SCISSORS - Scholarly Communication Information Services in Support of Research

Scholarly Communication Information Services in Support of Research (SCISSORS) is provided by the Weill Cornell Medical Library to help you cut through the red tape of research, publishing, networking, and other scholarly endeavors. To request these and similar services, contact us.

Research Support

Take advantage of the expert research support offered by our professionals. In addition to the workshops and consultations listed on our calendar, customized classes for your research or publication needs can be arranged at no cost to you. Classes are held at the library or at a location of your choice. Services include:

  • Consulting on database selection
  • Conducting literature searches
  • Setting up current awareness alerts or table of contents alerts from journals
  • Setting up automated database search alerts
  • Data management and curation
  • Accessing or requesting scientific software via the Scientific Software Hub
  • Setting up RSS feeds
  • Locating meeting/conference abstracts
  • Importing citations from databases to bibliographic software such as EndNote or RefWorks
  • Determining who is citing your work
  • Finding instructions for authors
  • Locating statistics, images or graphics


During your search for a publisher, the SCISSORS team is prepared to assist you in a number of ways. Services include:

  • Suggesting journals relevant to areas of research/interest for possible submission
  • Checking journal impact factors
  • Finding instructions for authors
  • Exploring alternate publishing models including open access journals
  • Recommending MeSH terms and keywords for article
  • Reviewing publication agreements
  • Recommending publication agreement amendments to retain full or partial copyright
  • Assisting with compliance with NIH Public Access Policy

Author Support & Manuscript Preparation

The Weill Cornell Medical Library staff provides a wide variety of services to assist faculty, scientists and students with their research as well as CV and manuscript preparation. Services include:

Systematic Reviews

Collaborate with expert searchers to publish your systematic review. In addition to our resources and database offers, Weill Cornell Medical Library has knowledgeable staff to guide you through this evidence-based process. Please visit Systematic Review, or contact the Information Desk to learn more. Systematic review collaboration may include:

  • Helping to define the research question
  • Targeting specific databases and other resources to be searched
  • Identifying database-specific search strategies using a combination of keywords and controlled vocabulary to maximize precision and recall
  • Conducting the literature search
  • Reference checking
  • Delivering the results suitable for ingest into a bibliographic management tool such as EndNote or Mendeley
  • Performing search updates in selected databases
  • Suggesting journals relevant to areas of research/interest for possible submission
  • Recommending MeSH terms and keywords for article

Connecting with the Community

Scientific social networks connect you to colleagues and resources throughout the biomedical and life sciences community. There are a number of scientific social networking models in current use such as wikis and blogs. Private institutions, publishers, societies, and individuals have created thousands of social networking spaces dedicated to specific areas of scientific interest. In addition to subscribing to and evaluating resources, our staff follows developments in the scientific social networking world to share the most interesting and significant information with you.

Networking within Cornell University and the Medical Center
  • VIVO - Browse or search VIVO to discover who is working on a particular research topic and what they've taught or published recently, find information on courses, genomics services, faculty, departments, undergraduate majors and graduate fields, locate facilities or find online tools to expedite research - anything related to life sciences at Cornell. VIVO is an ongoing project of the Life Sciences Working Group in Cornell libraries.

Social Networking
  • BioMed Experts - BioMed Experts connects biomedical researchers to each other, through the display and analysis of a networks of co-authors with whom each investigator works to publish scientific papers.
  • Doctornetworking - Connect socially with physicians whose collective knowledge will benefit you as you participate in discussing new clinical findings, as well as news and research, through chats and forums.
  • DoctorsHangout - A networking site for physicians and medical students exchanging clinical ideas, reviewing cases and sharing knowledge
  • MomMD - Participate in a community of female physicians, residents, and medical/pre-med students. Students offer support via personal chats and discussion forums.
  • Network Nature - A networking site hosted by Nature Publishing Group, where users can post comments in discussion forums, list events, join groups, and create profiles, personal networks and blogs
  • NurseConnect - NurseConnect is an online nursing community and networking site for nurses and other healthcare professionals interested in advancing their education, careers and personal lives by sharing experiences and knowledge with others.
  • radRounds - Join a community of radiologists and imaging professionals as they share insights about their clinical practice, education, career, and research.
  • ResearchGate - Designed for scientists to enroll, load personal profiles, exchange expertise, initiate collaboration, and use innovative tools and work environments for online collaboration
  • Sermo - Join physicians in personal chats and forums exchanging clinical insights and observations, and review cases in real time, all the time.
  • Student Doctor Network (SDN) - Join this community of physicians, medical and health students in social and support-networking forums, as well as personal chats for education and career development.
  • TiroMed - Interact socially with physicians and students of medicine by finding and sharing information in education, research, and clinical practice.
  • WCM Library Facebook Page - Learn about Weill Cornell Medical Library events, resources, and services, view mini-tutorials and more. Take our fun quizzes to find out what library resources and services fit your personality and needs, ask questions, and provide feedback to help us improve our services and expand your research skills with tips and tricks.

Web Resources

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