Central Medical Library

We support you with literature search, publishing, impact analysis, and visibility. Facility
We offer a wide range of services for researchers. These services aim to cover all phases of research: starting with literature search strategy, reference management, open access publishing, creating impact and visibility and at the end (citation) analysis.

Our mission is: professional and innovative support for patient care, education, and research in the field of scientific information provision, in which we strive to be leading both nationally and internationally.

Our medical information specialists are always available to answer questions or support you in whatever way they can regarding the research.

What we offer

  • Research librarians can partner with you on systematic reviews.

    Add us to your author team and we will design and manage complex, thorough searches in multiple databases. We will also provide you with:

    • tables with detailed search strategies
    • a narrative of the search methodology
    • advise on reference management (EndNote, Mendeley or RefWorks)

    We offer individual support for:

    • Systematic Reviews (search strategy development, optimalisation)
    • PICO-CAT (search strategy)
    • finding out why some articles are not retrieved with your search strategy
    • help to translate a search strategy to other databases advice to update an older search strategy
    • find answers for questions about citation management/ deduplication/ checklists for study quality/ reporting guidelines/ search filters

    Visit for more information about systematic reviews

    For questions contact: literaturesearch@umcg.nl

  • We are responsible for the total range of reference management support in the UMCG.

    • Organising the support for researchers, and making sure the relevant applications and plugins are functioning and up-to-date within the network of the UMCG
    • Advice on the choice for a reference management tool and helping you with a possible switch.
    • Offering webinars with demo's, but also personal help on demand

    Visit for more information about reference management

    For questions contact: refman@umcg.nl

  • We organised several services to facilitate researchers in publishing:

    • Advise on copyright-issues, also on the re-use of content, and
    • Organise scans for plagiarism, We can help you discover relevant journals for publishing, and
    • Advice on HOW to publish: Open Access or not ..
  • Open access publishing contributes to transparency and openness in science and make research results visible to the whole community. Open access publishing is increasingly demanded by research funders. Open access publishing may also become part of research assessments.

    We have a few services that allows for publishing our research results open access.

    A functional email account where you can post all your questions: Openaccess@umcg.nl

    Workshop “Are you ready for publishing open access?”

    Topics are

    1. the context of the open access publishing (policies)
    2. types of open access
    3. access to tools to use the open access possibilities for the journal of your interest
    4. quality aspects
    5. useful tips and tricks
    6. how to deal with the costs of open access publishing. 

    Act On Acceptance

    This service makes it easier to publish articles open access.

    1. Authors send their acceptance email (including the accepted version of the manuscript (in Word of pdf format) to: actonacceptance@umcg.nl
    2. Authors receive information stating if the article can be published open access free of charge, or with a significant discount.
    3. The concomitant publisher's workflow will be provided.
    4. If the article will be published closed access, the CMB will deposit the publication green open access in our Pure repository for free.
  • The Central Medical Library, in collaboration with the Research Office, can help you gain insight in the impact of your publications. We offer citation analysis that look at how well the publication was cited and we compare that to similar publications. In the same analysis we also look at in what topics your publications score best in comparison to your peers. Next to looking only at citations, we can also give insight in how publications have been received by the general public in for example news sources, social media or even policy documents.

    These analyses can be done either on individual level, but also for a group, department, or research institute.

    For more information: pure@umcg.nl

  • The Central Medical Library manages and coordinates Pure for the UMCG. PURE is the corporate tool to manage, present and share your publications, research activities, awarded grants and datasets. It is also the place to manage and edit your research profile page and CV. All research output, activities, press/media, prizes, and datasets registered in PURE are shown on the University of Groningen research database and on the profile pages of researchers. PURE can be used to make overviews or analyses for yourself, your department, your research institute, or program.

    Visit the University of Groningen research database

    For questions contact: pure@umcg.nl

  • Managing and keeping your profiles up-to-date, is becoming more and more important for visibility and findability of your research. We give advice and offer support on how to do this for your corporate profiles, but also for other related research profiles.

  • Having an author identifier is important. It helps you to uniquely identify yourself online when publishing or applying for funding. Not only are you sure that you receive credit for your publication, but having an author identifier also makes it easier for others to find your publications and thus improving your visibility as a researcher. Examples of author identifiers are ORCID, Scopus author ID or Publons. The Central Medical Library can help you set up these identifiers and help you to connect them to each other or other services.

    Visit the Research Guide ORCID for more information

    For questions contact: orcid@umcg.nl