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Altmetrics: A new way to track impact

Altmetrics measure the impact not only of journal articles but a diverse array of online scholarly outputs such as books, book chapters, data sets, computer code, presentation slides, posters, blog posts, digital humanities projects, and websites.

In addition to scholarly impact, altmetrics also measure impact beyond the academy, for example through Wikipedia citations, media mentions, Delicious saves, Tweets, and Facebook posts. This ability to measure public impact is valuable to authors, institutions, and research funders in helping them gauge the real-world impact of their scholarship and the scholarship they support.

Altmetrics are also more immediate than traditional measures of impact like citations that take time to accrue.

Because altmetrics measure impact beyond the journal article, measure more types of impact, and are available right away, they can free scholars to experiment with and receive credit for new types of scholarly products.

Altmetric data can be viewed within Scopus records, as well as with a free booklmarket from Altmetric.com. Additionally, more and more publishers, like Wiley, are adding altmetric data to their articles.

Article-Level Metrics, similar to altmetrics, are an attempt to measure impact at the article level.

They can include traditional measures of impact such as citation counts as well as newer metrics like the number of times an article was downloaded.

A growing number of journals and publishing platforms are making article-level metrics available. For example, article-level metrics are provided for every article published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS). Metrics include total article views and downloads; citation data from Scopus, Web of Science, CrossRef, and Google Scholar; bookmarks in Mendeley and CiteULike; and mentions on blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.

Adapted from http://uri.libguides.com/researchimpact under a Creative Commons license.

Take PubMed searches and results to go with My NCBI

By Cindy Schmidt

Would you like to save a PubMed search so that you can view the results again later?

Want to receive search updates from PubMed?

Need to collect selected, PubMed results in a permanently accessible location?

Create your own My NCBI account.  You can use the account to:

  • save searches and rerun the entire search later,  see just the new results, or request e-mailed search updates.
  • save selected groups of PubMed results in “My NCBI collections”.

There are a few, less than obvious steps you will need to take if you want to log into your My NCBI from off-campus while maintaining access to UNMC’s full-text journal licenses/subscriptions.  Step-by-step instructions are available here.  The “less than obvious” steps are pointed out by use of red font.

In the library … with a new scanning station

By Dawn Wilson

The library has replaced its lone public copier/scanner with a new, easy to use, multifunctional scanning station. The new scanner set-up might look a little complicated. After all, it’s made up of four pieces instead of the one upright copier. But it’s twice as fast as the old machine. Even better, there’s an intuitive touch menu that allows you to crop, zoom, edit, rotate, straighten, and delete pages from a document. You no longer need access to Adobe Pro or photo editing software to put the finishing touches on your document.

Scanner Diagram

Five main options:

  • Scan to USB
  • Scan to email
  • Scan to printer (B&W $.10/pg; Color $.25/page)
  • Scan to smart phone/tablet (requires a QR code reader)
  • Scan to Google Docs

Five file format options:

  • PDF
  • Word
  • Searchable PDF
  • JPEG
  • TIFF

Printing options:

  • Black and White ($.10/page)
  • Color ($.25/page)
  • 8 ½ x 11
  • 8 ½ x 14

Scanning options:

  • Feeder for individual pages
  • Feeder does single-sided and double-sided
  • Flatbed scanner for books, photos, passports, posters, etc.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • The scanner is free, but printing the scans takes cash (coins or bills) only.
  • Scanning to a Smart Phone should be kept to only a few pages; scanning to email in color is usually limited to about 10 pages of color (20 pages of black and white).
  • Printing costs cannot be taken from your student account.
  • You cannot pull files off of a flash drive, so there is still no color printing available (just color copies).
  • When using the feeder, the print faces the wall.
  • Although you can copy both pages from a book or journal at one time, this scanner does not separate them into two pages in the file. So if you want to print more than one page from a book, it would be best to copy one page at a time. Otherwise the text will shrink when printing.
  • The flatbed scanner reads from the opposite corner as the old copier–look for the arrow at the front left.

Download the new Clinical Pharmacology app

Clinical Pharmacology is now available for UNMC and Nebraska Medicine users to download on their iPhone and Android devices. The content is downloaded on to the device, so is available offline.

Clinical Pharmacology Mobile contains the following:

  • Drug monographs both adult and pediatric
  • Indications, including on and off label
  • Contraindications and Precautions
  • Drug Images
  • IV compatibility
  • Drug-drug interactions report

How to Access the New Clinical Pharmacology Mobile

  1. Download the Elsevier Clinical Pharmacology app at either the Apple or Android app store.
  2. If you already have a Clinical Pharmacology username and password, once the app is installed on your device, you may simply log in using your current username and password.
  3. If you do not have a Clinical Pharmacology username and password, please go to the Clinical Pharmacology home page and click on CP Mobile App to create your username and password, which you can use to log in to the Clinical Pharmacology mobile app.

For non-iPhone and Android users, the mobile web version of Clinical Pharmacology is still available and requires a code, which can be obtained from the library, in addition to the Clinical Pharmacology username and password.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the library at askus@unmc.edu or 402-559-6221