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.
We’re staging a workshop a day every day next week under the banner of ‘Researcher Development Week’, on a range of topics that are likely to be of great interest to Academic staff and Research Associates.
On Monday 31st March take some time out of the office to refresh and refine your searching skills with expert help on hand with a session on Finding Research Information for Academic Staff and Research Associates (2-4pm, Library Seminar Room 1).
Need to know your h-index or find the impact factor of a journal? Have these topics demystified with our course about Measuring your academic impact: Citations and other metrics on Tuesday 1st April. (2-4pm, Library Seminar Room 1).
On Wednesday 2nd April, come in to learn how to make your research outputs more visible with Increasing the Visibility of your Research for Academic and Research Staff (10am-12pm, Library Seminar Room 2).
Open access is an increasingly important phenomenon in scholarly communication and can provide considerable career benefits for individual researchers. Find out more about it with our session Open Access publishing: Policy and practice for Academic and Research Staff on Thursday 3rd April (2-3.30pm, Library Seminar Room 1).
The week culminates with a session on Research data management for Academic and Research Staff on Friday 4th April (10am-12pm, Library Seminar Room 1). Whilst efficient data management has always been part of good research practice, research data management is growing in importance in higher education. An increasing number of funding bodies require a data management plan to be submitted in a funding bid and the data produced to be shared, where possible. Learn more about it during this session.
Booking is necessary for all these courses; to do that, and to find out more details of the events, visit this link:
If you’re a researcher and are looking for a way to maximise the impact of your research, why not come along to the Impact Festival being held at the Stewart Mason Building between Monday 13th-Friday 17th January?
This week-long programme will support you to demonstrate and maximise impact from your research, and will celebrate and share the range of exciting best practice already developed by academic colleagues, research students and a range of funders. Events include:
- Presentations from funding bodies including the Research Councils, outlining priority areas and new funding calls, together with highlights from recent awards
- 1:1 funding proposal guidance from funding body representatives, including Research Councils, TSB, UKRO, and Wellcome Trust
- Best practice workshops on speaking with the media, pitching to panels and public engagement
- Showcase of Loughborough University impact initiatives from across campus
- Surgery sessions delivered by the Intellectual Property team and Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Education
- Impact Festival debates and forums running throughout the week
The Festival is free to attend for all academic, research and research support staff, and research students, though as demand is likely to be high for the event advance online registration is necessary, which you can do via this link:
The British Library is running Doctoral Open Days series for this academic year and booking is now open for events taking place in 2014. These events introduce new PhD students to the British Library’s unique research materials and provide orientation regarding broader information environment for their subject.
The British Library is a hub for research, with vast and varied collections, expert staff and a wide range of events. Students can learn about their collections, find out how to access them, and meet their expert staff along with other researchers in their field.
These events are aimed at PhD students who are new to the British Library. The following events are now open to book:
- 13 January – Environmental Science
- 17 January – Digital Research
- 20 January – History 1
- 31 January – History 2
- 3 February – English 1
- 14 February – English 2
- 24 February – Media, Cultural Studies and Journalism
All events take place in the British Library Conference Centre, London and cost £5. Lunch and refreshments are provided. It is recommended that to make the most of the day attendees get a free Reader Pass before the event. A small number of £20 travel bursaries are available for each event to students coming from outside Greater London.
Further information and booking details are available at: http://bit.ly/1iZvmmg
During 2013-14 the British Library is moving the national newspaper collection from its current home in Colindale, North London, to a purpose-built Newspaper Storage Building (NSB) in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire.
As such all Print newspapers and microfilm will be embargoed from Friday 8th November 2013, at which point the Reading Room at Colindale will close. Periodical titles remain under embargo, except for a small number of high-use titles which will remain available until the Reading Room at Colindale closes.
Future access to the collection will be via a dedicated newspaper Reading Room at the Library’s main site at St Pancras, where microfilm and digital copies will satisfy the majority of requests. Where no ‘surrogate’ copy exists, it will be possible to request the print originals from Boston Spa; if the required item is in good enough condition to travel, it will be delivered to St Pancras within 48 hours.
The moves are part of a wider programme that aims to safeguard the long-term future of the collection, which includes more than 750 million pages of local, regional and national newspapers, along with periodicals covering every aspect of life in the UK and beyond.
In the mean time, the British Library’s British Newspaper Archive website, which offers free-to-search access to up to 4 million fully searchable pages, featuring more than 200 newspaper titles from every part of the UK and Ireland, remains fully available, while our Library has access to a wealth of newspaper resources online, most notably Nexis UK, as well as the electronic archives of individual papers such as the Guardian & Observer, The Times & Sunday Times, and the Daily Mail Archive, all accessible through Library Catalogue Plus.
For further details and updates on the move, visit the British Library’s ‘Help for Researchers’ page here.
To celebrate Open Access Week (21st-27th October) Taylor & Francis are currently waiving APCs (Article Processing Charges) for authors submitting papers for publication in the following Open Access journals:
Development Studies Research
Economics and Finance Research
Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews
Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials
Journal of Organic Semiconductors
Production and Manufacturing Research
Systems Science & Control Engineering
Urban, Planning and Transport Research
Papers submitted to these journals from 21st October until 20th November will be able to publish on an Open Access basis free of charge. For further details of this offer please click on this link.
For more information on Open Access please visit the Library web pages at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/research/openaccess/
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 Library Research Support Team in association with the academic publisher Elsevier is hosting an event that should interest all PhD students and researchers, as well as anyone else with an interest in the scholary communication, next Wednesday 25th September.
Presented by Keith de Blanger, Elsevier’s executive publisher, this 90-minute course is part of the Elsevier Publishing Connect Workshop series. During the session you can learn invaluable insights into the publishing process that will enable you to be more confident as an author in the world of science publishing, and will ultimately help you to get your papers published more easily.
The workshop is being held in room CC 0.11 in the James France Building between 10AM-11.30AM. The session will be followed immediately afterwards by a 30 minute presentation on how to get the best use out of the Scopus database and the referencing software Mendeley.
To book a place on this course, and for further details, follow this link:
Loughborough University’s Institutional Repository may be subject to disruptions in service on Friday 2nd August. This is due to a software upgrade.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this essential work.
The Library building may be closed for the summer, but the Library staff haven’t shut up shop! As such we’d like to cordially invite you to join us ‘on the road’ for another series of our ever popular ‘Elevenses’ mini-workshops which we’ll be running every Wednesday at 11AM this July.
The sessions will provide the latest information on a variety of research-centred topics and are aimed at academics, research staff and postgraduate research students. The following topics will be covered:
- ResearchGate- - Good, bad or…?
- LinkedIn – Can it help?
- Career Health Check
- Twitter – To tweet, or not to tweet?
As the Library is currently ‘on tour’, the Careers and Employability Service are kindly helping us to provide these sessions, which will be held in the Manzoni Building in K1.23. Each slot is a manageable coffee-break-sized 30 minutes – just enough time for a breather before you return to your desk refreshed and informed!
To find more information, including links to the booking system, please see the Library’s list of workshops.