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Library Resolutions

Monday: Get the most out of ORCiD


ORCiD provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Institutional sign-on is now available, making it easier than ever to create or login to your ORCID account.











Leveraging your ORCiD account is a great way to let others know about your work.  You've probably noticed the little green ORCiD icons  appearing next to authors names in some journals articles.

Clicking on that on that icon will take you to the author's ORCiD page. 

Tuesday: Select Relevant Keywords for Your Manuscript

Are you ever stumped when a publisher asks you to assign keywords to your manuscript? Selecting the right keywords goes a long way towards getting your publication noticed. Here are some tips for selecting keywords:

  • Choose as keywords those words that are used repeatedly in the paper.
  • Include variants and abbreviations of terms.
  • Before you submit your article, type your keywords into PubMed or Google Scholar to check if the results match the subject of your paper.
  • Use PubMed’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) or Embase’s Emtree thesaurus.

To use MeSH on Demand, paste your abstract in the search box and click Search.

MeSH on Demand: paste abstract

MeSH on Demand will display a list of MeSH terms and similar articles indexed in PubMed.

MeSH on Demand: MeSH terms and similar articles

Wednesday: Find the Right Journal to Submit Your Manuscript

If you've written a manuscript and are shopping around for a journal to submit to, the library has a few tools that can help:

Thursday: Avoid Predatory Publishers

Is your inbox inundated with invitations from unfamiliar publishers to submit your manuscript to a journal you've never heard of? The number of journals in the biomedical sciences has increased exponentially in the past few years. How can you tell if a journal is legit?

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help guide your decision about publishing in a particular journal:

  1. Does our library have a subscription?
  2. Is the journal indexed in PubMed?
  3. Can you find the journal’s website?
    1. Is the explanation of fees clear?
    2. Who is on the editorial board?
  4. Is it listed in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)?
  5. Does it belong to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)?
  6. Does it belong to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA)?

Friday: Follow Guidelines When Reporting Research

Bonus: Create Better Figures

A recent article published in F1000 Research provides some useful tips and techniques for creating better graphics: 

Schmied C and Jambor HK. Effective image visualization for publications – a workflow using open access tools and concepts [version 2; peer review: 2 approved]. F1000Research 2021, 9:1373 (


Copyright:  © 2021 Schmied C and Jambor HK. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.