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New Software for Library Journal Publishing?

A few weeks ago the Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) released an open source, test version of Janeway, the software they have developed for publishing journals.

At Leicester, we use a version of Open Journal System (OJS) to publish several journals associated with academic departments. 

OJS is widely used by libraries who support journal publishing. In the UK, Aberdeen, Kent and UCL all use it. It fair to say that many users have a love/hate relationship with it. Editors and reviewers, in particular, find the 'back end' difficult to use.

The release of Janeway, therefore, sparked our interest. From a readers' point of view, OLH journals have always looked attractive and felt easy to navigate. More than that, the release felt like another step towards a more coordinated open access publishing infrastructure. A clearer division of labour emerging where OLH concentrate on 'flipping' subscription journals to OA, and individual libraries concentrate on supporting exist…

The FAIR Data principles: free national workshops for researchers

If you are a researcher in the biological sciences, chemistry, digital humanities and sociology the UK Data Service and Jisc would like to invite you to participate in one of several focus groups exploring the use of FAIR data principles within UK academic research.

Two free to attend workshops will be held in September, one in London and the other in Newcastle.

What is meant by the FAIR Data Principles?
FAIR refers to a set of guiding principles developed by a group of international stakeholders which proposes that scholarly outputs should be:


Findable: easy to find for both humans and computers, with metadata that facilitate searching for specific datasetsAccessible: stored for long term so that they can easily be accessed and/or downloaded with well-defined license and access conditions (open access when possible), whether at the level of metadata, or at the level of the actual dataInteroperable: ready to be combined with other datasets by humans or computersReusable: ready to be used…

Lots of new resources for historians

The University of Leicester Library has recently extended some of our digital collections, that might be of interest to historians:
Grand Tour Online Primary sources on travel writing of the "Grand Tour" of Europe between 1550 and 1850
Jacoby Online An ancient history database: texts of ancient Greek historians including Brill’s New Jacoby and Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker or Fragments of the Greek Historians (FGrHist) Parts I-V
JustisOne A law database: full-text historic UK and Irish legislation from 1235, and links to full-text case law from other legal providers
State Papers Online State Calendars and Papers from both the Tudor (1509-1603) and Stuart (1603-1714) periods
The Times of India
Online archive of key colonial newspaper from 1838 to 2007

The Library and the Centre for Local History have also teamed up to create a new resource:
Centre for English Local History Thesis Collection Makes available the theses completed by students at the Centre for English Local …

Shut Up & Write! Events

Make a date with your writing and join us for distraction-free writing sessions in person or online.
Working on a thesis, journal article or book chapter?
Need some distraction-free writing time?

Library Research Services are running Shut Up & Write! sessions for researchers.
Tuesday mornings 10am-12noon.
15th, 22nd, 29th August (Physics Ground Floor LR LTD) and 5th September (Archaeology Ground Floor SR1).
Session outline: 10am: Arrival & Prep 10.15am: Write 11am: Break & Refreshments 11.15am: Write 12noon: End
There is no need to book, just bring your laptop, pad & pen, or preferred writing tools!
If you can’t join us in person then join us online via https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/ef24ea4a82934bc0b630a85859eab9f8

Any questions, please email Selina Lock: stl5@le.ac.uk

*Please be aware that these events are not aimed at providing writing help or advice. Please see the University Research Writing pages for more information on how to write a thesis.