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Library News - 2004

Early Release Article from New England Journal of Medicine with Recommendations for Weathering the Influenza Vaccine Crisis


Because of the topic's public health importance, this article is being published early at It will appear in the November 11, 2004, issue of the Journal.

"Perspective: Weathering the Influenza Vaccine Crisis"
J. Treanor

New England Journal of Medicine

PubMed Reaches a Major Milestone

Database Adds 15 Millionth Journal Citation

PubMed, NLM's online retrieval service for citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950s, just reasserted its claim to the title "the world's largest biomedical database" by climbing to 15 million references. This milestone occurred August 11, 2004. The landmark citation was:

Zheng Y, Zhou ZM, Yin LL, Li JM, Sha JH.
Molecular cloning and characterization of a novel splicing variant of PIASx.
Acta Pharmacol Sin. 2004 Aug;25(8):1058-64.
PMID: 15301740 [PubMed - in process]
PubMed citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. Free online access to this resource was announced in 1997, when the database stood at approximately 9 million citations. More than 2.2 million searches of PubMed are conducted each day.

Nature E-Journals Access

Thanks to funding from the South Carolina Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SC BRIN) grant project, the University of South Carolina has enjoyed access for the past two years to the following e-journals from Nature Publishing.

  • Nature
  • Nature Biotechnology
  • Nature Cell Biology
  • Nature Genetics
  • Nature Immunology
  • Nature Medicine
  • Nature Neuroscience
  • Nature Reviews Cancer
  • Nature Reviews Genetics
  • Nature Reviews Immunology
  • Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
  • Nature Reviews Neuroscience
The SC BRIN grant funding of these e-journals ended on August 31, 2004. After reviewing the use statistics for each of these titles, obtaining quotes from Nature Publishing to renew the titles, and working with Thomas Cooper Library on cost sharing, the Library's Collection Development Committee has determined that online access to Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine, and Nature Neuroscience will continue. Access to the other titles will cease.

The Library will retain the print version of Nature but not renew the print versions of Nature Genetics, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, and Nature Reviews Neuroscience in 2005. The cancellation of these print titles allows the Library to have sufficient funding to retain online access to Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine, and Nature Neuroscience, the most heavily used e-journals.

New E-Textbooks Available!

Over forty electronic textbooks have been added to the Library's "E-Textbooks" page. Most of these are medical and health-related textbooks available for free viewing on the web. They can be accessed directly through the E-Textbooks page or through SCarlit, the Library's online catalog.

Library Classes Fall Schedule Now Available

The Library offers several free classes on how to search PubMed, Ovid, Web of Knowledge, Science Direct, evidence-based medicine resources and consumer health web sites as well as classes on PowerPoint and Reference Manager, a citation management software package. Classes are one session, and usually last about an hour. To register you need only call or email the listed contact by 4:00 p.m. the day before the class is offered. Consult the fall schedule for dates and times.

APS Legacy Content

The USC University Libraries recently purchased the American Physiological Society (APS) Journal Legacy Content package that provides perpetual access to the online content from all APS journals from 1898 to 1996-1998, depending on the journal. This content goes back to the first issue of each of the APS journals-including APS's first journal in 1898, the American Journal of Physiology. This legacy content can be viewed as completely searchable scanned images of the printed pages.

All content between 1966 and 1998 is now available online. The final stage (to be completed by year-end 2004) is now in the process of putting all content from 1965 back to 1898 online. These are the APS journals affected by this purchase. Use the School of Medicine Library's E-Journals page to access the journals.

  • Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Journal of Neurophysiology
  • American Journal of Physiology (AJP)
  • AJP - Cell Physiology
  • AJP - Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • AJP - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
  • AJP - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
  • AJP - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • AJP - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
  • AJP - Renal Physiology
  • Advances in Physiology Education
  • Physiological Reviews
  • Physiology (formerly News in Physiological Sciences)

New Combined USC-SOM E-Journal page

In order to serve our patrons more effectively, the School of Medicine E-Journals page is now a combination of all e-journals available through Thomas Cooper Library, as well as titles subscribed to only by our library. This allows "one stop shopping" searching online journal access for titles available to USC Columbia. The best way to search is still by title or keyword, instead of using the Alphabetical lists, which are now naturally longer than before. The combination page is as up-to-date as possible, as it is created each time it is accessed by combining the two sites.

If you do wish to access just the School of Medicine's list, you can return to our previous TDNet page by clicking on the hotlink on the right: "USC TDnet Main Site," or use the pulldown menu "All" which will show links to separate Thomas Cooper Library and School of Medicine Pages.

Please contact Felicia Yeh with questions or comments. 733-3355.

2005 Journal Subscription Cancellations

The Library is anticipating a 10% increase in journal prices for the 2005 subscription year and a reduced budget in FY 2004-2005. In spite of reduced budgets in FY 2003-2004 and FY 2002-2003, the Library managed to avoid canceling large numbers of journals due to significant one-time cost savings realized through the cancellation of print journals and elimination of duplication with Thomas Cooper Library, savings realized through consortial purchasing with other academic libraries in South Carolina and the United States and increased grants and contract revenue. In the face of constant yearly increases in journal prices and perhaps yet another budget reduction, the Library can no longer avoid journal cancellations. We will also be reducing the book budget, reviewing our database subscriptions, reducing travel, and minimizing equipment purchases to deal with the budget reduction.

The Library has identified potential candidates for cancellation using various factors -- journal price, usage, availability from Thomas Cooper Library either in print or online, and access to other titles in the same subject area. Another important factor in making journal cancellation decisions is the input that the Library receives from School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students. We seek your assistance in reviewing these titles and welcome your feedback and comments.

The Library will provide complimentary interlibrary loan (ILL) service for articles requested from cancelled journal titles. Please keep in mind that our new ILL Express service can provide you with electronic delivery of articles in PDF format to your desktop.

We would appreciate it if you would please review the list of proposed journal title cancellations in the School of Medicine Library Journal Cancellation Survey. You may also e-mail or call Felicia Yeh, Assistant Director for Serials,, 733-3355. We would like to have your responses by June 15. Thank you.

BioMed Central Membership Sponsored by School of Medicine Library

The School of Medicine Library is sponsoring the first year of the University of South Carolina institutional membership in BioMed Central, the open-access online publishing house, This is great news for all of our life science and medical researchers for a number of reasons.

BioMed Central ( is an independent online publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to the peer-reviewed biological and medical research it publishes. This commitment is based on the view that open access to research is essential to the rapid and efficient communication of science. In addition to open-access original research, BioMed Central also publishes reviews and other subscription-based content.

BioMed Central is committed to its policy of providing free, full-text access to all original research papers published in any of its 80+ online journals covering all areas of biology and medicine. New BioMed Central journals are becoming available every month. A list of all these journals is available at:

Publishing with BioMed Central has a number of advantages, including:

  • Free access: no subscription charges or registration barriers for access to original full-text research articles.
  • Authors retain copyright of their work, and are free to put it on a publicly accessible server or on any other site they wish.
  • Rapid peer review and publication: all papers are peer reviewed rapidly and efficiently due to an online system for submission, peer reviewing, and publication.
  • High visibility: publishing with BioMed Central gives your paper access to a worldwide biomedical readership. Authors can view their article's access statistics online and see how wide a readership it is attracting.
  • Articles are immediately indexed in PubMed, archived in PubMed Central, and also deposited in such online databases as CrossRef, CAS, BIOSIS and ISI, to enable direct linking when they are cited in other journals.
BioMed Central normally covers the costs of publishing by levying a processing charge of $500 for each article published. Among other benefits, Institutional Membership qualifies all researchers at the University to receive an article-processing charge waiver.

BioMed Central has also created an institutional member's page just for University of South Carolina authors where titles of any research papers published in BioMed Central's journals that have originated at the University can be listed. Please see

New E-journal System

Starting October 15th, SOM E-Journals will switch to TDNet, the system now used by the entire USC System. The link is still E-Journals in the upper left hand corner of our homepage. For details, click here to link to our Communications Newsletter article. Please call (733-3355) or e-mail Felicia Yeh ( with questions you may have.

Reading Between the Lines: Focusing on Health Information Literacy

The USC School of Medicine Library and the USC School of Library and Information Science are hosting a teleconference on Wednesday, September 10, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in Davis College, room 209. Reading Between the Lines: Focusing on Health Information Literacy is an MLA-sponsored Satellite Teleconference. Find the agenda, goals, speakers and more at Participation is free but registration is required. For more information, please contact Kasey Albert at or at 803-733-3360.

Current Research @ University of South Carolina

Citations and abstracts of dissertations and theses submitted by USC and published in UMI's Dissertation Abstracts database are now available by searching "Current Research@University of South Carolina" on our databases page. Current Research@ is UMI's digital library of dissertations and theses and is a free service available to any institution that publishes its dissertations and/or theses with UMI. For dissertations and theses published since 1996, USC faculty, staff and students can view a 24-page preview and download the full text. By clicking on "About Current Research@" you can link to a gateway to other institutions that will allow you to search their dissertations and theses and view the 24 page preview for those published since 1996.

Low-Use Continuations Cancelled

With the approval of the School of Medicine's Library Committee, the Library has cancelled the standing orders of a number of Continuations titles. Use statistics for the past three years were compiled for each series title, and those reflecting very high cost per use were selected for cancellation. Below is the list of titles cancelled. Note: All Year Books are available electronically through MD Consult.

  • Advances in Applied Microbiology
  • Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Advances in Clinical Chemistry
  • Advances in Enzymology & Related Areas of Molecular Biology
  • Advances in Food & Nutrition Research
  • Advances in Parasitology
  • Advances in Pharmacology
  • Advances in Surgery
  • Advances in Virus Research
  • Antibiotics & Chemotherapy
  • Educational Media & Technology Yearbook
  • Gann Monographs on Cancer Research
  • International Review of Cytology
  • Program and Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Progress in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Vitamins and Hormones
  • Year Book of Anesthesiology & Pain Management
  • Year Book of Cardiology
  • Year Book of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
  • Year Book of Diagnostic Radiology
  • Year Book of Endocrinology
  • Year Book of Medicine
  • Year Book of Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Year Book of Nuclear Medicine
  • Year Book of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health
  • Year Book of Oncology
  • Year Book of Ophthalmology
  • Year Book of Orthopedics
  • Year Book of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
  • Year Book of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Year Book of Pediatrics
  • Year Book of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery
  • Year Book of Psychiatry & Applied Mental Health
  • Year Book of Surgery
  • Year Book of Urology

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Communications, the newsletter of the Library.

New Book List

One of the enhancements of our new online system, SCarlit, is a constantly-updated list of books added to the Library's collection. To access this list, go to the SCarlit main page, and click on the "New Books" link.