Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

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.

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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.

Elsevier Publishing Campus

May 21, 2015

I’ve been made aware of a new resource from Elsevier this week called Elsevier Publishing Campus. Elsevier Publishing Campus is an online platform that offers free lectures, interactive training and professional advice for those wishing to get their research published. Each section of the platform – known as a Campus – deals with a different aspect, such as career planning, way to improve research, discussions on the latest trends in publishing and scholarly communication in general and how to network as a researcher. Elsevier Publishing Campus is free to use; simply register for an account. Access Elsevier Publishing Campus here.

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.

SUNCAT: bringing together journal holdings information from across the UK

April 14, 2015

I’m in the middle of a project at the moment that has meant I have had to access each and every one of our electronic resources, something I don’t get to do all that often, and something I’ve found rather enjoyable: it’s always good to be reminded of what we are able to access.

One of the resources I’ve been accessing this morning is SUNCAT, the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. SUNCAT’s been around for a long time (in electronic resources terms!) and over the years has grown to include the journal holdings information of 100 of the most important research libraries in the UK, national deposit libraries including the British Library and the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, most of the larger academic libraries, a number of important specialist libraries and the journal listed by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). It also includes the journals holdings of the University of Bolton.

SUNCAT is a searchable database of the holdings of this growing number of libraries. Search for key words across all locations, or narrow the searches to locations. The results will show you where the journals are held, and will also tell in you the format in which they are available. Note that just like here at Bolton, many of these journal will be restricted to members of the home university, but the finding out where things are located is invaluable. Access SUNCAT here.

Are we still striving to Save our Sounds?

April 2, 2015

Back in January, I wrote about a new British Library initiative aiming to save recorded sounds: it has been estimated that by 2030 (only 15 years away, even though it sounds like it’s much further into the future!) many of the UK’s recorded sounds will be inaccessible, due to both the degradation of the material, and the fact that the equipment needed to listen to such sounds is likely to become obsolete. Following a call from the British Library, details of over 800,000 items have been collated, all of which will contribute to the British Library’s UK Sound Directory. To find out more about this fascinating – and, indeed, vital – project, take a look at the Save our Sounds project website.

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.

New website for JORUM

March 23, 2015

JORUM, the repository for Online Educational Resources (OER) has recently launched a new website, which is available now. To find out more about the new website, take a look at the JORUM blog, and have a look at the new JORUM website for yourself!

Zetoc 2014 user survey results

February 24, 2015

Are you a Zetoc user? If so, you may be interested in the results of a user survey that was carried out last year. The results are available here, and it’s interesting to see the range of subjects most useful to users, and how often people use the service.

If you don’t know about Zetoc, it’s well worth exploring this invaluable service. Zetoc has a number of functions, among them enabling access to the tables of contents of some 29,000 journals held by the British Library, and the 52 million citations within them. You can search these millions of citations, as well as setting up alerts detailing new tables of contents published against personally-specified criteria. Zetoc is accessible both on- and off-campus; just login with your usual Bolton network ID and password. More information about the services provided by Zetoc are available here.