• Request Assistance from the Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center
    Research librarians can offer database search strategy assistance and advice related to clinical/patient care questions (including assistance with searches in databases such as PubMed and CINAHL). They can also offer expert advice to refine your search strategy.

    This new tool makes it possible to peruse the full text of almost all journals in anesthesiology (and myriad other topics) through one convenient portal. Simply use the Eskind Biomedical Library's link to BrowZine and then select Anesthesiology under Medical Specialties under A-N.

    Google Scholar – VUMC Log In
    Access Google Scholar using this Eskind Biomedical Library link to have instant access to the library's online journals and databases.

    Training from VUMC's Center for Knowledge Management
    What's the best way to conduct a systematic review? Click the link below to request individualized training about how to proceed, step-by-step:

    Cochrane Library (VUMC Library Access)

    The New PubMed (launched December 2019)

    The department's clinical research program includes the Perioperative Clinical Research Institute (PCRI) and VACRAC (the Vanderbilt Anesthesiology Clinical Research Advisory Committee).

    PCRI provides a full range of services necessary for successful clinical research. These services include regulatory management, data management, contract management, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and financial oversight. 

    For general information, click here.

    Coming soon: Clinical research protocol templates. 

    Click here to learn more about VACRAC. Formed in 2009 to promote clinical research within the department, VACRAC helps new investigators develop clinical research projects likely to lead to publication and extramural funding. Once you are on the VACRAC site, scroll down to download a VACRAC Application.

    Web of Science
    Researching a topic? Use this link to the Eskind Biomedical Library to access Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science (scroll down to select Web of Science — Science Citation Index):

  • SPI-Hub
    Scholarly Publishing Information Hub will help you identify journals in which to publish your research.
    Developed by the VUMC Center for Knowledge Management, SPI-HUBenables you to:

    • Search by research topic; this option allows you to identify journals in which to publish your work while also viewing their publisher data across multiple criteria
    • Search by journal title; this option allows you to retrieve and research publisher data by journal title across multiple quality criteria
    • Search by author; this option allows you to identify scholarly journals in which colleagues in your field of interest and/or research have published
    • SPI-Hub also links to a number of other freely available services that can help authors in the publication process

    Think. Check. Submit.
    Think. Check. Submit. The advent of open access publishing has made it easy for unethical "predatory" medical journals to pose as legitimate publishers. This international initiative helps researchers identify trusted journals, using a range of tools "to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications."

    STEM Training in Ethics of Publication Practices (STEPP)
    Want to learn more about predatory publishing? STEPP is a research and training program in development that aims to prepare scholars and other stakeholders to better operate within the current publishing environment, which is often characterized by predatory publishing practices.

  • Understanding and Using ORCID
    Request individual training from VUMC's Center for Knowledge Management

    For assistance completing your profile (e.g., adding publications), email Yvonne Poindexter,

    Consider Writing a Tweetorial
    Why Is a Cow? Curiosity, Tweetorials, and the Return to Why
    Breu AC. N Engl J Med, 2019;381:1097-1098. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1906790

    Get Your Work Published in Mainstream Media: Here's One Way to Proceed
    The Conversation

    Vanderbilt University is one of the founding partners of The Conversation, an independent, not-for-profit newsroom that seeks to "recognize the vital role academic experts can play in the public arena." The Conversation has a monthly audience of 10.7 million users, and a reach of 38.3 million through Creative Commons republication.

    The Conversation is a way to get your work published in mainstream media. Many article from The Conversation are republished in other news sites such as the ABC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and the Associated Press. Only members of academic or research institutions can write for The Conversation.

    Register to become an author

  • White Paper on Publication Ethics Section 2.2 Authorship and Author Responsibilities
    This resource from the Council of Science Editors weighs in on the following questions: How is "author" defined? What are author's responsibilities? What dictates author order? When an author dies during the writing, submission or peer review process, how should co-authors proceed? What should you include in the Acknowledgements section of a paper?

    Publishing Guidelines
    International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (updated December 2019)

    Good Publication Practice Guidelines (GPP3)
    Published by the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals, the GPP3 aims to "increase the focus on integrity and transparency in industry-sponsored publication planning and development in today's environment."

    Reporting Guidelines
    EQUATOR Network. EQUATOR provides one-stop access to key reporting guidelines such a CONSORT (for randomized controlled trials), STROBE (for observational studies), and PRISMA (for systematic reviews and meta-analyses), and STRICTA (acupuncture trials, as an extension of CONSORT). EQUATOR also provides access to guidelines guiding study protocols, such as SPIRIT and PRISMA-P.

    Start Your Research Right with a protocol template
    Click here to access the department's templates for various study types.

    Impact Factor Check
    You can access Clarivate Analytics' Journal Citation Report to check a journal's Impact Factor:

    iThenticate is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology and is used worldwide to ensure the originality of written work.

    Use our departmental iThenticate account to check your work against the world's published literature BEFORE you submit your manuscript to a journal.

    If you have a one-time or occasional iThenticate-check request, email More frequent users can create an account under our department's iThenticate license; to do so, contact Anesthesiology Communications at

    For tips and training on how to use iThenticate, click here.

  • Click here new PubMed login instructions.