Author David Moher wrote a well-cited commentary in THE LANCET encouraging researchers to involve librarians in three specific areas of research.
The commentary appeared in the April 16, 2016, issue. It’s a quick read (489 words; 1 minute) and easily is accessible through PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27116055
Here are some of our favorite takeaways:
♦ Librarians, as part of a research team, can assist with searching “to assess the extent of uncertainty and identify relevant ongoing research.”
♦ “Librarians could be involved in peer reviewing the search strategies used to identify evidence in support of funding applications to identify any issues, including relevant evidence that has been missed by the literature search.”
♦ “Biomedical journals might consider the role of a literature search reviewer who could review possible inadequacies in the literature search process for submitted papers.”
♦ “Establishing the three roles outlined above could contribute to more meticulous funding decisions and to the publication of better research.”
We totally agree.
And there are so many easy ways to contact your librarian! You can:
♦ Phone (585) 275-3361.
♦ Use the Ask A Librarian link on our website.
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We look forward to working with you.