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UK Universities and Elsevier negotiations: July update Sector negotiations UK Universities, which includes the University of Leicester, on behalf of their researchers, are currently negotiating for an open access (OA) agreement with Elsevier. The two core objectives are: To reduce costs to levels they can sustain To provide full and immediate open access to UK research. Negotiations commenced in March and the negotiations are led by the sector and facilitated by Jisc. Jisc have produced a useful video , outlining the current open access (OA) publishing environment and the role of transitional/transformative agreements in accelerating access to research. The current Jisc Collections Elsevier ScienceDirect Journal agreement, which commenced in 2017 will end on 31 December 2021 and is the UK's largest subscription agreement.   The background to the Elsevier ScienceDirect journals agreement sector negotiations and why they are important can be found on the Jisc Elsevier negotiations
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Wiley Read and Publish agreement: eligibility restrictions on OA publishing from 01 July 2021

UPDATE: from 1 July 2021 the Wiley Read and Publish agreement will be limited to UKRI, Wellcome Trust and former COAF funded research articles only. This is due to an article cap and temporary restrictions on the Wiley Open Access Accounts put in place by Jisc and Wiley. The University of Leicester is a participating Jisc  member institution of this transitional open access agreement and we will provide further updates if there is any change in eligibility criteria later in the year. This current restriction will last until 01st January 2022 , when the 2022 funds will be made available. So which Leicester authors are eligible from 01st July 2021? Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Leicester who are funded by UKRI, Wellcome, British Heart Foundation, and Cancer Research UK are eligible. They are able to  publish their research and review articles immediately as open access (OA) in over 1,400 hybrid open access journals and  230+ fully open access journals. Wiley pr

Search Tips: Truncation Searching and Using Wildcard Symbols

  When you're doing a literature search there may be lots of variations of words you want to search on, to ensure you're finding all the different ways someone may have written about a topic. Truncation searching and using wildcards helps you to search for word variations without having to type in every single variations yourself. These techniques only work in specialist literature databases that support truncation or wildcards. Search engines such as Google and Google Scholar do not support these options. Some databases do automatically look for variations in spellings and the singular/plural of words, but you can ensure they are doing this by using the tips below: Truncation Searching If you want to search on the plural, singular and other variations of the same word you can use truncation: exercise* = will find exercise, exercises, exercising, exercised Do not truncate too early in a word – e.g. exer* = would find the above but also exercycle, exergonic, exertion, and other

Search Tips: Phrase Searching and Proximity Searching

Phrase searching Normally when you put two words into a database search it will find those two words anywhere in the title/abstract/keywords: It will do an AND search = diabetes AND mellitus If you want to force the database to do a phrase search then enclose it in “speech marks” “diabetes mellitus” = those words next to each other, in that order Most of the main literature databases we subscribe to at the University of Leicester support phrase searching using speech marks, as do the search engines Google and Google Scholar. However, Scopus treats phrases in "speech marks" as loose phrases, so to do an exact phrase search in Scopus use {curly brackets} around the phrase instead. Extra Tip: Make sure when typing in speech marks that you use the double speech mark symbol " rather than typing in two apostrophes. Proximity (Adjacency) Searching Finds one keyword within a specified number of words of the other, in any order: Diabetes ADJ4 “Type 2” = will find Diabetes withi

Comparing Journals using Scopus

 We highly recommend using the ThinkCheckSubmit guidelines when choosing a journal to submit to. However, if you have a handful of target journals you might find it useful to compare then using the journal metrics available via Scopus.  University of Leicester staff and students can access Scopus via the A-Z of databases . Overview of Journals Metrics in Scopus This video tutorial from Scopus gives you an overview of the journal metrics available in Scopus , such as CiteScore (their version of an impact factor), citations by year etc.  Comparing Journals in Scopus This video tutorial from Scopus shows you how you can compare several journals based on their journal metrics, and other information, such as how many review articles they publish. Please note that the Compare Sources option is now found on the top right of the Advanced Document Search page. If Compare Sources is not visible try setting your browser to 80-90% zoom.

How to request a book using our postal loan service

We have now extended the postal loan service to all students and staff. To order books, first do a search in the main Library catalogue: Once the search results loads, login to your account if you have not already done so (top right, using IT username and password)   Then click on the title of the book you want. In the new details page, click on ‘Request’. (You will also see an option to request a digitisation of a chapter.) Fill in the details as appropriate and then choose REQUEST, which sends the details to our team.   If you have any questions, please email us on   

Finding Health & Medicine Research from around the World

When looking for health and medicine research it is very easy to stick to the well known databases. However, they don't always cover research from all countries, so if you want search in a more diverse range of databases here are some others you could try: Global Index Medicus "The Global Index Medicus (GIM) provides worldwide access to biomedical and public health literature produced by and within low-middle income countries. The main objective is to increase the visibility and usability of this important set of resources. The material is collated and aggregated by WHO Regional Office Libraries on a central search platform allowing retrieval of bibliographical and full text information." African Journals Online "African Journals OnLine (AJOL) is an online service to provide access to African-published research, and increase worldwide knowledge of indigenous scholarship." SciELO Citation Index "Provides scholarly literature in sciences, social sciences, and