Friday, August 29, 2014

Anywhere Systematic Review

Wiley has announced the launch of a new enhanced HTML format for viewing systematic review articles. Called Anywhere Systematic Review it aims to enhance the reading experience of articles on Wiley Online Library in four ways:

Readability - Superfluous information and clutter have been removed so that readers can focus on the article.

Navigation - The new layout and Sidebar tray allows readers easy access to important information, such as references, at any point in the reading experience, without losing their place on the page.

Functionality - As well as viewing items such as figure, tables and references in context, readers can use new tools to browse through all these items in one place, and quickly navigate to their context in the article.

Mobility - The responsive HTML article will adapt to any device -desktop, tablet or mobile - to give the optimal reading experience.

You can view an article in the new 'Anywhere Article' format wherever you see this link:

The Cochrane Library is a collection of healthcare databases. It contains over 5,000 Cochrane Reviews; these are systematic reviews of primary research in healthcare and health policy.

You can access the Cochrane Library through the RCSI library website at


Thursday, August 28, 2014

RCSI Heritage Collections Unveils Previously Unseen Surgery and Medical Education Records

The RCSI Library today announced it has unveiled the College’s prized Heritage Collections. These extensive collections comprise archives, manuscripts and antiquarian books relating to the teaching and practice of surgery and medicine in Ireland.

Ms Kate Kelly, RCSI Chief Librarian said “RCSI holds a unique place in the history of surgery and medical education in Ireland since the late 1700s. The opening up of these collections to students, staff, researchers, academics and the general public for the first time will lead to new discoveries and anyone with an interest in the history of medicine in Ireland will find these collections rich with fresh and unique historical facts.”

The RCSI Heritage Collections include records relating to College correspondence and meetings, student registers, examinations, fees, fellows and licentiates. The archive also houses collections of a large number of prominent individuals including Abraham Colles (1773-1843), William Wallace (1791-1837), Sir Charles A. Cameron (1830-1921), Thomas Heazle Parke (1857 – 1893) and Emily Winifred Dickson (1866 – 1944). The materials are in a variety of formats including casebooks, diaries, lecture notes, published papers, photographs and clinical illustrations. 

Antiquarian books in surgery, medicine and allied topics are also part of the RCSI Heritage Collections. Works by Irish surgeons and doctors, especially those associated with RCSI over its 230 year history are a great source of information and will add greatly to the depth of RCSI’s history and the study of the history of medicine. There are more than 6000 pamphlets, with a particular focus on local eighteenth and nineteenth century issues. The collection also includes commemorative and memorial literature from various members of the medical profession.

The RCSI Heritage Collections includes the largest medical instrument collection in Ireland, with more than 1500 instruments including William Wilde’s aural snare, Robert McDonnell’s blood transfusion apparatus and surgical instruments from the Battle of Victoria 1813. Pioneers, founders and inventors of new surgical techniques and instruments walked the halls of RCSI. These individuals helped to forge medical advancements that benefit patients daily. 

Through a major cataloguing initiative within the RCSI Library, parts of these collections are now available to search online.   

Anybody interested in viewing the collection can visit the Widdess Reading Room in the Mercer Library. Viewing is by appointment only every Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4.30 pm. To view any records held by the RCSI Heritage Collections an appointment must be made in advance by emailing the Archivist.

See the Heritage Blog for more.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Guide to academic and scientific publication

A comprehensive guide written by Linda Olson with advice for authors discussing the success factors in scholarly publishing, presentation matters and communication with editors.


Friday, August 1, 2014

New Library Video on YouTube

The latest library video on our YouTube channel looks at searching the CINAHL database using limits. Have a look at it, and at all our videos, at

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Finding Irish information: ISSDA & IQDA

Following on from last week's post, these two archives may be of interest.

The Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) is Ireland's leading centre for quantitative data acquisition, preservation and dissemination. Based at, and managed by, UCD Library, it is a national service that provides free access to a wide range of data in the social sciences, for research and teaching purposes. Data is acquired from academic, research bodies and public sector sources.

Key datasets in health include:

  • All Ireland Traveller Health Study
  • Children's Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA)
  • Survey of Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC)
  • National Psychological Wellbeing and Distress Study (NPWDS)

The Irish Qualitative Data Archive (IQDA) is a central access point for qualitative social science data generated in or about Ireland. Based in NUI Maynooth, it is a national programme and qualitative datasets interviews, pictures and other non-numerical material.

Data collections include:
  • Growing Up in Ireland
  • Life Histories and Social Change
  • New Urban Living

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Finding Irish healthcare information

Directory of Irish Resources

Finding information on Irish healthcare topics can be challenging as there are a limited number of Irish published sources. Information may be widely scattered across a range of institutions, academic centres, clinical bodies, official and voluntary agencies. Formats may include reports, book chapters, official publications, EU documentation, theses and documents resident on any number of websites. No one index or search engine is likely to discover all relevant information. To search systematically, each resource / website should be interrogated using the website search box.    

RCSI Library continues to point to sources of Irish healthcare information on our webpages:  additional suggestions are welcome. 

Paul Murphy

Friday, July 11, 2014

Open Access

We have seen the success of green open access with direct author self deposit of journal papers to repositories increasing all the time. Ease of access and funder mandates have sharply increased both deposit and readership and subsequent impact. In our own document repository epublications@rcsi   900 papers and dissertations by RCSI authors have been downloaded over 293,000 times.

There is a corresponding increase in publication in gold open access journals, the access model where authors pre-pay publication fees but readers view without charge. There has been a measurable increase in citation impact from gold open access publishing. The BioMedNet Central   suite of journals is a well known example of gold publishing in medicine and over 300 papers by RCSI authors are freely available in BioMedNet BMC titles.

There are many other gold open access (OA) journals in clinical medicine, molecular biology, pharmacology and psychiatry. You can use the DOAJ directory, Directory of Open Access Journals  to find all OA journals in a category.  The growth of gold OA, plus a listing of the highest impact OA titles, is presented in a recent article, itself open access.  On the impact of Gold Open Access journals  Gumpenberger, C. et al 2013  Scientometrics  96 (1), pp. 221-238 

Connect to   epublications@rcsi   for more information about research funder mandates and green open access deposit.

Paul Murphy