This page provides answers to questions received through the SPI-Hub™ User Evaluation Form.
The color of these two icons are too similar and may make it difficult for a person who is color blind to differentiate.
To address this feedback and ensure compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, we have changed the button that identifies journals that may require careful review to a yellow button with a black outline and black text for improved color contrast. We have also made this yellow button larger than the green informational button to enable users to distinguish more easily between the two icons when navigating the site.
At times, when topic searches retrieve more than 2000 results, SPI-Hub™ does not opt to display them.
SPI-Hub's™ topic search has been refined so that when a search matches >100 journal titles, users are immediately informed of the total number of journal titles matching their query and prompted with choices of viewing: 1) the top-ranked 50 journal titles; 2) the top-ranked 100 journal titles; or 3) all the journal titles retrieved by their search query. Users are always encouraged to add more than one or two terms to their searches to make the results more precise.
Is there additional help within SPI-Hub™ to assist grant seekers in crafting an NIH Biosketch and establishing an ORCID profile?
Yes, SPI-Hub™ was conceived to be a "one-stop shop" for potential authors and researchers. To that end SPI-Hub™ includes tutorials to lead you through the process of using SciENcv to create an NIH Biosketch and creating an ORCID Profile.
SciENcv is an application within My NCBI that can help you create a Biosketch specifically formatted to meet NIH and other government agencies' requirements for grant submission and annual reports. SciENcv leverages information from applications you may already be using such as My NCBI's My Bibliography and your ORCID profile.
Establishing an ORCID profile helps uniquely identify and disambiguate you and your work from other researchers. An ORCID profile is required for some researchers but is encouraged for all investigators.
How do I view the impact factor of the journals listed in SPI-Hub™? Why does SPI-Hub™ not provide the option to view a journal's impact factor value?
Impact factors are proprietary and can only be viewed either by directly accessing the journal website or through a proprietary database such as Journal Citation Reports to which your organization may subscribe.
Note: SPI-Hub™ provides users with direct access to a journal's website, where impact factors may be retrieved, through its journal record , which can be viewed while searching by journal or by topic.
Does SPI-Hub™ provide information on the costs associated with publishing?
SPI-Hub™ purposefully does not include publishing costs, but rather provides direct links to author instructions, as this is the most valuable mechanism for prospective authors to retrieve, when openly made available by publishers, the most accurate information given that costs may be subject to frequent changes.
Will you include information about journal open data policies and retraction/correction requests?
SPI-Hub™ records include a field indicating if a journal belongs to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). COPE's Code of Conduct and Best Practices Guidelines require that journal/publisher members define policies for data availability, corrections, and retractions. It is safe to assume that a journal belonging to COPE will have these policies outlined in the information provided for authors. A non-COPE journal may still have these policies available; you can check the direct links provided in SPI-Hub™ to author instructions for more details. If this information is not found in the author instructions, an email should be sent to the editor/editorial team of the journal as some journals may take several years to establish and publish these policies.
Does SPI-Hub™ include journals indexed in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) database?
SPI-Hub™ currently includes all journals indexed in CINAHL. The records for 92% of the CINAHL journals are fully complete, with the remaining records at least 50% complete. The Center for Knowledge Management team is actively working to complete metadata records for these titles.
Is it possible to add an option to filter results by medical specialty?
The plan is to incorporate this functionality at a later time as the team is currently determining the most effective mechanisms to accurately map journals to one or more applicable medical specialties.
Can I print and/or download my SPI-Hub™ search results?
The site now includes an option, through printing, to print and/or create a PDF.
Why is SPI-Hub™ slower when using Internet Explorer than with other browsers?
We have updated SPI-Hub™ to ensure its performance in Internet Explorer compares with other browsers.
Would it be possible to add a specific journal to SPI-Hub™?
Yes, while the team regularly adds journals to the SPI-Hub™ database, journals can also be suggested for inclusion using the "Suggest a Journal" form. To date, we have added or completed records for the following titles based on user feedback/requests: