CV & Resume Writing Help for STEM Students

This series of events is brought to you by the Center for Professional Development and Kresge Library! All events will take place in the Kresge Library Conference Room.

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Applying to Graduate School Programs: CVs for Science Storytelling

Interested in applying for STEM-related positions or programs that ask for a CV instead of a resume? In this fast-paced workshop, Neukom Fellow and postdoc Kes Schroer will provide you with an overview of what to include and what to leave out — as well as tips for how to share your skills and experience in terms easily understood by scientists and non-scientists alike.

When: Thursday, October 23 at 12-1pm
Register by 10/23 at 10am! Click here.

Kresge Face Time

Chat with CPD advisor Chandlee Bryan and get all your questions answered!

When: Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30-8:30pm

Formatting Your CV/Resume in LaTeX

Join Physical Sciences Librarian Shirley Zhao for a hands-on workshop to format your CV or resume in LaTeX. Use what you learned in the previous events and come away with a working document.

When: Thursday, October 30 at 12-1pm

ACS Central Science Approaches Launch Date

New ACS journal to launch in 2015

Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi

Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, Editor in Chief

ACS Central Science, the new, fully open access journal announced by the American Chemical Society earlier this year, moved closer to launch readiness by naming its Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, a researcher in organic chemistry and chemical biology at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Bertozzi is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

ACS Central Science will publish only 100-200 articles a year across the entire expanse of chemistry and chemistry-related fields, including areas of pure chemistry such as organic, inorganic, physical chemistry; and interdisciplinary fields such as chemical biology, life sciences and biomedicine, computational and theoretical chemistry, nanotechnology, physics and materials science, engineering, computer science, energy and atmospheric chemistry.  All articles will be freely available online immediately upon publication, and without publishing charges levied on authors.  Manuscripts will be accepted as of November, with the first issue to be published in early 2015.

These new journals join two new journals launched by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and published in partnership with Wiley, both also highly interdisciplinary and fully open access, – Earth’s Future, and the recently announced Earth and Space Science, which will publish its first articles later this year.   [See our earlier post about AGU’s range of open access initiatives, and read AGU’s May 2014 announcement of Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s John Orcutt as Editor of Earth and Space Science.]

Get Started with LaTeX

latex_handoutBy now, you’re convinced that writing your documents using LaTeX is the way to go. Your papers, presentations, and even homework assignments will look publication-ready with its fancy headers, section numbering, and beautifully typeset mathematical equations. You’re ready to make the leap from MS Word, but how do you begin?

First, you have to decide between online versus offline use. There are pros and cons to each, but the major difference is if you plan to have internet access while you’re working on your documents.

Certainly if you don’t want the hassle of downloading the software and choosing an editor, go with one of the web options (all of these allow for collaborative writing as well):

  • writeLaTeX — instant updating of your new content or edits
  • ShareLaTeX — watch your collaborators type (like google docs)
  • Authorea — version control through git

But if you do want your own installation, start with downloading the right software distribution for your operating system here and follow the instructions to install. You should allow for at least 30 minutes for the whole process. Factors to consider: internet speed, size of the software (varies), speed of your computer, etc.

You may notice that your distribution may or may not come with a starter editor, which is your interface to writing. For example, MacTeX comes with TeXShop. You’re not obligated to use it and you are free to choose whatever editor you want. You may already be using an editor to code in other languages; e.g. Vim or Emacs. Check out this table for comparison.

Now you’re ready to make your first document! If you’d like a suggestion, try writing your CV/resume. I will be holding a workshop on formatting tips for your CV/resume in LaTeX on Thursday, October 30 at noon in Kresge Library. Save the date and bring your document!

Leading Chemical Societies Launch Open Access Journals

RSC_LOGO_CMYK_FINAL RSCChemicalScience.jnlTwo interesting developments from the two most influential scholarly societies for chemical researchers, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and its British counterpart, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

The RSC announced yesterday that one of its newest publications, Chemical Science (launched in 2010), will move to what’s known as ‘gold’ open access – a fully open journal, free for readers without a subscription.   With the publication of the first issue in 2015, all content published from that issue forward will be freely available.  In addition, for two years, the RSC will waive all Article Processing Charges (APCs), so publishing in Chemical Science will be free for authors too.

Alert viewers will recall that, several months ago, the ACS announced several major open access initiatives (‘ACS Announces Moves to Expand Open Access,’ November 7, 2013) including the launch of a new, fully open ‘gold’ OA journal, to be called ACS Central Science.

OA-centralscienceThough ACS has not opted to waive APC charges, it has created a system of credits for authors publishing in ACS journals that can translate into OA publication in ACS Central Science or any other ACS journal (the corresponding RSC program is called “Gold for Gold” – a voucher system offering vouchers to RSC authors who (and here’s the kicker) are affiliated with institutions subscribing to the premium, aptly-named “Gold,” subscription package (also known as a ‘big deal’ – a bundle of journal subscriptions for a package price that (it turns out) is highly variable among institutions – ‘On the Cost of Journal Bundles,’ June 17, 2014).

Two models, both free of subscription barriers to readers, with somewhat different funding mechanisms and administrative back-ends, and clearly an unspoken (but unmistakeable) scramble to claim the title “first in chemistry open access publishing.”   Not a bad place to be!

BTW Dartmouth authors should recall that COPE funding is available to pay author fees for publication in ANY gold (fully open access) journal.


Filed under: Chemistry, Publishing

Poster Prep — May 8 at 6pm

We’re gearing up for the annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium, which is May 22. Join us for a poster preparation session!

Thursday, May 8 at 6pm in Starr 

Here’s the page with some guidelines and examples. We will look at previous posters and give you some tips about layout designs, choosing images, creating infographics, and more!

If you miss the session, feel free to drop in for help:

  • Thursday, May 15, 4-6 PM
    Friday, May 16, 2-4 PM
    Shirley Zhao, Physical Sciences Librarian
    Location: Kresge Library–3rd floor of Fairchild Hall
  • Monday, May 19, 2-4PM
    David Izzo, Computing and Media Services, Biomedical Library
    Location: Dana Library at Dewey Field Road, 3rd floor

Science of Synthesis – New Release

SOSv4 Alert synthetic organic and organometallic chemists will have already noted significant improvements with the new version of Science of Synthesis just released.  SoS is a substantial resource, with its print counterpart (formerly known as Houben-Weyl Methoden der Organischen Chemie) comprising some 50 volumes of reviewed, selected methods of molecular transformations.  Tip: Click the “Explore Contents” tab to view the hierarchical contents listing with its organization based on compound structure.

Enhancements with the new release include:

  • A new interface and product design
  • Improved text search functionality
  • Better structure/reaction searching and retrieval
  • New content – special topics and updates

SOSScience of Synthesis provides critical reviews of synthetic methodology developed in the fields of organic and organometallic chemistry. Features include:

  • Selection of molecular transformations by recognized experts with elaboration on scope and limitations
  • Full-text descriptions of synthetic methods with practical experimental procedures immediately applicable in the lab
  • A community of over 1,000 experts involved in the review and updating of methods
  • Logical organization of the synthetic methods for each functional group
  • Intuitive search functions to allow rapid lead generation and route optimization

Related links:

Filed under: Chemistry

Dartmouth LaTeX Users Group

Announcing the formation of a Dartmouth LaTeX Users Group! We have an internal SharePoint site to share files and to hold discussions. Have a template for a thesis to share? Have questions about getting started? Come join the online community! Click here to send me an email request; please use your Dartmouth email.

Kresge 2014 Winter Newsletter

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Quarterly Newsletter: Winter 2014

This is a quarterly electronic newsletter to update you on what’s happening in your Library! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or suggestions!

Happy New Year!

Looking back on Fall 2013

  • Kresge librarians worked with the following courses:
    • Prof. Hickox’s Astronomy 2/3
    • Prof. Koch’s Writing 5
    • Prof. Kozek’s Math 5
  • We welcomed new graduate students in Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Math, Computer Science, and Physics & Astronomy to the Library with orientations and intro sessions.
  • A number of Earth Sciences grad students took a special tour of Rauner Special Collections Library, and viewed remarkable items including an original diary from Thomas Orde-Lees of the HMS Endurance, photographs from two centuries of polar and cold region expeditions, maps and materials related to the geology of New Hampshire, and other fascinating objects
  • We participated in the annual Library Open House for the Class of 2017 in early September.
  • Our Fall InfoPro Seminars ran during the month of October.
  • We participated in International Open Access Week with an information table on the first floor of Fairchild.
  • Mad About Science Contest was our first Halloween-themed contest. Congrats to all our winners!
  • Here’s the annual Our Community of Scientists slideshow.
  • Judith Lerner displayed her paintings on the Art Wall through December.
  • Gear Up was held in 2 locations this December and drew a sizable crowd.
  • Authorea co-founder Alberto Pepe visited DCAL for a presentation and discussion on this LaTeX authoring tool.

Winter Term Staffing and Hours

  • This term Kresge will be open Monday-Thursday 8am-1am, Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-1am.
  • A search is underway to hire another Physical Sciences Librarian. Review of applications began December 9th and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Shirley Zhao will continue to fill the role of library liaison to the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Tracy Snow, who joined Kresge as Information Associate in late July, will be wrapping up work at the end of January. She will continue working part-time in Rauner as the Reference Specialist.

Collections and Resources Update

  • The Library added several new software subscriptions: Authorea and BrowZine.   Also, thanks to a great collaboration with the Chemistry Department, we’ve been able to provide access to ChemBioDraw Ultra for chem department affiliates.
  • We completed the project to clear out older, superseded editions of books to make way for current editions, and removing duplicate copies of books from the collection.
  • We are also continually adding new books to the collection. Please drop by Kresge to peruse our New Books shelf or check the new acquisitions lists.
  • If there’s a new book that you think would make a great addition to the library, please suggest a purchase!

Research/Information Guide Highlights

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Gear Up: The Impact of Your Work


Click here for suggested tools

Gear Up is a great opportunity to explore services and tools, and speak with people available on campus who can support your research endeavors. At the “Impact of Your Work” table, we explore different tools that show the impact of your work/research. Journal articles are the traditional form of publication, but it is only one way to disseminate work. The graphic (right) shows an array of possibilities.

Publication citation is only one way to measure impact. Most people have heard of the h-index, which is the number of papers, h, that have been cited at least h times. You can find your h-index through Web of Science or Google Scholar Citations.

  • In Web of Science, the most accurate way to generate a citation report is to do an “Author Search” and follow the prompts that are meant to find the right author (by field and by affiliation). In addition to h-index, the citation report shows your publication count by year and the number of citations received by year.
  • Google Scholar Citations is another place to find the h-index. You do need to sign up and create a profile (which can be public or private). It can be set up to automatically or manually populate with your publications. The metrics are immediately updated. Check out Prof. David Kotz’s profile as an example!

Some researchers have very common last names and first (and middle) initials so it is difficult to pinpoint their work exactly. Hence, we recommend all researchers sign up for an ORCID identifier, which is similar to having a Social Security Number. Many publishers and funding agencies are now including this as a field in submissions. No matter what variation of your name gets used, as long as it’s associated with this ID, you’ll get credit!

To raise your impact, you have to broaden your reach. One way is to make your work as openly available as possible. For example, you can choose to archive on your website, deposit in a repository, or publish open access.

  • Sherpa ROMEO allows you to search for your publisher’s copyright and self-archiving policies. It’s easy to figure out if you can use the publisher’s final version on your website!
  • The Registry of Open Access Repositories is a listing of world-wide repositories. Dartmouth does not (yet) have an institutional repository (see Carole Meyers if you’d like to learn more).
  • If you’re considering publishing open access, talk to us (namely, Barbara DeFelice)! Dartmouth supports the publication fees for open access journals that qualify under the Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE).

You can also disseminate your work in many different forms, including figures, graphics, presentations, datasets, code, etc. There are several sites that help facilitate this: figshare, slideshare, github, Dryad, YouTube, etc. This results in new ways of measuring impact and redefining what that means.

  • tries to keep track of the most recent tools to have arisen.
  • ImpactStory aggregates impact data from a variety of sources and shows impact of a variety of different forms of dissemination. See a sample profile here.
  • Research Gate is a tool that is growing in popularity here at Dartmouth. I spent some time looking into this and have written up a separate blog post about it. It also has its own metric called an “RG score.”
  • We also have an extensive listing of tools on our Scholarly Publishing & Communication guide.

The scholarly communications landscape is constantly changing and keeping up with trends can be a challenge, but we are here to help! Contact your favorite librarian anytime.

Additional Readings

ACS Announces Moves to Expand Open Access


ACS Announces New OA Initiatives

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has just announced four new initiatives that, taken together, expand the range of options available to authors, readers, researchers, and others interested (perhaps as a matter of principle) in the expansion of access to scholarship, particularly scholarship that was funded by taxpayer-supported government granting agencies such as the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation.

The four new options, which will take effect in 2014, areACSopen.Nov2013b:

* ACS Central Science, a new, highly selective, peer-reviewed journal that will be completely open access, to launch in 2014.

* ACS Editors’ Choice will release one article each day during 2014, to be available open access;  the articles will be selected by the scientific editors of ACS journals from articles published in 2014 (this seems a little random, like subscribing to a Word of the Day to enrich your vocabulary, but could create an interesting body of material).

* ACS Author Rewards provides credits to the corresponding author of articles published during 2014.   The credits can be used towards paying Open Access publishing fees during 2015-17 (ACS charges a standard fee for publishing OA, with significant discounts to ACS members affiliated with a subscribing institution).

ACSopen.Nov2013c* ACS AuthorChoice expands its options for authors to pay fees to make their articles immediately available to all.   Author Choice has been an option since 2006, so this is not a major departure from previous practice, but authors can now choose between immediate or (less expensive) 12-month embargoed open availability of their articles (I could not help but notice that overall ACS Author Choice fees, as posted, will go up some 25% in 2014, so perhaps this last initiative is a bit of a wash) (see 2013 pricing options, Option A vs. 2014 AuthorChoice options).

Coming just after ACS’ announcement of the completion of its project to digitize and make freely available the historic supporting information for published ACS articles (“ACS Digitizes Legacy Data (and makes it freely available to all“), these are real advances in support of ACS’ mission to ““to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.”

Read More:

ACS Expands Open Access | November 4, 2013 Issue – Vol. 91 Issue 44 | Chemical & Engineering News (accessed Nov 7, 2013).
(2)  ACS Open Access  (accessed Nov 7, 2013).