New features with ClinicalKey Health Database

Do you use Elsevier’s ClinicalKey Health Database for research?

It’s a fantastic resource to find information on conditions, procedures, drugs and more. However, just like Griffith University is committed to continually developing and growing, so is Elsevier.

In January 2018 new features were added to the ClinicalKey Health Database, however users will need to register for a personal account in order to access these features. They include:

  • Download full-text books or book chapters in PDF.
  • Access your Search History.
  • Access Saved Searches.
  • Access Saved Content.
  • Access ClinicalKey remotely.
  • Use the Mobile App.

Please note that users are not required to register, they only need to register to access the abovementioned features.

Now, you may notice some small changes when you go to use ClinicalKey.  Specifically, if someone goes to download or print out a PDF (book chapter), a pop up box (see below) appears that will inform the user that they need to log in or register for a free account from your institutional subscription. Simply follow the steps outlined, and you’re good to download!

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Dimensions: The next generation of information discovery

Have you heard of Dimensions? No, not like the dimensions of your bedroom or lego blocks.

Dimensions is a new discovery and analytics platform for researchers.

The research landscape has significantly evolved over the past decade, however the ways impact is measured and the channels for discovery have remained relatively static. Dimensions has been developed to address this disconnect.

Product development began in 2017, when a group of Digital Science portfolio companies partnered with over 100 leading research organisations around the world–including Griffith University.

Together, they developed a next-generation discovery and analytics platform that combines data from across the research lifecycle. This platform breaks down information barriers, ultimately making it easier for researchers and research organisations to discover, access, analyse, report and inform.

This infographic gives an overview of Dimensions and how it was built.

Dimensions was launched at the Wellcome Trust in London on Monday 15 January 2018, and is already gaining positive press coverage, including through various academic and research news platforms such as Digital Science, Inside Higher Ed and STM News.

However, the launch is just a starting point. Over the coming weeks more features will be released, and data will be continually improved and broadened.

Dimensions is structured in a way that means it will be improved in a continuous process with the research community as key stakeholders–because a vendor can and should not do this in isolation.

Take a look at Dimensions for yourself–you can access the Dimensions website or the Dimensions app directly.

Griffith Library is proud to be a development partner in an initiative that Dimensions has as its core value a broad cooperative approach to providing ‘… a more collaborative place for scholarly search, one that is closer to the academic environment than the current client-supplier environment.’

LexisNexis database is getting a facelift!

Calling all Law researchers!

If you use the LexisNexis AU Law Database, you’re in for a treat!

The LexisNexis AU Law Database, which includes sources such as CaseBase, Halsbury’s Laws of Australia and Queensland Reports has been undertaking quite the developmental journey.

We are currently in the transition phase between LexisNexis AU and a shiny new platform, Lexis Advance.

So, what does this mean for you?

  • There will be no disruption to access.
  • Both LexisNexis AU and Lexis Advance should be available in February.
  • International content should be released on Lexis Advance in January.
  • Due to licensing restrictions the following two databases currently can only be accessed in LexisNexis AU
    – Carter on Contract
    – Journal of Contract Law.

In the next phase, once Lexis Advance is successfully up and running, the old LexisNexis AU database will be deactivated and the two restricted databases listed above will be moved into the new platform.

The changeover is scheduled for the start of Trimester 1–just in time for your new bundle of students to start using it!

What can you do in February to become a better researcher?


You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Week 12 (T3) (29 January – 4 February)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 29/01 10.00 am Endnote N53 1.49 Nathan
Tues 30/01 10.00 am Improving writing quality before submission G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Weds 31/01 10.00 am Improving writing quality before submission N53 1.51 Nathan
Thursday 01/02 10.00 am Strategic publishing N53 1.49 Nathan

Study week (T3) (5 – 11 February)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 05/02 1.00 pm Editing your writing G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Wed 07/02 10.00 am Editing your writing N53 1.51 Nathan
Thu 08/02 10.00 am Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Fri 09/02 10.00 am Strategic publishing G10 2.04 Gold Coast

Exam week 1 (12 – 19 February)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 13/02 1.00 pm Endnote N53 1.49 Nathan

How to write a tweetable abstract


Just when you have finally mastered how to write a coherent and concise abstract for your research paper, publishers have changed things up. A number of publishers also now require a ‘tweetable abstract’.


Tweetable abstracts should provide the main conclusions or the key message of a paper in a way that is easily understood.

A common mistake made by academics in writing tweetable abstracts is not using tags or hashtags. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Assistant Editor, Samantha Ponton said ‘very few authors use the symbols ‘@’ and ‘#’ in their tweetable abstracts, to refer to an author’s Twitter username or to tag a keyword, respectively’.

‘Hashtags can be used to increase the visibility of a tweet, as users can search Twitter for keywords using this symbol as a prefix, for example, #ecology or #statistics’ she said (Submission requirement aims to boost social media engagement, 2013).

Other common mistakes include using overly technical scientific jargon and superfluous hashtags, or exceeding the character limit (How Twitter Literacy Can Benefit Conservation Scientists, 2013)

Not sure how to write for Twitter? Check out this helpful guide from the University of Pennsylvania. Or the 2014 BRW article 14 tips for getting the most out of Twitter Audience Platform.

Further information
Social media library guide
This guide provides links to helpful social media resources online and in the library.

Griffith University Social Media Guidelines
These guidelines outline the University principles concerning the use of social media and provide advice that assists staff in establishing and using social media spaces. They are framed within the University policies relating to conduct, copyright and intellectual property, privacy, use of information technology and information security.

10 immutable laws of email etiquette

Dog with mouth open

Mind your manners!

There are so many rules in life.

Don’t chew with your mouth open. Don’t eat after 7.30pm (you can thank Oprah for that one). And the wardrobe-limiting – blue and green should never be seen unless there’s something in between.

Nobody can follow all the rules. You have to pick and choose ones that resonate with you.

Whether you are partial to a midnight snack in your blue and green onesie, or you chow down at a work function with your mouth open, you have to consider which ones may have a negative impact on your life.

Let’s be honest, wearing an olive green blouse under a navy suit will hardly hold you back at work. Unless you work at Vogue, and even then, it could be perceived as fashion-forward.

And it’s the same with email. There are some email etiquette rules that you should absolutely follow so you don’t horrify your colleagues with your awful email manners.

Then there are others which you can flagrantly break with no consequences. For instance, a clear subject line is super helpful, but if you forget to write one, it’s no biggie (or is it? You tell me).

And if you happen to overuse exclamation marks in a friendly email to a colleague, they’ll know you’re just enthusiastic, and not childish and unprofessional.

So what are the email etiquette rules you should absolutely follow?

Tim Sanders discusses the 12 immutable laws of email etiquette in a video series on Books24/7 (yes, there are videos in the popular eBook database). Here’s 10 of his immutable laws:

  1. 1.  Don’t give bad news over email
  2. 2.  Don’t copy an email over someone’s head
  3. 3.  Stamp out ‘reply to all’
  4. 4.  Think before you forward
  5. 5.  Never pre-address an email
  6. 6.  Don’t send an email at unprofessional hours
  7. 7.  Don’t write War and Peace over email
  8. 8.  Break the thread with a phone call
  9. 9.  Don’t send an email to someone that you could hit with a rock (figuratively-speaking)
  10. 10. Don’t send massive attachments (without warning)

To access the video, search for ’email etiquette series’ in Books24/7.

4 ways to open your research

Open access, strictly defined, means research outputs that are free of restrictions on access and use. It has expanded from research articles and papers, to include open data, books, software and many other formats. Benefits of open access include that it can:

  • Increase the academic and societal impact of research
  • Improve public policy and decision making
  • Allow academics in parts of the world that cannot afford expensive journal subscriptions to access research
  • Allow transparency of research

So, how can you make your research more open?

1. Publish in an open access journal

There are many open access journals to choose from, and journal evaluation services like Scimago and InCites Journal Citation Reports include an Open Access filter so you can easily search for them alongside other features like journal impact factor and ranking. You can also consult the Directory of Open Access Journals.

If your research output is not an article there are other options. For example, Knowledge Unlatched is a publisher which provides free access to scholarly content. While the focus for Knowledge Unlatched has been social sciences from 2018 KU will accept submissions in STEM subject areas.

When choosing an open publisher we recommend the Think Check Submit website to help make that decision. Check out Griffith Library’s Strategic Publishing Guidelines for Authors or talk with your Discipline Librarian.

2. Disseminate your research outputs via Griffith Research Online (GRO)

GRO provides free online full-text versions of your journal articles, conference papers, and more, to a global audience. To make the most of GRO check your outputs are up-to-date with the Office for Research. After the Library checks copyright and publisher policies regarding open access and embargoes we will contact you directly so you can provide the right file for upload

3. Make your research data available

As well as being required by some funding agencies and publishers, making your research data available means other researchers can test and build upon your work. Use the Creative Commons licence tool to choose the most appropriate licence for your data, and select an appropriate discipline based data repository to store your datasets. For further information, consult Griffith Library’s Best Practice Data Guidelines for Researchers, attend one of our research data management workshops or talk with your Discipline Librarian.

4. Increase your online visibility

Excellent research is only one part of your story. The other part is telling people about your research, and there are many tools to do this: Griffith Experts, Google Scholar, ResearchGate, ORCID, ResearcherID and social media platforms.

There is great variation in what each of these tools offers, from publication lists and citations, to online communities connecting with experts, and showcasing experience. By building your research profile and engaging with internal and external networks you provide exposure for yourself that can potentially increase the academic impact of your research.

Effective online profiles can extend the reach of your research so that it is discoverable not only by peer academics but also industry and the general public. Use Griffith Library’s Developing your Online Research Profile module and Academic Impact guide to plan your online strategy and build an effective profile, or talk with your Discipline Librarian.


Open Access Week was in October, and to celebrate Griffith hosted Open Research: Four stories from Griffith, a panel discussion on the 2017 theme, “Open in order to…”. The event was hosted across three campuses, with a diverse audience of academics, HDR candidates, professional staff and librarians in attendance. Our panel of experts discussed their experience in open research, and explored the actions they take as Griffith academics to enhance their impact and benefit the community. The panel and attendees joined in an intriguing and intelligent discussion – check out the photos below!

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