Research Guides

University of Miami Libraries Guide for Researchers

Welcome to the University of Miami Libraries Guide for Researchers

This guide is intended for researchers at the University of Miami. It may also be helpful to researchers at other institutions, though some resources are limited to UM users per licensing agreements.

You may navigate this guide by using the links on the Table of Contents at the left or by using the Tabs on top of each page.

Your Research at the University of Miami
Scholarship@Miami is the institutional repository and research information hub for the University of Miami, featuring selected research and scholarly works prepared by faculty, students, and staff of the university and profiles of all University of Miami faculty and affiliated researchers. 

Connect & Create Your ORCID iD
Follow these steps to enable the University of Miami to connect with your ORCID account, or to create and then connect an account.
University of Miami Research Navigator and Research Compass

The Research Navigator is a concierge service that connects researchers to the right resources at UM. Email the Research Navigator at

The Research Compass is a dynamic new tool designed to guide you to the resources you need to make research and scholarship happen at the University of Miami.
Subject Specialists

Ava Brillat

  • Program Lead for Information Literacy and Instructional Design
  • (305) 284-4058

Barbara M. Sorondo

  • Head, Learning, Research, and Clinical Information Services
  • (305) 243-9505
FIGURE 3-1 Numbered sequence of 11 steps that should be followed to develop and implement the AYK SSI research program. Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2006. Review of the Draft Research and Restoration Plan for Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim (Western Alaska) Salmon. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Useful Resources Learn About Clinical Studies
Government database that contains a registry and results of federally and privately supported clinical trials. This guide explains what clinical research is and how it is conducted.

Elsevier's Research Academy
Elsevier's online portal covering the research process, from study design to publication.

How to Design a Research Study
Emerald Publishing's comprehensive guide on how to design a research study, from choosing the appropriate methodological approach to sampling techniques and much more.

National Science Foundation: A Guide for Proposal Writing
These suggestions for improving proposals were collected from a variety of sources, including NSF Program Directors, panel reviewers, and successful grantees. While this Guide may provide valuable information for proposal writing in general, it was specifically prepared for programs in Division of Undergraduate Education.

NIH Strategy for Research Funding (NAIAD)
To secure funding for an NIH grant, you'll need sound guidance and a solid strategy. The Strategy takes you through all the steps from qualifying for NIH support to staying funded. Even more, it gives you specific "to do's" so you're prepared at every stage. Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

UResearch (University of Miami Office of Research Administration): Research Road Map
UResearch portal is an integrated network of administrative support and educational opportunities to facilitate scholarly activity, scientific discovery, and the responsible conduct of research. Serves the UResearch community in all campuses. The Research Road Map was developed to assist the UM community to navigate its research enterprise.
Office of Research Administration Resources
Training opportunities are available to the University research community.  Please view the calendar for upcoming classes.  Registration for training events is through ULearn.

The ORA Newsletter is published quarterly.

Past ORA announcements are archived.
University of Miami Libraries Subscription Grants Database
Pivot is a database of currently available grants, prizes, awards and other funding opportunities for researchers and scholars.

Note: Off-campus users: please sign up for a new account at using your email address.
Grants and Funding Resources

Funding at the National Science Foundation
A guide to finding funding, preparing your proposal and submitting your proposal. provides an overview of the process to apply for federal grants. In order to apply for a grant, you and/or your organization must complete the registration process. SEARCH for your federal grants by keywords or more specific criteria.
Search for funding opportunities spread across 39 subject areas and 2009 categories. Large Database of Sponsors comprising Foundation, Federal and Institutions. Set up alerts and get opportunities delivered straight to your inbox.

National Endowment for the Arts Grants 
Includes a first time applicant guide, an overview of the grant review process, a list of initiatives, and more.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Search all NEH grant programs and view past awards. 

National Science Foundation Funding Search
A database to search for funding opportunities from the NSF.

NIH Grants and Funding
The Office of Extramural Research provides the leadership, oversight, tools and guidance needed to administer and manage NIH grants policies and operations. This website provides guidance on the process of finding grants and funding.

Descriptions of biomedical research funded by the Food & Drug Administration & the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Most of the research falls within the broad category of extramural projects, grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements conducted primarily by universities, hospitals, and other research institutions. Information includes an abstract of project, principal investigators, award type & activity, sponsor, & grant amount.
Finding Collaborators and Mentors

Google Scholar@UM

Search Google Scholar with direct links to University of Miami Library Resources. Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.  If you are within the UM campus or, if from Scholar Preferences you select the University of Miami Libraries, your Google Scholar results will include direct links to items available at UM.  If this information is in a subscription database, you will be prompted to log in with your CaneID username and password.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators.

The institutional repository and research information hub for the University of Miami. Contains select full text research and scholarly works by faculty, students, and staff at the University of Miami and the Miller School of Medicine. 

A database of abstracts and citations for scholarly journal articles published since 1996, covering nearly 18,000 titles from the arts, medicine, physical sciences, and the social sciences. Switch to the "Researcher Discovery" tab and search by research topic.

Web of Science
The Web of Science is today's premier research platform, helping you quickly find, analyze, and share information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. You get integrated access to high quality literature through a unified platform that links a wide variety of content with one seamless search. Switch to the "Researchers" tab to search by name.
Research and Data Support from University of Miami Libraries
Research Consultations
Meet with subject librarian experts

Data & Visualization Services
Data, data management, data analysis, virtual research consultations

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 
Consultations and workshops with GIS librarians

Data Workshops 
Skills building on a range of topics from the Data & Visualization Services Team

Research Sprints 
Offer University of Miami research teams the opportunity to partner with a team of library research and data experts

Systematic Reviews
Resources on conducting sytematic reviews, scoping reviews, meta-analyses, and other evidence synthesis reviews
Note: an evidence synthesis review service is available at the Calder Medical Library to students, faculty, researchers, residents, or staff members affiliated with the Miller School of Medicine, UHealth, or Jackson Health System. At the Richter Library, please contact Saily Marrero, the Nursing & Health Studies, Biology, and Psychology Librarian.
Faculty Spaces at Richter Library
Faculty Reading Room 
Provides space for quiet study and research in Richter Library
Faculty Exploratory 
Offers collaboration space, a one-button studio, and a virtual reality station, by appointment
Faculty Research Commons 
In the planning stages
Research Compliance

UResearch (University of Miami Office of Research)

UResearch portal is an integrated network of administrative support and educational opportunities to facilitate scholarly activity, scientific discovery, and the responsible conduct of research. Serves the UResearch community in all campuses.

UM Human Subjects Research Office (HSRO & IRB)
The Human Subject Research Office (HSRO) provides administrative support for the University of Miami institutional review boards (IRBs). An institutional review board is a group of individuals comprised of faculty, staff and community members charged with reviewing proposed research involving human subjects to ensure the protection of those subjects and compliance with applicable federal regulations, state law and institutional policy that govern human subject research.

A UM Research Compliance & Quality Assurance
The offices support and help clinical and translational investigators to comply with national and international regulations and guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), International Conference on Harmonisation-Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP), European Medicines Agency (EMA), as well as state laws and local policies and procedures.

Office for Human Research Protections - US DHHS
The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OHRP helps ensure this by providing clarification and guidance, developing educational programs and materials, maintaining regulatory oversight, and providing advice on ethical and regulatory issues in biomedical and social-behavioral research.
"Nelson Memo" from the Office of Science and Technology Policy -- goes into effect January 1, 2026
The Nelson Memo provides policy guidance to federal agencies with research and development expenditures on updating their public access policies:
1. Update their public access policies as soon as possible, and no later than December 31st, 2025, to make publications and their supporting data resulting from federally funded research publicly accessible without an embargo on their free and public release;
2. Establish transparent procedures that ensure scientific and research integrity is maintained in public access policies; and,
3. Coordinate with OSTP to ensure equitable delivery of federally funded research results and data
NIH Public Access Policy Compliance
What is the NIH Public Access Policy?

The Policy implements Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008) which states:
SEC. 218. The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.

The Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research.It requires researchers to submit journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central.

For more information on the NIH Public Access Policy, see the Calder Library's Guide for Researchers.
NSF Public Access Policy
NSF Public Access FAQ
What is the NSF Public Access Policy?
The NSF requires that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions (also known as “juried conference papers”) be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF; be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication; possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication; be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements.
For more information, see section 3.1 of “
Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries: Increasing Access to the Results of Research Funded by the National Science Foundation,” at
Citation Managers
Subscription through UM
Client-based (access through your computer), online version available
For assistance, contact Saily Marrero:

Subscription through UM, cloud-based
Desktop and mobile versions available
For assistance, contact Jorge Perez:
Subscription through UM, Web-based

Free, web and desktop versions available
For assistance, contact Erica Newcome:
Think. Check. Submit.
Helpful Resources
Think, Check, Submit
The Think, Check, Submit process will help you discover what you need to know when assessing whether or not a journal is a suitable venue for your research.

Where to Publish Your Research: Identifying Potential Journals
A guide from the Duquesne University Library
University of Miami Libraries Open Access Publishing Guide
Tools to Help You Find Where to Publish

DOAJ - The Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ works to  to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals.  Listed journals must meet the DOAJ quality and integrity standards. Look up journals by topic, easlity see Journal processing fees and copyright/reuse policies

JANE - The Journal/Author Name Estimator
Enter keywords or an entire abstract and JANE will suggest journals by comparing your input to millions of documents in PubMed to find the matching journals.

Master Journal List Manuscript Matcher
Curated tool to help you to find the right journal for your needs across multiple indices hosted on the Web of Science platform.

PLOS - Public Library of Science
PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Thanks to an agreement between the University of Miami Libraries and PLOS, University of Miami researchers who are listed as corresponding authors to publish in any of the 12 PLOS journals at no additional cost to themselves or their funding agencies.

Scopus Journal Analyzer
Provides insight into journal performance and compares journal rankings.

SPI-Hub - The Vanderbilt Univesity Medical Center's Center for Knowledge Management
This tool attempts to provide authors with information on journal quality, rigor, and transparency to aid informed decision making on publishing venues.

Springer Journal Suggester
Enter your manuscript details to see a list of Springer journals suitable for your research. Filter by open access status, impact factor, and more.
Terms to Know
Impact Factor: measure of the number of times an average paper in a journal is cited, during a year. Impact factor ranges and averages vary by discipline but, overall, higher impact factor values denote a journal has a greater impact. Used only for journals.

H-Index: standard scholarly metric in which the number of published papers, and the number of times their author is cited, is put into relation. Overall, a higher h-index denotes an author or journal has been cited more often than a lower h-index. Used for researchers and journals.

Altmetrics: short for "alternative metrics," used to describe non-traditional/emerging methods of research output, such as shares on social media sites. Used for individual publications.
Where and How to Find Author Metrics
Using Journal Citation Reports to Find Impact Factors

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