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Join a new group of GW authors by publishing in BMJ Case Reports. GW has a fellowship to BMJ Case Reports through Himmelfarb Library. This means that you currently have access to 7,000+ case reports from 70+ countries, and the opportunity to have your research published. Case reports are published in all fields of medicine and nursing.

Unlimited publishing opportunities

This online, peer-reviewed journal publishes clinically-important cases on common and rare conditions from all specialties. Its acceptance rate is 74.5%, which provides you with a great opportunity to distribute your work through BMJ—a world-renowned publisher.

Take advantage of unlimited case report submissions, supportive peer review and rapid publication. Your case will also be automatically promoted through MEDLINE/PubMed indexing.

The largest collection of case reports available

This unique collection of 7,000+ reports provides you with the following benefits:

  • Permission to reuse material for personal use and educational purposes
  • Interactive capabilities—rate and comment on other cases
  • Updates when new content is published

Learn more at and let me know if you have any questions!

For guidance on writing case reports, check out Writing Case Reports: A How-to Manual for Clinicians from Himmelfarb Library (Book Stacks: RM708 .W74 2009).

Take a break, bring your lunch to enjoy a special performance by the GW Jazz Guitar Ensemble under the direction of acclaimed classical/jazz guitarist and faculty, John Albertson. The concert is sponsored by Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb and it is FREE and open to students/faculty and staff of the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Public Health.

Seating is limited so come early.

GW Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Thursday November 14, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Himmelfarb Library 1st Floor

Himmelfarb Library is experiencing an access issue today.  Resources are accessible from our Databases webpage for on-campus users and for off-campus users accessing via VPN/GWireless.  Unfortunately, access to information resources using the WRLC login is not available at this time.

Open access journals can charge up to $4000 per article to publish, which doesn’t always fit into your research budget. Are you looking for a high quality, low cost alternative for publishing your latest research? Two new open access journals have been launched in the past year.

  • PeerJ costs $99 per co-author (up to the first 12) if you pay prior to acceptance of your article, or $139 each if paid upon acceptance. After the initial one-time fee, you are allowed post one article per year with PeerJ without additional charges. If you plan to publish more than one article per year with PeerJ, they offer alternative payment plans.
  • eLife is free for authors at this time. eLife is initially being supported by the Max Planck Society, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Wellcome Trust, so publishing fees have been waived for the foreseeable future.

Similar to the journal PLOS One, PeerJ and eLife accept articles in medical and health sciences. Both journals are peer reviewed and indexed in PubMed and Scopus.

Did you know that GW has institutional memberships to BioMed Central and BMJ Case Reports? With these memberships, GW authors receive discounts on the article processing charges (15% for BioMed Central and FREE for BMJ Case Reports). These publishers highlight research in nearly all specialties of the Schools of Medicine & Health Sciences, Public Health & Health Services and Nursing.

If you have questions about these or other open access journals, please contact Himmelfarb Library Serials Librarian Steve Brown (202-994-9756; Remember, not all open access publishers are what they claim to be, so verify their legitimacy BEFORE submitting an article. For a good summary of open access compared to traditional journal publishing, watch the video "What is Open Access?"

Pediatric Care Online has just published an update regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics' recent report entitled The Transfer of Drugs and Therapeutics Into Human Breast Milk.  In this report, Dr. Hari Cheryl Sachs writes "Many mothers are inappropriately advised to discontinue breastfeeding or avoid taking essential medications because of fears of adverse effects on their infants. This cautious approach may be unnecessary in many cases, because only a small proportion of medications are contraindicated in breastfeeding mothers or associated with adverse effects on their infants."

To learn more, please consult:

Pediatric Care Online is available via desktop and mobile access courtesy of Himmelfarb Library.

Art TherapyNeed to de-stress from studying and work? Try Art Therapy and learn how self-expression through the arts can be a powerful method to help you relax...while having fun.

Tally Trip, GW Art Therapy faculty, will be hosting an art therapy session where she will be demonstrating an art therapy exercise to help support creative growth and self-expression. Participants will be using art materials to learn how creating an artistic expression helps promote mental health. Registration for this FREE Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb event is limited. Register online at

Express Yourself - Art Therapy
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This Thursday, GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences will host the First Annual Health Care Quality Lecture. Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Director (retired), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide the keynote address which will be available via live webcast.

When: Thursday, October 17, 2013
4:00 pm

Watch the LIVE webcast

In addition to watching Dr. Clancy's address, you can find more information on health care quality via Himmelfarb Library's collections which include quality assurance bookse-books, and journals.

On Tuesday, October 8, Himmelfarb Library’s Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb initiative welcomed Whole Foods Market Foggy Bottom back to the library for another cooking session. This time, quick nutritious quinoa recipes were featured, and we’re pleased to share the recipes!

Basic Quinoa
2 cups quinoa
1 cup water

1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly, either by using a strainer or by running fresh water over the quinoa in a pot. Drain excess water. Place quinoa and water in a 1 1/2 quart sauce pan and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until all of the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). You will know that the quinoa is done when all the grains have turned from white to transparent, and the spiral-like germ has separated.

Stuffed Bell Peppers
4 bell peppers
1 can diced tomatoes
1 onion, diced
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 carrot, diced
1 zucchini, diced

1. Cut off the tops of the peppers. Remove the seeds and white membranes. Discard the stems, and dice the tops.
2. Add the diced bell pepper tops, carrot, onion and zucchini in a microwave safe bowl with 1 Tbs water. Microwave for 4-6 minutes, until vegetables are cooked but crunchy.
3. Mix cooked vegetables in a bowl with the quinoa, diced tomatoes, and cheese and sausage if using. Mix well and spoon into bell peppers.
4. Place the four bell peppers into one microwave-safe dish, ensuring that they will remain upright. Microwave on high for 11-14 minutes. Let rest around 5 minutes.

Breakfast Quinoa
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 banana, sliced
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp honey
1 tbs sliced almonds

Mix first five ingredients together and microwave for 2 minutes. Top with sliced almonds.

Collard Wrap
2 collard leaves, soaked in vinegar water for 10 minutes and stalk trimmed
1/4 cup hummus
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
4 thin slices of cucumber
1/4 cup sliced carrots
1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts

Place the two collard leaves with stems facing in, overlapping a bit. Evenly spread the remaining ingredients over the middle section of the leaves. Wrap like a burrito: flip the sides up, then tuck and roll.

Due to construction, there will be electrical outages in the Himmelfarb over the upcoming weekend. Himmelfarb Library will close at 11pm on 10/11/2013 and reopen at 4pm on 10/13/2013.

The following alternative study space will be available:

Hospital rooms 6101, 6108, 6111, and 6117 and the computer lab are reserved the entire weekend for quiet study. All other study rooms on the 6th floor of the Hospital are available for study when unscheduled. Library reference staff will be available to help with research questions, renew books, etc. from noon until 4pm on 10/12/2013 in the Hosptial’s 6th floor computer lab. Use the “ask us” feature on the Library’s home page ( to submit questions from wherever you are studying!

Burns Law Library: Students may access the Burns Law Library for quiet study this weekend only. No passes needed. Please have your GW id ready to show. The Burns Law Library is open from 8am until 11:45pm on Fridays and from 9am until 11:45pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Gelman Library: This Library remains open 24/7 during the fall 2013 semester. The Eckles Library on the Mount Vernon campus is open at the following times: Fridays 8am until 10pm, Saturdays 10am-10pm, and Sundays 10am-3am.

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