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Get yourself up to speed on Open Access, Research IDs, Research Data Management & your h-index

Open Scholarship Landscape
Open Access has benefits for you beyond simply meeting HEFCE's requirements and any set by your funder. We show you how to navigate the steps of publishing an article in order to make it Open Access.
Video: Publishing Open Access Talk (23mins)

OA Briefing for Admin Staff
HEFCE's open access policy comes into force on the 1st April 2016 as an absolute condition for papers entered for the next REF. Find out how you can comply - easily - with HEFCE's new requirements.

 Video: Countdown to Open Access Talk (17mins)

How to publish an open access report
The Library can help you publish open access reports. We can advise you on asserting your author copyright and choosing a license. We can assign ISSNs and persistent web addresses for you. 

For help just email

Create a Google Scholar Citation profile
Demonstrate your scholarly impact using citation analysis tools provided by Google.
You can easily track your citations and see who has been using your work.
Create your Google Scholar Profile

You will need a Googlemail email address to create your profile.

Overview of Open Journals Systems at Leicester
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.
Please attend our Elevenses on 13th July:

- 11am, David Wilson Library Seminar Room, Floor 1 or Join the webinar

How to Maximise Your Citation Score
Practical tips to raise your digital visibility and increase your chances of your work being cited

Altmetrics Explained
Altmetrics is an umbrella term for new metrics based on social media engagement. A recent Library webinar provides an overview of this emerging area:
How to Upload Your Manuscripts Using IRIS
Make your publications Open Access through the Leicester Research Archive to ensure that you meet University and HEFCE requirements.

Research Data Management – looking after your ‘stuff’
How to manage your research data safely and effectively.

Please attend our Elevenses on 27th July: 

- 11am, Bennett Lower Ground 5 or Join the webinar
Understanding Your h-index
Counts of citations and papers have limited meaning unless they can be put into some kind of context.  In recent years, the h-index has gained ground as a useful summary of a researcher's productivity and impact.
Open Data and Data Sharing – the benefits and barriers
Within the next couple of years, funders will start to require a data plan and that the data underlying a publication will be available open access. We are currently running an open access data repository pilot to look into the issue.

Please attend our Elevenses on 27th July: 

- 11am, Bennett Lower Ground 5 or Join the webinar

Research Data Management planning – tools and services
Specific information about the planning you need to do to make your life easier and any funder happy - whether bidding, during your research or after it has completed.

Gold Open Access Funds and Publisher Discounts
The Library has negotiated free or heavily discounted Open Access arrangements with several leading publishers.

How to Spot a Predatory Journal
There are unfortunately some rogue open access publishers out there with very low standards. They are listed in Biall's List which is worth checking out if you have any doubts about a publisher's credentials.
Sign up for ORCID
ORCID is your free unique researcher identifier for life.  It allows you to unambiguously associate yourself with your research. ORCID is independent of any employer, funder or commercial concern. It is simple it is to set up and maintain.
Sign up here:

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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:

New RefWorks available now!

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