Open access publishers: separating the wheat from the chaff

With the increased push to publish in open access (OA) journals, academics are often asking how to rate the quality of an open access journal – especially as many such publications are new and have no impact factors yet.  Unfortunately, many organisations are jumping on the OA bandwagon and are trying to cash in on academics’ need to publish by setting up low-quality OA journals.  We came across this list of “suspect” OA Publishers, and thought it might be a useful starting point.  If you want any further advice on choosing where to publish, please speak to your Academic Librarian.

Tea and Google Scholar?

Tomorrow sees the launch of a new venture for the Library – our Research Summer School!  Called “Summer Elevenses!”, we’re offering a cuppa, a slice of cake, and a morsel of research training every Wednesday at 11 over the summer.  Each session is only 30 minutes – so won’t take a lot out of your busy schedule.

On Wednesday 11 July, Helen Young will be introducing Google Scholar Citation Profiles to anyone who wants to improve their visibility.  Pop along to Library Training Room 1 and say hello!

Who's been reading your books??

We all know how to find out who’s been reading our journal articles via journal citation tools, but now we can do the same with our books!  For a short time only the Library has obtained a free trial to Web of Science’s Book Citation Index.  

There are two databases: the Science and Social Science & Humanities Citation Indices, but you can search them both together.  On there you will currently find 657 books or chapters written by Loughborough authors and they have 525 citations between them (accumulating from 2007 onwards).  Somewhat suprisingly, whilst the book is principally our Social Sciences and Humanities friends’ dissemination medium of choice, only two of our top 20 most-cited titles are SSH-related. 

To access the trial for yourself, please go to  Select the Web of Science tab and use the databases limiters at the bottom of the screen to limit your search to the Book Citation Index of your choice.

 Feedback most welcome to your Academic Librarian.

Its official! Librarians make a significant contribution to R&D

A piece of research done by the publishing giant, Elsevier, has shown that “among researchers who work with librarians, 90% believe librarians make significant contributions to their R&D efforts.”  The sorts of activities they value include:

  • Locating specialized information researchers have difficulty finding 59%
  • Organising a firm’s internal documents for use by researchers 53%
  • Connecting researchers with the correct/most applicable resources 45%
  • Suggesting print resources not available electronically 42%
  • Saving significant search time for researchers, making them more productive 42%

Read the full report for yourself and talk to your Academic Librarian today about how they can make a significant contribution to your research!

Researchers – do you need an information M.O.T.?

Is your knowledge of social media a bit rusty?  Does your brain start making clanking noises when asked to work out your h-index?  It may be that you need an information M.O.T.! 

At the Research Staff Conference last week, the Library had a stand offering research students and staff the opportunity to have an check-up with their Academic Librarian to talk about research support issues such as:

  • Finding information; current awareness services; bibliographic software packages    
  • Seeking funding sources, citation information for grant proposals
  • Undertaking research using social media tools; research data management
  • Choosing scholarly journals to publish in; using bibliometrics; open access publishing; social media options.

If you’d like to arrange a 1:1 with your Academic Librarian, please either contact them directly, or email

Do books have a future? You decide…

Humanities and social science researchers – can you spare twenty minutes to help unearth the future of the monograph? You could win one of several £100 Amazon vouchers by completing the OAPEN-UK Researcher Survey at

 OAPEN-UK is an Arts and Humanities Research Council and JISC funded project exploring the issues impacting upon the publishing of scholarly monographs in the humanities and social sciences (HSS). The project is working with various stakeholders to move towards an open access publishing model for scholarly monographs. Further information on OAPEN-UK is available on the project website:

If you’d like any further information, please contact Ellen Collins (

Are you up to speed with research data management?

All the UK Research Councils – as well as other funders – are now asking researchers to provide evidence of the ways they intend to manage and protect the research data they generate.  If this leaves you cold, you may welcome the warm support of MANTRA an online course aimed at PhD students and others who are planning a research project using digital data.  You may also find the information on the Library’s Research Support web pages useful.

Good luck!

Claim your research papers! New Citation Tool from Google

 Google have introduced a new gadget called Google Scholar Citations.  This allows you to ‘claim’ your research papers via Google Scholar and create a citation profile for yourself.  You can merge duplicate records, and delete erroneous ones.  Your profile will then appear when someone searches for you on Google.  It will provide citation data (your h-index, and cites per paper) and of course, links to the papers themselves if available on open access, thus (hopefully) resulting in more citations!

Go claim your work!

I say, I say, I say…

help, question mark, support iconQ: What have “Information theory”, “Electro-static discharge”, and “Intelligent signal processing” all got in common?

A: They are all fabulous new electronic book titles recently purchased by your info-savvy colleagues up here in the Library!

Yes, we have just put in our order for a job lot over 400 hot e-book titles from IEEE-Wiley.  Watch this space for news of when you can log on to your next spot of bed-time  e-reading…