Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal de l'Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla A forum for the provision of increased communication among health libraries and health sciences librarians. en-US <p><span>Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:</span></p><p>Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/">Creative Commons Attribution License</a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.</p> editor@chla-absc.ca (Alanna Campbell) editor@chla-absc.ca (Alanna Campbell) Wed, 01 Dec 2021 12:00:29 -0700 OJS 3.3.0.8 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Canadian Academics’ use of predatory journals https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29579 <p><strong><em>Introduction</em></strong></p> <p>Predatory journals have been acknowledged as an increasing concern in the scholarly literature over the last decade, but research on the subject has been sparse.&nbsp; Research that has focused on predatory journals in the Canadian context has been even rarer, and limited to work focused on a single university.&nbsp; This study explores publishing trends in predatory journals by authors affiliated with Canadian Universities.</p> <p><strong><em>Methods</em></strong></p> <p>Articles published by authors at 30 Canadian universities, including all universities in the U15, were pulled from select predatory journals.&nbsp; Key data including author affiliation, article type, discipline, and grant information were extracted from the articles.</p> <p><strong><em>Results</em></strong></p> <p>All universities in the study were found to have publications in predatory journals.&nbsp; The health sciences accounted for 72% of the publications, and the sciences for 20%.&nbsp; Research articles accounted for 50% of the articles.&nbsp; Opinion, editorial, or commentary pieces accounted for 24% and 19% were review articles.&nbsp; Grant funding was indicated in 34% of the articles, with NSERC and CIHR being top funders.&nbsp; The research-intensive U15 universities were found to publish more in predatory journals than their non-U15 compatriots, even when the universities were of similar size.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Discussion</em></strong></p> <p>Canadian scholars were found to publish in predatory journals, particularly those scholars from the health sciences and research-intensive U15 universities.&nbsp; Grant funding was common, and often came from high profile funders like NSERC and CIHR.&nbsp;&nbsp; This exploratory suggests that policy and education initiatives may be warranted in Canadian contexts, especially in the health sciences and at research-intensive universities.</p> Maureen Nicole Babb Copyright (c) 2021 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29579 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Systematic review support received and needed by researchers: a survey of libraries supporting Ontario medical schools https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29571 <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> Finding efficient ways to meet the growing demand for library systematic review support is imperative for facilitating the production of high-quality research. The objectives of this study were threefold: 1) to ascertain the systematic review support provided by health sciences libraries at Ontario medical schools and their affiliated hospitals, 2) to determine the perceived educational needs by researchers at these institutions, and 3) to assess the potential usefulness of freely available, online educational modules for researchers that discuss all stages of the systematic review process.</p> <p><strong>Methods:</strong> We conducted a cross-sectional survey in June and July of 2020. Data were analyzed and presented using median and interquartile range (IQR) for continuous measures, and in proportions for categorical measures.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> Thirteen of 19 libraries invited provided usable data. Most libraries spent more time supporting systematic reviews via collaboration/participation than by providing educational support. The perceived needs of library users were contrary to the perceived gaps in researcher support provided by the library/institution. All libraries reported they would find freely available, online educational modules useful for training researchers.</p> <p><strong>Discussion:</strong> The next steps for our inter-professional research team will be to develop freely available, online education modules that introduce researchers to all stages of the systematic review process. These modules cannot replace the value that direct support from librarians, biostatisticians or methodology experts can provide, however, they may offer a more efficient way for libraries to familiarize researchers and trainees with best practices and universally accepted reporting guidelines for performing a high-quality review. </p> Sandra McKeown, Dr. Zuhaib M. Mir, Jennifer A. Ritonja, Dr. Eleftherios Soleas Copyright (c) 2021 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29571 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Are Canadian medicine librarians directly supporting medical student health and wellness? A nation-wide survey https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29565 <p><strong>Introduction: </strong>Students in Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME/UME) programs face a variety of stressors that can impact well-being. To address this, the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) mandates that medical schools offer support and programming that promotes student well-being. Academic librarians are accustomed to providing outreach that meets their faculties’ needs. Therefore, the goal of this study was to explore if Canadian undergraduate medical education librarians are supporting medical student wellness at their medical schools, and how they are doing so.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Methods: </strong>A bilingual, electronic survey containing multiple choice and open-ended questions was distributed across two Canadian health sciences library listservs during the summer of 2020. Librarians supporting UGME/UME programs now or within the last three years were invited to participate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> 22 Responses were received, and 17 complete datasets were included in the final results. The majority of respondents have encountered a medical student in distress (n=10) and have adjusted their teaching style or materials to help reduce stress in medical students (n=9). Other initiatives such as resource purchasing, wellness-themed displays, planning wellness-themed events and spaces, and partnerships on campus in support of medical student wellness were less common.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Discussion: </strong>The data in this study provides evidence that Canadian undergraduate medical education librarians are mindful of medical student well-being, and are taking steps to provide relevant support to this learner group. Librarians could adopt similar initiatives at their libraries to show support for learner wellness, and enhance their programs’ accreditation efforts in this area.</p> <p><br><br><br></p> Jackie Phinney, Lucy Kiester Copyright (c) 2021 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29565 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Editor's Message https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29603 Alanna Campbell Copyright (c) 2021 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29603 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0700 H5P (product review) https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29589 <p>H5P is an open-source tool for producing HTML5 content is built with reuse and variety in mind. With it, you can quickly and easily design or adapt different interactive widgets and embed them into a webpage. This is a useful application for anyone who teaches online.</p> Meredith Fischer, Matt Rohweder, Pauline Dewan Copyright (c) 2021 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29589 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0700 PICO Portal (product review) https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29590 <p>PICO Portal is a Web-based systematic review management tool launched in September 2020 to better facilitate collaborative knowledge synthesis in biomedical research. Most notably, it uses machine learning and Natural Language Processing algorithms to continuously refine the screening process by analyzing decisions as made by the review team. PICO Portal was evaluated by researchers with the Health Assessment Technology team at the University of Calgary, who routinely undertake PICO-based systematic reviews, currently using an in-house manual system. The team appreciated many aspects of PICO Portal and felt it held considerable promise to better support the review process. At the same time, they found it wasn’t as user-friendly as expected and would benefit from additional refinement if it is to appeal to a wider range of users, particularly those less familiar with the systematic review process.</p> Joel Minion, Oluwaseun Egunsola, Liza Mastikhina, Brenlea Farkas, Mark Hofmeister, Jordyn Flanagan, Charleen Salmon, Fiona Clement Copyright (c) 2021 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29590 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0700 A History of Medical Libraries and Medical Librarianship: From John Shaw Billings to the Digital Era (book review) https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29595 Ashley Jane Leonard Copyright (c) 2021 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29595 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Planning and Promoting events in Health Sciences Libraries: Success Stories and Best Practices (book review) https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29593 Sarah May Visintini Copyright (c) 2021 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29593 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0700