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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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Library publishing services

The Library offers several services to help you publish and disseminate your research. We can help you publish reports, journals and conference proceedings. We also support the publishing of digital collections.

Research publications The Library can help you to publish one-off reports in an open access format. See this example from the SAPPHIRE Group in Health Sciences.  If you want to start a new open access journal or conference proceedings, we have our own version of Open Journal Systems (OJS). This is journal management and publishing platform for academic publications. Articles published through this system are free to any reader, and no APCs are charged to authors. 
Please contact Library Research Services for more information:

Digital collections Some researchers will be collecting materials as part of a project, and may want to publish them online. The Library supports two platforms to do this: is an easy to use platform for creating websites to d…

Finding our training

I had some feedback last week that searching PROSE is not the easiest way to find out what library training is on offer.

We sympathise with you! An alternative is to look at the list of training on our Researchers page

Or you can look at brand new guide to the Postgraduate Researcher Workshop Programme

If you have any questions about the training please email Selina or myself:

Round-up of Elevenses Recordings

Throughout July we ran a series of short talks about issues of interest to researchers. If you missed them you can now watch the recordings:

Discovering the University’s unique archives An overview of what archives are and give an overview of the archives held by the University of Leicester library.Watch the webinar

Publishing your own Open Access journal The Library has developed an online publishing platform (Open Journals System) that enables researchers at Leicester to set up and run their own open access journals.  This session offers an overview of the platform and what you need to consider before launching your own title.
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Finding datasets for research One of the most common enquiries from researchers is “Where can I find data on my topic?”  This session provides advice on how to find datasets for your research. We will cover a range of subject areas, and also look at the specialist resources to which the Library provides access.
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