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The Himmelfarb Library Scholarly Communications Committee is presenting a webinar event bi-weekly on scholarly publishing topics through spring 2020. The webinars are open to the GW community and webinars are available for viewing after the webinar event. Details of the available and upcoming webinars are listed in the Scholarly Publishing Research Guide.

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Introduction to Scholarly Publishing, by Paul Levett, is currently available for viewing. It compares traditional and emerging publishing models and what editors consider when selecting articles for publication. 

This week’s webinar is Journal Selection Tools: Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research. The webinar becomes available for viewing February 26th at noon.

In this webinar we provide an overview of tools and resources that can help you select an appropriate journal for your research. Learn about the difference between aggregation based journal selection tools and publisher based journal selection tools and utilize comparison rubrics to evaluate multiple publications. In this webinar we also give you an opportunity to locate journals relevant to your field of study. 

Mark your calendar for these events in March! 

Introduction to Predatory Publishing: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12pm EST

Copyright for Authors: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12pm EST

Considering writing a systematic review?  Are you using a systematic review approach for your Culminating Experience?  Himmelfarb Library's Covidence tool can help!

Covidence's web-based system provides support for every step of the systematic review process including citation screening, full text review, study selection, risk of bias appraisal, study characteristics collection, data extraction, and data export.    GW affiliates who join Himmelfarb Library's Covidence account, can take advantage of unlimited reviews, participation by multiple reviewers (whether or not they're affiliated with GW), and can upload up to 15,000 citations for screening.

How can you get started with Covidence?

  • Himmelfarb's Covidence Research Guide will help you set up a Himmelfarb-supported Covidence account and connect you to training videos for each step of the systematic review process.
  • Covidence's Support site provides step-by-step instructions in addition to training videos.
  • Set up a consultation with a Himmelfarb librarian by sending an email to

If you're interested in learning more about the systematic review process, please join this online session on Saturday, February 29 from 4-5 p.m. ET [Register]:

GWSPH Refine Your Research Skills Workshops - The ABC's of Systematic Review

Systematic reviews can seem daunting, but like anything else, are a series of steps. Come learn more about the steps involved and some techniques for staying organized during the process.


PolicyMap. Dig Deeper. Good Data. Smart Decisions. You want to identify your community's undiscovered opportunities. Our maps, data and insights point the way.

Have you ever wanted to include demographic, income, housing, or educational level data as part of your research? Himmelfarb Library has a resource that can help! PolicyMap is an easy-to-use data and mapping tool that allows you to access data about communities across the United States. 

PolicyMap provides data on demographics, real-estate, health, jobs, broadband infrastructure, and more that you can use to create maps of specific regions, states, cities and communities. Health data (including obesity rates, infectious diseases, uninsured populations, and births), as well as quality of life information (such as crime, transit access, length of commute to work and access to libraries) can also be mapped. By combining comprehensive data with mapping and analytics tools, you can visualize data and create a deeper understanding specific profiles for the community of your choosing. 

PolicyMap has more than just maps. You can view data in charts or graphs, run reports for specific areas, and create maps of areas using up to three layers of criteria. You can even download data to use in your own tools. Already have your own data that you’d like to use? Use the data loader to upload your data from a spreadsheet to view in PolicyMap. 

PolicyMap collects data from a wide range of data sources including the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Census Bureau, and even Zillow. If you are new to this database, numerous tutorials and videos are available to help you learn how to use this PolicyMap to its fullest potential to meet your research needs. 

Give PolicyMap a try today and see what it can do for your research!


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Have you heard about ORCIDs? Not the plant. Open Researcher and Contributor IDs, aka ORCIDs, are a unique digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher out there, even the ones with the same name.

ORCIDs are a unique tag associated with your distinct identity. They follow you throughout your career, regardless of name and affiliation changes. They prevent your hard work from getting lost in the academic shuffle, and give you the agency to manage your scholarly identity. You and only you have control over your ORCID record, including what information is tied to your ORCID and whether that information is public or private.

ORCIDs have even become so popular in the scholarly publishing community that some journals now require them! PLoS, Highwire, Science, and more, all require ORCIDs as part of the submission process. Beginning this year, NIH, AHRQ, and CDC grant recipients are also required to have ORCIDs.

At Himmelfarb Library, we highly recommend that all researchers - faculty, student, or staff - register and use one. Registration is completely free, and can easily be done through the ORCID homepage.

If you have any questions about ORCIDs, check out our Scholarly Publishing Research Guide’s ORCID@GW page. You can also reach out to Sara Hoover, our Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian, at

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Have you noticed the new microphone icon in the search bar of Health Information @ Himmelfarb?

The microphone appears on most search pages; clicking the microphone enables a voice search feature.

Now speak your search terms and Health Information @ Himmelfarb will display your terms and retrieve matches. A red button in the open window tab indicates the microphone is active and listening. If no audio is detected, the system will prompt for input twice before exiting voice mode.

At this time voice search is only available on Chrome desktop, Android, and Samsung browsers. It will roll out for other browsers as they support Web Speech API.

Health Information @ Himmelfarb has also launched several changes for mobile device searching. 

There is a new funnel icon for Refine Results functions (circled in red above).  When you click the funnel icon for Refine Results all of the options display and multiple can be selected at once.



When you open an item in results, all of the Send to options are now displayed in a block together, as shown to left.



The ellipsis icon (circled in red below) now leads to Library Account, Advanced search, and other search options. 

You can also access Sign In here for requesting options, including Consortium Loan Service and Documents2Go.

We hope these new features improve your search experience on Health Information @ Himmelfarb. If you have questions about the service or need assistance with it, open a chat session with the Ask Us tab while searching or contact the Himmelfarb Information Desk at 4-2850 or

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Whether you’ve got a date or you’re dining alone, you can keep your physical heart healthy this Valentine’s Day by trying some of these heart-healthy recipes!

Studies, like this one published in BMJ, have shown that pescetarians have a lower risk of ischemic heart disease and stroke than red meat eaters. But it can be intimidating trying to cook fish! For a simple and delicious recipe that’s hard to screw up, try this Slow Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Citrus, and Chiles. If you can’t find Fresno chiles you can substitute with a jalapeño, or, if you want to kick up the heat, with a serrano pepper.

If you’re vegetarian, you can also reap the benefits of heart-healthy foods like kale, sweet potatoes, and quinoa with this Southwestern Kale Power Salad. You can easily make the recipe vegan by omitting the feta cheese!

Who’s to say dessert can’t be good for your heart? This Triple Berry Crisp boasts heart-healthy berries and oats! Fresh berries may not be in season, but you can still find great options in the frozen fruit section.

And if you’re going for something truly decadent, these Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies are an indulgent treat with a hint of heart health.

One of the most challenging aspects of writing an article can be finding a location to publish it. This can be confusing especially in a time where the more traditional publishing models are changing. This is precisely why you should watch Part I of our 2020 Scholarly Communications webinar series!

Part I: Introduction to Scholarly Publishing

Join our Reference and Instructional Librarian, Paul Levett to explore both traditional and new publishing models. During this pre-recorded session Paul will explore what methods we are seeing less of, and what Publishing approaches are becoming a trend. It can also be beneficial to acquire more information about the pros and cons of Open Access publishing, and how Article Processing Charges (APCs) might affect you.

Your work is important. At GW, we understand the effort and research that goes into writing an article.  Himmelfarb Library wants to help prepare you to make decisions regarding publishing your article.

These sessions are pre-recorded and can be viewed at any time once they are released. Check out our 2020 Scholarly Communications Events @ Himmelfarb link for more information.

New development is in! On February 10th, we are releasing our new Documents2Go interface which will make requesting articles, books, and book chapters through InterLibrary Loan a lot more clear, concise and it will also be easier to keep track of your current requests as well.

Making a request is fairly straightforward. To place a new request, simply click on the “New Request” button on the toolbar at the top, and specify the material type (article, book or book chapter) . From there you will be asked to provide citation information; journal or book title, authors and even page numbers will help us to quickly track down your item.

On average, articles generally take 24-72 hours to be fulfilled. Delivery time varies on the availability of the article or book, and the response time of the library that receives your request. Keep in mind, we are submitting your requests to libraries throughout the country, the process can take a little while to hear back from all of them.

Book requests generally take 1-2 weeks to receive although depending on rarity, availability, popularity, and the location the book is being shipped from, this may take longer. If your book is available through the Consortial Loan Service, use the link to submit a Consortium Loan Service request.

Tip: Remember to login to Health Information @ Himmelfarb so the Documents2Go and Consortial Loan Service request forms display automatically!

If you are uncertain about a status or have any further questions about Documents2Go or the InterLibrary Loan process, please contact us at

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APA Citation Style 7th Edition has now been added to RefWorks! If you use RefWorks to manage your references and create citations, you’ll be able to generate bibliographies that adhere to the recent update.

In order to access 7th Edition in RefWorks Classic, you need to add it to your list of Output Styles:

  1. Select the Bibliography menu then choose Manage Output Styles.
  2. Search for APA in the list of styles, select 7th Edition and click on the green arrow in the middle to add it to your list of favorites.
  3. Click on the X in the upper right corner when you’ve finished making changes.

To use APA 7th edition, in the newer ProQuest RefWorks:

  1. Select Create Bibliography, then search APA and select the 7th
  2. When you use the Create Bibliography function, APA 7th should appear in your “Most Recent Styles” list without having to search for it again.

You can find more information about either version of RefWorks on our RefWorks Classic Research Guide and our ProQuest RefWorks Research Guide.

If you have any questions about APA 7th Edition or RefWorks, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Reference and Instructional staff. You can reach them at, or 202-994-2850.

Stack of printed articlesAre you looking for the right journal for your article? Do you have questions about copyright? Need to know more about creating a systematic review with Covidence software?

Himmelfarb Library is here to help! Join us for our new Get Yourself Published, Promote Your Research webinar series produced by the Himmelfarb Library Scholarly Communications Committee.

The first of these pre-recorded sessions will be released on February 12th 2020. New sessions will be released every other week at noon. Mark your calendars for these informative sessions! Session recordings will be available on our events page at the start of each session.

Session topics in this series include:

I. Introduction to Scholarly Publishing
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 12pm
Presenter: Paul Levett, Reference and Instructional Librarian

Have you ever wondered about how traditional publishing models might be changing? Do you have questions about what editors are looking for when they evaluate a submitted article? Are you unsure about article processing charges (APCs) and wonder how they might affect you? In this webinar we introduce you to the traditional publishing lifecycle as well as to newer publishing models such as open access. We also offer an overview of the positive and negative characteristics that editors consider when evaluating an article for potential publication.

II. Journal Selection Tools: Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12pm
Presenter: Sara Hoover, Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian

Looking to publish your groundbreaking research, but need to find a journal? Hoping to find a journal that will ensure that your article will be widely read and cited? In this webinar we provide an overview of tools and resources that can help you select an appropriate journal for your research. Learn about the difference between aggregation based journal selection tools and publisher based journal selection tools and utilize comparison rubrics to evaluate multiple publications. In this webinar we also give you an opportunity to locate journals relevant to your field of study.

III. Introduction to Predatory Publishing
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12pm
Presenter: Ruth Bueter, Serials and Systems Librarian

Have you ever received an email from a journal you’ve never heard of asking you to submit an article, be a reviewer, or to serve on their editorial board? Did something seem off that made you question the legitimacy of the journal? Predatory journals may appear legitimate at first glance, and their promises of speedy publication can be enticing when you want to get an article published. Author beware! Publishing in these questionable journals limits the number of people who see and cite your research, and could be harmful to your reputation. In this webinar, we’ll look at the differences in qualities of reputable and predatory publishers, identify red flags of predatory publishing, and develop the skills to identify a predatory publishers’ website and email communications so you can avoid falling victim to these publishers.

IV. Copyright for Authors
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12pm
Presenters: Anne Linton, Himmelfarb Library Director and Sara Hoover, Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian

Do you want to utilize a diagram from a published article in your own publication, but are unsure whether you should do so? Do you have questions about fair use? In this webinar we explore many of the most common copyright questions that authors encounter while putting together an article. We discuss tools that can help you determine whether something can be utilized under the fair use doctrine and how to approach items with various creative commons licenses. Lastly, we also discuss how to clear rights and how to respond to publisher questions related to rights.

V. Measuring Impact: Quantifying the Effects of Your Research
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12pm
Presenter: Thomas Harrod, Research Support Librarian

How do you determine the value and impact of a published article? In this webinar, we’ll look at the two most common ways of accomplishing this task, including using traditional metrics (citations-based) and the newer altmetrics. We’ll explore some of the common examples of each of these metrics and we’ll also look at some Himmelfarb Library resources you can use to access this data and apply it to your own work.

VI. ORCIDs: Maintaining Your Online Identity
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12pm
Presenter: Thomas Harrod, Research Support Librarian

Do to current and upcoming mandates from federal funding bodies as well as many journal publishers, the use of ORCIDs is becoming more widespread all the time. In this webinar, we’ll look at what exactly an ORCID is and how you can create and curate your own profile. We’ll also look at tips and tricks for easily keeping your ORCID up to date as your research advances.

VII. Citation Organization for Beginners
Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 12pm
Presenter: Paul Levett, Reference and Instructional Librarian

One of the most challenging aspects of the publication process can be documenting and organizing references and citations. In this webinar we explore how bibliographic management tools can simplify this work and ensure that you adhere to formatting styles such as APA or AMA. We examine bibliographic management tools such as RefWorks, EndNote and more to show you how to use these resources quickly and effectively.

VIII. Covidence Training
Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 12pm
Presenter: Thomas Harrod, Research Support Librarian

If you’re currently working on a systematic review or plan to do so in the future, you need to know about Covidence! This subscription-based software recently acquired by the Himmelfarb Library greatly streamlines the process of creating a systematic review. In this webinar, we’ll look at the common steps performed when creating a systematic review and explore how Covidence can help you during all of these stages. Well also show you how to get a Covidence account through the Himmelfarb Library’s subscription.

For more information, contact Sara Hoover (, Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian.


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