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Finnish Libraries Reach Out to Young Scientists with Author Seminars

Floortje Flippo, Elsevier | June 01, 2011

Libraries that make the effort to support faculty members early in their careers have the best opportunity to cultivate lifelong library advocates and supporters. Three Finnish libraries made great progress in that initial cultivation by hosting, in partnership with Elsevier, very successful author seminars in mid-April.

More than 200 young scientists attended the seminars in each location - Aalto University, University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland. After a short introduction by the host library, Executive Publisher Jaap van Harten spoke about:

  • How editors and reviewers assess the manuscripts they receive
  • Different phases of the editorial process
  • How to choose the right journal for your publication
  • Publishing ethics

Floortje Flippo, Account Development Manager, Elsevier, demonstrated how to research journals for potential publication, research potential collaborators and competitors, and keep up to date on new publications using SciVerse Scopus. In one of the seminars, Professor Seppo Auriola, local editor of the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, shared his experiences as an editor with the audience.

Attendee feedback, gathered in online surveys, was extremely positive. On a scale of 1 to 10 (where 1 is useless and 10 is perfect), the average overall score of the seminars was between 8.09 and 8.50. Respondents' comments included: “Thank you, I really got some new ideas!” and “Thank you for a very inspiring presentation.”

The success of the seminars has prompted the libraries to start planning for a repeat of the popular sessions. Mari Aaltonen, Team Leader, Electronic Resources, Aalto University Library, commented on her library blog: “Due to the high number of remaining interested attendants that we couldn't accommodate this time, we will try to organize another seminar as soon as possible.”