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The future of academic books

A long awaited report from the Academic Book of the Future project was released last week. The Times Higher reported its findings showed there was an “existential crisis" of academic books. Read it here.

Actually it’s a more subtle piece of work than that, and well worth reading. Its particular helpful in providing data on sales figures. The report also provides a good overview of the technical difficulties facing libraries and publishers, in a mixed economy of print and e-books.
Aprevious report, which examined the books submitted to the humanities panels in REF 2014, is also worth looking at.
The following highlights may be of interest to academic authors:  Retail sales are declining, but more titles are being published.In the UK from 2005 to 2014, sales of academic titles fell by 13%. However, the number of individual titles rose by 45%. Sales per title were down from 100 to 60 (p.131.) So not good news if you’re expecting to sell lots of copies of you book, but publishers ar…
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Latest Journal Impact Factors (2016) now available

What is a Journal Impact Factor? An impact factor is a measurement looking at the average number of citations articles in a particular journal receives. 
It is calculated by:
The number of times that all items published in a journal in the previous two years (e.g. 2014 & 2015) were cited by indexed publications during the year of interest (e.g. 2016)
divided by
The total number of "citable items" published by that journal in those two years (e.g. 2014 & 2015)
Finding a Journal Impact FactorGo to Journal Citation ReportsStart typing the name of the journal and choose from the list that appears:

Remember - not all journals are indexed by the Journal Citation Reports, so not all journals have an impact factor. You will then see the Journal Profile, which includes the Impact Factor:
 Find the highest impact journal in your areaClick on Journals By RankClick 'Select Category' and select the subject area closet to your own:Click Submit at the bottom of the screen.Scr…

Focus on Publishing Day - Wednesday 14 June

Next Wednesday 14 June will be the Focus on Publishing Day for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. 

This event provides briefings on key trends in academic publishing, and advice from experts on the publishing process. We are particularly lucky to have commissioning editors from two of the major monograph publishers with us. 

There are still places left if you would like to attend. Sign up here.

Finding Conference Papers

Tips for University of Leicester ResearchersConference papers can be tricky to find as there is no standard way of publishing or indexing them. They might be published as online conference papers, as articles within a journal or as books of conference proceedings.

Databases that contain full text conference papers The databases listed below can be found by visiting our A-Z of Databases pages or the My Subject pages on the library homepage. Library All Search includes conference papers from a number of sources. You can filter your search results by conference proceeding.ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) Digital Library includes access to some of their conference proceedings. Search the ACM Digital Library site to check for access.IEEE Xplore Digital Library (IEEE/IET Electronic Library) includes the full text of all IEEE and IET conferences from 1988 onwards.ERIC(Educational Resources Information Center) includes access to the full text of s…

Graduate School Events coming up

The return of two great events run by the Graduate School. First, at the end of May we have the 3 Minute Thesis Competition. Watch as Leicester research students try to present their manga opera in under 3 minutes. if you would like to attend please reserve your place.

At the end of June we have The Festival of Postgraduate Research. This is always a fun event, where 50 PhD students present their work in a poster session. The best posters will receive prizes from the judges. No booking required, just turn up on the day. 

When should you upgrade to new RefWorks?

RefWorks allows you to manage all the references you have used in your assignments or research.
New RefWorks Users Create and organise a library of references that you can access via the webStore and annotate the PDFs of articlesImport references from bibliographic databases and other information sourcesCite while you write using add-in Word/Google Docs featuresAutomatically create bibliographies If you have never used RefWorks then see our Getting Started Online Tutorial
Existing RefWorks UsersWhy should you upgrade to new RefWorks? New RefWorks has lots of extra features: Store, view and annotate PDFsTag your referencesQuick Cite functionSave to RefWorks browser buttonWord 2016 citation toolbar (Add-In)Google Docs citation toolbar (Add-In)When should you upgrade to new RefWorks?We had previously advised people to upgrade by September 2017 - this advice has now changed:

New RefWorks and legacy RefWorks will now both be available to use during the 2017/18 academic year to allow you to up…

Databases for literature reviews

A common question we are asked by people doing literature reviews is: which database should I use?

Google Scholar is good for finding specific articles, including grey literature. But it has limited functionality if you want to build a more advanced search, or extract lots of results at once. 

So we would recommend using a literature database designed for you subject. Not every subject has a good database, but many do. Below are a selection, you cna find more resources at the My Subject pages. For further information on doing a literature search see our advice here.
ArchaeologyBritish and Irish Archaeological Bibliography (BIAB)
Biological Sciences and Medicine

MedlinePubMed Criminology
Criminal Justice Abstracts
British Education Index (BEI)Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC)
IEEE/IET Electronic LibraryHistory 
Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)Historical Abstracts
Literature and Languages
ABELL:Annual Bibliography of English Languag…