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Volume 5 | Issue 11 | November/December 2015

The Light & Dark Side of Open Access Publishing

Open Access publishing is a wonderful model for openly distributing and sharing your research with colleagues around the world without the access and fee barriers imposed by traditional publishing. Many open access journals are also high value publications. For example, two OA journals - PLOS Medicine (#7) and BMC Medicine (#9) - are listed in Journal Citation Reports top 10 journals with the highest impact factors in the "Medicine, General & Internal" category. Other journals in this category include New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Annals of Internal Medicine.

OA publishing is great, but we all must be aware of predatory open access journals to protect ourselves, our research, and our institutions. In 2013, Declan Butler published "Buyer Beware: A Checklist to Identify Reputable Publishers" in Nature and lists what you should be looking for when identifying reputable versus predatory journals.
These include:

  • Does the journal's website provide complete contact information, including mailing address? Be wary of sites that provide web contact forms only.
  • Is the journal's editorial board listed on the website, including names and affiliations? If you recognize names in the field, that is a good sign. You can also contact members of the editorial board if you have questions about the journal.
  • Is the journal's peer-review process described?
  • Are author fees openly shared on the website?
  • Have you read sample articles from the journal to determine if they are of quality?
  • Is the journal part of the Directory of Open Access Journals or the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association? Journals must go through a vetting process before being included in these directories.

Beall's List of Predatory Open Access Publishers is also a good place to check for a journal title before pursuing publication in an open access journal.

The Medical Library can help you identify legitimate and appropriate open access journals based on your topic area. We encourage faculty to consider publishing open access and still have funds available for covering the publishing fees through our OA Grant Program.

Please contact us directly or at with any questions or concerns!

Student Corner 

Capstone Research Consultations Over Winter Break
Medical Library faculty will be on campus and available to meet with you about your Capstone projects through Wednesday, December 23! We'll also be returning to campus on Monday, January 4, 2016 and can review your current searches, recommend additional databases and resources to search for literature not in PubMed, help with citing in AMA Style, and more in preparation for your M1 proposals!

Please contact one of us directly or email and we'll schedule a one-on-one meeting with you!

Faculty Corner 

Faculty Brown Bag Series
Join us for our 2016 faculty development series focused on tools to enhance your teaching and scholarship! Each session will be held on Oakland's campus in Room 478 O'Dowd Hall from 12:00 - 1:00pm. Anyone interested in the topics is welcome to attend. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Our first two sessions will be:
  • Wednesday, December 16: Teaching & Learning Resources for Your Academic Success Dr. Misa Mi will cover a number strategies for identifying and using the library's resources to enhance your teaching and student learning including locating, downloading, and citing images; creating durable links to online textbooks and databases, and locating your published meeting abstracts.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016: Citation Management Tools There are so many tools and methods to manage and store citations for your teaching, scholarly research, and general reading. What's the best tool out there for you? Stephanie Swanberg will compare and contrast multiple citation managers including Mendeley, Zotero, RefWorks, and EndNote.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at


Submit Your Book and Book Chapter Publications to Authors at Oakland Event
The Senate Library Committee and Kresge Library are pleased to announce the 11th Annual Authors at Oakland event to honor the authors among our faculty who have recently published.  This year, following our tradition of celebrating books and journal articles in alternating years, the Authors at Oakland event will focus on book publications. The event will be held on March 16, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 pm., on the 4th floor of the Kresge Library.      

Please note the following guidelines for submitting your book publications:
  • Any form of book publication is welcome (e.g., books, book chapters, edited volumes).
  • There is no limit on the number of submissions per faculty member.
  • The publication date must be between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.
  • The deadline for submission for inclusion in the event is January 20, 2016.

Please complete the online submission form and provide a copy of your publication(s) to Kath Borg at Kresge Library before the submission due date of January 20, 2016:, Ext. 2459, Room 300KL. All submissions will be on display. Please inform Kath if you would like to donate your copy of the book to the Library, or if you wish to have it returned after the event. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact
Samia Ragheb, Chair of the Senate Library Committee ( or
Kath Borg, Assistant to the Dean of the Libraries (

OUWB Publication List: July - September 2015

The Medical Library is pleased to publish the OUWB Publication List, July - September 2015 featuring the published work of our OUWB faculty, staff, and students! This quarter's report includes 122 citations to articles, book chapters, published meeting abstracts, and other works added to the major medical databases in the months of July, August, and September 2015. Highlights include:

  • 1 book chapter
  • 20 published meeting abstracts
  • 1 MedEdPortal submission
  • 4 student-authored articles
If your publication was inadvertently missed, please email the citation to us at, and it will appear in next quarter's report!


Library Hours During
Winter Break

Tue, Dec 15
Close at 10:00pm

Wed, Dec 16 - Fri, Dec 18 7:30am - 6:00pm

Sat, Dec 19 - Sun, Dec 20 Closed

Mon, Dec 21 - Wed,
Dec 23

7:30am - 6:00pm

Thur, Dec 24 - Sun, Jan 3 Closed

Mon, Jan 4:
Open at 7:30am &
resume 24/7 hours

Questions? Comments?

Contact our editor
Stephanie Swanberg at

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