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Raising your profile in Web of Science

This month, Research England revealed Clarivate Analytics™ as the company who will be supplying assessment panels with citation data for REF2021. The announcement marks a change from REF2014 when the data was provided by Clarivate's rival, Elsevier.

What does this mean for REF? We know from previous guidance still out for consultation (REF 2018/01 Section 281) that some panels will consider the number of times an item has been cited to aid their assessment of that output for the REF.  We now know the source of that data provided will be ISI Web of Science™ (WoS), a product owned by Clarivate Analytics™.

We know that one source cannot tell the whole story about a research output, which is why panels will still use expert peer review as their primary means of assessment. However, for those disciplines where citation information is considered to be well represented in WoS, (namely Main Panels A and B) it will be in the interest of those authors to ensure data about their outputs is …

Thesis submissions for the January 2019 Graduation

Submission Information For all PGRs wishing to submit their thesis in time to take part in the January 2019 Graduation Ceremony.

In order to be eligible for the January Graduation - the Doctoral College Office have set a deadline of 5pm on the 10th December 2018 for doctoral students to make their final thesis submission to the library.

In order to qualify for the January 2019 graduation ceremony you must submit to the Library:

An electronic copy of their thesis, as a PDF fileThis can be emailed to or sent through FileDrop

A completed and signed copy of the thesis Final Submission FormThis can be handed in at the library reception desk or scanned and emailed to
A single hard bound copy of the thesisThis can be delivered to the reception desk in person or to the library by Print ServicesFrom now until 10th December 2018 we can accept proof that the hard bound thesis has been ordered from print services to be delivered directly to the library, even though …

EndNote Online and Windows 7

Information for Staff using EndNote Online and Windows 7University of LeicesterIT are currently moving all PCs from Windows 7 to Windows 10. This is happening in phases and not all staff PCs have been moved onto Windows 10 yet. This affects users of EndNote: when you move to Windows 10 you will be upgraded to a newer version of EndNote - X8. Those using Windows 7 will stay on EndNote X7 for now.

We recommend that staff users of EndNote consider moving to Windows 10 soon. This is because from 31st December 2018 the space available in EndNote Online accounts to user of EndNote X7 will become limited. The online allocation will change from 'unlimited' to 50,000 references and 2GB of attachments. (Note: this does not affect desktop storage). 

Therefore, we recommend moving to Windows 10 and EndNote X8, as your EndNote Online unlimited storage will be maintained. 

To move to Windows 10, please contact ITS to request to upgrade.

Open Access is only part of the picture

Open Access Week has traditionally focussed on Open Access to publications, which has been a catalyst to address the transformation of scholarly communication more broadly.
Our OA Week celebrations included a screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, a very insightful film that reminds us why so many people across the globe believe what a difference Open Access will make to knowledge, getting us closer to an equal society. Many significant figures from the OA movement are included in the film, and it struck me that some are willing the discussion to broaden out, to transform other aspects of research in need of also being open. Terms used to capture the broader need for openness beyond publications include Open Science / Open Knowledge / Open Research. In the interest of keeping this post as inter-disciplinary as possible I'm going to opt for using the phrase Open Research here.

Those who have stepped one foot into a University or research environment knows that there i…