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NIH Public Access Policy. Did you know that most publications resulting from NIH funded research must be deposited in PubMed Central? The Library can help! Learn More

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Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

Use Journal Citation Reports to determine the Impact Factor (IP) for journals, which is one way of determining the relative worth of a journal in comparison with others in the same field.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The Directory of Open Access Journals is an online database listing "free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals." Publishing in open access journals can increase impact and exposure of your work. Visit the Open Access page at the U of Illinois Scholarly Communication web site for more.

Issues in Scholarly Publishing

NIH Public Access Mandate Help

The NIH Public Access Mandate support site provides help to U of I researchers who need to submit their manuscripts to PubMed Central.  

U of Illinois Scholarly Communication

Visit the U of Illinois Scholarly Communication Support Site for information scholarship in the digital world.  Learn about retaining your copyrights, maximizing the impact of your research through open access, and find out how the University of Illinois is supporting your efforts.  Keep up to date on issues that impact scholarship by reading the U of Illinois Scholarly Communication Newsletter (with RSS feed / email alerts)


IDEALS, Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship, is a secure archive where University faculty, staff, and students may place their scholarly manuscripts and other research products so they will be widely available and discoverable, with their access preserved for all time.

Sherpa's publisher copyright policies & self-archiving

Visit the SHERPA / ROMEO list to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement. Sherpa / Romeo is searchable by publisher name or journal title. Use this tool to find out if you can post open access versions of your articles in IDEALS or PubMed Central.

Calculating your h-Index

For purposes of promotion, researchers are sometimes asked to calculate their h-index.  This measure is based on the number of times their papers are cited. 

There are two databases that will automatically calculate h-index values for authors – Web of Science and Scopus.  Additionally, Google Scholar will provide information on how many times particular articles have been cited; this information can be used to manually calculate an author's h-index.  Alternatively, a freely available program, Publish or Perish ( will calculate h-index values based on the number of citations in Google Scholar. 

NSF Data Management Plan Directive

As of January 18, 2011, all proposals submitted to the NSF for funding must include a data management plan (DMP) that describes how the proposal will adhere to the NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants.  The DMP should not exceed 2 pages.

Please contact Sarah Williams, Life Sciences Data Services Librarian, for assistance in formulating your data management plan. 

Information from the NSF:

NSF Data Sharing Policy

  • Includes links to the NSF Grant Proposal Guide, guidelines for the Biological Sciences Directorate, the Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering Directorate, the Education & Human Resources Directorate, the Engineering Directorate, the Geological Sciences Directorate, the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate, and the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate.   If the directorate you are applying to does not yet have guidelines, just do the best you can using the general guidelines provided in the Grant Proposal Guide.

Information from U of Illinois sources:

Citation Management Tools

Journal Abbreviations

The Journal Abbreviation Resources page will help you translate full journal titles into their proper abbreviations and translate from the journal title abbreviation into the full title.


Many researchers are using EndNote to manage their citations.  Visit the EndNote LibGuide for help.

Insert DOIs in a List of References

Many journals and funding agencies are requiring that authors include the DOI (digital object identifier) in the reference list of articles cited. CrossRef Simple Text Query lets you paste a text file containing references in the box provided, and, with one click provides the DOIs. Read more about the DOI harvesting tool.

Citation Style Manuals

The U of I Library Central Reference Department maintains a Citation Style Manuals page which provides links to various citation style guides.  The U of Illinois Center for Writing Studies also maintains a site.  Here are a couple of guides to get you started:

American Medical Association (AMA) Style Manual  

Chicago Manual of Style Online