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Scholarly Communication

Scholarly Communications Webinars from MCW Libraries

MCW Libraries is launching a series of ongoing webinars that will focus on scholarly research and publishing processes and practices. The webinars will be held on Zoom and available to anyone in the MCW Community. Future webinars will be listed on the library’s website, promoted in Research Pulse and on the MCW digital display boards.

Librarians are available to deliver customized presentations and sessions on related content for your department, research group, or class. For more information, contact Ashley Zeidler, Scholarly Communications Librarian,

Upcoming Webinars

The Gender Gap: Understanding & Rectifying Gender Disparities in Academic Scholarship | Nov. 10, 2022 | Thursday | 9am - 10am

Dr. Amy Farkas from the Center for the Advancement of Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM) will be presenting a talk titled "The Gender Gap: Understanding and rectifying gender disparities in academic scholarship." 

This talk will review gender disparities in aspects of scholarly communications such as scholarship, publishing, grants, authorship and specifically the impact of covid on widening this gap.  Suggestions for combating these disparities both individually and collectively will be provided.

Presented by: Amy H. Farkas, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine; Chair of Women’s Leadership Learning Collaborative, AWSM

Recorded Webinars

Preprints Demystified | Sept. 15, 2022 | Thursday | 9am - 10am

In this session, we will cover a brief history of preprints, their growing adoption among life and medical scientists, and the controversy around their coverage during the pandemic. We will also discuss common questions about preprints, such as what is the value of preprinting to the researcher; how are journals and funders regarding preprints; how should preprints be cited; and are there penalties for submitting preprints?

Presented by: Michele Avissar-Whiting, PhD

Designing Effective Research Posters | Aug. 11, 2022 | Thursday | 9am - 10am

Are you presenting a research poster at an upcoming conference? Research posters concisely summarize your research and visually represent your data to grab conference attendees’ attention and generate meaningful discussion. Learn about graphics, color, typography, and other key elements that go into the creation of an effective poster in PowerPoint. No artistic skill or knowledge of specialized software required.

Presented by: Ashley Zeidler, MLIS, Scholarly Communications Librarian, MCW Libraries

Measuring the Impact of Journals, Articles, and Authors |  March 17, 2022

This session provides an overview of commonly used metrics for measuring the impact of journals and articles. This information will help you to find impactful journals to publish your research, and show you how to track the impact and reach of your publications.

Presented by: Liz Suelzer, MLIS, AHIP, Scholarly Communications Librarian, MCW Libraries

Research Data Management 101 | April 14, 2022

This workshop provides an overview of five key practices for good management of your research data. 
By the end of the workshop, participants will be familiar with best practices in these five areas:

  1. Backing up your data
  2. File names & organization
  3. Taking good notes about your data
  4. Data security
  5. File formats

Presented by: Liz Suelzer, MLIS, AHIP, Scholarly Communications Librarian, MCW Libraries

Tracking Scholarly Output | May 5, 2022

Learn about the resources you can use to track publications and scholarly output of your department, division, center, or research team. This presentation will focus on using PubMed, Scopus, and FCD to generate publication reports.

Presented by: Liz Suelzer, MLIS, AHIP, Scholarly Communications Librarian, MCW Libraries and Wes Rood, Biomedical Informatics Software Engineer, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Open Access 101 | June 2, 2022

This presentation provides an overview of the open access publishing model - how it works; what it means for researchers, publishers, and libraries; and considerations to be aware of when publishing in the open access model.

Presented by: Liz Suelzer, MLIS, AHIP, Scholarly Communications Librarian, MCW Libraries

Open Access from the Author’s Perspective | June 16, 2022 | Thursday | 11 am – 12 pm

View a panel discussion with MCW authors who have experience publishing in the open access model. Authors shared their experiences and thoughts about open access.


  • Jonathan Marchant, MA, PhD, Chair and Professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
  • Christina Runge, PhD, CCC-A, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
  • Muhammad Bilal Abid, MD, MRCP, Assistant Professor of Medicine Divisions of Hematology/Oncology & Infectious Diseases
  • Timothy Meier, PhD. Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Sebastian Linde, PhD, MSc, MPhil, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

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