Thursday, July 31, 2014

SCOPUS database trial subscription at the Matas library, now includes Journal Metrics!

The Matas Library of the Health Sciences is conducting a subscription trial of the Scopus database.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer reviewed literature. It contains tools to track, analyze, and visualize scientific research. Researchers may view a publication’s h-index and see the number of times a publication has been cited. Resources in this database are selected by subject specialists from a wide range of topics and geographic areas. Users benefit from the bibliometric features such as journal ranking and paper impact factors that assist in gathering and analyzing information.

Click here to reach Scopus during the trial period. You can also access Scopus (and share your opinions and comments on the database) by using this link:

Please try this resource if you are interested in tracking your scholarly research and publishing, want to see how many times an article of yours may have been cited, or curious about who is citing your research and in what journals. Additionally, you can analyze your publications and h-index. The attached PDF file lists a number of useful tutorials that you can use at your leisure to further understand the services Scopus offers.

The subscription trial for Scopus is running through the summer.

-- UPDATE! --

Elsevier is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Journal Metrics based on Scopus data.
The metrics provide alternative, transparent and accurate views of the citation impact a journal makes, and are all available for free download at The impact metrics are based on methodologies developed by external bibliometricians and use Scopus as the data source. Scopus is the largest citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize research output.

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)

SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa. As a field-normalized metric SNIP offers researchers, authors and librarians the ability to benchmark and compare journals from different subject areas. A component of the SNIP calculation is the raw Impact per Publication (IPP) which measures the ratio of citations per article published in the journal.

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

SJR is a prestige metric based on the idea that ‘all citations are not created equal’. With SJR, the subject field, quality and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation. It is a size-independent indicator and it ranks journals by their ‘average prestige per article’ and can be used for journal comparisons in the scientific evaluation process.
The SNIP is developed by Leiden University's Centre for Science & Technology Studies (CWTS). The SJR is developed by the SCImago research group in Spain.
More information, including a downloadable file with all journal metrics, can be found on

Grand Rounds Reading Lists now available: Morbity and Mortality Conferences in Ob/Gyn

References from OB/GYN Grand Rounds from July 25, 2014: "Morbidity and Mortality Conference"
are now available:

Pediatrics Grand Rounds will resume September 2014.

Each week librarians at the Matas library attend grand rounds for selected departments in the School of Medicine. Articles and resources mentioned during the presentation are recorded and presented for your perusal via the links.

Create maps, tables and reports with PolicyMap

PolicyMap is an online mapping tool that enables access to data about U.S. communities and markets. Use it for research, grant applications and impact analysis by creating custom demographic maps, tables, and reports. 

What can you do with PolicyMap? Analyze communities at the neighborhood-level using data which drives Healthy People2020 goals/objectives.

 Register for basic training webinars to learn how to create map elements: data layers, and data points to describe a geographic area. Trainers welcome phone calls: 1-866-923-MAPS (6277)

This blog provides ideas about creating custom maps and reports using data available via PolicyMap.

Check out this blog entry which demonstrates how 3 maps were created for a healthy food access project using data available in PolicyMap: food access, consumption and diet-related health indicators, and food assistance program participation.


Monday, July 28, 2014

What's new in Faculty Publications

Devices studied in "Effect of spectral transmittance through red-tinted rodent cages on circadian metabolism and physiology in nude rats." Daughty, 2013
137 references were added to Matas Faculty Publications in July, bringing the total citation count for 2014 to 592 publications authored or co-authored by our colleagues in the School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the National Primate Center. Our scholarly output is on par with publication performance from last year. The final publication count for 2013 numbered 816 articles. As we pass the half year mark, we may well surpass last year's final publication count.

Featured publications from Pediatrics, Global Health Systems and Development, and Structural and Cellular Biology after the jump.