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Publishing and Open Access

Caution, Rip-Off! How to recognize and avoid predatory journals. (DE, EN)

The Medical Library is offering workshops on open access in the English language and in German. Current dates are to be found in the calendar of events.

Aimed at: The workshop is aimed at authors and anyone interested in the publishing landscape.

Content: Predatory journals publish articles and charge publication fees without ensuring adequate quality assurance procedures (peer review). Moreover, articles in predatory journals are often not indexed in the relevant subject databases, thus remaining hidden from the community and infrequently cited. The recent report of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) 'Combatting Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences'  reveals that more than 15,000 predatory journals exist, and the number is increasing.

The broad spectrum of behavior in predatory journals ranges from questionable and unethical to truly fraudulent practices. As methods become more sophisticated, it is increasingly difficult to identify predatory journals.

We will show you in our workshop how to spot predatory practices before submitting your manuscript.

Were / are you unsure about how reputable a particular journal is? Please bring those examples to the workshop and we will look at them together!

Workshop content:

  • Basics of quality assurance for scientific publications
  • Predatory publishing: definition, extent and consequences for all stakeholders involved
  • Procedure and tools to distinguish serious from unethical journals
  • What to do if you have submitted to a predatory journal
  • Examples and practical exercise on how to recognize predatory journals

Since the beginning of June 2021, Dr. Christine Mieck has been working in the Medical Library on the BUA project "Distributed Network for Publishing Services (DNPS)". With her experience as Associate Editor at Scientific Reports and Senior Editor at Nature Communications, she is ideally suited to advise Charité authors on their publishing opportunities.

The Green Route to Open Access (Self-archiving) (DE, EN)

The Medical Library is offering workshops on open access in the English language and in German. Current dates are to be found in the calendar of events.

Aimed at: The workshop is suitable for authors at the Charité as well as to those who help take care of their publications, for example in connection with applying for funding or registration in an ORCID profile.

Contents: The green route to open access refers to the practice of making articles that are not initially freely accessible worldwide, open access via a publication server, usually after the expiry of an embargo period determined by the publisher. By self-archiving (also known as secondary publication), authors achieve long-term archiving and availability of their publications.

In addition to a theoretical introduction to the basics of the green route, this interactive, one-hour workshop also offers practical demonstrations of tools that make green publishing uncomplicated. The steps to self-archiving will be discussed and demonstrated so that in the future you can integrate green open access into your everyday scientific practice and fully benefit from the advantages of open access to your scholarly articles.

The workshop covers:

  • Introduction and advantages of the green route
  • Conditions and legal basis for self-archiving or secondary publication
  • Licenses and embargo periods
  • Steps to self-archiving, including selection of an appropriate OA repository
  • Demonstration of helpful tools and of the institutional repository of the Freie Universität Berlin and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Refubium

Since the beginning of June 2021, Dr. Christine Mieck has been working in the Medical Library on the BUA project "Distributed Network for Publishing Services (DNPS)". With her experience as Associate Editor at Scientific Reports and Senior Editor at Nature Communications, she is ideally suited to advise Charité authors on their publishing opportunities.

Dr. Wolfgang Flügel works in the Charité Medical Library in the new BUA project "Green Open Access". Dr. Flügel holds a doctorate in history and an M.A. in library and information science. As the author of numerous articles that have (also) been published open access, he has extensive experience in advising Charité authors on their publishing options.

How to Publish Open Access Journal Articles (DE, EN)

The Medical Library is offering workshops on Open Access in the English language or in German. Current dates are to be found in the calendar of events.

Aimed at: The workshop is suitable for both scientists and students at the Charité.

Contents: Besides the fundamentals of Open Access, this two hour workshop also offers practical demonstrations of important databases.

The workshop covers:

  • Different options when publishing Open Access: the green and gold routes
  • Expectations from publishers and funders, including:
    • Versions: Pre-print, Post-print, Publisher pdf
    • Embargos
    • Creative Commons Licenses

  •  Article Processing Charges or fees from the publisher and how to negotiate over these
  •  Funding through the Charité OA Publication fund
  •  Selection of a suitable OA repository for archiving

Workshop leader: Jenny Delasalle, OA Envoy at the Charité, is a professional librarian with over twenty years of experience in supporting researchers. At the University of Warwick she was the founding manager of the institutional repository and set up one of the first open access publication funds in England. More recently, she has worked as a freelancer for universities, publishers and software vendors and joined the Open Access team of the Charité Medical Library in January 2018, originally in a different capacity. 

Open Data (DE, EN)

The BIH QUEST Center is offering workshops on open data, in the English language or in German. Current dates are to be found in the BIH events calender.

Aimed at: The workshop is suitable for both scientists and students at the Charité and the BIH.

Contents: This three-hour workshop provides an overview of the free availability of data (open data) and includes practical exercises on the PC. The workshop will answer the following questions:

  • What is open data and why is it important to share data?
  • How do I choose a suitable repository for archiving?
  • How do I ensure that my data is easy to find and accessible?
  • How do I ensure that my data are also re-usable in the long term?
  • How can I consider privacy aspects?
  • How do I search for useful data sets and how do I quote them?

Speaker: Dr. Evgeny Bobrov is a consultant for open data and research data management at the QUEST Center of the Berlin Institute of Health. He advises on the provision of biomedical data and is an advocate for open data. Previously, he was a brain researcher and then a laboratory manager at the Charité, and so has first-hand knowledge of research practice, including about the obstacles that sometimes hinder data sharing.

Literature searching and reference management

Goodbye google, hello PubMed! (DE, EN)

Over the course of this 90-minute workshop you will learn how to conduct searches in PubMed.

Aimed at:  researchers, students, clinical  staff

Prerequisites:  none

Contents /learning outcomes: 

  • Getting to know the structure of PubMed
  • Using research techniques and tools
  • Using subject terms (MeSH)
  • Saving and exporting search results
  • Accessing full texts

Contact us if you have questions

Dates:Usually last Tuesday or Thursday of the month. Current dates are to be found in the calendar of events.

Systematic literature searches and first steps towards a systematic review (DE, EN)

This 2,5 hour workshop will focus on researchable questions, literature searches in various databases, and the first steps of a systematic review (advanced workshop).

Aimed at: suitable for researchers, students, clinical staff at Charité. Advanced workshop particularly suitable for those who plan to conduct a systematic review.

Prerequisites: PubMed workshop or first experience with PICO, MeSH terms, Boolean operators. You will need access to the databases listed below. You will need access to the databases listed below either when on campus (IP range) or when activating VPN (Help [proxy user guide])

The workshop covers:

  • MEDLINE Ovid, Embase Ovid
  • Frameworks , search tools, filter
  • Tips on manuals and tools

Contact us if you have questions

Dates: Current dates are to be found in the calendar of events.

Citation management with EndNote 20 (DE, EN)

60-minute introduction to the citation management program EndNote 20.

Aimed at:  Researchers, students, clinical staff

The workshop covers:

  • Overview of basic functions
  • Import and modify references
  • Manage entries
  • Export data

Members of the Charité can download and install EndNote 20 via this link (Intranet only).

Contact us if you have questions

Dates: Once a month

Citation management with EndNote 20 - advanced workshop upon request (DE)

Advanced workshop for groups– for Charité members only

Aimed at:  Researchers, students, clinical staff

The workshop covers:

  • For example: Smart Groups, mass editing, EndNote Web or using EndNote in the course of a systematic (scoping) review. 
  • Contents can be individually adapted

Members of the Charité can download and install EndNote 20 via this link (Intranet only).

Contact us if you have questions

PubMed + EndNote Refresher - for MSM M23 students (DE)

90-minute workshop on searching in PubMed and citation management with EndNote.

Aimed at: Charité students taking M23

The workshop covers:

  • PubMed refresher
  • Research techniques, tools and MeSH-terms.
  • Save and export results
  • Introduction to EndNote 20 and basic functions
  • Access to full texts

Members of the Charité can download and install EndNote 20 via this link (Intranet only).

Dates: twice a year for students in M23

Reseachable questions + PubMed – for students BSc Health Sciences Modul 8 (DE)

90-minute seminar: How do I formulate a scientific question and how do I specifically search for literature on this question in PubMed?

Aimed at: Charité students in BSc Health Sciences Module 8

The workshop covers:

  • Understand PubMed and how to use the basic search feature
  • Formulate researchable questions 
  • Understand search techniques such as field tags and truncation
  • Use the advanced search option in  PubMed to build a structured search
  • Export data and access to full texts

Contact us if you have questions.

Introduction to the library

MedBib Compact – Introduction to the Library (DE)

Course in  German

The 30-minute course "MedBib compact - Introduction to Library" presents the library, its website, registration and lending, on-site holdings and digital holdings as well as the library catalogue Primo. Afterwards there will be a short guided tour through the library.

Please bring your own laptop with you so that you can take part in the research exercise. Eduroam and guest WiFi access are available. It is also possible to work on your own research questions.

Target group: The course is aimed at all those who would like more detailed information about services from the Charité Medical Library .

If you would like to participate as a group (5-20 participants), you can also make a separate appointment with us. In this case, please contact



Nature Masterclasses: Scientific Writing and Publishing

Aimed at
Online courses offered by Nature Masterclasses are open to all members of the Charité. 
The course "Scientific Writing and Publishing online course" is customized for students and researchers in the natural sciences who have little publication experience as well as authors with previous knowledge, which they would like to refresh. 

The online course "Scientific Writing and Publishing" consists of 3 parts and a total of 11 learning hours which assist you to become more confident in writing and publishing manuscripts. The course includes modules on writing style, optimization of title, abstract and paragraphs, as well as the presentation of data. Associated templates, such as the structured example abstract, are ideal tools for the writing process even after the course has ended.

Additionally, participants get an insight into the editorial processes of a journal. It is particularly attractive that 36 editors of the Nature Research Group deliver this online course. They share their experience and explain which elements they pay attention to when selecting manuscripts and how their decisions are made. The numerous practical examples are a further valuable resource (for example how to appeal editorial decisions and how to write appeals).

Visit the Charité Fortbildungsakademie for more information or register with your Charité e-mail address on the Nature Masterclasses platform.

Cochrane Interactive Learning: Conducting an Intervention Review (EN)

Online introductory course on systematic reviews, from Cochrane is available campus-wide.

Systematic reviews are a critical tool to translate the exponentially growing amount of published and unpublished biomedical evidence into a transparent synthesis of knowledge for clinical practice and research.

Important aspects of systematic reviews are increasingly often already taught and practiced through courses. The Charité Medical Library has therefore licensed the modular online course Cochrance Interactive Learning.

The Charité is now the first institution in Germany with a campus-wide access to this online course. Students (and anyone else who writes, reads, or commissions systematic reviews) have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with PICOS, systematic search, risk of bias, meta analysis, GRADE, and the entire process of systematic review via flexible self-study.

The registration process is simple. You register with your Charité e-mail address. Afterwards, you can use the product anytime and from anywhere.

First you have to register with Cochrane. Enter your name and your e-mail address. Subsequently, a link will be sent to your e-mail address where you complete the registration process.

Next go to Cochrane Interactive Learning. In Module 2, click "Register here for access". If you are in the Charité network, institutional access will be recognized. You must accept the terms and conditions and then register for free.

As a doctoral course, you can earn up to 1.3 credit points for completing the modules through the doctoral program. (More information about Cochrane Interactive Learning as a PhD course can be found on the intranet.)

If you have problems accessing Cochrane Interactive Learning then please contact:

If you have questions about Cochrane Interactive Learning then please contact:

+49 30 450 576 160

Complete Anatomy learning platform

Figure shows a skull, including cervical spine with the lymphatic system.
Explore the intricate structures of the lymphatic system, including lymphatic vessels, nodes and organs.

The Complete Anatomy learning platform is initially available for the Charité.

It offers interactive anatomy courses with digital3D models of the body.

The centre of "Complete Anatomy" is an interactive anatomy atlas, which allows you to isolate individual body regions. Views of the body can be customized by selecting one or more of twelve body systems such as muscles, bones or nerves. The anatomical model can be displayed on a flat real surface using the augmented reality mode.

"Complete Anatomy" runs on mobile devices (Android and iOS) and on notebooks and PCs (Windows and macOS).

There are several access options. To register, please follow the instructions of the PDF documents. 

In addition, there is an Educator License for instructors. Please contact us if you are interested in this license.

Campus license E-Anatomy interactive atlas of human anatomy / IMAIOS

Image from PublicDomainPictures on Pixabay

For the product E-Anatomy interactive atlas of human anatomy a campus license exists since 1.10.2022. The access can be used without login.

The interactive Atlas of Human Anatomy is available in many languages. According to the provider, it is the most complete reference of human anatomy available on the Internet, iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Included are over 6700 anatomical structures and more than 870,000 translated medical terms. Illustrations include CT, MRI, X-ray, anatomical diagrams, and nuclear medicine images.

To use E-Anatomy on mobile devices (Android / iPadOS), registration on the platform is required.

With the generated password, you can log in to the app on the cell phone or tablet. Here it is important that you are in the Eduroam network of the Charité. After successful login, you can use the app offline for 14 days. After this period, you must authenticate yourself again in the Charité network.

AI Campus: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (EN, DE)

Artificial Intelligence is taking on an increasingly important role in various fields of medicine. The AI Campus (German: KI-Campus), is a BMBF-funded learning platform for artificial intelligence with free online courses, videos and podcasts to strengthen AI and data skills. 

From Charité, Prof. Kerstin Ritter, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (CCM), has so far contributed to the platform with several courses. For example, her course - Basics addresses questions such as: What is AI? Why is data so important? How is AI used to better diagnose diseases like cancer? But ethical and legal questions are not neglected either: Will all doctors be replaced by robots in the future? And what potentials but also risks arise for patients through the use of AI?

In the advanced course Dr. med. AI - Clinics, Charité experts provide insights into various application fields of AI in medicine, from AI in neuroimaging, oncology and nephrology; to application scenarios of algorithms in drug development.

The target audience for the learning content on AI in medicine is both physicians and students.

Access: Visit the AI Campus for more information.



Henry Stewart Talks – The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection (EN)

In Henry Stewart Talks, leading scientists from the life sciences and biomedical fields present the latest developments as well as the fundamentals in online seminars.

The films and presentations are designed for both self-study and educational use.

Henry Stewart Talks are updated monthly. For information on new topics, visit Recently Added Series & Talks.

The Quick Tutorial video informs about:

  • Content of the Henry Stewart Talks
  • Navigation on the website
  • search and filter functions
  • monthly updates
  • registration for remote access outside the Charité
    (also via mobile devices)

Access details:

  • Within the Charité network (on-site or via VPN).
  • Outside the Charité network and on mobile devices via Shibboleth (Log In Via Organization) with Charité email address and Charité password.

Other offers

Consulting services for systematic literature searches and systematic reviews

The library offers support in planning and conducting systematic literature searches. We are also happy to advise you on conducting systematic reviews, especially systematic reviews of interventions and diagnostic test accuracy.

Dr. Corinna Dressler

  • Consultation evidence based medicine/ guideline development
  • Consultation systematic reviews
  • Database tutorials and training

+49 30 450 576 304

Training upon request

The library offers introductions and library tours for groups in their first semester. We also offer training on special databases and topics for interested groups. Simply make an appointment with us!

Gabriele Börner

  • Introduction to library services
  • Help with literature searches
  • Database tutorials and training

+49 30 450 576 160