Want to publish in Nature?

The editor from Nature Genetics gives advice for writing titles and abstracts that are worthy of being published in their high impact journals at the 2015 NatureJobs Career Expo.

My favorite tips from the article (paraphrased)


  • Keep it concise and meaningful, and focus on novel aspects.
  • Be specific, but not too specific (avoid jargon)
  • Don’t tease the reader: make it a statement and not a question
  • And as much as I love them: no puns, because they “are not usually very helpful, lead to fewer citations, and tend to make papers invisible to web searches”.


  • Include keywords to make it more searchable.
  • Focus on findings, not methods.
  • The abstract should stand alone: don’t reference external material.

Notice how he mentions searchability multiple times? Publishers want to make sure their content is findable, and librarians can help you identify appropriate keywords for your research. Have questions? Ask Us.

-Tobin Magle, PhD. Biomedical Sciences Research Support Specialist

Clinical Corner

by Kristen DeSanto, Clinical Librarian

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) database provides evidence-based resources specifically for nurses to guide patient care practices. It contains over 3000 records across seven different publication types, including evidence summaries, best practice information sheets, and systematic reviews. The records are also tagged with subject area nodes, including acute care, chronic disease, and infection control.

The Health Sciences Library subscribes to JBI through Ovid, so if you access JBI from the library website you will be taken to an Ovid search page. From there you must enter a search term before you can see a list of JBI records related to that term. If you prefer to browse a list of records by subject area node and/or publication type, there is a separate landing page that you can bookmark: http://tinyurl.com/jbi-mbpb. As you can see in the screenshot below, there are two ways you can browse a list of records:

  • Under the heading “Search JBI EBP Database” you can select one or more publication types and one or more subject area nodes from the drop-down lists, then click the search button.
  • Under the heading “Browse by Subject Area Nodes” you can click on a subject and see a list of all records tagged with that subject.

JBI EBP Resources on Ovid

If you have questions, please contact me at kristen.desanto@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2121.

Exciting News for Anschutz Medical Campus Faculty and Staff! FREE ILL!


Beginning July 1, 2015, most CU-Anschutz Medical Campus Faculty and Staff will now receive FREE ILL! This includes paid University faculty and staff of CU Anschutz, faculty paid by affiliates, volunteer clinical/faculty, retired CU Anschutz faculty, CU Anschutz fellows, CU Anschutz visiting scholars and students, and UPI employees. CU Anschutz students and residents will continue to receive no-cost ILL as well.

Some affiliated users will still be charged services fees ($8/filled request, $18/rush). This includes CU Anschutz alumni who live in Colorado, CU Anschutz volunteer staff, UCH paid staff, UCH volunteers, other CU faculty, staff, and students, CCML members, and residents paid by other health organizations.

There will be no changes in current fees for all other users ($18/filled request, $48/rush). This includes Colorado public, non-university fellows, non-university visiting scholars, and all others not listed above.

Please be advised that this is a 2-year pilot program, 2015-2017.

If you have any questions about your affiliation and eligibility, please contact the ILL office at 303-724-2111 or copydocs@ucdenver.edu with any and all questions.

[Brittany Heer, Library Technician II, Interlibrary Loan]

BoardVitals Trial


The BoardVitals trial (through STAT!Ref) is from July 6th-26th, 2015.

To access the trial: Go to the BoardVitals trial page and follow the registration instructions.
Tell Us what you think!

Featured in our BoardVitals trial are question banks for:

18 Medical Specialties
Shelf Exams
USMLE Step 1
USMLE Step 2
USMLE Step 3
Family NP
Surgical Tech

More about BoardVitals

New Exhibit – Michael Keyes: Stories & Seasons in Woodcut

"Sunny Morning" woodcut print by Michael Keyes

The Health Sciences Library will be hosting an exhibit of woodcut prints by Aurora artist Michael Keyes from July 1st – August 31st. Stories & Seasons in Woodcut will be on display in the 3rd floor Gallery.

Woodcut prints are a type of relief printing. The prints are created when an artist cuts a picture into a wood block, then puts ink on the block and presses it to paper.

Michael Keyes will be hosting an Opening Reception on August 7th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Stop by during that time to meet Michael and ask him about woodcutting.

The Gallery is accessible during the library’s public access hours.

Cochrane Review Matchmaking Through Social Media

[From the Cochrane blog]

Cochrane Review matchmaking through social media

Want to work on a Cochrane Review you have a passion for? What happens if you don’t know of any appropriate co-authors? Like many before her, Rawabi Aljadani faced this problem and has turned to social media to find a match. Below she tells us more about creating a Cochrane Review team with the help of social media.


A systematic review connects the dots and brings the understanding of different variables in an easy-to-digest format. Creating a systematic review that may assist decision makers in the healthcare field is a meaningful goal and is worth the effort it requires to see it through. Having a team that shares your same vision and determination to make the Cochrane Review happen is important to its success but finding that team may not be easy.

Your Cochrane Review team doesn’t need to sit in the same room, nor even in the same continent. A virtual team that works through social media and electronic communication can connect no matter the distance. Co-authors, statistician, and a consultant with experience on the review topic can work together to produce a Cochrane Review, one that may change practice and have an impact on care. Working with a virtual group can be challenging at times; there are language barriers and different time zones to navigate. The plus side is that you will be able to improve your teamwork, critical appraisal, and problem solving skills…and have a Cochrane Review as your finished product.

But how do you find a virtual team that shares your passion and drive? I have a few suggestions:

  • Post on Facebook; on your own page but also in relevant group pages.
  • Use Twitter to get the word out. Use hashtags that will connect you with people who are also interested in your topic. Make sure your tweet or at least your profile has your contact information.
  • Email your colleagues and contacts and ask them to share with their contacts.
  • Use relevant Listservs to post  messages and let people know.
  • Contact the Cochrane Review Group your idea would fall under. They may have someone they can connect with and they often have their own mailing lists and social media accounts they can help you advertise in.
  • Blog about it! If you don’t have a blog, ask to guest blog on relevant sites.

Since I posted my own review idea on Twitter and Facebook a number of people have contacted me. People from different countries and with different educational backgrounds, who all share the same passion and want to be a part of this team. Connecting with people who share my excitement for creating a Cochrane Review really motivates me to keep going and to do my best. I’ve successfully used social media to get ‘matched up’ with co-authors…now if there are any statisticians that want to work with a passionate team, please email me!

From my social media posts I’ve gotten many encouraging messages and have connected with others who have been struggling to create a perfect Cochrane Review team but hadn’t thought to post on social media. I encourage everyone looking to create a Cochrane Review team to look outside of their own contacts, consider other possibilities, and never keep their vision limited to a certain place. After all your perfect teammate may only be one social media post away!

Rawabi Aljadani


Pharmacist at NGHA-Jeddah


[Amanda Langdon via Lynne Fox]