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Research bytes and the Open Access Forum

Research Bytes
Research Bytes are part of the Research Festival and are 30 minute updates on key information issues for Leicester researcher.

Monday 31st March - Make your research open access the Green way
Why and how to make your research open access for free. Quickly and easily increase your readership by broadcasting your research with Leicester Research Archive (LRA)

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Tuesday 1st April, 1pm - Publishing in an open access journal
This session explains how to publish your paper in an open access journal and the sources of funding available through the University Library.

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Wednesday 2nd April, 1pm - Journal Impact Factors – use and misuse
The journal impact factor is an iconic symbol.  But what is it, how is it constructed, and how should it be interpreted?

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Thursday 3rd April, 1pm - Don't lose credit for your research!
This session will show you how to actively manage your online identity with the major citation services (Web of Science and Scopus) and make sure you don’t lose credit for your research.

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Friday 4th April, 1pm - Demonstrate your impact with the h-index
The h-index is a new metric that summarises your research impact and productivity.  This session will explain what it means and how you can find yours.
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Open Access Forum
The Open Access Forum is part of the Research Festival and takes place on Friday 4th April at 2pm-3.30pm.

Open Access (OA): Broadcasting your research to make a bigger impact worldwide, keeping your funders and employer happy and putting more of the combined observations, analysis and knowledge of the world at your fingertips ready to build upon. The international Open Access movement has been embraced by UK government and funding councils (including new HEFCE requirements) for both publications and now the data behind them. Come and meet some OA enthusiasts from within the University and influential expert visitors and find out how Open Access might benefit you personally. OA is a great way of increasing the visibility of your research which can lead to new collaborations and impacts.

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Your New Doctoral College Reading Room

The Doctoral College Reading Room, at the front of the first floor of the library, is now designed for use by PGR students and staff only.

The space includes a separate Silent Study area with desks and computers, a quiet area with desks and informal seating, and a bookable group study room.

We would encourage PGR students and staff to make full use of this space.

Masters students now have a separate Graduate Reading Room elsewhere on the first floor.

As part of the new arrangements there is now a Consultation Room, which we are also using for upcoming events, including Shut Up & Write! and Research Data Drop-in Clinics.