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HHS - 910 - Literature Selection Technical Review Committee - Authorized by Law


Committee NameLiterature Selection Technical Review CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number910
Original Establishment Date11/20/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date11/1/1997Designated Fed Officer Position Title*ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, LIBRARY OPERATIONS, NLM
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*DIANNE
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*BABSKI
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 282(b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 496-6921
Effective Date Of Authority*11/4/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-496-6923
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee examines recently published biomedical journals and recommends those that should be indexed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In conjunction with professional and scientific societies, it also reviews titles in subject fields to ensure that NLM is indexing those journals most useful to biomedical researchers, practitioners, and educators. The Committee reviewed a total of 238 journals in FY 2020.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee consists of members who are knowledgeable in the fields of microbiology, anatomy and neurology, basic sciences, cardiology, dentistry, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, library science, molecular biology, nursing, psychiatry, pulmonary medicine, physical and rehabilitation medicine, and anesthesiology, whose judgments provide the basis on which journal selection decisions are made.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Three meetings were held during FY 2020, on October 24-25, 2019, February 20-21, 2020, and June 10-11, 2020. The Committee will hold three meetings in FY2021 to examine new titles and review various subject areas.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Hundreds of biomedical journals are published each year; most want to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine. It is important to have an impartial committee which is composed of experts in biomedical and behavioral fields and scientific writing to advise the Library on which journals should be indexed to provide accurate, useful research and clinical information, ensuring adequate geographic and subject representation. There is no other NIH group that can provide this impartial and scientific review.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings of the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee were either closed or partially closed to the public for the review and discussion of individual journals for potential inclusion in the NLM publications database. The presence of individuals associated with individual journals could hinder fair and open discussion and evaluation by Committee members, and the meetings were, therefore, partially closed under Section 552(c)(9)(B) of the Government in the Sunshine Act.
Recommendation RemarksCommittee Function: Other - Journal Review.

URL: This committee does not have a dedicated website.

The Committee Decision Maker and Designated Federal Official are the same individual based on assigned duties within NLM.

Reports: This committee did not produce any reports.

Dr. Sabra Klein resigned 1/27/2020 and did not attend any meetings.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentBased on number of journals indexed and possible addition of resources to handle additional workload.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentJournal review for indexing in MEDLINE and Index Medicus.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNIH supported basic and clinical research accomplishments often take many years to unfold into new diagnostic tests and new ways to treat and prevent diseases.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*1,785Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee has reviewed a total of 238 journals in FY 2020 with scores high enough to be indexed, and 53 were recommended for publication in Medline.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNLM has implemented all recommendations made by the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee in that all journals recommended have been indexed in the MEDLINE database.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThere are no journals that are partially implemented.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentContact the National Library of Medicine Committee Management Office.
Agency Feedback Comment*Reports are given at each committee meeting by the Director, NLM, and the Executive Editor, MEDLINE, covering actions taken that result from committee advice.Narrative Description*The Literature Selection Technical Advisory Committee supports the agency's mission by advising on matters of policy relating to the evaluation and recommendation of biomedical publications to be considered for indexing and inclusion in MEDLINE and Index Medicus. The Committee meets its mission as judged by the quality of journals recommended for inclusion in MEDLINE and by the steady growth in access of the database. The Committee advises on emerging fields of medicine and tries to improve the representation of journals from underrepresented geographic areas.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$21,600.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$21,600.00
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$83,908.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$86,089.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$33,609.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$33,783.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$800.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$808.00
Total Costs$139,917.00Est. Total Next FY*$142,280.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.60
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Health Care
Health and Health Research


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036514Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2019
 COM-034722Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2018
 COM-001930Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2017
 COM-002424Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2016
 COM-004080Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2015
 COM-004663Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2014
 COM-006173Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2013
 COM-006550Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2012
 COM-008303Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2011
 COM-008746Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2010
 COM-010320Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2009
 COM-010745Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2008
 COM-012214Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2007
 COM-012849Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2006
 COM-014052Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2005
 COM-014579Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2004
 COM-015709Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2003
 COM-016735Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2002
 COM-017857Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2001
 COM-018748Literature Selection Technical Review Committee2000
 COM-019888Literature Selection Technical Review Committee1999
 COM-020657Literature Selection Technical Review Committee1998
 COM-021455Literature Selection Technical Review Committee1997