Fall 2016

The faculty series: Applying for grants - Recent article from Nature's online blog

For many new investigators, applying for and winning grants is one of the biggest hurdles that will determine success on the tenure track. As federal grant budgets tighten, all investigators — and especially new investigators — are struggling to find ways to finance their research. Check out this blog entry to read the whole article.
The Naturejobs blog aims to be the leading online resource for scientists in academia and industry who seek guidance in developing their careers. The blog delivers a mix of expert advice and personal stories to help readers review, set and achieve their career goals.

"Advances in Mixed Methods Research”- Video available

Mixed methods expert, John W. Creswell, Phd presented a talk titled "Advances in Mixed Methods Research" on September 26, here at UAB. If you would like to view the video from that talk - click here.

Need help with formatting APA Style?

Lister Hill Library has an online resource how to site all electronic resources in APA style—from ebooks, to websites, to videos. Click here to access the LHL APA Style Guide to Electronic Resources, 6th Edition Resource.

40 Things Editors Won’t Tell You (But You Need to Know)

From "Nurse Author & Editor" a helpful website full of topics that include cover letters, ethics, peer review and getting published. Click here for more information.

Abstract Writing Session  - Available on the CCTS YouTube channel

Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Training Program presentation on abstract writing from one of LSUHSC’s finest—Dr. Paula Gregory, director, Office of Faculty Development and professor of Genetics. Dr. Gregory presented from New Orleans using new videoconferencing tools at CCTS. You can catch Dr. Gregory’s presentation on abstract writing on the CCTS YouTube channel.

Compliance 411 - a quarterly newsletter published by the UAB Compliance Office

Key topics of this month's newsletter are responsible conduct of research and research integrity; new Recertification of Effort Form and process; a profile of Research Integrity Officer Pam Bounelis, PhD; defining fabrication, falsification and plagiarism; new research data management requirements; and the new chemical inventory system. Click here to visit their website.

ASCO Post Newsreels - featuring J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN

At the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium UAB SON Post-Doc, Nick Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN discussed the “hidden” health-care workforce of family caregivers and what clinicians can do to help ease the burden on families through the work he has done with the ENABLE model.

Addressing the Opiod Crisis Webinars - Free online CEs

To combat the nation's opioid epidemic, 25 national nursing organizations have joined forces to offer a free online educational series that will serve as a resource for practicing nurses, faculty, and students. Click here for more information.


The CCTS Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design group provides investigator support in biostatistics. They are available to collaborate with any investigators needing assistance, including faculty members, post-docs, fellows, residents and students. From Drop-in Clinics to talks to one-on-one consultations there is a wealth of support available.  Check out some of their recorded videos of a methodology seminar on "The Fundamentals of Data Management," given by Dr. David Redden, Chair, Department of Biostatistics.

Call For Papers! The Global Qualitative Nursing Research Journal

About Global Qualitative Nursing Research (GQNR) is a groundbreaking new international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal focusing on qualitative research in the field of nursing. The Journal specializes in topics important to nurses: nursing, care, health, and illness. GQNR publishes research articles, qualitatively-driven mixed-method designs, meta-analyses, and articles focused on methodological development. Special sections include Ethics, Methodological Development, Developing the Theoretical Base of Nursing, Establishing Evidence, and Application to Practice. View the Manuscript Submission Guidelines for full author instructions.

Grant Forward, Find the Opportunity among the Possibilities!

Sign up for a free trial of a resource to help you seek out funding opportunities, researcher profiles, and more!

Beware of Predatory Publishers!

It is important to be wary of the possible pitfalls and perils of publishing in open-source, pay-to-publish journals.  While there are legitimate and highly respected open-source journals it is worth your time to do your homework to assess the credibility of which journal you submit your article to.  Here is a small compilation of resources on this topic.

NCI Implementation Science

The website is a wealth of information from tools, to training, to funding, to publications.  Research on implementation science addresses the level to which health interventions can fit within real-world public health and clinical service systems. NCI-funded dissemination and implementation (D&I) research is conducted through research institutions in the United States and internationally with funding through Trans-NIH opportunities with other National Institutes of Health Institutes and Centers and other Programs in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications

The revised forms and instructions are now available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page. The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research. Tool to Help Build the New Biosketch - The Science Experts Network (SciENcv), which serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies, will be updated and available within a few weeks to support the new biosketch format. SciENcv pulls information from available resources making it easy to develop a repository of information that can be readily updated and modified to prepare future biosketches. A YouTube video provides instructions for using SciENcv.

Publishing Opportunities

NAHRS Selected List of Nursing Journals
The Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section has listed over 200 Nursing journals with a wealth of information from contact information to frequency of publications and more!

Medical Publishing Triage – Chronicling Predatory Open Access Publishers

This editorial examines the problem of predatory publishers and how they have negatively affected scholarly communication. Society relies on high-quality, peer-reviewed articles for public policy, legal cases, and improving the public health. Researchers need to be aware of how predatory publishers operate and need to avoid falling into their traps. The editorial examines the recent history of predatory publishers and how they have become prominent in the world of scholarly journals

Writing for Publication

Check out this handy little booklet that aims to give useful information and helpful suggestions to nurses  who are thinking of writing and publishing an article to help demystify the process.  Read up on tips to write a review article, a clinical article, an empirical research article and more!

StarKhan Academy, AACN, Jonas Center Launch Online Learning Materials for Future Nurses, Health Professionals

Online video tutorials, exercises designed to help new nurses prepare for licensing exam and serve as a free resource for the global classroom.

PROMIS, Dynamic tools to measure health outcomes from the patient perspective

Sometimes when researcher are looking for survey instruments, it’s hard to find ‘good’ instruments in terms of validity and reliability. One option, however, is to use instruments developed under the NIH’s PROMIS (Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information Systems) initiative. These instruments were developed following rigorous methodology and have been evaluated in relatively large samples.  There are measures for adult and pediatric settings. For adults, the domains covered by these measures include: physical function, pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, sexual function, gastro-intestinal symptoms, depression, anxiety, anger, cognitive function, alcohol use, psychosocial illness impact, self-efficacy, smoking, ability to participate in social roles and activities, social support, social isolation, and companionship, among others. There are scoring instructions and scoring software, and references for the methodology and instrument development.

The NINR Grant Development and Management Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has recently been updated!  Check it out!

NIHTen Steps to a Winning R01 Application

For an R01 application to succeed, it must meld a highly significant and innovative topic with iron-clad feasibility. NIH calls that combination "impact", which is reflected in an application's peer review results: its overall impact score.

JaneAsk Jane! The Journal/Author Name Estimator

Have you recently written a paper, but you're not sure to which journal you should submit it? Or maybe you want to find relevant articles to cite in your paper? Or are you an editor, and do you need to find reviewers for a particular paper? Jane can help!

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email Lauren Antia at lar@uab.edu