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News From the Libraries: December 2021

Library Feature of the Month: Study Rooms

Briscoe Library has over 40 study rooms available for use by all UT Health students, faculty, and staff! With 16 reservable group study rooms, 3 reservable virtual interview rooms, and 24 individual study rooms available on a first come, first served basis, the library has all your study room needs covered.

Individual Study Rooms (4th and 5th floors) are available to current UT Health students on a first come, first served basis 24/7/365. These rooms may also be reserved by departments for specialized testing Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Group Study Rooms (3rd and 5th floors) may be reserved 24/7/365. Only UT Health students, faculty, and staff may use these rooms. Daily 4-hour reservation limit, reservations may be made up to two weeks in advance.

Click here for more info on library spaces and to reserve a study room.

Winter Break - Open 24/7

Just a reminder that Briscoe Library is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for all UT Health San Antonio students, faculty, and staff. Even over winter break, you still have access to the facilities by using your UT Health ID card to swipe into the building. Have a safe and happy holidays!

Just One Question

The library is conducting a year long review of the collection and would like your feedback. Does the collection meet your needs? Do you have everything you need for your courses? Let us know! 

Publish Open Access for Free!

As part of a 3-year agreement with the UT System Digital Library Consortium and Cambridge University Press, the UT Health San Antonio Library has gained access to all Cambridge University Press journal content.

The agreement, often referred to as a Read & Publish Agreement, aims to serve authors and the wider community by publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed OA content. This waives publishing fees for authors who wish to publish in open access (OA) Cambridge University journals.

Read more about the Cambridge agreement with the University of Texas System

Learn how to publish Open Access under this agreement.

Benefits for authors:

  • Take advantage of an institutional agreement that covers your Open Access publishing fee or provides a discount
  • Publish under a creative commons license to determine how readers can use your article
  • Increase visibility for your research, leading to higher citations, wider reach and global impact.


Which Cambridge journals are covered by the Read & Publish agreement?
This agreement secures reading access to Cambridge's full package of journals, 403 titles in 2021. Publishing rights are guaranteed to all hybrid and gold OA journals – in 2021, the OA status of titles on our list is as follows:

2021 Goal OA Journals 2021 Hybrid Journals 2021 Total Journals
40 330 403

Is there a limit to the number of articles that can be published open access under this agreement?
No. The UT System has an uncapped agreement, which places no limit on the number of articles that can be published open, by eligible corresponding authors in eligible journals.

How can authors identify themselves as being affiliated with a participating institution?
The corresponding author must use their institutional affiliation (ideally with an Orcid ID), including institutional email address, when submitting their article. Upon acceptance of their article by a journal, the corresponding author should then complete and submit the journal’s relevant OA author publishing agreement and select the creative commons license which will determine how readers can use their article. During a subsequent production process, the article will then be mapped as eligible under a read and publish agreement. Corresponding authors affiliated with participating UT institutions, publishing research articles in eligible journals, will have their APC fully covered by their institution.

The corresponding author is defined as:
The person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. The author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material.

Photography Competition Opens Jan 1st

Briscoe Library's 5th Annual Photography Competition will be returning soon! Briscoe Library’s reimagined Photography Competition will focus on images that illustrate the experience of living through the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years. This is an opportunity for UT Health students, faculty, and staff from all five schools to capture, share, and present their personal experience in one image. This competition and its accompanying exhibition showcase the UT Health community’s creative visual conceptualizations of being an integral part of the health science community during a pandemic.


Submission opens: January 1, 2022
Submission deadline: March 11, 2022
Announcement of the winners will occur at the beginning of April.


First Place: $500
Second Place: $400
Third Place: $300
Fourth Place: $200

Click here for more info:

Coming Soon: Structured Review Service

Structured reviews—a category of evidence synthesis that includes systematic reviews and scoping reviews—continue to be popular forms of publication and have also become vital to evidence-based practice.

A structured review requires a thorough, yet focused, search of the professional literature. As such, librarians can help. Researchers can consult with librarians to develop search strategies or recruit librarians into their team to direct and author a complete search methodology. Many of our faculty, staff, students and residents have successfully published scholarly works after collaborating with our liaison librarians.

In early 2022, the Briscoe Library liaisons will launch a formalized Structured Review Service to support members of the UT Health SA community conducting structured reviews. The Structured Review Service will partner researchers with an appropriately trained librarian to assist them.

The library will make a formal announcement when the service is available. In the meantime, you can preview the service on our online guide or contact your school’s liaison librarian for more information.

Featured New eBooks for December 2021

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.

Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Associate Director of Resource Management.