Monday, 27 July 2015

Survey - tools for working with research data

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Long Tail of Research Data Interest Group is conducting a survey on the use of research data management tools.

The survey is short, anonymous and will take less that 5 minutes to complete.  

The results will be reported at the next RDA meeting in Paris in September 2015 and also made available through the Long Tail Interest Group webpage.

Click here to take the survey before July 31, 2015.

Friday, 24 July 2015

2014 journal citation metrics now available in Scopus

Journal citation data for 2014 is now available in Scopus.  Citation data can help to identify influential journals, especially useful if you are deciding where to publish your research paper.  

Citation indicators available in Scopus include:

  • Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): unlike many citation metrics, SNIP allows for differences in citation behaviour between academic fields, allowing for a meaningful comparison of journals from different subject areas
  • SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): this metric takes into account the source of the citation (ie: the quality and reputation of the citing journal) as well as the subject field

Members of the University of Sheffield can access Scopus through StarPlus.  From Scopus there are 5 ways you can view and use the 2014 journal metric values:
  • From the Scopus home page, go to ‘Browse sources’ and search for an individual title
  • Use the ‘Compare journals’ tool in to compare the historic and current metric values of up to 10 titles in an interactive chart
  • Download the Public Title List and find the SNIP, IPP, and SJR values from 2012 to 2014 listed in columns G–O
  • Go to and search the entire collection of journals covered by Scopus along with their SNIP, IPP and SJR metrics going back to 1999
  • You can also visit the free Scimago Journal & Country Rank website to view a list of journals ranked by a variety of citation indicators
Learn more about metrics included in Scopus at the journal, author and article level here.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Introduction to Library Services for Science Researchers

Are you a new PGR or PostDoc?  Come to this introductory session to find out about the Library resources available to you as a researcher at the University of Sheffield.

This workshop will introduce you to the library facilities and will cover:
Searching for online research papers
Using science databases
Library support for researchers (including copyright, Open Access publishing and research data management)

Tuesday 28th July 2015
Information Commons Classroom 3 (on level 3)

Click here to find out more and book a place

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

SCOAP3: publish in open access High-Energy Physics journals for free

SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) has converted key High-Energy Physics journals to Open Access at no cost for authors. 

Physics researchers can now publish in the following open access journals without paying any article processing charges:
  • Nuclear Physics B (Elsevier)
  • Physical Letters B (Elsevier)
  • Advances in High-Energy Physics (Hindawi)
  • Chinese Physics C (IOPp/Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • New Journal of Physics (IOPp/German Physical Society)
  • Journal of Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics (IOPp/SISSA)
  • Acta Physica Polonica B (Jagiellonian University)
  • Progress of Theoretical & Experimental Physics (Oxford University Press/Physical Society of Japan)
  • European Physical Journal C (Springer/Italian Physical Society)
  • Journal of High-Energy Physics (Springer/SISSA)
Authors retain copyright, and work is published under a CC-BY license allowing text and data mining.  All articles will also appear in the SCOAP3 repository at

For more information on open access publishing, visit the Library Open Access pages, or contact our open access team (

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

EBioMedicine - open access journal now indexed in PubMed Central

All articles published in EBioMedicine are now indexed and available through PubMed Central (PMC).

EBioMedicine is an open access journal from the editorial teams behind Cell Press and The Lancet, and covers everything from basic science to clinical research.  

All articles can be read for free online.