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  1. Writing Accountability Groups
  2. Selected E-Books
  3. ORCID Author Identifier
  4. Managing Citations with RefWorks
  5. A Selected Bibliography


Writing Accountability Groups (WAGs) are writing accountability groups, made up of your peers, to encourage a consistent writing routine. Groups usually consist of 4-8 people and meet over a 10-week period. WAGs have been known to increase writing frequency, time management, and organization. Visit Johns Hopkins WAGs site to learn more about these groups and get one started.

The WAG Toolkit includes videos, templates, and additional training resources to help you get started.


ORCID is an independent non-profit effort to provide an open registry of unique researcher identifiers and open services to link research activities and organizations to these identifiers. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers. Learn more at

Researchers can link their research with Johns Hopkins, which is a member institution. Note that in January, 2020, the NIH mandates that individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards submit their ORCID iD. Read more in the NIH's July 10, 2019 notice.

Managing Citations: RefWorks

Set Up an Account

Johns Hopkins has an institution-wide subscription to RefWorks, which means that everyone has an account to use if they wish. If you are new to RefWorks, you will need to activate your account. To do so:

  1. Go to the RefWorks website or click on the link that is on the main Welch Library page
  2. At the initial screen click on "CREATE ACCOUNT" found at the bottom of the screen
  3. At the next screen, type in your university/institutional email address. It must be your JHU email address
  4. You will be asked to create a password.  Refworks will instruct you to go to your email and click on the activation link found within the confirmation email and follow the steps to complete your account activation.
  5. You may see a questionnaire. If you do, fill it out and follow the instructions. You will only see this once.
  6. You have successfully activated your RefWorks account.

Help and Documentation

See RefWorks LibGuide for technical questions and documentation.

A Selected Bibliography