Still wondering where to publish?

April 22, 2016

If you’ve read our previous post on identifying and avoiding predatory publishers, you’re well on your way to finding the right journal in which to publish.

Well done! You’ve mastered Step 1.


Ready for Step 2? Awesome. Let’s do it!

 checkmark-orange As you look at the table of contents, do you think your article will be a good fit?
 checkmark-orange What types of articles are published? Original research, review, case study?
 checkmark-orange What is the quality of the accepted articles and authors?
 checkmark-orange What is the main subject area(s) covered by the journal (particularly when the research is cross-discipline)?
 checkmark-orange What is the acceptance rate of this journal?
 checkmark-orange Who is the publisher of this journal?  Do you recognize the publisher?
 checkmark-orange What associations or organizations are affiliated with the journal?
 checkmark-orange Do you recognize any of the names of the editors of the review board?  Are the editors affiliated with established institutions?
 checkmark-orange On what platforms is the journal available? Web, print, or web and print?
 checkmark-orange What is the number of paid circulations?
 checkmark-orange How often is the journal published?
 checkmark-orange What is the time to publication?
 checkmark-orange Where is it indexed?  Medline, PsycINFO, CINAHL?
 checkmark-orange Is the journal peer-reviewed?
 checkmark-orange What is the reputation of the journal?
 checkmark-orange What is the impact factor?
 checkmark-orange Who is the declared audience?

For more information about journal rankings and reach, check out InCites™ Journal Citation Reports® and Ulrich’s Web  (This is licensed content, so you’ll be asked for your UR status and affiliation before being directed to the resources.)

Still have questions?  Your liaison librarians are here to help. Contact us by email, by calling (585) 275-2487, or by using the Ask A Librarian page on our website.

We’re growing our family of libraries to meet your needs. Meet the Family Resource Library at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

April 21, 2016

And we couldn’t be prouder.

Stop by and say hello. The Family Resource Library is located on the lobby level of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. We’re right next door to the Ronald McDonald Family Room.

The Family Resource Library is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome to use the library’s facilities: clinicians, staff, patients and their families, and the general community.

Jennifer Raynor

Jennifer Raynor

As you enter, you’ll get a welcoming smile from professional librarian, Jennifer Raynor. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Science. She’s held positions at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, and Brighton Memorial Library in Rochester.

Jennifer thrives on finding reliable and helpful health information to meet your specific needs.

For clinicians and staff, she’ll consult with you on database searches, conduct custom literature searches, provide subject-specific resource training and instruction, notify you about new library services, and work with you to create appropriate educational materials for your patients and families.

Family Resource Library

Family Resource Library

For pediatric patients and their families, Jennifer knows just the right age-appropriate resources to help you better understand your health conditions or diagnoses. Of course, we also offer a quiet space to relax as well as fiction books for children and teens. Browse through the daily newspaper or our collection of magazines for children and adults.  Public access computers, a printer/scanner/fax machine, and iPads are also available.

Contact Jennifer at (585) 275-7710 or for any of your information needs.

April Classes by Miner Library

April 21, 2016

Classes at Miner Library

Here are the classes offered by Miner Library for the upcoming month:

BIO101: Big Data and Precision Medicine
Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
An Integrated View of the Genome
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses, Clerkships and Residencies
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Biostats Boot Camp
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Intro to Mendeley Class
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
EndNote Basics
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Blackboard Features: Tests and Surveys
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Biostats Boot Camp
Date: Friday, April 22, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Learning R via SWIRL: Monthly Meet-Up
Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
EndNote Basics
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Making Sense of Your Gene, Protein or Metabolite List: Secondary Analysis
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

For a full list of Miner Library’s classes, visit our Classes page.

Have a question? Contact Miner Library’s Answer Desk @ 585-275-3361.

High Noon at Miner Library Presents: Stylish Pursuits: Lessons in Fashion, April 27 at Noon

April 15, 2016

belt2Have you ever pondered the question…What should I wear today? Of course you have!

Join us on April 27 for the always fashionable High Noon series featuring Dr. Rebecca Nally.

Dr. Nally created and contributes to The Fluff Report, a blog bringing together tips and advice on fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She will talk to us about fashion, styling, what to look for when shopping, mixing trends with classics, and pieces that every closet should have.

Join us at noon on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in the History of Medicine Room at Miner Library. Feel free to invite your colleagues and bring your lunch!

For more information, contact Linda Hasman at 275-3399.

About the speaker: Dr. Rebecca Nally

Rebecca Nally O.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Flaum Eye Institute. She is a 2002 graduate of the New England College of Optometry. Dr. Nally is a comprehensive eye care provider. She enjoys working with special needs patients including children, the elderly, and physically challenged individuals. She also specializes in medical and cosmetic contact lens care.

De-stress with Strong PETS – Wednesday, 4/27/16 @ 3:15

April 3, 2016

Students with Strong PETS

Join us on Wednesday, April 27, for a visit from our favorite team of care givers… Strong P.E.T.S.  (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).

Beyond the benefits of animal-human interaction like lower blood pressure and reduced stress, interacting with animals can increase our levels of oxytocin, a hormone that helps us feel happy and trusting.

Got a few minutes? De-stress with us on April 27.

Strong P.E.T.S. volunteers will stop by @ 3:15 p.m., after their “rounds” on the in-patient units.



April 15 at 3 p.m.: “Reproducibility of Biomedical Research” Don’t miss it!

April 2, 2016

Last July we wrote about the issue of reproducibility of research findings. What’s been happening since then?

brilliant mindIntellects from across the country have been discussing initiatives and developing policies.

On April 15, you’ll have the rare opportunity of hearing directly from one of these scholars about NIH plans to enhance reproducibility.

Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., will present “Reproducibility of Biomedical Research,” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (Medical Center, G-9425).

Dr. Tabak currently is principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health. Many of us, however, will remember Dr. Tabak from his tenure at University of Rochester.

NIH recently formalized guidelines to help address the reproducibility crisis. You can see the newly revised grant application instructions here:

Dr. Tabak’s presentation is sponsored by the SMD’s Center for Professional Development.

Is Miner your fav? Nominate us for “Library of the Year” through Sat., 4/16

April 1, 2016

Library of the Year 2016

Only a few days left to vote for your favorite library! That’s us, right?

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Midnight on Saturday, April 16, 2016.



Annually, in recognition of National Library Week, the Rochester Regional Library Council names three libraries – one public, one school, and one academic/special (that’s our category) — as “RRLC Library of the Year.”


Vote Nominations for RRLC’s Library of the Year contest must come from you, our customers. (We, as library staff, are not eligible to participate. Go figure.)

Using the online form, it’s easy to select “UR Medical Center/Edward G. Miner Library” from the “Library Name” drop-down list. (We’re near the bottom.)

Select Miner Library

Next, explain why you “love your library.” We know you could go on and on for pages, but the form only allows for 300 words or less. How many words is that, you ask? Well, this entire article is about 180 words.

We’re told that the total numbers don’t matter as much as the sentiments expressed.

Our fate is in your hands.

Thank you!


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