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Remaining research skills training this term!

The sun is shining, exams are starting, marking is overflowing, but there is still time to improve your research skills by attending one of the upcoming sessions this term.

All sessions are bookable on PROSE unless stated otherwise.

Wednesday 22nd May, 10:00-11:30, ATT 212
Choosing where to publish. 
This session will help you:

Gain an overview of the publishing landscape for researchersLearn about the tools available for evaluating journals and publishersPractice selecting journals and developing a publishing strategy.Book via PROSE
Thursday 23rd May, 10:00-12:00 Finding Grey Literature This session will help you: Use Google search advanced commands effectivelyFind PhD theses, conference papers, reports, and government publications as they relate to your research area.Revise your literature search plan to include grey sources.Book via Researcher Development website
Friday 24th May, 10:00-11:00, ATT 001 What does Open Access look like in Science, Engineering and Life Sciences? This session wi…
Recent posts

Rewards and Incentives for Open Research

At the time of writing this post, the count of organisations signed up to the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) is 1,347. Results of the LIS-Bibliometrics 2018 Responsible Metrics State-of-the-Art survey showed a rise of engagement with DORA over a four-year period of annual surveys. But what is being assessed, and does this marry with what early career researchers are doing in the realms of Open Research? In his interesting blog post this week, Stephen Curry captures the essence of the conversation being had in many parts of the academic community at the moment - 
" The community as a whole is still wrestling with the difficulty of balancing quantitative and qualitative aspects of assessment. The rapidly increasing scale of the research ecosystem, the diversification of outputs, and the different norms that adhere to different disciplines give quantitative indicators a lasting appeal. They seem to simplify the task of assessment in many ways, particularly for those oper…

What's in the local history collections?

The University of Leicester Library holds one of the largest local history collections in the country. But what's actually in the collections and how can you use them?  

As part of Local History Month, I thought we would give an overview of our print collections in the main library. This is intended as a draft of a more permanent and detailed guide. 

The first thing to emphasise is that we collect on all the historic counties of England (and London). We have more titles on Yorkshire, for example, than we do on Leicestershire.  This follows the comparative approach of the Centre for English Local History. We also hold many works relating to landscape history and topography, another strength of the Leicester tradition. 
The main collection is on floor 3 of the David Wilson Library. It contains around 37, 000 titles. We hold major reference works, printed primary sources, monographs, finding aids and bibliographies, maps and ephemera. And a lot of directories...

The collection begins wit…

How can open access help PhD students?

This month, Library Research Services are running a series of talks on open access for PhD Students. We will look at how open access policy and practice can help you share and promote your research.  There are three informal talks, one for each College. All PhD students are welcome to attend. For further details, and to sign up, please visit PROSE.

What does open access look like in Humanities and Social Sciences?15 May, 10:00 - 11:00
Room 001, Attenborough Building

What can open access do for you? In this session we will look at the current state of open access in Humanities and Social Sciences. There will be a particular focus on tools and services that can increase the visibility and reach of your research.

What does open access look like in Science and Engineering?24 May, 10:00 - 11:00
Room 001, Attenborough Building

The open science movement encourages scientists to make their publications, data and other research outputs openly and freely available. This supports the idea that scienc…

Event report: MERCIAN Research Data Management (RDM): skills to support RDM

The Mercian Collaboration RDM Special Interest Group exists to provide local and regional support and a forum for exchanging experiences and challenges in providing RDM services and tools. We hold two face to face events/workshops a year, and last month we held a successful and well-attended event which focussed on the skills required to support RDM in University libraries, explored the different channels and opportunities for professional development in this area of research service activity, as well as ideas on how we collaborate with other colleagues and stakeholders within our institutions.

The event was focussed on the skills needed to support RDM in University libraries as well as examples of professional development and collaboration with colleagues in library services. The event was held at the University of Birmingham main library and many thanks to Patricia (RDM SIG member) for hosting, organising, and facilitating such an interesting event and in such a wonderful location.

Open Access: service planning and increasing advocacy and engagement

Working in the area of open access within an institutional setting is at times challenging, frustrating and yet immensely rewarding. This morning we processed an invoice for £4, 440, the cost for publishing one article via GOLD open access, the publisher Article Processing Charge (APC). The nature of our work means we do this very often, as we allocate funds from our UKRI OA block grant and the COAF fund.

Our research services team have recently been spending some time thinking about our OA service priorities and activities, naturally OA compliance and REF being our highest priority. Our open access website contains guidance for our community at Leicester, where we try to make the process as simple as possible, to comply with both funder and institutional OA expectations. We have a very busy helpdesk, do a significant amount of OA advocacy, embed OA training into the researcher development programme, and are currently in the process of migrating the Leicester Research Archive from its…

Open access publishing in medicine and health: deciding where to publish

by: Keith Nockels
Academic Librarian
Many research funders require you to publish the work they fund as an open access article (check SHERPA/JULIET to see if your funder does). Open access articles are freely available to all readers, with no need for a subscription or payment. This makes your work more widely available, and may increase its citation count. In the traditional publishing model, the reader pays a subscription, or a fee to download an individual article. In the open access model, the reader pays nothing. To discuss how open access affects you as an author, and whether you will need to pay a fee, contact us for advice.

There are many reputable open access publishers, and many reputable “traditional” publishers offer an open access option.  But publishing has a bad side too. There are publishers who charge a fee, promise great things, and deliver little. Some of them solicit articles by emailing people directly.     I sometimes get emails, inviting me to write an article. Ala…