Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Get self-archiving!

February 17, 2017

As well as resolving (or attempting to resolve…) resource access problems this week, I’ve also been busy creating a guide to depositing research to UBIR which may be useful to anyone who has published research, and in particular who may be considering submitting to the next REF.

The guide provides support on how to actually deposit to UBIR – which is a simple process – as well as help on ensuring that any items deposited are copyright cleared. The benefit of self-archiving is that you can ensure that your research is uploaded when you want it to be, and as authors, you are often best placed to make decisions about subject classifications and indeed the school to which you are affiliated. Why not have a go and see what you think?

We have no plans to compel all authors to upload their own work and will continue to upload on your behalf. However, some of you may prefer to self-archive, and our guide is just one of things we have been working on to make this process as easy as possible.

If you would like any further help or information on any aspect of engaging in open access, don’t hesitate to contact the UBIR Team.

New! Guide for Research Support

October 7, 2016

Undertaking any research, regardless of the level of that research, can be daunting. To help you on your way, we have created a Guide for Research Support which tackles many aspects of research, from using databases, accessing library services, referencing and managing research to sharing research, networking and measuring impact. The guide is available here.

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We hope you find this of use, and remember, library staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Do you plan to submit research for REF 2020? Read on!

March 7, 2016

If you plan to submit research for REF 2020, there is one crucial thing you need to be aware of:

To be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication.

HEFCE Policy on Open Access

This applies to conference proceedings and journal articles and is applicable to any research that is accepted for publication after 1st April 2016.

The HEFCE Policy on Open Access outlines this requirement and provides extensive guidance. If you are planning on submitting research to REF 2020 you must comply with this guidance.

In order to fulfil this requirement, your work can be deposited in UBIR. Simply send any electronic version of the paper in question with full bibliographic details to ubir@bolton.ac.uk and we will do the rest. If your work has been published in an open access journal you will still need to ensure it is available in UBIR.

Reaching a milestone: the Scopus Cited Reference Expansion Programme

January 7, 2016

Last summer, I talked about the University of Bolton’s involvement in the UK Scopus User Enhancement Group, and how it is very important to contribute in any way we can to the ongoing development of such an important academic resource.

It’s also an opportunity to find out what’s on the horizon, and one of the developments that was discussed at that meeting was the Scopus Cited Reference Expansion Programme and the roadmap for its progress. While accessing Scopus myself this afternoon, I spotted a progress report on this project which I thought I’d share. The Scopus Cited Reference Expansion Programme will, over the course of around 12 months, aims to add capture million of citations to pre-1996 articles back to 1970 and beyond. By the end of last year, over 5 million had already been added, and it’s hoped that this figure will almost double in 2016.

It seems incredible to think that citation information of anything published prior to 1996 isn’t available: after all, isn’t everything available at the touch of a button? You’d be forgiven for thinking that, but the world of information provision has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. This blog author was in the middle of her A-Levels then: almost every essay I handed in was handwritten; we didn’t use the internet at all in the course of our studies; there were no electronic resources available us. Moreover, we either had chalkboards in our classrooms or overhead projectors with acetate slides!  (one of these, for the uninitiated)

The concept of an electronic journal being the norm – or should I say, the expectation as I believe is absolutely justifiable – really didn’t come into play until relatively recently. It is still the case that content to electronic material before 1997 shouldn’t be regarded as expected, so projects like the Scopus Cited Reference Expansion Programme are an important way to ensure that intellectual output is ‘retrospectively’ converted to an electronic format.

A look back at 2015 (and welcome back to UBIR!)

January 4, 2016

The problems we were having with UBIR this morning have been resolved thanks to the swift actions of our Networks team and the service is working as normal.

Every year, I like to look back on the previous year, so now that we appear to be without resource problems, it’s time to do just that for 2015. However, before I do, over Christmas I was watching one of these ‘review of the year’ type programmes. I happened to catch the closing credits, and one of the sources mentioned was WGSN – Worth Global Style Network – which is a resource that we have access to here at the University of Bolton. Among other areas, WGSN looks at current and predicted trends, and is proof that our resources are essential for understanding a topic. Access WGSN via the library webpages or via Discover@Bolton.

Anyway, I digress. Back to 2015.

Last year was an exciting year for me as Electronic Resources Librarian as a number of very important changes were made to make your experience of accessing and discovering electronic resources better. We’ll come to these changes later.

In January, we had a fair few resource problems (staggeringly, my first post of 2015 concerned UBIR outage!) which were a cause of frustration. I think that was possibly one of the worst months I’ve known for that. However, we also looked at the British Library’s Save our Sounds project which is looking to negate the very real issue that in just 15 years, many recorded sounds could be inaccessible as equipment required to preserve and play them becomes obsolete. February was an exciting month: Discover@Bolton search boxes appeared on the library website. Although at that stage Discover@Bolton was only accessible on-campus, this was the first time that a service to search multiple databases at once was made readily available to the University of Bolton community. March saw a solar eclipse, and we looked at how we could use our electronic databases to find out more about this phenomenon.

April was a quiet month, so we reviewed Save our Sounds and pointed readers in the direction of JISC’s Summer of Innovation. May saw a General Election and as well as a new government, we also acquired two new resources: WGSN Lifestyle and Interiors and the online edition of the British Medical Journal. As the academic year drew to a close, June seemed to be a busy month for resource problems, including one of the most bizarre remote access I’ve ever come across in 10 years of working with electronic resources.

July was another quiet month, not least because of major refurbishment works that were taking place in the Library over the summer. As we all looked forward to a break, I considered the merits of speaking to publishes about resource usage and development, and how it is important to engage with them. July was also when I presented Discover@Bolton to staff at the University’s TIRI Conference, and how it could be used to enhance learning. My presentation is available here. As the summer drew on, in August we looked at OAPEN-UK, a project set to investigate issues surrounding the publication of textbooks in electronic format.

All this time, I was working on two important developments that  came to fruition in September. The first of these was a major change – in the background – to how we log into resources. This change was particularly important for remote access and we really hope things are simpler now. The other change, and the one I’m most excited about, was the off-campus launch of Discover@Bolton. That was pretty much the only news that month, but it was certainly big news! In October, we acquired yet another new resource: Acland Anatomy. We also looked at open access as part of Open Access Week and we had the first of our Subject Librarian guest posts: Reading Lists online by Mary Barden. November saw an exploration of Royal College of Nursing Journals by our Subject Librarian for Health Dawn Grundy, extra content was added to Discover@Bolton and we remembered George Boole, whose development of logic led to the use of AND, OR and NOT that we have come to use in our own library searches.

As the year drew to a close, December brought another Subject Librarian guest post, this time on services for researchers by Anne Keddie. We looked at the top 100 articles of 2015 according to Altmetric, and we had a bit of fun looking at the 12 Apps of Christmas.

So that was 2015. I wonder what 2016 will bring…

 

Exploring the Top 100 articles of 2015

December 15, 2015

Something fascinating to share this morning. Those of you who have had research published might well be aware of something called altmetrics, which are items of information about research articles that go beyond citation factors, H Indexes and other metrics we normally use to assess research impact.

Altmetrics look at the wider picture: how research is disseminated using the channels we have become accustomed to using to access and share information in every aspect of our lives. Altmetrics look at tweets, Facebook likes, how often the research is shared, is mentioned in the media (for example, the BBC website). Considering altmetrics is to consider blog posts and even Wikipedia references. There are a number of software packages that do this, one of which is Altmetric.

By using the information gathered by Altmetric, the provider has compiled a Top 100 of articles according to the altmetrics of that article. The top article is from the journal Nature and is entitled “A new antibiotic kills pathogens without detectable resistance”. This article has had 97 news stories recorded, 61 blog posts, 161 Facebook posts and an amazing 2,428 tweets. What’s really interesting about looking at this sort of information is that number 6 on this list, “Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans: more than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons afloat at sea”, was published in an open access journal, and therefore is freely available. Although overall it has been ranked lower than the article from Nature, this particular article had seen 162 news stories and 252 Facebook posts. I can see why this article might have attracted attention: the title of it this provocative, shocking even. To me, it demonstrates the value of open access publishing: something that is clearly relevant to the world in which we live is accessible to all who want it.

The full Top 100 from Altmetric is available here.

I wonder if the impact of open access publishing will be seen to be even wider in 2016 as we head towards REF 2020. It will certainly be interesting to look at this sort of information next year!

Guest post: Resources for researchers

December 1, 2015

December’s guest post is brought to you by Anne Keddie, Subject Librarian for Education and Psychology, and Research Support. Here, Anne talks about a wide range of resources for researchers:

There are several ways in which we can support your use of the Library as a researcher at the University of Bolton. You will find information about sources of information, literature searching, how to organise your references, publishing your research, and how you can track the impact of your research and you can get information about how to keep up to date with research in your field.

Sources of information:

Subject-specific resources – go to the library subject pages: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/library/Subjects/Home.aspx where you will find links to resources in your subject area and contact details for the relevant subject librarian.

You can, of course, use the Discover@Bolton service accessible from the subject pages or the library home page and will allow you to search multiple databases at once via a single interface. You can access a wider range of library material, without having to know which database to use. This also searches Open Access resources including the University repository UBIR: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk

For items not in stock, you can use our Inter Library Loan scheme: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/library/Borrowing/Inter-Library-Loans.aspx

Research Students are allowed fifteen free requests for each year registered with the University. If you wish, you can also make a personal visit to the British Library to consult material. The British Library is in London and it is best to apply for a Reader Pass and request to see specific material. Details of their services can be found at: www.bl.uk/

Current awareness – you can make use of Zetoc services which is a Journal citation searching and electronic tables of contents alerting service. It provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year: http://zetoc.jisc.ac.uk/

Alerts and RSS feeds –Instead of spending time repeating searches, set up alerts to receive recently published results via email. e.g. in ProQuest you can create and schedule alerts to deliver new documents matching your search as they become available in ProQuest. Create a My Research account to modify, delete, or view all of your alerts. RSS feeds can be sourced from websites, publishers and information providers. They remove the need for you to check websites manually for new content.

Theses- EThOS is the British Library’s Electronic Theses Online Service and holds details of over 300,000 UK theses .Through their web site you can view electronic versions of some theses. For more information about the service please see:

http://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do. There is also a link from our A-Z list of electronic databases on this page: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/library/Electronic-Resources/DBPages/E.aspx

Access to other libraries- Staff and research students can use the SCONUL Access scheme to access material held in higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland. For more information see: http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access

Other library catalogues- The COPAC library catalogue provides access to the catalogues of major university, specialist, and national libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library. http://copac.jisc.ac.uk/

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community: http://suncat.ac.uk.ezproxy.bolton.ac.uk/search

 

 

Online communities

Social Media- Social media is becoming increasingly important to researchers. For more information about some of the key tools available and how they can be used in research take a look at Social Media: A Guide to Researchers, compiled by the Research Information Network: http://www.rin.ac.uk/our-work/communicating-and-disseminating-research/social-media-guide-researchers

To make your research interests more widely known, use web pages, blogs and Twitter.

Researchgate- A network for researchers to share and collaborate with colleagues: https://www.researchgate.net/home

ORCID -Use ORCID to distinguish yourself from other researchers: http://orcid.org/

VITAE – an organisation committed to enriching professional and career development support for researchers: www.vitae.ac.uk/

Measuring your research impact – for a useful tutorial on The National Digital Teaching Resources webpages see: http://www.ndlr.ie/myri/MyRI_Tutorial/player.html

 

 

Publishing your work

If your research is published (in book format) that book needs an ISBN(International Standard Book Number). This is a unique number which distinguishes each title and where it was published. In order to give your work a University of Bolton ISBN please contact Sarah Taylor in the Library: s.e.taylor@bolton.ac.uk 01204 903099. Once you have completed a simple form, detailing the bibliographic information of that book, the ISBN can be issued.

Open access at the University of Bolton

Repositories enable your work to be visible globally. The University of Bolton Institutional Repository (UBIR) aims to gather, preserve and promote the intellectual output of the University of Bolton. It contains a wide range of research including, but not limited to, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, internal and external conference papers, poster presentations, photographs and reports. UBIR is available at: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk

There is much more information available via the Guide to Library Services for Researchers:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/library/LibraryPublications/LibraryServices/GuideforResearchers.pdf

and on BISSTO including links to procedures and forms relevant to research:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/bissto/Studying-at-University/Researchers.aspx

For more information, please contact Anne Keddie.

Making the most of British Library Collections: Doctoral Open Days at the British Library

November 16, 2015

The British Library will be starting a series of open days in early 2016 aimed at first year PhD students to discover how the British Library’s unique collections can be used in research. Eight open days are being offered, each focussing on a different subject. A small charge to attend is payable, and it is also possible for attendees to obtain a free reader pass to make the most of the visit to the British Library. Full details of these events are available here.

It’s Open Access Week!

October 20, 2015

This week is International Open Access Week, a global, annual event that is now in its eight year. It’s a chance for the higher education community to share knowledge, best practice, concerns and development in open access as well as encourage open access to become an accepted norm of scholarly communication. I can’t really define open access any better than the organisers of Open Access Week, so if you are still in any doubt as to what open access is, this definition sums it perfectly:

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year.

The website for International Open Access Week contains a lot of very interesting information, so take a look and what’s going on.

If you want to follow the debates across the globe, the best way to do this is to follow #openaccessweek on Twitter. Currently being discussed are avoiding pitfalls of open access, how Harvard University wishes to ensure that information about climate change is made open access, the topics being covered in an open access talk given by HEFCE in Washington, special offers from publishers, how technology can help with open access and what libraries are doing to ensure that submissions for REF2020 can be made open access.

So what about open access here at the University of Bolton? We have UBIR, which will be the primary means by which authors can ensure that any research that is be submitted to the REF is made open access. And remember, if you are wanting to submit your research for the REF it has to be made open access. Quite aside from REF preparations, making our research available via an open access platform such as UBIR brings research to a much wider audience, and can only help to develop its impact.

Guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social science researchers now available

August 17, 2015

OAPEN-UK, a project funded by JISC and the AHRC that has been set up to investigate the issues surrounding the publication and availability of monographs and to provide a roadmap for the future of this type of publication, has created a guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social sciences researchers. The guide is available to download here.

  • The aims of OAPEN-UK, which is linked with the European OAPEN project, are as follows:

  • undertake a real time pilot with HSS scholarly monograph titles

  • establish what challenges each stakeholder faces in the open access scholarly monograph environment

  • gather and evaluate a wide range of data to explore the challenges and how they might be addressed

  • analyse usage and sales data with publishers to help ascertain what an open access business model might look like

  • assess the attitudes and perceptions of the authors, researchers, publishers and readers to open access scholarly monographs

  • explore the route of funding and the systems and processes required to support this

  • develop recommendations to aid the discovery of open access scholarly monographs

  • promote awareness of the issues and challenges of open access monographs

  • share the results of OAPEN-UK and disseminate the findings at an international level

From: http://oapen-uk.jiscebooks.org/overview/

The publication of open access books presents a number of challenges, and it is hoped that the outcomes of the OAPEN-UK project will go a long way to address these challenges.

The good news is that achieving open access for journal articles is a little simpler, and here at the University of Bolton journal articles, conference papers and reports can be made open access by depositing the work in UBIR. Research in UBIR is open access and discoverable both via search engines such as Google, Google Scholar and the Library’s new Discover@Bolton service. Many publishers allow the deposit of full-text research in repositories. Moreover, any research that it to be submitted for REF2020 must be made open access: deposit in UBIR will fulfil this requirement, which has been set by HEFCE. For further information, contact the UBIR Team.