Open Access Week Webinars 20th-23rd October

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Next week is Open Access Week, and to mark the occasion OpenAIRE are running a series of free-to-access webinars on the subject.

  • Monday, October 20 : OpenAIRE portal, by Katerina Iatropoulou (NKUA)
  • Tuesday, October 21 : Horizon 2020 Open Research Data Pilot by Sarah Jones (HATII, DCC) (in collaboration with FOSTER)
  • Wednesday, October 22 : Horizon 2020 Open Access to Publications Mandate by Eloy Rodrigues (UMinho) (in collaboration with FOSTER)
  • Thursday, October 23 : Zenodo by Lars Holm Nielsen (CERN)

Each webinar lasts 1 hour and are all held at: 15.00 – 16.00 CEST (13.00 – 14.00 UTC/ 14.00 – 15.00 WEST/ 16.00 – 17.00 EEST.) To find out more, and to register, visit the following link:

https://www.openaire.eu/news-events/oaw14-openaireplus-webinar

Now in its seventh year, Open Access Week promotes the availability of free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as required. Such freely available access to information is regarded as vitally necessary, having direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

The Library has already taken positive steps towards Open Access through our Institutional Repository, which increases the visibility of Loughborough’s research while digitally preserving the University’s intellectual output.

And if you have any queries or issues regarding the IR or Open Access, our team of  Academic Librarians are on hand to help. Why not drop them a line?

New HEFCE Policy on Open Access Announced

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HEFCE and the other three UK funding bodies have just published details of a new policy for Open Access relating to future research assessments after the current 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The policy states that, 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. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection.

The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number. It will not apply to monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data. This new policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

Complete details of the policy can be found on the HEFCE website here.

The Library and Research Office will be working together to decide how to implement the policy across campus, and we’ll keep you up to date with further developments. In the mean time, you can find more information about our present OA policy via our Open Access pages on our website here.

International Open Access Week – Going for Gold!

 

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This week is International Open Access Week! If you’re planning on publishing a journal paper soon, the Library has brokered some fantastic Open Access deals that you can get your hands on.  

As you’ve no doubt heard, the outputs from all RCUK-funded research now needs to be available on Open Access.  If you choose to publish your paper in a journal offering an Open Access option (called ‘Gold Open Access’), there is usually a fee involved (called an ‘Article Processing Charge (APC)’).  However, the Library has signed up to some deals with certain publishers, including Elsevier, Sage, and Wiley that could make publishing your journal paper that much cheaper.  This can vary from being completely free, to a 15% discount on the APC.

For further details visit the Library’s Open Access Discounts web page.  You’ll need to sign in with your University username and password. 

And for further information of events during Open Access Week, click on this link, or for any other information about Open Access, contact your Academic Librarian or one of the Institutional Repository Managers.

The Top Five Institutional Repository Downloads for February

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The bad weather may have slowed things down outside, but our Institutional Repository carried on apace. Over two hundred items were added last month, taking us close to passing the 11,000 mark.

Here are the top five most downloaded items from the last month:

1. Acoustic black holes and their applications for vibration damping and sound absorption by V. Krylov (holding firmly to no.1 with a whopping 450 downloads)

2. Discourse analysis means doing analysis: a critique of six analytic shortcomings by C. Antaki et al (up one place from last month with 121 downloads)

3. Electronic data interchange in the construction industry by T. Lewis (up from 5th place last month with 108 downloads)

4. Discourse analysis and constructionist approaches: theoretical background by J. Potter (new entry this month with 96 downloads)

5. Thy righteousness is but a menstrual clout: sanitary practices and prejudice in early modern England by S. Read (down one place with 93 downloads)

Our repository increases the visibility of Loughborough’s research and the materials within it are centrally stored and preserved. The material in the collection includes journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and theses.

To find out more about the IR, and how you can submit your research, visit the IR homepage here.

The Top Five Institutional Repository Downloads for January

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The New Year has been a busy time for our Institutional Repository. A further 309 items were added in January making a total in excess of 10,750.

Visitors to the IR were busy too – here are the top five most downloaded items from the last month:

1. Acoustic black holes and their applications for vibration damping and sound absorption by V. Krylov (202 downloads).

2. Techniques for achieving dynamic stabilisation of a sonar array platform by P. Lepper & B. Woodward (156 downloads)

3. Discourse analysis means doing analysis: a critique of six analytic shortcomings by C. Antaki et al (136 downloads)

4. Thy righteousness is but a menstrual clout: sanitary practices and prejudice in early modern England by S. Read (132 downloads)

5. Electronic data interchange in the construction industry by T. Lewis (121 downloads)

Our repository increases the visibility of Loughborough’s research and the materials within it are centrally stored and preserved. The material in the collection includes journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and theses.

To find out more about the IR, and how you can submit your research, visit the IR homepage here.

The Top Five Institutional Repository Downloads for December

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Santa was more than generous with our Institutional Repository over the festive season as the Academic Schools began to send in their REF Papers for processing by our highly trained team of IR elves, who added over 230 new items to the database over December before retiring for a well-earned rest at the North Pole.

Visitors to the IR were busy too – here are the top five most downloaded items from the last month:

1. Propagation of localised flexural vibrations along plate edges described by a power law by V. Krylov & A. Shuvalov (148 downloads)

2. Protectionism to liberalisation : Ireland and the EEC, 1957 to 1966 by M. Fitzgerald (122 downloads)

3. Anthropometric study to update minimum aircraft seating standards by C. Quigley et al (91 downloads)

4. Thy righteousness is but a menstrual clout: sanitary practices and prejudice in early modern England by S. Read (88 downloads)

5. Discourse analysis means doing analysis: a critique of six analytic shortcomings by C. Antaki et al (84 downloads)

Our repository increases the visibility of Loughborough’s research and the materials within it are centrally stored and preserved. The material in the collection includes journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and theses. Last month we added our 10,000th item and we expect to match this number over the coming year! 

To find out more about the IR, and how you can submit your research, visit the IR homepage here.

10,000th item added to Loughborough’s University’s Institutional Repository

We are delighted to announce that the 10,000th item has been added to Loughborough University’s Institutional Repository. The submitter of the 10,000th item was Vadim Silberschmidt, Professor of Mechanics of Materials in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Vadim is pictured above receiving his prize – a festive hamper – from the University Librarian, Ruth Jenkins.

Professor Silberschmidt has over thirty journal articles and conference papers in the Institutional Repository. The winning submission, co-authored with PhD student Xianan Hou and Memis Acar, Professor of Mechanics, is available on the Repository at: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/10846

As one of the largest full-text university repositories in the UK, Loughborough’s Institutional Repository reflects a successful partnership between the Library and Academic Schools and Departments across the entire University. In 2012 the Repository was fully integrated with the University’s new publication information database, LUPIN, resulting in a 47% increase in submissions. Containing a range of items including full-text journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, official reports, PhD theses and audio-visual material, the Repository is an impressive online collection of the University’s research output. With the majority of items available on open access, centrally stored and preserved, the Repository ensures that Loughborough University’s research output is freely available to the wider research community, thus increasing its impact and citation rates.

For further information on the Institutional Repository and how to submit your publications via LUPIN, please see our web pages at:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/online/repository/

Or contact us in the Library at 01509 222338 / 222363 or email repository@lboro.ac.uk

The Top Five Institutional Repository Downloads for July

“Summertime, and the research is easy…

The IR is jumpin’, and the downloads are high…”*

Here’s a run-down of the top five most downloaded items for July!

1.  Effect of preharvest UV-treatment on shelf life of fruits and vegetables by Matthew A. Obande (still holding steady at no.1 for another month with 142 downloads)

2. Graphic design as urban design: towards a theory for analysing graphic objects in urban environments by Robert Harland. (New entry with 110 downloads)

3. Discourse analysis means doing analysis: a critique of six analytic shortcomings by Charles Antaki, Michael Billig, Derek Edwards & Jonathan Potter (holding firm at no.3 with 86 downloads)

4. Protectionism to liberalisation : Ireland and the EEC, 1957 to 1966 by Maurice Fitzgerald (still stuck in the middle with you at no.4 with 78 downloads) 

5. Globalization, regionalization and cross-border regions: scales, discourses and governance  by Markus Perkmann and Ngai-Ling Sum (new entry with 56 downloads)

Our repository increases the visibility of Loughborough’s research and the materials within it are centrally stored and preserved. The material in the collection includes journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and theses. To find out more about it, and how you can submit your research, visit the IR homepage here.

(*With apologies to George Gershwin!) 

PhD Theses – digitisation project.

During July & August the Library’s print collection of University PhD theses will be digitised. This will mean that during these months some PhD theses will be unavailable while they are being digitised. We apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause but will try to ensure that titles are digitised as quickly as possible and then made available via the University’s Institutional Repository.