My Journal Shelf was developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH to enable quick access to current research by allowing users to browse and search current issues of journal articles in an intuitive manner. The My Journal Shelf team includes Dr. Michael Lenardo, Chief of the Molecular Development Section in the Laboratory of Immunology Division in the Division of Intramural Research and staff from the Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (BCBB) headed by Dr. Yentram Huyen at the Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology (OCICB) in the NIAID/NIH.
Current Contributors
Laboratory of Immunology Division of Intramural Research
Michael Lenardo
David Kaminsky
Ramandeep Kaur
Jianchang Ning
Sandhya Xirasagar
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My Journal Shelf Video Tutorial
Video tutorial to help you get the most out of My Journal Shelf

1. Which browsers is it compatible with?
It is best viewed on Firefox and Safari (Mac). It can be used on Internet Explorer, however, known issues are listed below.
i. My Journal shelf cannot be used if the browser is set to work in compatibility mode. If you open My Journal Shelf on a browser that has been set to compatibility mode, a popup window will be displayed to warn you to switch to regular viewing along with links to instructions to do so.
ii. You cannot use the mouse track wheel to scroll up and down the shelf on Internet Explorer, you will need to click on the shelf, hold and move the mouse.
iii. On Internet Explorer versions 11 and higher, on the search results page (FAQ #16), once you choose to Send Citations To .Citation Manager", or to .File" you will need to refresh the page before continuing to use Journal Shelf.
2. What do the images on the bookshelf represent?
The public bookshelf (displayed when you are not logged in) displays cover images of current issues of a subset of journals that are available electronically and for which the NIH library has subscriptions (with few exceptions) to make their content available freely to NIH researchers. This public bookshelf displays all of the journals currently in the tool. The tool checks for updates on nightly basis. You can login and create a customized bookshelf with your favorite journals (see 10). We are limiting it to 50 journals for this pilot phase. Journals for which copyright permission has been obtained from the publishers are currently displayed on the shelf.  Please see Website Links & Policies for details concerning reuse of any of these images.
3. How do I scroll up and down the bookshelf?
On Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome, place your cursor anywhere on the bookshelf and use the mouse track wheel to scroll up and down. On Internet Explorer, you cannot use the mouse to scroll wheel, instead, click on the shelf, hold and move it up and down.
4. How do I browse Table of Contents for Current Issues?
Click on the image of the respective journal and you will be directed to the Table of Contents for Current Issues for the journal.
5. Can I sort the journals?
You can sort the journals alphabetically by journal name or chronologically by the release date of the journals on the shelf.
6. How do I search for citations from current issues of journals?
Click on the search icon on the left panel and enter your search term in the search box. Select the journal from the dropdown and click on Search. You can use advanced queries generated using Pubmed to perform a search.
7. Is there a link on the tool that will enable me to search on PubMed for the same term?
Yes. On the search results page, click on the link (Search on PubMed) . Please note however that this search will be performed against all issues (not restricted to current) and all journals in PubMed.
8. What is the algorithm used for searching?
Search results are identical to those obtained via a PubMed search, except that the results are limited to the current issue of the selected journal. Please note that there may be a lag (usually 1-2 days) between when a new issue becomes available on the publisher site and when it is indexed for searching by PubMed. Search results may therefore include articles from the penultimate issue (rather than the most recent issue) during this lag period.
9. Who can login to JournalShelf ?
Only NIH users can login with their NIH credentials. Please note that PIV-based login does not work on all versions of Firefox and Google Chrome.
10. Why should I login ?
Upon logging in, you can personalize your bookshelf (see 13) and your search profile (see 14). You can also access advanced search features (see 15, 16) and access full-text articles even when you are not connected to the NIH network (See 11.2).

11. Can I access full text articles from current issues from the journal site?
Access to full text articles depends on whether you are in a network that provides access to full text articles. NIH users, please see below:

11.1. If your computer is connected to the NIH network (either on-site or remotely to the NIH network via tools such as  Citrix*, VPN etc.), you will not need to login to access full text articles on the publisher's site.
*If you are a NIAID user please click on the “Applications” tab in the Citrix window and launch Firefox from that window.
11.2. Once you have logged in to the tool, the NIH library remote access feature has been integrated to enable you to access full text articles from the publisher site even when you are outside the network. However it requires a few additional steps described below:

a. You will be directed to where you need to check “NIH credentials”. Click “Next” and login using your NIH credentials in the NIH login window that pops up.
b. You will then be directed to the NIH library’s remote access page which you can minimize and continue to use My Journal Shelf.
You will need to perform steps a and b only once per session.
12. What is the default bookshelf that is displayed when I login?
The default shelf displayed when you login is your favorite shelf with journals of your choice. This shelf is empty until you cusotmize it (see 13). Journals for which new issues have been released since your last log-in, will be highlighted by a “New Ribbon”. If a match to your favorite search term occurs in the current issue of a journal, it is highlighted by the 7 icon.
13. How can I customize my bookshelf
(i) enables users to delete journals on the shelf and to mark Journals as Read/UnRead When you mark journals as read, journals appear in the background and the New ribbon that indicates that the journal was updated since the last time you logged in also disappears.
(ii) In addition to sorting by A-Z and by date, you can:
• Customize the arrangement of your journals (click the icon).
• Organize you shelf by read versus unread, i.e., When you click the icon journals not marked as read appear at the top of the shelf in alphabetical order.
• Click to save the last sorted view of your favorite shelf as you favorite sort which will be the default sort.
14. How do I customize my search profile?
You can save up to 10 search query terms
Click on the profile icon
You can add an item using the add search term field
You click on the symbol to delete a term
You can change your favorite term by clicking on the before the term. This star will now turn indicating this is now your favorite term. An automated search is performed and the search icon on the shelves will now automatically be updated to highlight the newly matched journals.
15. How do I search for citations from current issues of journals?
The search feature can be accessed in 2 ways:

a. You can search with your favorite terms that you have preselected and saved (see 14). To do this click on the term and an automatic search will be performed among the current issues of journals from your favorite shelf. You can also search for your term among the current issues of all the journals in the tool (i.e., public shelf) by clicking on the Search All button. You can also specify a custom set of journals by selecting one or more journal(s) from the drop box.

b. You can also click on the search icon on the left panel and enter your search term in the search box and specify the journal list to search from as described in a .
16. Can I save my search results?
The tool is designed to enable efficient access to current literature. You cannot save your searches in the tool but you can choose to
a) Download results to import into a citation manager (for example Endnote)
b) Download the results as a text file to read later
c) Send the results to your NIH email account.
Please note that on Internet Explorer versions 11 and higher, once you download the results, you may need to refresh the page before continuing to use Journal Shelf since the screen appears to lock.
17. Can I use My Journal Shelf on my phone?
A mobile app is available for the iPhone running iOS 7 or higher. Using the browser on your phone, visit the My Journal Shelf URL You will automatically be directed to the mobile site. Click the “Get the App Now” button. A pop-up will appear for you to confirm the installation. After you select “Install,” the download will begin and the app will appear on your home screen.
18. Why do some cover images not update?
Several publishers have implemented cover images containing content from third-party sources. To avoid copyright infringement of these materials, the journal covers will remain the same with a “STATIC IMAGE” denotation. Journal content will update normally.