McGoogan News

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:

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 hlbrown@unmc.edu.

What’s ORCID and how do I get one?

When submitting a manuscript to a journal or conference or a grant to NIH, you may have noticed a field for an ORCID ID. What is ORCID?  “ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.” Essentially, you can register to get your own unique ID and tie all of your work together,

It was just announced that eight publishers will start to require an ORCID with new submissions. So, how do you get an ORCID?

To get started:

1. Claim your free ORCID iD at http://orcid.org/register

2. Import your research outputs from Scopus and add biographical information using automated import wizards

3. Use your ORCID when you apply for grants, submit publications, or share your CV. Learn more at http://orcid.org

If you have questions about ORCID or need assistance connecting your ORCID iD with your Scopus author profiles, contact Heather Brown at hlbrown@unmc.edu.