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Free Open Access Options for Berkeley Authors

UC Berkeley authors have several free options to publish their article in open access journals. Listed below are three rapid dissemination OA journals where articles are peer reviewed in which Berkeley authors can publish without paying an article processing charge (APC).

PeerJ logoPeerJ: publishes original research in the biological, medical and health sciences. Due to a partnership with the Berkeley Library, there is no cost for Berkeley authors to publish in PeerJ.

SAGE Open: publishes original research and review articles in humanities, social and behavioral sciences. The Library underwrites Berkeley authors' publishing costs. This also includes AERA Open and some other OA journals hosted by SAGE.  

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eLife: publishes original research in life sciences and biomedicine. It is free to publish in eLife while the journal is being established though there are plans to institute article processing charges for authors in the future. eLife logo

More information on open access at UC Berkeley is available from this guide. Information on the UC Open Access Policy is here.

Sep 22, 2015 | Categories: Events and Workshops, Scholarly Communication | msholinb

The Most Distinctive Causes of Death by State, 2001-2010

Online article from Preventing Chronic Disease:

Boscoe FP, Pradhan E. The Most Distinctive Causes of Death by State, 2001-2010. Prev Chronic Dis 2015;12:140395. DOI:

The map depicts a variety of distinctive causes of death based on a wide range of number of deaths, using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), List of 113 Selected Causes of Death file to present a nuanced view of mortality variation within the United States.

Sep 04, 2015 | Categories: Events and Workshops | msholinb

Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress

"Thousands of measures are in use today to assess health and health care in the United States. Although many of these measures provide useful information, their sheer number, as well as their lack of focus, consistency, and organization, limits their overall effectiveness in improving performance of the health system. To achieve better health at lower cost, all stakeholders - including health profes­sionals, payers, policy makers, and members of the public - must be alert to the measures that matter most. What are the core measures that will yield the clearest understanding and focus on better health and well-being for Americans?"

In this Institute of Medicine report, with accompanying infographics, video, and briefs, a set of 15 standardized mea­sures is recommended. It is hoped that these could provide consistent benchmarks for health progress across the nation and improve system performance in the highest-priority areas.

What do you think?

Sep 03, 2015 | Categories: Events and Workshops | msholinb

New Campus Wireless Options

As you may have heard, AirBears is retiring; it's time to move to AirBears2; complete instructions are on the IST website.


Another wireless option is eduroam, the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. Again, set-up instructions are on the IST website.

eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions all over the world!

The eduroam WiFi service has two intended audiences. The first is UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students who travel to other institutions that participate in eduroam. At those institutions, UC Berkeley network users who have configured a Wi-Fi Key for AirBears2 can use the eduroam Wi-Fi service to obtain network connectivity. The other group of users are visitors to the UC Berkeley campus who have eduroam.

Jun 19, 2015 | Categories: New Resources, Tips and Updates | msholinb

New Resource: Incidence and Prevalence Database

The Public Health Library is happy to announce the availability of the Incidence and Prevalence Database (IPD), "the most efficient way to look at the world's epidemiology data."

The IPD covers over 4,500 diseases, procedures, symptoms and other health issues for incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, comorbidity, treated or diagnosed rates, costs and much more.

IPD screen shot

Data is fully sourced and is broken down by U.S. and international data. You can search by keyword/disease or ICD-9 code; limit by country, publication date, and/or author. Statistical summaries allow researchers the ability to see all prevalence and incidence data found in the IPD for a particular disease or procedure. In addition, the summary includes 6-year U.S. trend data for hospital inpatients, hospital outpatients, physician office visits, and emergency department visits. Summaries may be downloaded to Excel.

Jun 01, 2015 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

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