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Guides to services and collections for students, staff and faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Support for UTIA from annviera at, UTIA Librarian, 865-974-9015

 Before meeting with a statistical consultant, try the Experimental Design Assistant  from NC3Rs.   It is an online tool to guide researchers through the design of their experiments, helping to ensure that they use the minimum number of animals consistent with their scientific objectives, methods to reduce subjective bias, and appropriate statistical analysis.

Recommended: ORCID Welcome page:

For more info:  ORCID page maintained by UTK ORCID Ambassador Ann Viera


ORCID ID =  persistent lifelong digital signature

ORCID      =  Open Researcher and Contributor ID


  • Data are an important part of scholarly research. 
  • The scholarly journal article is no longer the sole output of a research project. 
  • Open research is here: Lab Scribbles is just one example of a completely open approach to science
  • Providing access to research data enhances the transparency and reliability of research, and increasingly is required by funders including NIH, NSF, and USDA/NIFA.

SUPPORT for Research Data @UTK

Ten Simple Rules series from PLoS: 

"Written by PLoS Computational Biology Editor-in-Chief Philip E. Bourne, sometimes with collaborators, the "Ten Simple Rules" provide a quick, concentrated guide for mastering some of the professional challenges research scientists face in their careers.


To all CVM graduate students and residents, their mentors and early career researchers: the preprint "The Benefits of Open Research: How Sharing Can Help Researchers Succeed" McKiernan, et al. July 2016" is a roadmap to the benefits of embracing the new rules and using the new tools for open research from a researcher's point of view. The new tools are open and inter operable, like ORCID.  See for example new online metrics provider ImpactStory integration with ORCID.

Open research fully supports the discovery mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine:  "To discover new knowledge and share it with the people of Tennessee and beyond"

A team of librarians are available to assist early career researchers and their mentors in acquiring an understanding of the new rules and tools with two goals:

  • researchers value their intellectual property portfolio and
  • understand how to openly share articles, code, data order to get the benefits of increased impact and visibility.

Examples of open science researchers: 

Erin McKiernan, UNAM, and founder Research and Outcomes (RIO) Journal

Titus Brown, UCD College of Veterinary Medicine

Considering publishing in an open access journal with APCs or Article Processing Fees?

Once you've got a short list of journals, see the Is this publisher reputable TAB on this guide and/or Think Check Submit"

To be eligible for funds from the Open Publishing Support Fund, the journal must be listed in either of the two sources below to ensure that the publisher is transparent and adheres to best practices in scholarly publishing as defined by COPE.

Hybrid open access journals are NOT eligible for funding from the Open Publishing Support Fund.  Hybrid OA  journals make only selected articles open access for an additional fee.  Rationale:  hybrid OA journals double dip. 

  • Hybrid OA journals charge libraries and individuals subscription fees PLUS the open access option for an additional fee.  One problem with this approach from a library and individual subscriber point of view is that the publisher gains a lucrative new revenue stream without reducing subscription prices. 
  • With a few exceptions like PeerJ the subscription prices for libraries and individuals are not decreasing.  Subscription prices for libraries increase between 10-20% per year, 2-3 times the inflation seen in the health care sector.
  • An example: SPARC Europe has gone on record to support the hybrid model IF the publisher agrees to decrease subscriptions: 

Use the criteria and tools on this page to evaluate messages from unfamiliar publishers.

Some publishers exploit the author pays business model by sending personalized messages inviting researchers to publish in their journal, serve on editorial board, or speak at a conference.

Even Nobel Prize winners have trouble with messages from unfamiliar publishers. In 2015 veterinarian Peter Doherty  withdrew from speaking at a conference after being contacted by an unfamiliar publisher: "Professor Doherty, eponymous head of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, blamed a "temporary lapse in due diligence" for accepting an invitation late last year to appear at the conference."

Good News for researchers:


When reading a message from an unfamiliar publisher please consider these warning signs:


You have never heard of the publisher or have no relationship with them. Publishers who exploit the author pays model increasingly  send out personalized solicitations that usually include a citation to a researcher's abstract presented at a conference along with an invitation to publish an article about the project in their journal. 


The journal is not listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.  Journals included in the DOAJ are transparent and credible; journals with the DOAJ Seal adhere to an exceptionally high level of publishing standards.  Click here to learn more about quality control for open access publishers listed in the DOAJ.


The publisher is not a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.  The OASPA promotes best practices and ethical standards for scholarly communication.


The publisher's website is poorly designed, difficult to navigate, or contains grammar or spelling errors.  Unprofessional or haphazard websites often indicate predatory publishers.  Difficulty finding the Article Processing Charge or (APC) to publish with the journal is another warning sign. The publishers' journals often have generic titles or titles that are confusingly similar to legitimate journal titles.


The publisher makes it difficult to understand its business model.  It is crucial that authors and editors understand the business model of their publishers.  How does the business model compare with an award winning, high integrity, innovative journal like PeerJ?  PeerJ puts authors at the center of its business model.  Does the unfamiliar journal--or the journals on your short list of places to publish-- have a preprint server, article level metrics, open peer review, and a Who We Are and What We Believe page? Do they have a transparent Reviewer Match system?  PeerJ offers memberships that are affordable, for life, and transferrable, and allow authors to publish one article per year in PeerJ.  How does the PeerJ pricing plan compare with the publisher that has contacted you?  Has your library entered into an institutional plan with the PeerJ?

More support from Think Check Submit:

  • Sharing research results, reviewing peers' work, speaking at conferences are key to the progress of your discipline and career.

  • Here's how can you evaluate a journal or invitation to review or speak:

  • Are you submitting your research to a trusted journal?
  • Is it the right journal for your work?
  • The amount of research, number of journals, and stories of publisher malpractice are on the rise.

  • Do you or your colleagues or your librarian know the journal?
  • Can you easily identify and contact the publisher?
  • Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
  • Are articles indexed in services that you use?
  • Is it clear what fees will be charged?
  • Do you recognize the editorial board?
  • Is the publisher a member of a recognized industry initiative?

  • Are you confident that your chosen journal will have a suitable profile among your peers?
  • Will your paper be indexed, archived, and easily discoverable?
  • Do you expect a professional publishing experience where your paper is reviewed and edited?
  • The OA Publishing Fund is available to cover costs of publishing in Open Access journals that meet the following criteria:  "Peer-reviewed open access journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are eligible, as are peer-reviewed open access journals that are listed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database.  Hybrid journals that make only selected articles open access are not eligible for funding."
  • See TAB above labeled "Is this publisher reputable -- Think Check Submit" for help choosing where to publish.
       Pendergrass has established a publishing plan with PeerJ to pay your costs to publish in PeerJ because the business model, affordability, and innovations offered by PeerJ fully support the land-grant mission. 



Follow these troubleshooting tips to access Libraries databases:

1) Make sure you are recognized as a UT affiliate:

2) Troubleshoot browser problems:

  • Clear your cache.
  • Try a different browser.
  • Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies and has Java enabled.

3) Troubleshoot firewall problems:

  • Determine whether your computer is protected by a firewall.
  • If so, use a Proxy Link to access Libraries databases: or

4) Report your problem using the online form.  Include in the form:

  • What were you searching for when access was denied?
  • Is this a problem with all databases, or a few?  If a few, which databases?
  • Did your problem occur on or off campus?
  • How were you searching?  UT Libraries OneSearch?  Google?
  • What links did you follow?  Include URLs when possible.
  • What error message did you see?
  • What type of browser are you using?  What is your browser version?  Have you refreshed the browser?
  • What type of device are you using?  PC or Mac?
  • What is the IP address when the access problem occurred?  Check your IP address here.
  • Do you have firewalls on your computer?
  • Is this a recurring problem?

For more information, visit the Off-Campus Users Guide.

DRAFT  10/2016, began 6/2016

Purpose: to increase understanding of impact, research metrics,  and research profiling systems.

Researchers are encouraged to be "impact-active" and administrators, institutions, funders, publishers and researchers are trying to measure impact.  An array of metrics and research profiling systems are available, including ImpactStory, which has an #OAscore.

See to make research accessible to increase impact.


To find the right publishing partner, first educate yourself about copyright and "...what's out there in the publishing landscape".  (Laura Leichum, April 2015)

Start here:

Publishers and other resources*: 

*Listing publishers below is not an endorsement.  Some criteria for listing below; publishes in vet med or agriculture, innovative, open access. 


Publishers--UTK/veterinary medicine focus

Guides, why-to and how-to resources

Notice: The author of this page in not a lawyer and the information provided does not constitute legal advice.

Pivot@UTK: Funding Opportunities Database

Pivot is the gold standard for funding opportunities, according to Louise Nuttle/UTK ORE. Anyone at UTK is able to claim a Pivot profile to get funding opportunity alerts.  Pivot replaces Community of Science and is a service of the UTK Office of Research. 

Add your ORCID number to your profile to lower the barriers to participating fully in Pivot:

For Early Career Researchers:

Supporting policy with research:


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