Monday, October 26, 2009

Figuring out where to publish your paper

JANE-Journal/Author Name Estimator

JANE gives you a way to identify possible journals that have published on a specific topic. In addition to giving you a list of journals publishing on your topic, it will list the Article's Influence (based on Eigen Factor analysis).

Search by just the title or also include the abstract. JANE pulls its data from MEDLINE and gives you information on the 50 articles that are most similar to your article. JANE is a new(ish) tool from the Netherlands Bioinformatics Group, and provides
other finding tools like finding similar articles and authors who write on your topic. For more details, you check check out their FAQ page.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Find It" Button Down Friday, 9pm - Midnight (Oct 23)

Due to a system upgrade, the "Find It" button that you see in most Library databases will not function this Friday night, October 23, from approximately 9PM to Midnight.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Monday, October 19, 2009

USFDA Pillbox

Pillbox Beta Version Released

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), with support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has released a beta version of Pillbox, a resource intended to enhance patient safety via an identification and reference system for solid dosage medications.

Pillbox combines pharmaceutical data from the FDA and NLM with high resolution images, enabling rapid identification of unknown medications. This system is designed for use by emergency physicians, first responders, other health care providers, Poison Control Center staff, and concerned citizens.

Pillbox allows users to identify solid dosage medications based on several physical characteristics: imprint (characters or number printed on a medication), shape, color, size, and scoring. Users are shown thumbnail images of possible matches which are continually updated as additional information is entered. Once a medication has been identified, further information is provided, including brand/generic name, ingredients, and DEA schedule. Links to NLM drug information resources are also offered.

NLM has made a great effort to verify the authenticity of each image. However, the Pillbox images are not part of the Structured Product Label (FDA-approved drug label) and have not been verified by each manufacturer. For this reason, Pillbox is not currently intended for clinical use.

This fall, NLM and the FDA will initiate a pilot program working with manufacturers to have images submitted for inclusion with the FDA-approved drug label. This will increase the number of images in Pillbox and help to create a resource appropriate for clinical use.

Pillbox Beta has two versions: the Adobe Flex version is designed for rapid identification of an unknown medication; the Pillbox screen-reader version has advanced search functionality, including drug name.

Questions about Pillbox should be addressed to David Hale, Biomedical Files Implementation Branch, Division of Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine,

Monday, October 12, 2009

2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest

Public Service Announcements, YouTube Style

- In July of this year, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius invited all Americans to create videos about preventing the spread of seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus. Contestants were to post their entries on the video sharing site YouTube. This article highlights the winning entry and posits some interesting reasons why YouTube is a good vehicle for Public Service Announcements.

Monday, October 05, 2009