Open Access Week 2017

It’s Open Access Week, and to mark the occasion we’re running a host of events across the week plus a competition to win some great prizes.

The theme for this year’s International Open Access Week is “Open in order to…”. This theme is designed to be an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realised by making scholarly outputs openly available.

There are three ways you can get involved this week:

Alternative Out Of Hours Study Facilities for Postgrads & Researchers

Because the opening hours of the Library are reduced during University Vacations we often receive queries from postgraduate and research students asking where else they can study on campus when the Library is closed. There are at present three other possible locations that can be used:

  • Graduate House, the University’s purpose built social space and workspace for postgraduate taught and research students, which is open week days between 8am to 12am, and at weekends between 8am-5pm.
  • The Stewart Mason Building, where there are two open access computer labs for postgraduate and research students. The labs have a total of 79 workstations and are located in SMB.1.08 and SMB.1.09. The labs can be accessed 24 hours a day via swipe card (your University ID card).
  • The Haslegrave Building, offering a multi-boot computer labs in N004 / N005 with 80 or 40+40 seats offering Mac OSX / Windows / Linux, plus six open access computers in the Haslegrave Foyer area on the ground floor. Haslegrave is accessible 24 hours a day via swipe card.

Pop In for the Pop Up!


Stuck for which books to choose for your topic? Don’t know what databases to use for researching your project? Struggling with referencing and citing your work? Let our wonderful team of Academic Librarians help!

For the rest of term the Academic Librarians will be running a Pop-Up help desk in the Library foyer where you can ask for specialist help with your course work or research project.

The first stand is running today, 11am-12pm, and then next Wednesday, 16th November, between 3pm-4pm, and then alternate Mondays and Wednesdays for the rest of term.

International Open Access Week Webinars

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For this year’s 9th International Open Access Week, OpenAIRE has scheduled a full week of webinars on various exciting Open Science topics. During the week of October 24th-30th, join them at lunchtime (12pm) each day for key insights into the ethics and implementation of Open Science, especially as they relate to the EC’s Horizon2020 programme and OpenAIRE’s mission to foster the social and technical links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond.

The first two webinars are particularly recommended to Loughborough researchers:

  • MONDAY 24th: “The fundamentals of Open Science”, on key introductory themes in Open Science, with Tony Ross-Hellauer (OpenAIRE, University of Goettingen), Paola Masuzzo (Ghent University) and Chris Hartgerink (Tilburg University).
  • TUESDAY 25th: “H2020 Open Access mandate for project coordinators and researchers”, on Open Access to publications in Horizon 2020, with Eloy Rodrigues and Pedro Principe (University of Minho).

To participate in any (or all) of these webinars, please register here:

For further information, visit:

Summer Elevenses Are Back!

IMG_0044The University Library invite academics, research staff and PGRs to join them for a coffee/tea over the summer from 11-11.30am each Wednesday from 27th July to 17th August. 

Each week in Graduate House, you will have the opportunity to learn more about a research related topic, as well as to network with other researchers from across campus. This year we have built the topics around the theme of scholarly communication. Experts from the Library, Research Office and Civil and Building Engineering will be delivering short presentations, answering questions and leading discussions on key issues.

This year’s topics are:

Please click on the links above to find out more and to book.

We look forward to seeing you there!

20,000 Items Under the Repository!


Dr Papathomas is pictured receiving his prize from Professor Steve Rothberg, PVC Research and the University Librarian, Emma Walton.

The 20,000th item has been added to Loughborough’s Institutional Repository by Dr Anthony Papathomas, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Dr Papthomas has thirteen papers and his PhD thesis in the Institutional Repository. The winning submission, co-authored with Brett M. Smith and David Lavallee, is available on the Repository here.

The Institutional Repository, based here in the Library, ensures that Loughborough University’s research output is visible to the wider research community, increasing its impact and citation rates. It also assists authors in complying with funder Open Access requirements for their papers, including those of the RCUK and HEFCE. It contains a range of items including full-text journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, official reports, PhD theses and audio-visual material.

For further assistance with submitting papers for inclusion in the Institutional Repository, please contact us in the Library on 01509 222338 / 222414 or email

New ORCID Identification Facility for Researchers Now Available

CjJSeA7WgAAcGhgThe Research Councils UK have recently launched a new facility that allows researchers to create or connect their ORCID identity in the Research Council’s grant system, Je-S.

An ORCID identifier is a unique string of numbers creating a digital identifier that distinguishes individual researchers. By allowing researchers create or connect this ID to the Je-S system it improves the flow of research information across the higher education sector.

ORCID offers a platform for researchers to capture their scholarly activities throughout their careers even if a researcher changes their name, publishes under a different name, moves institutions, or switches fields. This helps researchers continue to gain exposure and recognition for their work. Increasingly it will also be a tool to link and re-use research information unambiguously across multiple systems whether that’s for funders, publishers or the researcher’s university.

For further information about the initiative, visit the RCUK blog here:

Approaching Digital Research

1427893_300Helen Young, one of the Academic Services’ Team Managers, is the subject of a new article on Academic publisher’s Taylor & Francis’s LibSite Research blog this month.

In a new series of blog posts, the publisher asks members of their Digital Practices Research UX Project steering group about their involvement in the project, their experiences of digital research UX to date, and how they are looking forward to applying the knowledge gained through the process.

In this first post Helen talks about her involvement in the UX Project and her experiences of working with post graduate researchers to manage their online research.

You can read the article here:

Open Access PGR Session – Why Is OA Important To Me?

OAlogo-264x95 The Open Access publishing movement has been growing in influence in the scholarly communications’ process in the UK for a number of years.  As many funders (e.g. HEFCE, RCUK, EU, Wellcome) and universities now mandate publishing using an open access route for certain publication types, it is becoming impossible to ignore it if you are wanting a career in academia. If you are a PGR and unware of the issues, come along to the next workshop on ‘Open Access – why is it important to me?’, next Thursday, 5th May?

This session will explain what open access is and how it impacts on your research practice and dissemination. By the end of it, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the drivers behind the open access publishing movement
  • Identify the two main routes to open access (green and gold)
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of publishing via the open access routes
  • Identify the key aspects of effective file management
  • Recognise how open access can benefit you as disseminators and consumers of research outputs
  • Identify the tools for open access at Loughborough University (LUPIN and the Institutional Repository)
  • Identify where to go for help and support at Loughborough
  • Meet and network with other PGR students from across campus

This session is being run on Thursday 5th May, between 9.30-11.00am, in the Graduate House. It is especially recommended for all mid-career and experienced postgraduate research students and relates to the Researcher Development Framework’s Domain D2 – Communication and dissemination.

Click here to log into Learn to book on this workshop:

Who’s Talking About Your Research?


Who’s been talking about your research then? The donut can help! The multi-coloured Altmetric ‘donut’ is becoming a familiar sight on publisher web pages, LUPIN, and other sites.  The donuts give an indication of the attention that a paper has received in social media, the press and policy documents.  This, in turn, may be an early indicator of future citation rates.  But until now you have only been able to find out this information on a paper by paper basis. 

To get a better overview of the reach of all Loughborough University’s research in one place, we have just taken out a one-year trial subscription to Altmetric Explorer. This uses publication information from the data you add to LUPIN to give an overview of the attention an individual or department’s research at Loughborough is getting – and most importantly where that attention is coming from and in what context.  This data can be explored and filtered in all sorts of ways including by discipline, funder, date,  journal and publisher.

Go explore for yourself at:

Remember, if accessing from off-campus, don’t forget to have the VPN activated.