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Predatory Publisher Charged by the FTC

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The US Federal Trade Commission has filed an official Complaint with the US District Court in Nevada charging OMICS Group, Inc. with unfair and deceptive practices. The FTC states that “Since at least 2009, Defendants have published numerous online publications styled as academic journals. To solicit articles and manuscripts from consumers, Defendants represent that various academic experts serve as editors, are members of the editorial boards, or are otherwise associated with Defendants’ journals, and that consumers’ articles are subject to industry-standard peer review before publishing.”

In fact, submitted articles do not undergo peer review, nor are the academics listed on their editorial boards connected with those journals. The Complaint goes on to describe deceptive statements made by OMICS about impact factors and indexing in PubMed Central, as well as their practice of selling registrations to misrepresented academic conferences. Read more.

In their blog post Academics and scientists: Beware of predatory journal publishers, the FTC refers academics to their librarians. Please contact Donna O’Malley at 656-4415 if you’d like help sorting legitimate and questionable publishers.

September Workshops offer important back-to-school Information on Resources and Databases

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Dana Medical Library’s workshops provide information that is vital to new and returning students and faculty. Make sure to get up to speed on library resources and databases so that your semester gets off to the best start! Workshops are held each Wednesday throughout the month. The following are the first 3 workshops of the semester. Come check them out!

Navigating UVM Libraries Resources: September 7th, Noon – 1:00 pm

New to UVM or returning to research after a break? Learn about library services, and available databases and journals, and how to find full-text articles and access library materials from off-campus. Instructor: Alice Stokes, MLIS

Searching the Biomedical Literature thru Medline: September 14th, Noon – 1:00 pm

Learn to effectively and efficiently search the MEDLINE database to support patient care, research, and education. This workshop will focus on searching Ovid or PubMed, the two most popular Medline interfaces at DML. Instructor: Nancy Bianchi, MSLIS

Basics of EndNote: September 21st, Noon – 1:00 pm

Learn the basics of EndNote to collect and manage references, and to insert them into a manuscript. If you would like to attend an EndNote workshop, but cannot make this date, contact Frances Delwiche ( for other options. Instructor: Frances Delwiche, MLIS

Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops.

Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Fran Delwiche at 656-4423.

Change is in the air! Dana Medical Library Fall Semester Hours have begun

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Fall 2016 semester hours run from Sunday, August 14, 2016 to Monday, January 2, 2017. They are as follows:

  • Monday thru Thursday, 7:30 am – 12 midnight
  • Friday, 7:30 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday, 9 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, 9 am – 12 midnight


Labor Day Weekend

  • Monday, Sept 5 (University Holiday), 9am-5pm

Thanksgiving Holiday

  • Wednesday, November 23, 7:30am-5pm
  • Thursday, November 24 (University Holiday), CLOSED
  • Friday, November 25 (University Holiday), CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 26, 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, November 27, Resume regular hours

Winter holidays: Hours will be reduced between Friday, December 16, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017

  • Friday, December 16, 7:30 am-7pm
  • Saturday, December 17 Saturday, 9am -7pm
  • Sunday, December 18, 9am-10pm
  • Monday, December 19—Thursday, December 22, 7:30am-10pm
  • Friday, December 23 – Monday, January 2 (University Holidays and Winter Break Days)- CLOSED

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Contact the Main Desk at 656-2200 with any questions.

Summer Reading, At Your Fingertips: Win a Popular Reading Book!

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A good book is a great escape from studying and research… and we’re giving them away! Read a book and write a review about it, or tell us your thoughts in a quick survey about the summer reading exhibit. You will be entered into a drawing for popular reading books!

We all need a break from our work occasionally. One great way is to pick up a good book… and possibly win one too! Here is how it works:

Peruse the popular reading books that are on the table in Dana’s Main Hall. Check out a book that interests you, read it, and write a review about it on the card that is inside the cover of the book. Slip it into the survey and review box the next time you are in the library. You will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of these popular reading titles.

You can also take a few moments to fill out our survey that is on the display table in Dana’s Main Hall. Slip it into the survey and review box and automatically be entered into the same drawing.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.