Resources Spring 2016
One of the most innovative and exciting approaches to assessment and motivation is to apply the psychology of game play to educational settings. In that vein, the Center for Teaching and Learning announces its new certificate program, complete with points, badges, banners, ranks, and leaderboards.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has implemented a new email subscription service to make it easier for you to learn about NCI topics that may interest you.
They are now offering subscriptions to the following topics:
- Cancer Information Highlights (info on cancer causes, prevention, screening, treatment, and more)
- PDQ Updates for Health Professionals
- NCI Press Releases
- Cancer Currents: An NCI Cancer Research Blog
- Social Media
Please visit here to sign up!
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.
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.
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.
- “Medical Publishing Triage – Chronicling Predatory Open Access Publishers” by Jeffrey Beall
- Beall’s List of Predatory Journals
- “Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For A Fee” NPR Report
- “Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)” New York Times article
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).
New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant ApplicationsThe 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.
ANA Smart Brief
The American Nurses Association compiles links to news for the nursing profession. Sign up now to get their updates.
Sparkman Global Health Lecture Series, "Ebola: Basics and Predictions" video
Presented by Craig Wilson, MD, Sparkman Center for Global Health Director. Link to the video here.
SciENcv - Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae SciENcv - Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae
This free tool is designed to help researchers assemble an NIH biosketch by extracting information from NIH eRA Commons and PubMed. The SciENcv interagency working group includes NIH, as well as DOD, DOE, EPA, NSF, USDA and the Smithsonian. You can access SciENcv if you have a My NCBI account. My NCBI accounts are free and offer many useful features, such as saving searches, automated e-mail alerts and My Bibliography.
- Click here to setup your NCBI account
- Click here to create your biosketch
- Click here if you need help creating your NIH-friendly CV
The discipline of clinical and translational science encompasses a broad spectrum of research, extending from basic discoveries with implications for human health to community-based epidemiologic and health services studies – and back! The unifying theme is a commitment to apply scientific methodologies to address a health need. The purpose of the ACTS can be broken up into four realms. These four areas of focus are research, education, advocacy, and mentoring.
The Center for Scientific Review publishes Peer Review Notes to inform their reviewers, NIH staff and others of news related to their grant application review policies, procedures and plans. The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. They receive all research grant applications sent to NIH and handle the review of more than 70% of those by organizing peer review groups (study sections) to evaluate research grant applications. Their mission is to see that NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert, and timely reviews – free from inappropriate influences – so NIH can fund the most promising research. New CSR Webinars to Connect Applicants to NIH Peer Review Experts, Pass the word to applicants and those who mentor them: the NIH Center for Scientific Review will host four Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review Webinars in early November 2014 to give new NIH grant applicants and others useful insights into the submission and review processes.
The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy. The institutions served by the NAP are unique in their ability to attract leading experts in many fields to join panels and committees charged with providing policy advice on some of the nation’s most pressing scientific, technical, and health-related issues.
Statistical Horizons provides public, two-day seminars that cover a wide range of topics in statistics, from introductory statistics (using R) to advanced topics like multilevel modeling. Many of their seminars are on topics that are often not included in graduate curricula, like missing data and propensity score methods. Trying to learn methods like these on your own can be a real challenge. Their seminars are designed to help busy professionals who want to learn the latest statistical methods in an efficient, effective and affordable way.
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!
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.
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.
Check out this webinar focusing on real-life examples of partnership and meaningful engagement in PCOR, with particular relevance to the nursing community. Presenters provide an overview of PCORI, explain the PCOR methods and how they can be utilized by nursing researchers, and explore nursing research in PCORI’s portfolio. PCORI funded researchers will also provide a brief overview of their projects, how the projects addresses questions of practical interest to patients and clinicians, and how they're engaging stakeholders such as patients, caregivers, clinicians, and others in the research process.
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!
Khan 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.
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 is seeking input from the scientific community, professional organizations and the public through its Innovative Questions (IQ) Initiative . IQ is the next step in the implementation of NINR’s Strategic Plan and is meant to encourage new thinking and creativity in nursing science, promote results-oriented research and guide the science over the next 5 to 10 years.
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.
Dr. Sally Rockey posts frequently on issues related to research and NIH funding. Dr. Rockey is the Deputy Director for Extramural Research.
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!
The IRB has posted an updated sample consent form and sample assent form on its web site. Who should complete UAB IRB training? Are you current on your IRB training? For the answer to these and other IRB questions - Visit the UAB IRB Website to find out!
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