1) Log in on our library website with your SJSU ID number and SJSUOne password to access our databases from anywhere off-campus.
2) Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request access to something we don't have in our library, like a book or journal article. You will need to set up an account the first time you use ILL.
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The lifecycle of the scholarly article starts with the Author's Draft. The author probably hasn't shopped the article to a journal yet, thus it hasn't been formally peer-reviewed. An author may decide to post their draft on a preprint server, such as medRxiv.org, to elicit public comment.
After revision, the author will submit their draft to a journal. The draft is then subjected to peer-review. The author has a chance to incorporate the suggested revisions or to address why the revisions aren't needed and/or relevant. Afterwards, the journal can accept or reject the article draft.
The author's manuscript is the final form of the content of the article. The manuscript will need to go through copyediting and typesetting before it will appear in a published journal. The author's manuscript may be made available to the public through an institutional repository or article archive. This might be required if the article is output from a grant-funded project.
Once the final copyedits and formatting have been completed, the article will be published in a print or online journal. Now it's a journal article.
If the author's draft was deposited in a preprint server, the author may replace that preliminary version with the final published version. Repositories like medRxiv try to point users to the final published version, where available.
PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine. Much of the articles found in PMC are the outputs of federally-funded research.
The flowchart above shows the different forms of articles that you will find in PMC. PMC gathers mostly author manuscripts (peer-reviewed and accepted for publication) and journal articles (final formatted version as it appears in a print or online journal).
The NIH started adding eligible preprints to PMC in 2023. Eligible preprints must
More information can be found at the NIH Preprint Pilot website.
The nursing field tends to use the APA citation style, also known as the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
Other citation styles commonly used in the health sciences, include:
Use a citation manager to make your citations easier.
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