Archive for the ‘Journals’ Category

ICE Publishing Awards 2014: winning articles available in perpetuity

May 12, 2015

Each year, the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) recognises the best research published in their journals at a ceremony in London. The awards recognise excellence in research from both academia and industry; the research is deemed important enough to be of significant benefit to the entire civil engineering, and indeed science, community.

The ICE has made the winning research open access, and these papers will always be available. Read the award-winning research here.


Scheduled maintance to Ebsco EJS plaform, Friday 1st May

April 28, 2015

There is to some scheduled maintenance to the Ebsco EJS platform this coming Friday (1st May) which might mean that the journals normally accessed via this platform are unavailable. Ebsco databases are not affected, and it will still be possible to access journals via other platforms. The maintenance will begin on Friday evening, and will end in the early hours of Saturday 2nd May.

Taylor and Francis mathematics articles of the day for the whole of March

March 26, 2015

Taylor and Francis have launched as series of mathematics articles of the day for the whole of the month of March. These are all freely available here, and will be available for the rest of the year.

Sage/OUP access issues off-campus

January 27, 2015

And another one… We have hit upon a problem with off-campus access to Sage and OUP. When you find the article you wish to read and click on “Login via your institution” you may see a message to tell you that this particular type of authentication is not set up for this institution. This has been reported, and it is hoped it will be resolved as soon as possible. Again, apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Trial to Cambridge Journals Online

January 20, 2015

We currently have trial access to Cambridge Journals Online (CJO) from now until the end of February. CJO is a collection of 300 peer-reviewed journals published by Cambridge University Press. The trial is available at and is available both on and off-campus. Please send any feedback about CJO to the Electronic Resources Librarian

Entering the Journals Hall of Fame

June 26, 2014

I’ve spoken before about just what a useful tool the Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) is, and round about this time last year, I tried to establish what the top 20 most downloaded titles is. I did get a list – and remember that JUSP doesn’t give us usage for all of our electronic journals, and no print either – but it was not quite an exact science. Still, it did give a useful insight into what our users are finding crucial to their research.

Earlier this morning, I was looking at JUSP to get some usage statistics for an area of journal usage I wouldn’t normally go looking for, and came across a feature on JUSP I hadn’t spotted before. Now, if you’re an electronic resources librarian, this is quite exciting (I know, I know…). What was the feature I hear you yell? It’s a report I can run to establish what our top downloaded titles are across a very good proportion of our electronic journals collection. As we’re pretty much at the end of term now, I couldn’t resist running this report from January 2014 to date, so here, for all to see, our the top 20 most downloaded titles for the University of Bolton as included in JUSP:

20. Journal of Cleaner Production

19. Nurse Education Today

18. Journal of Strategic Marketing

17. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management

16. Polymer Degradation and Stability

15. Computers in Human Behavior

14. Journal of Advanced Nursing

13. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services

12. Journal of Marketing Management

11. International Business Review

And the Top 10:

10. Expert Systems with Applications

9. Journal of Product and Brand Management

8. Personality and Individual Differences

7. European Journal of Marketing

6. Journal of World Business

5. Marketing and Intelligence Planning

4. Industrial Marketing Management

3. International Journal of Project Management

2. Plant and Cell Physiology

1. Journal of Business Research

What do you reckon? Anything surprise you? There are few here that do have me raising an eyebrow, and it’s very interesting to note that quite a few from our top 20 of last year appear in this list too. There are also quite a few ‘new entrants’ from which we could draw any one of a number of conclusions: have there been a series of more relevant articles published this year? Has there been a change in what is being taught? Are there new research strands emerging? Whatever our top 20 might reveal, it’s clear that our electronic collections are vital to research here, and we aim to do everything we can to ensure that our collections retain their relevance, and continue to develop.


Changes to ScienceDirect

February 11, 2014

A little like an older sibling not happy that the younger one is getting lots of attention on its birthday, along with the refreshed Scopus interface, there have been some changes to ScienceDirect. A lot more content has been added, which means that when you are searching, it might be an idea to go to Advanced Search instead of the basic search and try checking the box for searching for subscribed to content only so that the results you get are ones that you can access immediately.

My very own X Factor winner…

December 16, 2013

After my admission last year that I happen to absolutely love the X Factor, we’re at the point when once again it’s all over for another year. Last year, I talked about electronic resources with the ‘X Factor’: resources that we might highlight to be of use in certain areas. This year, I thought I’d talk about my very own favourite resource of 2013, my resource with the X Factor.

Those of you who have read the ‘About’ section of this blog will know that your Electronic Resources Librarian is a little obsessed with all things musical, with singing in particular being one of my very favourite things to do (and before anyone asks, no, I won’t be auditioning for X Factor 2014). I’m a soprano with Bury Choral Society, a choral group that can trace its origins back 175 years. Back in May, I was asked by one of my choral colleagues if I could ‘write a few words’ on the history of the choir for publication in Manchester Sounds, the Journal of the Manchester Musical Heritage Trust. ‘A few words’ was actually to be a scholarly article of between 5,000 and 8,000 words, and being rather rusty in my musicology skills, a brief panic soon gave way to a short period of highly enjoyable research. I had a few bits from various choir members including some lovely personal memories, and the knowledge that there was some stuff lurking in the archives at Bury Central Library, but it wasn’t enough to do an article of sufficient length or suitability: there’s nothing worse than reading a scholarly article that reads simply as a narrative of events.

Mercifully, as a member of staff here at the University of Bolton, I have access to ProQuest Central and one of the most exciting discoveries was that ProQuest Central includes access to British Periodicals, a full-text database of journals from as far back as the 1700s. I did various searches around my topic, not even daring to think I might  be able to get hold of some material specific to Bury Choral Society. However, one Saturday night (yes, I am truly that sad!) at home I did a search for my choir, and had more results that I could have hoped for. I widened my search to include the names of previous incarnations of the choir and again, suddenly I had information. Lots of it. When I was able to visit the archives, I could contextualise a lot of material that was held with the information I had from British Periodicals, and it didn’t take me long at all to put together the basis of an article. I was very happy with the end result, as was the editor of the journal.

So my X Factor winner for 2013 is British Periodicals via ProQuest Central. Why? Because it gave me access to journals that are no longer available in hard copy or if they are, are located in libraries I simply do not have the time to visit, or in the case anything held at Manchester Central Library, which is still closed for major refurbishment. I could do my research at the weekend, in the evening, any time to suit me. Being available via the ProQuest platform meant that the material was easy to search, that searches were easy to modify, and that the material presented was easy to read. One sometimes thinks of electronic resources as being used for recent material, but this is changing, and providing older material electronically is becoming increasingly important.

If you had to pick a winner this year, what would you resource with the X Factor be? Our statistics would suggest that ProQuest Central as whole would probably be a contender. If you’re a health student, perhaps you would vote for CINAHL, which is even more useful now that the numbers of users that can access it at any one time has been increased to allow unlimited access. Maybe you would choose Scopus for in-depth bibliographic searches. Or is there a wildcard? Or something you think that is missing?

As for my verdict on last night’s X Factor winner, you’ll have to guess!


Are you a Zetoc user? Read on

November 12, 2013

If you are a user of the Zetoc service, you may be interested to know that a survey is currently available. The survey aims to gather information about use and expectations of Zetoc, and can be filled in even if you are not a user already. To complete the survey, visit If the pop-up window for the survey does not appear, the survey is also available in the “Please note” section of the Zetoc homepage.

If you’re not familiar with Zetoc, it’s well worth  having a look at this important database. Fully searchable, it provides access to over 52 million article citations through the British Library’s electronic tables of contents. Where institutional subscriptions allow, the service also provides access to full-text journals.

Greetings, journal pickers!

July 15, 2013

Okay, okay. That’s a really poor title, but I’ve been playing around with trying to establish our most popular electronic journals this afternoon and stuck in my head as I’ve been working on this has been “Dah dah dah, dah dah daaah, da – da – daaaaaaah”, hence the frankly appalling attempt to link chart shows on the radio with electronic journal usage. It’s warm in here and I’m tired: forgive me! There’s a serious point to this, however. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been delivering sessions to colleagues in the university on electronic resources matters and how to manage them, and one thing I’ve discussed is the price of our most expensive journal. One thing I didn’t think to discuss, and it can be just as thought-provoking, was the actual ‘popularity’ of our electronic journals. Of course, statistics are largely what you make of them, and I’ve talked before about analysing the statistics of electronic journal usage, but I did start to wonder if we can establish our “Top 10”, or even “Top 20” and what that might tell us about the way in which our journals are used, and where we might look to expand our collection in future.

As a UK HEI, we’re very lucky that we have access to something called JUSP (Journal Usage Statistics Portal) that gathers statistics from many of our electronic journal providers. It’s made my job so much easier lately and also provides us with a Top 5 from each of our journal providers. The results are often surprising (if you’re a librarian, especially if you’re an electronic resources librarian like me, which I accept many of you are not…) and at times present a bit of mysterious picture in terms of our electronic journal usage. So, this afternoon, I’ve compiled Top 5s from each of our electronic journals provider from JUSP* and I present to you the University of Bolton Library’s Top 20 electronic journals for August 2012 to the end of June 2013 (pretty much our academic year):

Drum roll…..

20. Journal of Education Policy

19. International Journal of Human Resource Management

18. Early Years

17. Journal of Management

16. Journal of Sports Sciences

15. American Journal of Sports Medicine

14. British Journal of Social Psychology

13. Construction Management and Economics

12. Nurse Education Today

11. Journal of Science and Medicine and Sport

And now the Top 10…

10. European Journal of Marketing

9. International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management

8. International Journal of Project Management

7. Personality and Individual Differences

6. International Journal od Operations and Production Management

5. Supply Chain Management

4. Management Decision

3. Journal of Advanced Nursing

2. Polymer Degradation and Stability

1. Plant and Cell Physiology

*JUSP doesn’t provide us with statistics for all of our journals.

What do you reckon? Are any of your favourites in this list? I think this list can tell us rather a lot, and it would be interesting to repeat this exercise this time next year, just to see if anything’s changed.