical content. In order to prioritize the choice of quality information sources, librarians and scientists are in need of reliable decision aids. The "impact factor" (IF) is the most commonly used assessment aid for deciding which journals should receive a scholarly submission or attention from research readership. Read More

    Relevance similarity: an alternative means to monitor information retrieval systems.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2005 Jul 20;2. Epub 2005 Jul 20.
    Medical Statistics and Epidemiology Group, Bioinformatics Institute, Singapore.
    Background: Relevance assessment is a major problem in the evaluation of information retrieval systems. The work presented here introduces a new parameter, "Relevance Similarity", for the measurement of the variation of relevance assessment. In a situation where individual assessment can be compared with a gold standard, this parameter is used to study the effect of such variation on the performance of a medical information retrieval system. Read More

    PMD2HD--a web tool aligning a PubMed search results page with the local German Cancer Research Centre library collection.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2005 Jun 27;2. Epub 2005 Jun 27.
    German Cancer Research Centre Heidelberg, Central Spectroscopy Molecular Modeling, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
    Background: Web-based searching is the accepted contemporary mode of retrieving relevant literature, and retrieving as many full text articles as possible is a typical prerequisite for research success. In most cases only a proportion of references will be directly accessible as digital reprints through displayed links. A large number of references, however, have to be verified in library catalogues and, depending on their availability, are accessible as print holdings or by interlibrary loan request. Read More

    Good old days?
    Biomed Digit Libr 2005 Apr 13;2(1). Epub 2005 Apr 13.
    Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, 333 Cedar Street, PO Box 208014, New Haven, CT, 06850-8014, USA.
    Alternative models of subsidizing scholarly publishing and dissemination have germinated and gathered momentum in the fertile soil of dissatisfaction. Like the stubborn spring dandelion that needs but a small crack in the sidewalk to flower boldly, the first flowers of Open Access in library literature, including Biomedical Digital Libraries, have sensed their opportunity to change the existing paradigm of giving away our scholarship and intellectual property, only to buy it back for the privilege of knowing it can be read. Will biomedical digital library and informatics researchers understand their role in a new era of Open Access simply by desiring an immediate uninhibited global audience and recognizing the necessity of open access peer-reviewed literature to become self-sufficient? Read More

    The excitement of Google Scholar, the worry of Google Print.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2005 Mar 22;2(1). Epub 2005 Mar 22.
    Frederick L, Ehrman Medical Library, New York University Medical Center, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY USA.
    In late 2004 Google announced two major projects, the unveiling of Google Scholar and a major expansion of the Google Print digitization program. Both projects have generated discussion within the library and research communities, and Google Print has received significant media attention.This commentary describes exciting educational possibilities stimulated by Google Scholar, and argues for caution regarding the Google Print project. Read More

    Do we need a Unique Scientist ID for publications in biomedicine?
    Biomed Digit Libr 2005 Mar 22;2(1). Epub 2005 Mar 22.
    German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg, Central Spectroscopy – Molecular Modeling, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
    BACKGROUND: The PubMed database contains nearly 15 million references from more than 4,800 biomedical journals. In general, authors of scientific articles are addressed by their last name and forename initial. DISCUSSION: In general, names can be too common and not unique enough to be search criteria. Read More

    Using GIS to establish a public library consumer health collection.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2004 Nov 18;1(1). Epub 2004 Nov 18.
    McCormick Educational Technology Center, Library of Rush University, Rush University, 600 S, Paulina, Chicago, IL 60622 USA.
    BACKGROUND: Learning the exact demographic characteristics of a neighborhood in which a public library serves, assists the collection development librarian in building an appropriate collection. Gathering that demographic information can be a lengthy process, and then formatting the information for the neighborhood in question becomes arduous.As society ages and the methods for health care evolve, people may take charge of their own health. Read More

    A knowledgebase system to enhance scientific discovery: Telemakus.
    Biomed Digit Libr 2004 21;1. Epub 2004 Sep 21.
    Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
    Background: With the rapid expansion of scientific research, the ability to effectively find or integrate new domain knowledge in the sciences is proving increasingly difficult. Efforts to improve and speed up scientific discovery are being explored on a number of fronts. However, much of this work is based on traditional search and retrieval approaches and the bibliographic citation presentation format remains unchanged. Read More

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