Article Spotlight: Getting to Know Altmetrics

By Barnaby Nicolas, MSIS

Altmetrics is a term you’ve probably heard of, but what does it really mean?  Altmetrics is an emerging category of impact measurement premised upon the value of “alternative metrics”. They are useful supplementary measures of impact, best used in tandem with traditional measures like citation counts. In short, Altmetrics is all about illustrating the full impact of a scientific work.

PlumX , is a tool that gives researchers and institutions a more complete view of the impact of their publications by harvesting and aggregating altmetrics data in five major categories: usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations.

In our monthly “Article Spotlight” series, we will take a closer look at highly cited articles by Mount Sinai faculty and researchers using PlumX to determine their altmetric impact. This month, we’re looking at a multi-author article with contributions by Dr. Paolo Boffetta, MD, MPH, Associate Director for Population Sciences of The Tisch Cancer Institute and Chief of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control of the Department of Oncological Sciences.  He is also the Bluhdorn Professor of International Community Medicine.

Citation: Etemadi A, Kamangar F, Islami F, Abney C, Malekzadeh R, Brennan P, Boffetta P, et al. Mortality and cancer in relation to ABO blood group phenotypes in the Golestan Cohort Study. BMC Med. 2015;13:8.

Article Summary: This large cohort study investigates the association between blood group alleles and disease incidence.

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BACKGROUND: A few studies have shown an association between blood group alleles and vascular disease, including atherosclerosis, which is thought to be due to the higher level of von Willebrand factor in these individuals and the association of blood group locus variants with plasma lipid levels. No large population-based study has explored this association with overall and cause-specific mortality. METHODS: We aimed to study the association between ABO blood groups and overall and cause-specific mortality in the Golestan Cohort Study. In this cohort, 50,045 people 40- to 70-years old were recruited between 2004 and 2008, and followed annually to capture all incident cancers and deaths due to any cause. We used Cox regression models adjusted for age, sex, smoking, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, place of residence, education and opium use. RESULTS: During a total of 346,708 person-years of follow-up (mean duration 6.9 years), 3,623 cohort participants died. Non-O blood groups were associated with significantly increased total mortality (hazard ratio (HR) = 1.09; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.01 to 1.17) and cardiovascular disease mortality (HR = 1.15; 95% CI: 1.03 to 1.27). Blood group was not significantly associated with overall cancer mortality, but people with group A, group B, and all non-O blood groups combined had increased risk of incident gastric cancer. In a subgroup of cohort participants, we also showed higher plasma total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in those with blood group A. CONCLUSIONS: Non-O blood groups have an increased mortality, particularly due to cardiovascular diseases, which may be due to the effect of blood group alleles on blood biochemistry or their effect on von Willebrand factor and factor VIII levels.

URL to this article on PlumX

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New Library Search Available

AIT and the Levy Library are rolling out a new library catalog and discovery system, WorldShare. WorldShare is a cloud-based software platform that will allow the library to improve patron experience. This system allows the library to streamline workflow and provide better service to the Mount Sinai community, while reducing costs.

The WorldShare platform is a product of OCLC, an innovative library cooperative providing research, programs and services to library members.

What does it mean for students and faculty?
• A streamlined, Google-like search for books, e-books, and e-journals.
• A one-stop-shop for searching across the library collection
• Easy to find books, not only in the Levy Library collection, but all over
the city and around the world

Better Discovery:
• Quick search for fast discovery
• Advanced search for targeted results
• Journal search for quick access
• Off-campus access

Future plans:
• Unified search to include articles and book chapter searching
• Unified research portal to search e-books, e-journals, articles and
more

More information? Questions, comments, concerns?
Please let us know: Refdesk@mssm.edu or 212-241-7791

 

Access to Library Resources Reduced: 9/18 from 7am-9am:

On Thursday, September 18th, 2014 from 7:00am – 9:00am, the Levy Library’s proxy server will be down for scheduled maintenance.

* During this time, there will be NO off-campus access to Levy Library resources.
* In addition, the resource links listed on the Library’s website will be invalid and will not provide on-campus access.

Access to select key resources will be available on the Mount Sinai Hospital/School campus by using the following website: http://libguides.mssm.edu/proxy_maintenance

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a librarian at Refdesk@mssm.edu or (212) 241-7793.

Library Access For Faculty and Housestaff of Icahn School of Medicine

As of July 1st, 2014 faculty and housestaff with Icahn School of Medicine appointments at all sites across the Mount Sinai Health System (Beth Israel, St. Luke’s, Roosevelt, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary) have access to the Levy Library’s online resources.

To Login:

Go to the Levy Library’s Website and select the e-journal, database, or e-book that you wish to use.  You will then be prompted to login.  Use your Mount Sinai network credentials OR your chpnet OR NYEEI ID and password.

For Help with Your Levy Library Login: 

  • BI and SLR: Contact CareTech at (212) 523-6486
  • NYEE: Contact the Help Desk at (212) 979-4273
  • Mount Sinai Hospital: Contact Academic Support Center at (212) 241-7091 or via email at: ASCIT@mssm.edu

Non-Faculty and Non-Resident Staff can access a core library collection that has been licensed for all staff at Mount Sinai Health System hospitals.  Local hospital librarians can also advise what other resources are available to you at your site.

All members of the Mount Sinai Health System are welcome to visit the Levy Library and use resources in-house.  Please bring your valid ID badge from a Mount Sinai Health System hospital.

For more information on Library Access, please see here.

Summer Library Hours

Starting on June 29, 2014 the Levy Library will observe the following Summer Hours:

Monday Thursday
7:30 A.M.—9:50 P.M.
Friday
7:30 A.M.—7:50 P.M.
Saturday
9:00 A.M. —7:50 P.M.
Sunday
12:00 P.M.—9:50 P.M.

The Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014 for Independence Day.

The Library’s online resources, guides and tutorials are available 24 hours/day, 7 days per week and are available both on and off-campus.  For more information on library hours and services please see: http://libguides.mssm.edu/libraryhours

Enjoy your Summer!

Known Library Error: Connection Interrupted

For the last two weeks, some library users have experienced an error when trying to connect to library resources from off-campus.  We apologize for this error.   The connection problem has now been resolved on the server side, however once someone has seen the error, they will continue to have the problem until they have cleared all browser history information including cookies, browser cache, saved forms and saved library passwords.  Here are the instructions:

Firefox:

  • Click on History
  • Click on Clear Recent History
  • This pops open a window.
  • Change the dropdown from Last Hour to Everything
  • Expand the Details menu
  • Check ALL of the boxes
  • Click Clear Now
  • Restart the browser

IE:

  • Click on Safety
  • Click on Delete Browsing History
  • Uncheck the Preserve Favorites box
  • Check all boxes
  • Click Delete
  • Restart browser

Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines at the end of the URL bar
  • Click History
  • Click Clear Browsing Data
  • Make sure the dropdown for timeframe says The Beginning of Time
  • Check all the boxes
  • Click Clear Browsing Data

Safari (on a MAC)

  • Click Reset Safari
  • Check all boxes
  • Click Reset
  • Quit out of the browser
  • Restart

We regret the inconvenience this has caused to our users.  Please contact us if you have any questions or problems: http://library.mssm.edu/services/askus.shtml

 

Welcome to John Graves, Director of Instructional Technology

We recently welcomed John Graves as Director of Instructional Technology in the division of Academic Informatics and Technology.  He is leading a creative team focused on serving students, faculty and researchers within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  John is relaunching the instructional technology team and further expanding collaboration, academic media and distance education technologies throughout the School.

John comes to us from Yale University where he led a variety of successful initiatives to improve teaching and learning technologies throughout the institution. Over the past five years he deployed new collaboration technologies to support the Yale School of Nursing’s distance education efforts and most recently launched an extensive network of classroom recording systems within the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Law School. In launching new campus technologies he has also championed several faculty and student instructional technology support initiatives. John holds a Master of Arts degree from Saint Michael’s College and a Bachelor of Media Studies from Radford University.  Join us in welcoming him to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai!

 

Clinical Key Now Available Through the Levy Library

The Levy Library has recently subscribed to Clinical Key, a new rendition of MDConsult, which is being phased out by the end of 2014.  Clinical Key provides access to over 1,000 core clinical ebooks and 500 ejournals.  You will find all of the well known ebooks from MDConsult in Clinical Key.  Clinical Key provides access to html versions of ebooks with no extra login, however access to the PDF versions requires a free registration and login.  With your login you can also save searches and preferences.  Clinical Key provides a comprehensive search across a large collection of clinical resources covering all medical and surgical specialties, including many core textbooks.   You may access Clinical Key through the library’s databases page or directly at Clinical Key.

Lunch and Learn a Success!

Lunch & Learn 2013_09_19

On September 19th, a group of faculty and staff met in the Levy Library for the first in a monthly series of Lunch and Learn sessions sponsored by The Icahn School of Medicine Instructional Technology Team and the Institute for Medical Education (IME).  The speaker was Kenny Chu, Senior Director, Information Technology, IT Security. His topic was “New Institutional Guidelines: Cloud Computing/IT Security”.  Chu covered security topics relevant to the Icahn medical education community relating to cloud computing, including new cloud services use guidelines, different types of cloud services, and encryption.  Members of the audience asked a number of questions, as well as making some helpful observations.  Read more