Wednesday, July 30, 2008

ScienceDirect will be unavailable, August 2nd-3rd

Saturday August 2, to 01:30 EDT on Sunday August 3 (09:30 UTC to August 3, 05:30 UTC), ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to an upgrade of the administrative system that will improve the access and entitlements process to both platforms.

Email alerts and RSS feeds for ScienceDirect will not be sent from 11:30 EDT on August 1 (15:30 UTC) until the downtime has finished. Email alerts and RSS feeds can still be created until 05:30 EDT on August 2 (09:30 UTC), but they will not be sent until after the upgrade is completed.

The expected benefit for users will be simplified access to ScienceDirect. For instance, individuals will have single login details for access to all of their entitled content regardless of access point.

We apologize for any inconvenience this downtime may cause you and look forward to offering you this superior service in the future.
...The ScienceDirect & Scopus Team

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

American Psychological Association (APA) and NIH Public Access Policy

A new document deposit policy of the American Psychological Association (APA) requiring a publication fee to deposit manuscripts in PubMed Central based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently being re-examined and will not be implemented at this time. This policy had recently been announced on APA’s Web site. APA will soon be releasing more detailed information about the complex issues involved in the implementation of the new NIH Public Access Policy.
See the July 15, 2008, Chronicle of Higher Education article.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Dr. Michael DeBakey, In Memoriam

Image of Dr. Emile Holman, Dr. Rudolph Matas and Dr. Michael DeBakey. Rudolph Matas is presenting the Rudolph Matas Award in Vascular Surgery (Violet Hart Medal) to Dr. DeBakey, April 6, 1954

Dr. DeBakey received his B.S. from Tulane in 1930, his M.D. in 1932, and a M.S. in 1935. He was a faculty member of the Tulane School of Medicine's Department of Surgery from 1937 to 1948. He invented the roller pump while still a student at Tulane, which became an essential component of his heart-lung machine.

TULANE TALK (Dr. Michael DeBakey by Scott Cowen, Tulane President), July 14 , 2008

For more information: McCollum, C. The distinguished service award medal for the Society of Vascular Surgery, 1999: Michael Ellis DeBakey, MD. Journal of Vascular Surgery , Volume 31 , Issue 2 , Pages 406 - 409. doi:10.1016/S0741-5214(00)90171-X

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Online Global Health Exhibit

The National Library of Medicine has an online exhibit titled, Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health. It showcases the remarkable changes that are occurring in global health and some of the pioneers who have been creating theses changes.

If you happen to be in the Bethesda, Maryland area, visit the actual exhibit at the National Library of Medicine. It is on display until 2010.

Monday, July 7, 2008

NIH Public Access Policy: How to Deal with the PMCID

As of May 25, 2008, you must include the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) on NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports when citing an article that falls under the new NIH Public Access Policy. There is a FAQ available on "Public Access Frequently Asked Questions" via the NIH website.

List the PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) at the end of the already-required full journal citation for the paper in applications, proposals and reports.

Cerrato, A., et al., Genetic interactions between Drosophila melanogaster menin and Jun/Fos. Dev Biol. 2006 Oct 1; 298(1): 59-70. PMCID: PMC2291284

Sala-Torra, O., et al., Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) expression and outcome in adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Blood. 2007 April 1; 109(7): 3080–3083. PMCID: PMC1852221

Please contact the Rudolph Matas Library if you have questions concerning PMCID numbers and citation mangement programs, such as EndNote and RefWorks. If you are using RefWorks to apply for an NIH grant, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries has a page on Using RefWorks or EndNote to Manage NIHMSID & PMCID Numbers. <>

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Diagnosaurus in

If you are seeking a database that provides symptom-based searching for differential diagnoses of symptoms, signs, and diseases check out Diagnosaurus in AccessMedicine. This McGraw-Hill database is accessible by license to the Tulane University community.

In Diagnosaurus users have a pulldown menu, with entries by organ system, or users select to view the list of symptoms only, the list of diseases only, or all of the entries. For example, if you wish to review the causes of a patient’s chief complaint, simply select the symptom or sign from the alphabetical listing. If you have made a diagnosis and wonder what other disorders to consider, select your diagnosis from the list to see its DDx.

Diagnosaurus is also available as a download for your PDA.