Retraction Watch database

Retraction watch







Article retractions are an important part of correcting and straightening up of the scientific record.

The Retraction Watch has been following retractions for some time now and has recently launched The Retraction Watch Database which currently contains more than 18000 of them. In case you ever need to check up an author, journal, publisher …..

Along with their partners at Science Magazine, they have developed a package of stories and inforgraphics where you’ll learn about trends and other tidbits such as which countries have the highest retraction rates.

And if you find a retraction that’s not yet in their database, Retraction Watch encourages peoople to let them know by submitting it here.


Knowledge is power this Knowvember


Knowledge management has been identified as a priority development area for health libraries by the HEE Knowledge for Healthcare development framework.


Every member of the team at Brighton & Sussex Library & Knowledge Service uses their expertise and experience to ensure health staff, trainees and students have the knowledge, skills, tools and resources they need to do their job.

Throughout the month, we’re sharing our knowledge tips, highlighting key resources and outlining practical case studies to show you just what we mean.

Watch this space!

Speed up your access to evidence!

The Library and Knowledge Service offers a variety of services to help implement evidence in practice.

  • We find evidence to answer your specific clinical or managerial questions.
  • We run teaching to refresh your skills in finding, evaluating and managing healthcare research.
  • We send you short updates on the latest publications in your field.

Now all of these services can be accessed more easily via our KnowledgeShare website.   Logging in allows you to update your professional interests and receive email updates on the latest research, request an evidence search, see previous search requests, book onto or cancel attendance at teaching, and download certificates of attendance.

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You can also connect with other members of KnowledgeShare across the country to collaborate and share knowledge.

KnowledgeShareLog in at with an NHS OpenAthens password (register first if you don’t have one already) or contact us to find out more.

Know your stuff for Knowvember!

As it’s #knowvember, here’s just a selection of our resources to support knowledge management and how to use it in healthcare. Explore our full range via our website:

NHS OpenAthens password required; register here:



Int jnl nurs

International Journal of Nursing Knowledge (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)





Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)



clin teacher


Clinical Teacher (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)



postgrad medPostgraduate Medical Journal  (NHS OpenAthens password required)




medical edMedical Education  (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)




EBM jnl

Evidence-Based Medicine (NHS OpenAthens password required)





Evidence-Based Mental Health  (NHS OpenAthens password required)




Evidence-Based Nursing (NHS OpenAthens password required)




academic medicine

Academic Medicine   (NHS OpenAthens password required)




Evidence searches carried out on Knowledge Management and its application

Methods of teaching/supporting healthcare staff who speak English as a second language

What makes a good Education Centre that is fit for purpose and suitable for use by all professions and staff groups

The use of podcasts in medical education

Clinical skills training in community care assistant staff – assessing impact

Development of novice faculty in simulation-based education in healthcare

Enhancing education and providing safe care in the surgical foundation programme

Advantages to hospitals of having clinical academics in ICU

Web and other resources

BMJ Best Practice

Point of care decision-support.  BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it.

Their step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention is updated daily using robust evidence based methodology and expert opinion.

They support you in implementing good practice.

Cochrane Clinical Answers

Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provides a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform point-of-care decision-making. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and data for the outcomes from the Cochrane Review deemed most relevant to practising healthcare professionals.

UpToDate (for BSUH Staff only)

Summaries & Synopses. UpToDate is available via the BSUH Trust Intranet & UpToDate Anywhere is free on 2 devices for registered users (BSUH only). Register first via BSUH Intranet. BSUH Intranet.

Evidence and Knowledge Self-Assessment Tool

A simple framework has been developed to help health organisations to assess opportunities to make better use of knowledge as an asset. Often referred to as “The Board Tool” this framework enables a dialogue between a representative of a library and knowledge service and senior executives in a health organisation to see how they are currently using external evidence and organisational knowledge and to devise an action plan to help the organisation develop best practice with targeted support.

NHS Knowledge Mobilisation Framework Postcards

These postcards act as a quick reference guide to using eleven knowledge mobilisation techniques to help people learn before, during and after everything they do so that good practice can be replicated and pitfalls are avoided.

Gurteen Knowledge-Log (David Gurteen)

Items of interest to the areas of knowledge management and organisational learning

NHS Knowledge Mobilisation Framework E-learning

Eleven modules introducing techniques designed to help individuals to develop and use skills to mobilise knowledge effectively in their organisations – to help them to learn before, during and after everything that they do so that pitfalls can be avoided and best practice replicated.  Log-in to the e-Learning for Healthcare platform to access.

Top Tips: an introduction to searching with HDAS

This is a first in a series of posts looking at one of the most widely and frequently used search tools in the NHS in England: Healthcare Databases Advanced Search, or HDAS as it is commonly called.


HDAS is a single search interface for a collection of nine core databases provided in partnership by HEE and NICE.

The databases cover a huge range of medical and health research and published papers: from biomedicine, nursing, allied health care, psychology and psychiatry, complementary and alternative medicine, to some social services areas and hospital management and administration.

Citations on HDAS also include links to full text of articles your library subscribes to.

The databases included are:

MEDLINE (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online, or MEDLARS Online) is likely the most important medical database. Produced by the US National Library of Medicine it contains citations from biomedical and life science journals and covers medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health specialties and veterinary medicine. Database records are indexed using the Medical Subject Headings thesaurus (MeSH).

EMBASE (The Excerpta Medica dataBASE) is a major biomedical and pharmacological database. Including MEDLINE, it contains pharmacology, pharmaceutical science, clinical research, veterinary science and allied health citations. It is more European focused and one of its strong points is an extensive coverage of conference proceedings and reports. Elsevier’s Life Science thesaurus Emtree is used to index Embase .

PsycINFO is a database of abstracts of international literature in psychology and related disciplines. It includes citations from a range of disciplines such as psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics and social work. All records are indexed using the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is the go-to database for nursing, allied health professionals, biomedicine and health care. It uses the CINAHL Headings list (based on MeSH) for indexing.

BNI (British Nursing Index) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of practice, education, and research for nurses, midwives, and health providers with a British focus. The ProQuest Thesaurus is used for indexing.

AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine Database) is produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library. It covers complementary medicine, palliative care and several professions allied to medicine. AMED Thesaurus (based on MeSH) is used for indexing.

HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium database) contains information for health care administrators and managers, covering health management and services, social care, service development, and NHS organisation and administration. It combines bibliographic data from two health and social care management organisations, the Department of Health and the King’s Fund.

HBE (Health Business Elite) provides information on all aspects of health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management including hospital management, hospital administration, marketing, human resources, computer technology, facilities management and insurance.

PubMed contains citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. It covers the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioural sciences, chemical sciences and bioengineering. PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the US National Library of Medicine. PubMed automatically links searches to MeSH terms and subheadings.

HDAS saved searches

In HDAS you can search these databases individually, in combination with each other or across all at once. When logged in with your OpenAthens credentials you can create, store, edit and export search strategies, view, save and export search results, and set up regular updates/alerts for search strategies. Where available, search results provide a link to the full text online publications.

The next post of this series will look into the HDAS interface features.

New decision support tool: VisualDX


We’re pleased to announce that following a recent trial, we have taken out a subsciption to VisualDx.

VisualDx is a point of care decision support tool for medical practitioners across the specialties, including primary care.

VisualDx presents peer-reviewed photographs or diagrams of medical conditions such as skin conditions to assist in diagnosis.

ipadAccess here with your NHS OpenAthens password. (Register here if you don’t yet have a password).

Plan S and Open Access

For our final Open Access blog post, Lisa McLaren reveals Plan S and its impact on higher education and research.

So, in yesterday’s blog post, I talked about changes to the Research Excellence Framework and how many authors got round the challenges of open access publishing by paying author processing charges to still get in the top journals. However, as I pointed out, this often means paying twice for the same content.

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In September this year, “Plan S” was unveiled to great fanfare. It is a combined effort from 11 national councils, including UKRI, which stipulates that all of the work produced from their grants must be made open access immediately. These councils control £7.6 billion in funding between them, so this is not an insignificant amount of research.

As the plan stands, by 2020, authors will not be permitted to publish in 85% of current journals, including Nature, with strict sanctions for non-compliance. The plan also does not allow hybrid journals, which publish some studies as open access after a fee is paid and keeps the rest of the content behind a paywall. This was originally seen as a transition for the publishers, however it has not encouraged the spread of open access in the way it was hoped. It would also impose caps on author fees.

All published work would be labelled with a licence that allows download, translation and potentially re-use and/or remix, which would truly open up scientific publishing. The plan is yet to be adopted by the European Commission, but as it was authored by an EC employee, this will likely happen at some point. Likewise, some of the larger European nations have yet to commit, such as Germany, so it is likely that the plan will change somewhat from its original incarnation as other countries negotiate their way onboard.

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Regardless, Plan S is the most significant change to open access in higher education and research and no matter how it looks in 2020, open access will move a step closer.