McGoogan News

Writing Center is open in a new temporary location

The Writing Center @ UNMC, staffed by the University of Nebraska Omaha and housed on the 2nd floor of the Student Life Center, next to the UNMC Bookstore during the library’s renovation,  is open for the semester. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to work with a writing consultant on any writing project on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm to 7 pm. Card access is required after 6 pm.

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 appointments are also available. The Writing Center is sponsored by Academic Affairs.

Try it out! Trial of Cabells Scholarly Analytics

The library has a trial to Cabells Scholarly Analytics through February 28, 2019. This product provides article submission information for over 11,000 research journals, including analytics such as impact factors and altmetrics scores (The Whitelist). It also notes journals identified as engaging in deceptive, fraudulent, and/or predatory practices (The Blacklist). You can provide feedback about this product at http://unmc.libwizard.com/trial-feedback.

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 digitalcommons@unmc.edu.

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 digitalcommons@unmc.edu. We will verify which version can be posted, queue posting to coincide with publication of the final publisher version, and apply any publisher embargoes.