McGoogan News Final Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule (link is external) that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information.  At the same time, the National Institutes of Health has issued a complementary policy (link is external) for registering and submitting summary results information to for all NIH-funded trials, including those not subject to the final rule. A news release includes links that provides summaries and a table to better understand the changes.

Important elements of the final rule include:

  • Providing a checklist for evaluating which clinical trials are subject to the regulations and who is responsible for submitting required information;
  • Expanding the scope of trials for which summary results information must be submitted to include trials involving FDA-regulated products that have not yet been approved, licensed, or cleared by the FDA;
  • Requiring additional registration and summary results information data elements to be submitted to, including the race and ethnicity of trial participants, if collected, and the full protocol;
  • Requiring additional types of adverse event information; and
  • Providing a list of potential legal consequences for non-compliance.


Post from Midcontinental Region News. Used with permission.

Services spotlight: Writing assistance

The library often receives questions or requests for writing assistance. There are services across campus that can assist you, in addition to online resources from the library.

The Writing Center at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, staffed via University of Nebraska Omaha, is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to work with a writing consultant on any writing project. This free service is appropriate for writing assignments, application essays, business letters, or other projects. Please see The Writing Center site for more information and to book an appointment. Online consultations are also available for all of those at UNMC’s campuses across Nebraska and distance students. The Writing Center is sponsored by Academic Affairs.

The Research Editorial Office provides UNMC faculty members with proposal development and grant and manuscript editing support. This editorial service requires a UNMC cost center code.

The library provides resources and guides to help you in your writing:

Who in the library…faculty & staff profiles

Karen Foster
Library Acquisitions Technician
Collection Development and Metadata

Tell us about your job in the library.

I order books, journals, equipment and office supplies for the McGoogan Library.  I process the invoices for payment for these items and maintain records of the payments.  I also register and process the payments for Library staff members attending meetings, conferences, classes and webinars.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

I would most likely meet or talk with you when I am contacted about possible donations of book and journals to the Library.

What do you like about working in the library?

I like doing my part to make materials available to our patrons that will help them in their work and studies.  I like working with other Library staff so resources can be accessed both electronic and print.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy reading and traveling outside of work.  I like to spend time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews.

RefWorks now compatible with Word 2016

There is good news for RefWorks users who have the latest Word versions on Mac or Windows!

RefWorks has engineered a new version of Write-n-Cite, the tool used to insert citations in Word documents.  The new version called RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) is installed through the Windows Store and is compatible with the latest version of Office. This is available on both Mac and Windows and will eventually be available on iOS, Android and Office 365. Please see these instructions for adding RCM to Word.

October 13 publishing seminars

On October 13, the McGoogan Library will present an inside look at the publishing process from those who know it best — the publishers and editors.

Last year, a single event was held with multiple publishers. Now it’s time for a deep dive on these topics. Multiple sessions will be held, which will delve in to specific issues and provide more content and discussion opportunities.

Experts from Elsevier will be on hand to offer in-depth information on the publishing process, including the review process, how to get your paper noticed, book publishing, and publishing issues and trends.

Office hours will also be held, giving you the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with the presenters.

Register for the sessions in which you are interested or watch the live-stream webcast from anywhere. (The archived links will be made available to registrants.) If you can’t attend in-person or online, you can register to receive the archived videos.

Registration is now open.

9am – 10am: Overview of the book publishing process

  • In today’s world, why write a book?
    • Discover the lesser known opportunities that publishing a book can offer to both your scientific community and career. Explore the benefits of writing a book throughout the early, middle and late stages of your scientific career. Learn the steps of the publishing process from submitting a proposal to choosing the right publisher.

 11am – 12:30pm: Introduction to scholarly publishing/how to get published (meal provided for in-person event)

  • The session will provide an overview of the scholarly publishing process, including best practices to get a paper published.  Topics to be addressed in this session will include but are not limited to the following:
    • Overview of the scholarly publishing landscape
    • Examination of the editorial process (Submission to Acceptance/Rejection)
    • Navigating the peer-review process
    • Publishing ethics
    • Promoting one’s research

2pm – 3pm: Trends & issues within scholarly publishing

  • This presentation will provide an overview of the scholarly publishing landscape including an examination of several associated topics and trends affecting the higher education and its associated stakeholders from institutional administration to early career researchers.  Targeted topics to include but not limited to:
    • Open Access Publishing
    • Predatory Publishing
    • Research Data
    • Reproducibility

3:15pm – 4:45pm: Office hours

5pm – 7pm: Introduction to scholarly publishing/how to get published for students and early career professionals (meal provided for in-person event)

  • Knowing the best way to structure your scientific paper, identify the most appropriate journal, and understand the peer review process is critical to getting your work published.  Attend this workshop and learn best practices from Elsevier’s publishing experts.  Topics to be addressed in this session will include but are not limited to the following:
    • Overview of the scholarly publishing landscape
    • How best to structure a manuscript for submission
    • Targeting the “right” journal for submission
    • Overview of the editorial process (Submission to Acceptance/Rejection)
    • Responding to reviewer comments
    • Publishing ethics
    • Promoting one’s research

Speakers are:

  • Megan Ball – Acquisitions Editors (Books), Elsevier
  • Vindra Dass – Publisher, Health Sciences, Elsevier
  • Helene Caprari – Publisher, Health Sciences, Elsevier

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Heather Brown at