McGoogan News

PLOS and NU libraries announce publishing deal

UNMC corresponding authors publishing in “Public Library of Science (PLOS) Biology” and “PLOS Medicine” will not incur article processing charges as a result of a new three-year agreement between the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and PLOS.

BTAA members now are invited to participate in PLOS’ Community Action Publishing program. The agreement ensures time to test and evaluate this new community-based model and allows BTAA researchers to publish in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine without incurring fees. On the basis of University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s membership in BTAA, faculty at all University of Nebraska campuses will benefit from this agreement.

PLOS’ Community Action Publishing is PLOS’ effort to sustain highly selective journal publishing without article processing charges for authors.

Articles with a corresponding author affiliated with any of the University of Nebraska campuses, or a corresponding author from another PLOS Community Action Program-member institution, are eligible. If the corresponding author is not from the University of Nebraska or another member institution, but some of the coauthors are, the APC will be discounted.

“This agreement is an important step in making open access scholarly publishing accessible to more authors by supporting article processing charges,” said Emily McElroy, dean of the McGoogan Health Sciences Library. “Additionally, it demonstrates another facet to the collaboration between the University of Nebraska libraries through the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries.”

Authors must indicate their institutional affiliation when submitting their articles to PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine to ensure that the publisher’s editorial management system identifies them correctly as eligible for the publication charge waiver.

For information about the agreement, and a description of the steps involved for authors, see the Community Action Publishing section of the PLOS website. For more information, contact Heather Brown.

Davis lecture will discuss ‘History of Resuscitation’

David Hoyt, MD, executive director of the American College of Surgeons, will give the 12th annual Richard B. Davis, MD, PhD History of Medicine Lecture at 4 p.m. on June 29.

Dr. Hoyt’s presentation is titled “The History of Resuscitation.”

The event will be held virtually. Register to receive a link to the event.

Dr. Hoyt has held numerous positions at the University of California, Irvine, and remains an emeritus professor of surgery. In 2010, he was appointed executive director of the American College of Surgeons.

His distinguished career has included delivering numerous named lectures and receiving multiple significant awards while serving in positions of leadership. Dr. Hoyt is a member of numerous surgical organizations and has served in multiple board and senior leadership roles therein. He has been a visiting professor at numerous institutions nationally and internationally and is an editorial board member of six journals. He consistently receives significant public research funding and is the author of more than 700 publications and three books.

The Richard B. Davis, MD, PhD, History of Medicine Lectureship brings national experts to the UNMC campus to discuss the history of medicine, in support of special collections at the McGoogan Library, including rare books and works on the history of medicine.

The lectureship is supported through an endowed fund given by the late Richard B. Davis, MD, PhD (1926-2010), professor emeritus of internal medicine at UNMC, and his wife, Jean. Dr. Davis, a faculty member at UNMC from 1969-1994, supported the lectureship out of his longstanding interest in the history of medicine.

Writing Center summer hours

Writing Center @ UNMC is open for the summer. Hours are Wednesdays 10 am – 3 pm, Thursdays 2 pm – 7 pm. All sessions are online this summer. Appointments can be scheduled online.

The Writing Center @ UNMC offers free one-on-one consultations with trained advisors to all University of Nebraska Medical Center students, faculty, and staff to help improve writing abilities, critical thinking and productive reading skills, and effective communication. The Writing Center @ UNMC is staffed by consultants from the University of Nebraska Omaha Writing Center. The service is available within the McGoogan Health Sciences Library during the spring and fall semesters, with online sessions available.

Writing projects supported by this service include:

  • Course papers
  • Proposals
  • Applications
  • Résumés
  • Cover letters
  • Scholarly articles
  • Theses and dissertations

Consultants provide assistance with:

  • Deciding on a topic
  • Generating ideas
  • Focusing, organizing, or expanding ideas
  • Improving grammar and writing style
  • Handling technical details of documentation and format
  • Overcoming writer’s block
  • Understanding different forms of writing
  • Becoming a more confident, comfortable writer

To find out more information or to book an appointment, visit the Writing Center’s website.