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Raising your profile in Web of Science

This month, Research England revealed Clarivate Analytics™ as the company who will be supplying assessment panels with citation data for REF2021. The announcement marks a change from REF2014 when the data was provided by Clarivate's rival, Elsevier.

What does this mean for REF? We know from previous guidance still out for consultation (REF 2018/01 Section 281) that some panels will consider the number of times an item has been cited to aid their assessment of that output for the REF.  We now know the source of that data provided will be ISI Web of Science™ (WoS), a product owned by Clarivate Analytics™.

We know that one source cannot tell the whole story about a research output, which is why panels will still use expert peer review as their primary means of assessment. However, for those disciplines where citation information is considered to be well represented in WoS, (namely Main Panels A and B) it will be in the interest of those authors to ensure data about their outputs is …
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Thesis submissions for the January 2019 Graduation

Submission Information For all PGRs wishing to submit their thesis in time to take part in the January 2019 Graduation Ceremony.

In order to be eligible for the January Graduation - the Doctoral College Office have set a deadline of 5pm on the 10th December 2018 for doctoral students to make their final thesis submission to the library.

In order to qualify for the January 2019 graduation ceremony you must submit to the Library:

An electronic copy of their thesis, as a PDF fileThis can be emailed to or sent through FileDrop

A completed and signed copy of the thesis Final Submission FormThis can be handed in at the library reception desk or scanned and emailed to
A single hard bound copy of the thesisThis can be delivered to the reception desk in person or to the library by Print ServicesFrom now until 10th December 2018 we can accept proof that the hard bound thesis has been ordered from print services to be delivered directly to the library, even though …

EndNote Online and Windows 7

Information for Staff using EndNote Online and Windows 7University of LeicesterIT are currently moving all PCs from Windows 7 to Windows 10. This is happening in phases and not all staff PCs have been moved onto Windows 10 yet. This affects users of EndNote: when you move to Windows 10 you will be upgraded to a newer version of EndNote - X8. Those using Windows 7 will stay on EndNote X7 for now.

We recommend that staff users of EndNote consider moving to Windows 10 soon. This is because from 31st December 2018 the space available in EndNote Online accounts to user of EndNote X7 will become limited. The online allocation will change from 'unlimited' to 50,000 references and 2GB of attachments. (Note: this does not affect desktop storage). 

Therefore, we recommend moving to Windows 10 and EndNote X8, as your EndNote Online unlimited storage will be maintained. 

To move to Windows 10, please contact ITS to request to upgrade.

Open Access is only part of the picture

Open Access Week has traditionally focussed on Open Access to publications, which has been a catalyst to address the transformation of scholarly communication more broadly.
Our OA Week celebrations included a screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, a very insightful film that reminds us why so many people across the globe believe what a difference Open Access will make to knowledge, getting us closer to an equal society. Many significant figures from the OA movement are included in the film, and it struck me that some are willing the discussion to broaden out, to transform other aspects of research in need of also being open. Terms used to capture the broader need for openness beyond publications include Open Science / Open Knowledge / Open Research. In the interest of keeping this post as inter-disciplinary as possible I'm going to opt for using the phrase Open Research here.

Those who have stepped one foot into a University or research environment knows that there i…

Black History Month and Open Access Week with Leicester Research Archive

by: Grant Denkinson
Research Services Consultant

As part of Black History Month and Open Access Week, we took a look in Leicester Research Archive (LRA) for the research and scholarship about Black people that has been published at University of Leicester (UoL) and made available openly to the world. Let's start with some UoL theses which LRA preserves in digital form, including digitised older theses:
Dhia A.H. Aljubouri’s 1972 thesis “The Medieval Idea of the Saracen as illustrated in English Literature, Spectacle and Sport”. A scholarship from the Study Leave Committee of Baghdad University helped give Dr Aljubouri the chance to write on: “Anti-Islamic Polemics and Crusade Propaganda in the Middle Ages”, “The Horrible Saracen” in “the Non-Dramatic Writings in Middle English with particular reference to the Romances” and in “Early English Religious and Folk Drama, Spectacle, and Sport”. Brian George Holder’s thesis, also from 1972, examined the “Politics of Mississippi, 1900-1966”

Open Access, Altmetrics and Citations

Earlier this week I blogged about how Open Access broadens out readership beyond academia and recommended investigating Altmetrics, which offer a really useful insight into the conversations that take place online between audiences. Today's post delves a little deeper into a possible link between Open Access, Altmetrics and citation count.

The correlation of Open Access publication and an increased citation rate has been well-established, from +36% (Biology) to +600% (Agricultural Sciences). It's been interesting since then to observe how the Open Access landscape has evolved to include Altmetrics into the citation equation.
Studies have found a short-term spike in the attention received by articles that have been Tweeted by the journal publisher, others have linked Altmetrics attention to a citation count higher in Open Access (OA) articles than in Non-Open Access (NOA) articles. However, the causality in these cases in unclear: Do OA papers generate more citations because the…

Theses Thursday

Today's post for Open Access Week is in celebration of the Open Access E-theses available from Leicester Research Archive.

University of Leicester Theses have been downloaded 514,259 times from Sep 2017-Sep 2018, making them the most popular collections in the repository by a country mile.

The top three downloaded theses for this period were from the Depts of Media and Communication, Education and Chemistry:

Al-Ahmed, Mohammed S. (1987) Mass media and society: The six normative theories and the role of social, political and economic forces in shaping media institution and content: Saudi Arabia - a case study. Available at: Downloads
Yazigy, Rula Jamil. (1991) Social and psychological factors in learning English as a foreign language in Lebanon. Available at: Downloads:
Abolibda, Tariq Ziyad Y. (2015) Physical and Chemical Investigations of Starch Based Bio-Plastics. Availa…