Thursday, 20 November 2014

Predatory Publishers

Open access publishing is a great way for researchers to disseminate their research, raise their profile and increase their citations.  

Research can be published in two ways: 

  • Green route - authors self-archive their research articles or data in an institutional repository such as White Rose Research Online (WRRO) or a central repository such as Europe PubMedCentral, ArXiv etc. 
  • Gold Route - authors publish in a peer-reviewed Open Access journal that provides immediate free access to all of its articles from the journal website. This usually requires the payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher.

Unfortunately in recent years some bogus publishers have appeared, who aim to exploit the Gold publishing model.  These 'predatory publishers' target researchers with offers to publish their work in exchange for fees, but without providing the peer-review services offered by established scholarly open-access journals.  These bogus publishers and journals are often very convincing, using fabricated impact factors and false claims of authenticity.

So how can you tell if an open access journal of publisher is reputable or not?  

If you're unsure, you can contact the University's Open Access team for advice or assistance.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Global Data - Trial Access

We currently have trial access to the database Global Data. This database provides global business intelligence including market, competitor, product and customer information. Access is available to both the Power and Medical modules. 

You can use Global Data to find company information and news including business descriptions, history, key contacts and location. You can view industry specific statistics and market intelligence reports (including trends and analysis forecasting). It may also be useful for carrying out research for job interviews. 

You can connect to the database from the library web page below. Follow the quick links on the right side of the page to choose Global Data Power or Global Data Medical -

The feedback form is available from the web page above or click here

Trial access is available until 12th December. You may be prompted to log into MUSE if you are not already logged in. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Searching for Researching workshops

Do you need to find literature for an independent research project? Not sure where to start? Tried searching but retrieving too many or too few results? Then come along to a Searching for Researching workshop at 301: Student Skills and Development Centre.
Run by the University Library, the workshop will show you how to find the best resources for your research project. You will learn about different information sources and how to create an effective search strategy to produce a manageable set of relevant results. You will also consider evaluating information, referencing and plagiarism - making sure you use your own ideas and reference the work of others properly.

Places are still available on the workshop for the following dates:
Thursday 20 November 18.30-19.30
Tuesday 2 December 12.00-13.00 
For further information and to book your place:

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Pop-up Library

Do you need help searching StarPlus, Scopus or British Standards Online? Are you unsure which databases would be useful for your research area?  Do you want to know how to recommend books for the library or use our Inter Library Request Service?

Why not visit our Pop-up Library in the Ideas Space where we will be available to answer all your questions:

Pop-up Library
Thursday, 6th November
Ideas Space, Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Emily Stock & Helen Moore

No booking required - just drop in

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Raising your profile as an early career researcher

If you're just starting out in your research career, it can be difficult to get your work noticed.   It can take years to get your papers published in a big name journal, and even longer to build up citation counts, which are used throughout many areas of academia as a measure of impact or influence.  This Nature paper explores some surprising facts about citation counts, and touches on some of the drawbacks of citations as a measure of impact.  

But what are the alternatives?   Open access publishing, where your papers are made freely available on the open web, may be one way to get people talking about your research.  This research paper by Euan Adie suggests that open access papers are discussed and shared more widely online than those published in subscription-only journals.   This research suggests that open access papers are more likely to be cited  (up to 600% more likely, according to some studies).

When it comes to tracking or demonstrating the reach and influence of your research, there are an increasing number of choices available.  Altmetrics measure the online attention your work receives, by tracking Mendeley shares, tweets, blog posts and more. Altmetrics can be applied not just to research papers, but to any data sets, software, slides, posters or videos you have produced.  In this blog post, Stacy Konkiel from Impactstory explores the use of altmetrics to measure and demonstrate the impact of open science.  

So if you are engaged in research, you may find that it's worth exploring how open access and altmetrics can help you to get people talking about your work.