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Biomedical Engineering: Start

This guide is designed to provide you with resources for BME research, writing, & publishing.

About This Guide

Here, you will find quick links to help you get started with library resources and highlights of new events, services, and resources from the library that might be of interest to the BME researchers. In the tabs of this guide, you will find resources related to:

OSF for Collaboration and Reproducible Research

Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free & open source project management web-based tool that is useful for:

  • organizing and managing research projects (projects can be private or public) in any discipline
  • viewing files that are stored across a number of platforms (i.e. DropBox, Google Drive, Box) in one place
  • sharing projects or parts of a project with collaborators
  • sharing conference materials
  • student projects
  • pre-registering a study
  • publishing a pre-print


CMU now has an institutional license for OSF. Use your Andrew email address to sign-up for OSF to take advantage of our institutional benefits including:

  • the ability to showcase your project on our CMU landing page if you choose
  • single sign-on
  • increased security


If you are interested in learning more about OSF or need help, you can read our OSF guide or contact CMU's OSF coordinators: Melanie Gainey ( and Ana Van Gulick (


Documenting Research Protocols with

Supported by the University Libraries, is an open source repository for scientists to record and share detailed up-to-date protocols for research and teaching purposes.  Carnegie Mellon University members can access their free Premium account by verifying their CMU email address. 


  • supports sharing protocols within a lab. This helps research groups organize their methods and ensures that knowledge is not lost as students and postdocs move on. 


  • supports reproducible research. All protocols are dynamic and interactive, can be shared privately and publicly, and support transparency and reuse.   


  • supports sharing protocols within methods courses. This helps students to follow instructions precisely, stay organized, and have the opportunity to interact with class content online. 


For more information on, please visit our webpage: 

For additional support contact our research data services team: 

Overleaf for Collaborative Writing in LaTeX

The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries now provides free Overleaf Pro accounts for all faculty, staff, and students who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their papers and projects. Claim your free 10GB Pro account on Overleaf by signing up with your CMU email address through our CMU Overleaf Portal 

Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as arXiv, GitHub and our institutional repository, KiltHub, to best fit into your workflow.

Features of Overleaf: 

  • Real-time collaboration in your browser for sharing and editing protected projects with authorized users. You can add and remove collaborators at any time.
  • Real-time preview of projects to review your document while editing and writing.
  • Immediate reporting of errors and warnings as you write, so you can catch issues early, and it shows them inline, so you don't have to find them in the LaTeX log.
  • Automatic typesetting of bibliographies within the Overleaf window: no need to separately compile bibliography (.bib) files.
  • Integrated, streamlined publishing allows you to publish immediately and directly to the journal of your choice with an integrated submission system to over a dozen publishing partners already, with more to come in 2016
  • Create 'Protected Projects' for added security. You can authorize selected users to have access and can add & remove collaborators at any time.


Find out more about how to use your free Overleaf account here.

AIDR Conference at CMU

Supported by the NSF scientific data reuse initiative, AIDR (Artificial Intelligence for Data Discovery and Reuse) 2019 brought together researchers to discuss applications of AI/ML to challenges related to the discovery, reuse and management of data across disciplinary domains

You can access the conference slides and posters on F1000 here.

Stay in touch with other participants and join discussions at the AIDR mailing list. 
To post: send email to 


Biological Sciences Librarian

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Melanie Gainey
Mellon Library
4th Floor Mellon Institute



A new option for sharing data and other research products, CMU's comprehensive institutional repository: KiltHub

Why share? Increasingly, funding agencies and journals are requiring that researchers make their data publicly available. 

Sharing data and metadata can be a good option even if not required. Sharing data can:

  • increase the visibility of one's research
  • drive data reuse
  • increase transparency and facilitate the reproducibility of research 
  • foster collaboration


How do I share? There are a number of great options for making data available, including:

  • government-sponsored repositories
  • discipline-specific repositories
  • our own institutional figshare-powered platform at CMU, Kilthub


If you are interested in depositing any of your research products (i.e. data sets, conference posters, dissertations, or publications) to Kilthub, find more info here or contact Melanie Gainey (

Research Competitions

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