Access E-journals quickly on your smartphone or tablet at the Briscoe Library

QR codes in the Briscoe Library provide access to online resources

QR Codes in the stacks of the Briscoe Library now provide smart phone users with easy access to some online resources.

The majority of our journal access is online and now we offer a fast way for you to find the latest issues:  When you see a yellow card on the shelves, scan the QR code and view the journal on your smart phone or other mobile device.

The QR code labels are being placed in the print journal stacks where a print journal subscription ends and the online subscription begins.  The QR code is linked directly to the online version of the journal, taking you directly to a list of issues available for viewing.  If your smart phone is using a data plan, the QR code link will first take you to the library’s login page and you will need to login before using the online journal.  If your smart phone or tablet device is connected to the Health Science Center’s wireless network, you will be connected automatically  to the journal’s mobile website without the need to log in.

For the time being, only current journals with mobile sites are labeled.  As more and more of these sites are integrated to mobile standards, we will incorporate codes for easy access from the stacks.  QR code readers such as ScanLife are available through the App Store.

Have any questions or comments?  Contact Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian,

Beginning in January: Three methods to log in to library resources from off campus

One of the library’s most important services is the collection of electronic journals, books and databases we license and make available for the campus community.  These resources can be used both from campus computers and from computers anywhere, any time, once the user has been “authenticated” as being affiliated with the Health Science Center.  In January, we are introducing a new way to log in and be authenticated when you are accessing library materials from off-campus.

Beginning January 17, 2010, you will see a new button on the login page when you are accessing e-journals, books or databases from off-campus.  This button will allow you to log in with your UTHSCSA domain account — the same username and password that you use to log into your computer on campus, or log into Blackboard, the inside.uthscsa portal, or the Knowledge Center.

If you are affiliated with the Health Science Center and registered with the library but do not have a UTHSCSA domain account, you will still be able to log in as you always have, using your badge number and the PIN you have configured in the library.  If you use the VPN client to access network resources from off campus, while you are logged into VPN you will be able to use the library’s electronic resources without further log in.

We are hoping the addition of domain account log in will make access to the library’s electronic resources smoother and easier than ever for our students, faculty and staff.  In addition, we are working on making our login pages easier to use on mobile devices, so you can stay current and informed wherever you are.

Luke Rosenberger, Director
Library Technology & Historical Collections

Faculty of 1000 and The Scientist: subscription changes

The UT Health Science Center Libraries currently has an electronic subscription to The Scientist.  The publisher, F1000, will combine its three products — Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Faculty of 1000 Biology, and The Scientist — into one product, effective January 2011.  Because of the cost increase for the bundled collection, the library is not able to continue the electronic version of The Scientist in 2011 as we have for the last two years.

In order to continue an electronic subscription to The Scientist, the library would be required to subscribe to all three products resulting in more than a 400% increase in subscription cost in 2011 compared to the cost in 2010.  We realize that The Scientist is a popular publication for keeping up with the latest news and views in science; however, as with all departments on campus, the library is looking at a reduced budget in the next biennium and we must be fiscally responsible.

The library will continue our print subscription to The Scientist but discontinue electronic access starting in 2011.  Contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, with any questions or comments at

Featured resource: Journal of Visualized Experiments

JOVE-Journal of Visualized ExperimentsYou requested it and we listened.  Due to the large number of requests for a subscription to Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), the library started a subscription for 2012.  The subscription allows current access for JoVE General.  Additional sections require a separate subscription but they are freely available through PubMed Central if the video is older than 24 months. Librarians will monitor use of JoVE during 2012 to determine if this new format journal is used frequently and we welcome your comments about JoVE.  JoVE can be accessed through the library’s E-Journal page or through a catalog search; access is available on and off-campus.

JoVE features videos of experimental techniques.  Some examples from recent video articles include: Intracellular refolding assay, pull-down of calmodulin-binding proteins, quantifying mixing using magnetic resonance imaging, and analysis of cell cycle position in mammalian cells. JoVE also provides the opportunity for video viewers to comment on the experimental technique through blog entries.

From the JoVE website: “With participation of scientists from leading research institutions, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) was established as a new, open access tool in life science publication and communication. We utilize a video-based approach to scientific publishing to fully capture all dimensions of life science research. Visualization greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of fundamental experimental techniques, therefore contributing to the solution of two of the most challenging problems faced by today’s life science research community: (1) low transparency and reproducibility of biological experiments and (2) time-consuming learning of experimental techniques.”

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

Featured resource: Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a tool for evaluating the influence of journals by comparing them to other journals in the same field, to identify those that are the most frequently cited and that have the highest impact factors.  Citation and article counts can be important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals.

The JCR database covers over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals in the fields of science, technology and social sciences.

UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff can access Journal Citation Reports from the Database page of The Libraries’ website, or at

Journal cancellation list: We are still interested in receiving your input

In the May issue of the newsletter, we posted a list of possible journal and database cancellations for 2012.  If you have not reviewed the list and sent comments, please take the time to do so.  Comments can be sent to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

Most frequently used electronic journals

The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ current journal subscriptions are now almost entirely available in electronic format, following a continual conversion from print to electronic journals that began in the late 1990’s.  At last count, the library has 89 journals that are received in print-only format.  Librarians monitor the use of electronic journals through data provided by publishers.

During the 2011 academic year, more than 1 million electronic journal articles were viewed by UT Health Science Center faculty, students, staff, and visitors to the Briscoe Library and its branch locations.  The ten most frequently used electronic journals were Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nature, Science, Cancer Research, Journal of Neuroscience, Cell, Blood, Journal of Immunology, Lancet, and PLoS One.   For the first time, PLoS One, a rapid publication open access journal, is among the top ten most frequently viewed electronic journals in the library’s collection.

Questions or comments about the library’s journal collection?  Contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

News from the Libraries – January 2011

More than 485,000 people entered the Briscoe Library during FY 2010, and library users viewed more than 980,000 journal articles online. Beginning January 17, 2011, off -campus users will have a new way to login and view articles.

January 2011

In the news this month:

Three methods to access library resources from off campus

Library Facts and Figures FY2010

Resources for writers at the Library

Ramirez librarian receives AHEC honor

Jorge Martinez graduates from Texas A&M San Antonio

Resources from the P.I. Nixon Library: John Hunter, the father of scientific surgery

January Library classes

A very Happy New Year from the Libraries!

A printable PDF of the newsletter is also available.

Report documents growth in open access journals

A recent issue of PLoS ONE ( includes an article summarizing the growth in open access (OA) journals. Since the early 1990s the number of OA journals has grown significantly, with more than 6,000 titles now included in the Directory of Open Access Journals ( These journals rely on fees paid by authors and other sources of revenue in place of subscription fees. The article reports that the number of OA journals has increased by 18% annually since 1993, while the overall number of journal titles has increased 3.5% annually in the same time period. The article is available from PLoS ONE’s website:

Laakso M, Welling P, Bukvova H, Nyman L, Björk B-C, et al. 2011 The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20961.

Since January 2008 NIH has required that any report of research sponsored by NIH be available from PubMed Central ( within 12 months of its publication in a journal. For more information about the NIH public access policy, visit

Journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are included in the library’s E-Journal list and individual articles can be retrieved by using the “Find at UTHSCSA” button in many databases.

Keith Cogdill
Director of South Texas Regional Information Services

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