TML News and Notes: April 2013
A new report has been released by US Department of Health & Human Services entitled "The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education." It present datas on the supply, distribution and educational information about the U.S. nursing workforce. It covers both registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) workforces in the United States.
The report can be found at - http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/reports/nursingworkforce/index.html.
Dr. Jen Nooney, lead author, will present findings from this report and the National Center's nursing workforce agenda at our next Health Workforce Webinar, scheduled for May 14, 2013, at 2PM ET. Webinar details can be found at http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/index.html.
Online Workshop: Advanced PubMed
Wednesday, April 24
12:15 - 1:00 PM, Online
During this online workshop you will learn how to get more out of PubMed by using subject headings and setting up a MyNCBI account to save search strategies and send you regular updates. Explore some of the other databases that link to PubMed covering drugs, sequences, structures and more. Register at PubMed
Open Workshop: Library Orientation & Tour
Tuesday, April 30
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, TML Classroom, Room 2-006
Learn about the variety of resources and services available to you from the VCU Libraries. In these one hour sessions we`ll show you the most effective ways to find books, journals, and other information for research and provide an orientation to the Tompkins-McCaw Library and its services as well as offer a tour of the facility. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. Register at Library Tour
RefWorks -- A Citation Management Program
Wednesday, May 1
12:15 - 1:00 PM, TML Classroom, Room 2-006
RefWorks is an extremely useful tool that allows you to easily create and manage your own personal research database. With a personalized account, you can quickly add citations to your database as you are searching the literature. When you are ready, RefWorks will automatically generate your bibliography to finalize your grant, thesis, dissertation, or manuscript. With all the needed styles contained within RefWorks, your bibliography can easily be generated in APA, MLA, or most any other style. RefWorks now includes the added module, RefShare, which allows users to share their RefWorks references with both members of their own institution and globally with any researchers via the Internet, further enhancing collaborative projects. Register at RefWorks
Like the forever stamp, one of your library services stays with you, at the same price (free) forever.
One of the many tools VCU Libraries provides students is RefWorks. This web-based citation management tool stores citation and reference information in personal databases. The individual can manage references in folders for individual topics, courses, grants or collaborative projects. It automatically generates bibliographies in various formats (MLA, APA, Chicago).
All VCU-affiliated users who have VCU and/or MCVH-VCU email accounts may set up free accounts.
If you have a RefWorks account, your references are yours forever. Whether you go onto graduate school at another institution or go into the workplace, you can still have access to your references via the RefWorks Alumni Program. You can continue to use RefWorks to manage research materials of all kinds--whether you are in school or on the job.
Members of the class of 2013: Remember to set up a RefWorks Alumni account before graduation to continue to have this benefit of your VCU Libraries relationship.
Details about the RefWorks Alumni Program
Students, faculty and staff with RefWorks accounts who leave VCU may continue to have access to RefWorks through the RefWorks Alumni Program. As a participant in the program, you receive:
- One free RefWorks account
- New updates and feature releases
- 200 MB of file attachment storage
- Use of RefShare to share your folder(s) or account
- Free Web-based training
- Technical support from RefWorks staff
To request participation in the RefWorks Alumni Program, submit an Ask Us email or contact your RefWorks administrator:
TEDMED 2013 Conference
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm through
Friday, April 19, 2013 8:15 am - 12:30 pm, Tompkins-McCaw Library
Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences will host a live simulcast of TEDMED 2013, April 16-19, during regular library hours. The University community is invited to join colleagues to listen to this provocative series of short, inspiring talks, curated by the well-known TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference series, which began in the mid-1980s. TEDMED focuses on health and medicine. According to organizers, "TEDMED believes that the future of health and medicine will be shaped by vital input from leading medical colleges, teaching hospitals, government agencies and non-profit institutions around the world." In this spirit of collaboration and information sharing, the TEDMED event is broadcast free to these institutions.
Film Screening: "Tapped"
Wednesday, April 17
12:00 - 1:00 PM, TML Learning Center at Hunton, Room 209
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. This timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. Attendees may bring their lunch. Registration is encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome. Register at Film Screening
RAMS Reaching Out Reception
Thursday, April 18, 2013
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tompkins-McCaw Library
The fourth exhibit to be featured on the newly renovated gallery walls of Tompkins-McCaw Library, the Rams Reaching Out photographic exhibit celebrates the outreach activities of VCU Health Sciences students from urban Richmond to rural Southwest Virginia to the faraway shores of West Africa. They work in free clinics, do rotations in community settings or go on group service trips. Showcased will be the breadth of those experiences. The exhibit is open during Tompkins-McCaw Library normal operating hours. Friday through Sunday, hours are limited. For a complete listing of hours, please see: http://www.library.vcu.edu/hours/tml/tml_yearly.html. The public is invited to the opening reception. To RSVP for the opening reception please contact Thelma Mack, firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-828-0017.
Community Health Education Center: Donate Life Blue and Green Day
Friday, April 19, 2013
10:00 am - 2:00 pm, VCU Medical Center Gateway Building - Ground Floor, MCV Campus
April is National Donate Life Month and April 19 is Donate Life Blue and Green Day! Celebrate and become better educated with us on Friday, April 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Community Health Education Center. Stop by during this time for the opportunity to learn more about organ, eye, and tissue donation. Wear your blue and green on this day to raise awareness and honor organ, eye, and tissue donation! For more information, please contact Sarah or Dana at 828-2432 or email email@example.com. The Community Health Education Center is located on the Ground Floor of the VCU Medical Center Gateway Building.
A couple of questions that consistently arise here at the library. One is how do you find the impact factor? Another is exactly what is an impact factor? Below I hope to be able to answer those questions for those who may be curious as to exactly what an impact factor measures, the debate over the usefulness of a impact factor when it comes to publications, and how you find the impact factor for a journal. Remember that if you any questions the librarians here at TML are here to help.
The JCR provides quantitative tools for ranking, evaluating, categorizing, and comparing journals. The impact factor is one of these; it is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period. The annual JCR impact factor is a ratio between citations and recent citable items published. Thus, the impact factor of a journal is calculated by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: Calculation for journal impact factor.
A= total cites in 1992
B= 1992 cites to articles published in 1990-91 (this is a subset of A)
C= number of articles published in 1990-91
D= B/C = 1992 impact factor
The impact factor is useful in clarifying the significance of absolute (or total) citation frequencies. It eliminates some of the bias of such counts which favor large journals over small ones, or frequently issued journals over less frequently issued ones, and of older journals over newer ones. Particularly in the latter case such journals have a larger citable body of literature than smaller or younger journals. All things being equal, the larger the number of previously published articles, the more often a journal will be cited.
(Taken from: Thomson reuters | the thomson reuters impact factor | science Retrieved 4/9/2013, 2013, from http://thomsonreuters.com/products_services/science/free/essays/impact_factor/)
2011 Impact Factor for American Journal of Critical Care
5-Year Journal Impact Factor
Factors that Influence Impact Factors
Date of Publication:
The impact factor is based solely on citation data and only looks at the citation frequency of articles from a journal in their first couple years of publication. Journals with articles that are steadily cited for a long period of time (say, 10 years) rather than only immediately lose out with this calculation.
Large vs. Small Journals:
Large and small journals are compared equally. Large journals tend to have higher impact factors--nothing to do with their quality.
It's important to remember that the impact factor only looks at an average citation and that a journal may have a few highly cited papers that greatly increase its impact factor, while other papers in that same journal may not be cited at all. Therefore, there is no direct correlation between an individual article's citation frequency or quality and the journal impact factor.
Impact factors are calculated using citations not only from research articles but also review articles (which tend to receive more citations), editorials, letters, meeting abstracts, and notes. The inclusion of these publications provides the opportunity for editors and publishers to manipulate the ratio used to calculate impact factor and falsely try to increase their number.
Changing / Growing Fields:
Rapidly changing and growing fields (e.g. biochemistry and molecular biology) have much higher immediate citation rates, so those journals will always have higher impact factors than nursing, for instance.
ISI's Indexing / Citation Focus:
There is unequal depth of coverage in different disciplines. In the health sciences, the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), the company which publishes impact factors, has focused much of their attention on indexing and citation data from journals in clinical medicine and biomedical research and has not focused on nursing as much. Very few nursing journals are included in their calculations (around 45). This does not mean that nursing journals they do not include are of lesser quality, and, in fact, they do not give any explanation for why some journals are included and others are not. In general, ISI focuses more heavily on journal dependent disciplines in the sciences and provides less coverage for areas of the social sciences and humanities, where books and other publishing formats are still common.
Research vs. Clinical Journals
In some disciplines such as some areas of clinical medicine where there is not a distinct separation between clinical/practitioner versus research journals, research journals tend to have higher citation rates. This may also apply to nursing.
(Taken from: Home - journal impact factors - guides at michigan state university libraries Retrieved 4/9/2013, 2013, from http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/impactfactors )
How to Find a Journal's Impact Factor
- Go to the Tompkins-McCaw Library Website and click on Web of Science under search collections.
- On the Web of Science page go to the tabs at the top of the page and click on the one that says select a database.
- Select Journal Citation Reports®
- Select the JCR edition (Science or Social Science) and year that you want. When it comes to some subjects the subject appears under both editions. Nursing is one subject that appears in both editions.
- Next, select a search option (view journals by subject, search for a specific journal, or view all journals) to find if the journal you're looking for has an impact factor.
- In order to see how the journal you are interested in compares to other in a particular field, it is best to select "view a group of journals by subject category" and click submit.
- Select the topic/category you want to see from the list (You can select more than one by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on multiple categories). Below this list of categories you can select how you would like to view the journals by going to the drop down menu and choosing accordingly.
Articles: Impact Factor Debate
- Citations are hotlinked to the article. You will need to either be on campus or authenticate in order to access them.