Avoiding predatory publishers

Just as the second email ever sent was probably spam, the advent of open access publishing has brought individuals and businesses attempting to exploit scientists and researchers unfamiliar with their tactics. Becoming informed about these predatory publishers and how they operate is vital to avoiding their snare.

Predatory publishers and journals take advantage of the author-pay model of legitimate open access by charging large fees without providing any editorial or services and engaging in other nefarious behaviors, such as:

• Mimicking the name or web site style of more established journals.
• Accepting articles quickly with little or no peer review or quality control, including hoax and nonsensical papers (of course, more reputable journals sometimes have done the same).
• Notifying academics of article fees only after papers are accepted.
• Aggressively campaigning for academics to submit articles or serve on editorial boards.
• Listing academics as members of editorial boards without their permission or not allowing academics to resign from editorial boards.
• Appointing fake academics to editorial boards.

One strong source of information about predatory publishers is the Scholarly Open Access blog, written by Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Initiatives Librarian at the Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver. Beall’s lists of questionable publishers and standalone journals should be a first stop for information if you receive a suspicious solicitation from an unfamiliar journal.

Upcoming “Introduction to RefWorks” Class

Are you searching for a better way to manage your resources and have no idea where to start? We have the solution for you!

Next Wednesday, October 16th, from noon to 1pm, the Isch?® Library will be offering an introductory Refworks class. Refworks, a web-based bibliography and citation manager supported by the Library, is a useful tool for organizing your online references. If you’d like to familiarize yourself with Refworks before attending the class, please visit :?á
The class will be held in the Library’s computer classroom on the 4th floor of the Resource Center Building on October 16th from noon to 1pm.
Anyone associated with the LSU Health Sciences Center and interested in getting started with RefWorks should definitely plan to attend.
Please contact the instructor, Head Dental Librarian Julie Schiavo, via email at or by phone at 504-941-8162.

Printing @ Ische

Printing can seem like a complicated process; however after you do it once youÔÇÖll be an expert! Below is the 4-step process:


Prior to printing, go to the bookstore to get your ID formatted in order to add money to it.


Purchase a Pay Paw card for $1 from the Pay Paw machine itself, located on the 3rd floor of the library.


Add money to your formatted ID/Pay Paw card by adding cash directly to your card through the Pay Paw machine or by doing so through the Pay PawÔÇÖs online system.


Sending a print job

When you print in either the Library Commons or in the Library, you will be asked to select a printer (3rd or 4th floor) and to give your print job a name and password. This is simply to identify your print job from others, so name it whatever you want. You can use the same name and password for multiple print-jobs. All print jobs are defaulted to black & white, single-sided sheets so please see specific instructions below for double-sided and color printing options.


Retrieving a print job

Go to the location you sent your print job (3rd or 4th floor print station). ?áSwipe your card on the card reader. Select your print-job name and press “Print.ÔÇØ Enter the password you created when you sent the print job. Your print job will be distributed and your card will be charged.


Single-sided = 10?ó per page

Double-sided = 14?ó per page?á(Select Preferences on printing screen, Click Finishing tab, then CHECK box by ÔÇ£Print on both sidesÔÇØ)

Color = 25?ó per page (Select Preferences on printing screen, Click Color tab, then UNCHECK the ÔÇ£Print in GrayscaleÔÇØ box)

**Note ÔÇô The Pay Paw machine only accepts dollar bills in increments of $1, $5 or $20.

Coins are NOT accepted.

Please stop by the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the library for assistance.

54 Guides and Growing

Ever wonder where to start for a research project or just curious about the numerous resources that the library has to offer for your field of study? Check out the subject specific LibGuides. You never know what new resources, tools and tips you’ll come across!

The most recent publication is LibX, which is an add-on for Firefox and Google Chrome that allows you to search the libraryÔÇÖs catalog, as well as many other various databases in a slightly different way. It is quite convenient and saves a few steps in unearthing material for your research.

Library printing and school-issued laptops

If you have a laptop issued by your school and you’re having troubles sending jobs to the Library printers on the 3rd and 4th floors, you may need to change the driver on your laptop. To do this, locate the printer properties and then change the selected printer driver to?áHP Universal Printing PS (v5.4). You can also contact the academic supporter for your school for more assistance, including receiving updated downloads with the proper drivers for the printers located in the Library.

Library Commons Closed Friday Evening

The 24-hour Library Commons space in the Resource Center building will be unavailable for use from 6pm to midnight this evening (Friday, May 24th) due to a scheduled domestic cold water outage throughout the building. No attempts to use any faucet, toilet, urinal, or water fountain should be made. A great excuse to give yourself a study break!

Link resolver tips: Scirus

The latest addition to our lineup of databases and sites configured to work with the WebBridge Link Resolver is Scirus. However, you must set up the preferences in Scirus to show the link resolver icon whether you are searching the site on- or off-campus.

First, select “Preferences” from the Scirus main page:

Next, under the “Library Partner Links” change the radio button to “Enable,” select “L” from the alphanumeric list, and then select the entry for “LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Libraries” :

Once you’ve made these changes, click the “Save Preferences” button:

The WebBridge Link Resolver icon will display only for journal articles as long as you do not clear the cookies from your browser:

If you need any more information about the link resolver, please check out the WebBridge Link Resolver LibGuide or our newly-updated link resolver handout.

Parking for Jazz Fest

In case you missed it, here’s an email message from the Chancellor on parking for Jazz Fest at the Dental School:

“The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds this weekend (April 26-28) and next week (May 2-5).?á Dean Henry Gremillion, DDS, has kindly extended an invitation to LSUHSC New Orleans faculty, staff and students planning to attend to park at the Dental School, space permitting, with their LSUHSC IDÔÇÖs and gate cards.?á University Police will accommodate entering and exiting through the Tensas Street Gate (the back Walk Thru Gate) on the above-referenced dates until 7:30 PM each night.?á After 7:30 PM, entering and exiting will be allowed only through the Florida Avenue drive-in.?á All LSUHSC rules and regulations remain in effect regarding proper use and care of our campus properties and facilities.?á Please see Chief William Joseph for any other questions.”

LibGuide for Apple devices now available

We’ve recently added an Apple Computers and Devices LibGuide with tips about using your Mac or iOS device. Included is information about how to get on to the LSUHSC networks as well as how to use your Mac with the LSUHSC Citrix Web Interface.

Be sure to check out all of our other LibGuides that cover a variety of topics ranging from course-specific resources to how to cite that paper using the APA Style.

How to access Citrix with a Mac

The Library has put together a walk through of the steps you will need to go through in order to use the LSUHSC Citrix Web Interface from your Mac computer.

Problem installing Write-n-Cite?

Some users new to RefWorks came across this message when attempting to install Write-n-Cite on their school laptops:

ÔÇ£Microsoft visual studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (x86) needs to be installed for this installation to continue.ÔÇØ

Write-n-Cite requires the users to have Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 installed on their computers.?á It is a free download available from the Microsoft website: ?á

Once that program is installed, you may proceed with the?áinstillation?áprocess.


If you would like more information about RefWorks and Write-n-Cite please email the reference librarians, ?áKeep an eye out for upcoming Introduction to RefWorks classes.



Link Resolver Tips: My EndNote Web

Did you know you can access My EndNote Web through the Library’s subscription to Web of Knowledge/Web of Science? Start by going to any of the links to Web of Knowledge/Web of Science at Then look for the My EndNote Web link at the top of the page:


To log in you can use your existing Web of Knowledge user i.d. and password; if you do not have one, you can easily create a new account. Once you’ve entered this information, My EndNote Web will launch in a new tab or window and you’re all set to start managing those references! The tabs across the top will guide you through adding new citations and organizing your bibliographies:



There is also a handy link in Web of Knowledge/Web of Science to export the information from selected citations to your My EndNote Web account:

My EndNote Web also works with the WebBridge Link Resolver giving you the opportunity to check whether that article is available in the Library’s print or electronic collections. Look for the “LSUHSC-NO Check Full Text” icon next to each citation you’ve added to your account:



A new tab or window will then open showing the options you have to retrieve the article. If you need more information about the link resolver, this handout will walk you through the process and the Link Resolver LibGuides page also has tips you can use.

RefWorks changes for link resolver

If you use the WebBridge Link Resolver to check the availability of the full-text of an article from a citation you have saved in your RefWorks account, please be aware that there is a new requirement in order to show any available resources. You now need to have the PMID (PubMed ID) added to the “PMID” field?á in the citation. There was a change outside of our control that made this necessary in order to see available full-text for the work.

If there is no PMID for the citation, when you click the “LSUHSC-NO Check Full Text” icon you will see a link to check the Library’s catalog for the journal or book as well as a link to export the citation to your RefWorks account.

Another change has been made that will help with this new requirement for linking out of RefWorks: when you choose to export a citation to your RefWorks account from the WebBridge Link Resolver screen, the PMID (if available) will be automatically added to the RefWorks citation:

This post provides more information about using the link resolver in RefWorks. Additionally, more tips are available on the WebBridge Link Resolver LibGuides page.

New Mac wireless and wired instructions

If you’d like to connect your Mac to the LSUHSC wireless or wired network, we’ve just added updated handouts to help you do so.

We also have tips and walkthroughs for connecting to the network with other operating systems and some mobile devices on the Library’s Wireless Instructions page.

Change to Ovid off-campus access

If Ovid is your database of choice, there is a change that affects using it off-campus. You will still need to use your LSUHSC user i.d. and password whenever you attempt to use Ovid. The change, however, comes after your initial log in: you will then be asked to supply the information for your library account, which includes your name, barcode and PIN.

If you do not have an account or need other information about accessing our resources from off-campus, this page has tutorials and handouts to walk you through the process.

If you have any questions about this change or any of our services, please contact us.