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Rachel Alexander Cycle of Succes

Dr. Farhan Siddiq, MD, a neurosurgeon with MU Health Care, recently embarked on a FDA submission project for a NIH funded multi-site medical device clinical trial to look at patients with chronic subdural hematoma (bruise under the skull that can compress the brain, often due to a fall) to investigate the use of a medical device. While the clinical trial includes both researchers at Harvard and University of Texas, it was Dr Siddiq’s team at MU that was tasked completing the FDA submission. The submission required a thorough review and summary of information in the literature regarding all uses of the medical device. The team needed to get their hands on and review hundreds of papers quickly to write the summaries and develop the bibliography. With this huge project on the horizon, the research team looked to the Health Sciences Library for assistance.

Suzan Moser is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at the MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and is on the research team for the project, says that contacting the library was natural. “From past FDA submissions, I know the benefits of a good medical library and librarian. I asked Deborah Taylor in the Dean of Research’s office in the School of Medicine to recommend someone. She suggested Rachel Alexander, and we are forever grateful,” says Suzan.

Rachel Alexander
Research Support Librarian

With Rachel Alexander, the Research Support Librarian at the Health Sciences Library, on board, the team quickly fulfilled the FDA submission requirements. Rachel ran several searches and worked with Dr. Siddiq to pull relevant manuscripts, eventually working with Katy Emerson in the library’s Interlibrary Loan department to get copies of all 250 articles to be reviewed. Dr. Siddiq and Rachel further boiled down the list of articles to 158 that they’d submit to the FDA. With the final 158 articles, Rachel created bibliographies for the protocol, proposal and literature summary.

In all, searching the literature, pulling the articles, and choosing the articles took about 85 hours and Rachel was there every step of the way. According to Suzan, Rachel spoiled the research team with all of her assistance.

“Rachel’s knowledge about how to find, access, organize, and file the publications so all team members could easily use them was most valuable. Her extreme reliability, flexibility, and excellent communication skills are most noteworthy,” says Suzan.

If you are embarking on a project, whether big like a FDA submission or smaller in scale literature review, consider contacting the Health Sciences Library for a consultation.

 

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Celebrating 10 Hispanic pioneers in medicine

These inspiring leaders launched advances in medicine and research that led to Nobel Prizes, life-changing cures, and better care for millions of people. AAMC shares their incredible stories.

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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MU Remembers: Health Sciences Library Honors with Books

Every year MU honors those who have passed through the MU Remembers ceremony. To commemorate the lives of these individuals, a book is chosen for each and added to the Health Sciences Library collection. Bookplates are placed inside each of the books and the students, faculty, and staff honored through this program are listed as honorees on the books’ library catalog records. For more information about our Honor with Books program, click here.

Below is the list of students, faculty, and staff who were honored through the Health Sciences Library.

Alyssa Turner (School of Health Professions): Hemphill, Barbara. (2020). Occupational therapy and spirituality

William Salzer (College of Medicine): Baker, Carol J. (ed.). (2020). Red book atlas of pediatric infectious diseases

Judy Gentzsch (Hospital Nursing Services): Harris, James, & Roussel, Linda, & Thomas, Tricia (eds.). (2018). Initiating and sustaining the clinical nurse leader role: a practical guide

Nicole Guillames (School of Medicine): Higgins, Robert S.D., & Sanchez, Juan A. (2018). The multi-organ donor: A guide to selection, preservation and procurement

Melissa Johnson (MU Hospital): The American Cancer Society (ed.) (2018). The American Cancer Society’s principles of oncology: Prevention to survivorship

Christy Old (School of Medicine): Jespersen, Elias A. (ed.) (2019). Exploring the opportunities and challenges of medical students

Michelle Robinett (Pharmacy and Laboratory Services): Dasgupta, Amitava, & Sepulveda, Jorge. (2019). Accurate results in the clinical laboratory: A guide to error detection and correction

James Yeagle (MU Hospital): Cheng, Fanjun, & Zhang, Yu (eds.). (2020). The clinical diagnosis and treatment for new coronavirus pneumonia

For the full list, visit https://library.missouri.edu/news/gateway-carousel/mu-remembers-honors-with-books

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Journal Prices Increase More than True Inflation

Every year, universities face journal subscription price increases. The health sciences have been feeling the impact of these increases for at least 20 years and have been dealing with unsustainable subscription pricing for a very long time, and now it’s a problem for all disciplines.

The cost of these journals often outstrips library budgets, leaving the libraries battling both price increases and revenue stagnation.

“Many libraries are cutting continuing expenditures by cancelling or breaking up journal packages and buying only those titles for which use or demand justifies the price. Others are aggressively renegotiating contracts with publishers to reduce ongoing costs.” [1]

Take a a look at subscription costs of a few journals in the early 1980s vs. what the University of Missouri system pays now.

Journal Title Cost in 1983 Cost if Based on True Inflation [2] Cost Today
Nature $220 $354.11 $40,292.31
Science $85 $136.82 $25,884.06
New England Journal of Medicine $48 $77.26 $18,890.00

 

Why are journal prices increasing so much from year to year? Publishing companies are big businesses and they must make their business profitable. Over the years, these bigger companies have bought smaller publishing companies, causing a lack of competition and the ability to set their own prices.

Do you know the price of the journals you write for and edit? How much did they cost 5 years ago? Contact us if you’d like the price history for a journal, or to learn more about how you can help bring journal prices under control.

[1] Costs Outstrip Library Budgets | Periodicals Price Survey 2020
[2] Based on the cumulative inflation rate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

home Gateway Carousel HSL, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Resources and Services Overview of Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: August 2020

Overview of Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: August 2020

Each month we provide an overview of University of Missouri authored articles in medicine and related fields as well as a featured article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.

Single-Session Bronchial Thermoplasty Guided by 129Xe Magnetic Resonance Imaging. A Pilot Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial” was co-authored by Dr. Robert Thomen of the Department of Radiology. The article was published in American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine (impact factor of 17.452 in 2019).

See the list of publications in medicine and related fields we retrieved for this month: https://library.muhealth.org/code/facultypubmonthly/faculty_publications.php?Month=August&Year=2020

*This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Did we miss something? Email asklibrary@health.missouri.edu and we will add your publication to the list.

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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One Journal Publishing Company is More Profitable Than Netflix

If your article was published within the last few years, there’s a good chance it was in a journal owned by one these four companies: Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer and Taylor & Francis. In the early 1970s, they published 15% of the researched produced in the world*. Today, it’s up to 53% of the world’s research.*

Over the years, these publishing companies have merged and acquired smaller publishers, in an effort to own even more of the journal landscape. The lack of competition allows these companies the ability to charge a high price, often not allowing universities to buy journals outright, instead only letting universities rent journals through subscriptions. Universities often pay millions to rent access to research their own faculty conduct.

The biggest contender in the journal publishing market is Elsevier. With 3,000 journals and publishing nearly half a million articles per year, RELX, the parent company of Elsevier, had revenues of US $9.8 billion in 2019. Elsevier’s profits account for about 34% of RELX’s total profits.

You can read more about these oligopolies (market shared by a small number of producers or sellers) and how they are contributing to the unaffordability of journals in the Vox article The War to Free Science

 

*This percentage includes Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, Taylor & Francis, and American Chemical Society
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Companies Get Rich Off Of University Research

Scholarly publishing is big business

“The industry built to publish and disseminate scientific articles — companies such as Elsevier and Springer Nature — has managed to become incredibly profitable by getting a lot of taxpayer-funded, highly skilled labor for free and affixing a premium price tag to its goods.” (1)

In order for universities to access this research, they are often required to purchase subscriptions with a hefty price tag. Universities worldwide spend millions per year so faculty can download and read their own work and that of their colleagues. Since these journals are behind university paywalls, the only option for members of the tax-paying public to gain access is for them to purchase individual articles. That can be pricey when articles may cost $20-$50 each.

Pay more, get less every year

How much money is at stake? Billions of dollars (2). Every year universities struggle to keep up with price increases to journal subscription packages that are far above annual inflation. Since subscription prices are rising much faster than library budgets, collections cuts are necessary.

Universities are fighting back

Many universities have established or are currently looking into establishing programs to assist in the transition of journals from the subscription model to open access. Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open access is the needed modern update for the communication of research that fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research. Accelerated research means increased return on investment, increased potential contributors, increased audience and collaborators, and increased access for the public. (3).

Read more about the impact these increases are having across the country.

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

home Gateway Carousel HSL, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Resources and Services Overview of Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: July 2020

Overview of Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: July 2020

Each month we provide an overview of University of Missouri authored articles in medicine and related fields as well as a featured article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.

This month’s featured article:

SUMO: From Bench to Bedside“ was co-authored by Dr. Hui-Ming Chang and Dr. Edward T. H. Yeh of the Center for Precision Medicine, Department of Medicine. The article was published in Physiological Reviews (impact factor of 25.588 in 2019).

See the list of publications in medicine and related fields we retrieved for this month: https://library.muhealth.org/code/facultypubmonthly/faculty_publications.php?Month=July&Year=2020

*This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Did we miss something? Email asklibrary@health.missouri.edu and we will add your publication to the list.

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Masks Available in Ellis Library Vending Machine

Masks are now available in the Ellis Library vending machine, located on the first floor, by the north entrance.

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Health Sciences Library Labor Day Hours

Make note of the Health Sciences Library holiday hours for Labor Day weekend:

Friday, September 4: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, September 5: Closed

Sunday, September 6: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, September 7: Closed-Labor Day

Normal hours resume on Tuesday, September 8.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

University Libraries hours

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.