McGoogan News

Exhibit on display: From DNA to Beer

The McGoogan Library of Medicine will be hosting From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry, on the 6th floor of Wittson Hall from November 12th to December 14th.  The traveling exhibit, created by the National Library of Medicine in cooperation with the National Museum of American History, explores some of the processes, problems, and potentials inherent in technologies that use living organisms.

Microbes—tiny organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye—have altered human history. Life forms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds can cause sickness or restore health, and help produce foods and beverages for our consumption.  Scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques to harness the powers of these microbes. In recent years, headline-grabbing technologies have used genetically modified bacteria to manufacture new medicines. Drawing from the collections of the National Museum of American History and the National Library of Medicine, From DNA to Beer will help to promote public understanding of the dynamic relationship between microbes, technology, and science and medicine.

The six-banner traveling exhibition presents these case studies of major scientific and medical accomplishments in the fields of biotechnology while showcasing the union with industry in how to best market and produce such discoveries to the public at large.

After viewing the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to enter a drawing to win an Amazon gift card.

Get More Visibility for Your Conference Posters

You’ve presented a poster at a conference. It may or may not be on the conference website and may or may not be freely available. Since the conference, people around the world have found your abstract and would like to view the poster, but unfortunately it may not be available.  

Now is your chance to increase the visibility of your work and share it worldwide. The library can host your poster in UNMC’s institutional repository, DigitalCommons@UNMC. The repository is indexed in Google and Google Scholar, making your work easy to find. Additionally, you will receive monthly usage reports and can obtain more in-depth metrics in the Author Dashboard. 

“DigitalCommons provides an excellent opportunity to gain more exposure for our academic work. The research in the field of Medical Imaging & Therapeutic Sciences is somewhat limited. With the help of DigitalCommons, we can reach a wider audience and share what we are doing here at UNMC with not only our colleagues, but students (both current & potential), university partners & funding agencies. We would encourage all faculty to consider adding their work to the DigitalCommons” – Tanya Custer MS, R.T.(R)(T), Assistant Professor, Distance Education Coordinator Medical Imaging & Therapeutic Sciences. 

Some questions we’ve received about placing conference posters in DigitalCommons:

What if I plan on writing an article based on the poster? Posters are generally not perceived as prior publication, though embargoes are available within our system. 

Does the conference have copyright over my poster? Most conferences do not require a copyright transfer. The poster remains under your copyright. However, some conferences may hold the right of first publication and thus the poster cannot be deposited in the repository. The library can help you investigate these issues. 

How can this be a part of my workflow?
Once you’ve completed your poster and are ready to have it printed or to upload on to your conference’s harvester, submit to DigitalCommons through this form. We will post it after the conference date unless you specify otherwise.  

To learn more about submitting your poster, please email us at

Make Your Article Open Access with DigitalCommons@UNMC

Publishing through open access or hybrid journals (Gold open access) is not possible for all, due to article processing charges in most STEM journals, and publishing in traditional journals requires you to sign over your copyright, which restricts you from openly posting your article online.  

Or does it? 

Most publishers permit you to make the submitted or accepted manuscript available online. This is called green open access. DigitalCommons@UNMC is an open access repository that can host these manuscripts and showcases the work being accomplished at UNMC. 

Justin L. Mott, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology states that

“Publishing is a key milestone for research. Still, accessibility is necessary for effective communication–especially for students and researchers who may not have the excellent library support we have. DigitalCommons, by hosting full-length manuscripts, is filling a need and contributing to open access. It is important to me that we have a means to reach a broad spectrum of scientists. We ultimately serve both the research community and the public.” 

DigitalCommons@UNMC is a powerful tool that is indexed by Google and Google Scholar. It provides you extensive usage statistics, such as downloads, institution and geographic distributions, and referral sites. This altmetric can provide you with the story beyond article citations. Dr. Mott also has found that his “most frequently downloaded papers from DigitalCommons are not strictly my most frequently cited.” 

How do you get your manuscript in to DigitalCommons? Once the peer reviewed version of your article has been finalized, email that manuscript, along with your initial submitted manuscript, and the name of the journal, to We will verify which version can be posted, queue posting to coincide with publication of the final publisher version, and apply any publisher embargoes.

Student Author Open Access Drawing

Attention student authors! The McGoogan Library of Medicine is pleased to announce publication support for student research. The winner of our Student Author Open Access Drawing will receive funds to cover author publication charges (up to $3000) for one open access journal article. These funds will be made available for one UNMC student to support dissemination of their research in an Open Access journal or a hybrid journal.   


  • The drawing is open to UNMC students who are enrolled in any UNMC program during all or part of the time from October 22 to December 3, 2018.  
  • Students who have faculty appointments are not eligible. 
  • Journals may be fully open access for hybrid/partial open access.  
  • Papers must be 1) Ready for submission to this journal today, or 2) In the peer review process with this journal, or 3) Accepted to this journal and able to be processed as an open access article.  
  • The student author(s) must be able to claim sole authorship. Jointly-authored student papers are acceptable. In the case of a jointly-authored paper, all students must meet eligibility requirements and one prize will be awarded.  
  • It is expected that student authors will collaborate with others, including faculty members. Such assistance must not be sufficiently extensive for the faculty member to merit authorship on the paper.   
  • Submissions must include an abstract which follows ICJME recommendations.  
  • Submissions may not have been previously published or submitted for publication.  
  • Submissions will be judged based upon completeness of the entry and reason for pursuing open access.  

How to Apply  

Submit your entry between October 22 and December 3 at 

The 2018 winner will be contacted and their name will be announced on the library blog by approximately December 7, 2018.  

One submission is allowed per paper.   

All submissions will be used solely for the purpose of selecting a winner of the drawing.  

Questions? Contact Emily Glenn ( or Heather Brown ( ).  

For more information:  

Conditions of Funding  

Funds may be used for open access publishing and processing fees, including open access page charges. Funds are not available for reprints, color illustration fees, non-OA page charges, permissions fees, web hosting for self-archiving, or other expenses not directly related to open access fees.   

  • Authors may not submit open access articles accepted by publishers who institute embargo periods.  
  • The funding limit is $3,000.  

Author Responsibilities  

  • Once the funding request is approved, the author should notify the library when the article is published or if the author withdraws it from consideration in that journal.  
  • Authors will be required to submit a scanned copy of the publication agreement.  
  • Authors must provide a copy of the publisher’s original invoice. Payment will issued to the publisher through the library’s business office.  
  • Authors must also provide a full bibliographic citation plus a copy of the funded article for deposit in UNMC’s Digital Commons


Renovation Input: Join Us October 23

When: Tuesday, October 23rd at 12:00 -1:00 pm or 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: MSC Alumni Commons, Level 2, Cafeteria space

HDR Architecture will present the design and finishes for the Wittson Hall, Library Renovation and Wigton Heritage Center. If you are interested in what we have planned for the library such as study rooms, lighting, makerspace, and other amenities, please come and look at floor plans!. If any questions, you may contact Mandy Wetterberg (facilities) at or Emily McElroy (library) at