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Next Elevenses: Alternative Book Publishing

Our next Elevenses is on alternative book publishing with Professor Martin Parker from the School of Business. The rising price of academic books have led some authors to explore alternative ways of publishing. This talk will look at the experiences of authors who have published with small presses, experimented with new forms or self-published their work. All welcome. The webinar link is: https://connect.le.ac.uk/altbookpub


Martin Parker's co-authored book Daniel Defoe and the Bank of England: The Dark Arts of Projectorswas published by Zero Press, a new alternative publisher. 

Recording of this, and previous talks, will be available on this blog next week. 

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Listen again: Software sustainability for open scholarship

If you didn't make it to Grant Denkinson's talk on Software sustainability for Open Scholarship, you can now listen again via this link:https://connect.le.ac.uk/p3g2byx97a3/


Next week's talk is about Humanities Commons, the new academic networking website from the Modern Languages Association. All welcome, and there is no need to book: please just turn up on the day. 



If you can't make it in person, the webinar link is: https://connect.le.ac.uk/humanitiescommons


And a recording will be made available on this blog at the end of next week.

Research Elevenses in July

New ‘Research Elevenses’ for July
This July we are running a series of 30 minute talks on key issues for Leicester researchers. There’s no need to book - just turn up! Refreshments provided too!
If you are off-campus you can join in live via Adobe Connect. A recording of each session will be made available after the event.
Tuesday 11th July 11am, Fielding Johnson South Wing, Ogden Lewis Seminar Suite 3 Software sustainability for open scholarship
Grant Denkinson
The global movement towards open access has led to sharing publications with the world and increasingly sharing some research data.  For some, the method and process of research is encoded in software. How do we pass on that knowledge too?
Whether you have written a couple of lines of scripts or a few macros to make manipulate your data or whether you are part of a consortium of programmers developing a package widely used in your field you may be thinking of reusing your code in the future or sharing it with colleagues.
This sess…

Opening up and sharing research data

In July 2016, a multi-stakeholder group published The Concordat on Open Research Data providing practical principles for working with research data for researchers, institutions, and research funders'. The Concordat states that:
"...combining research publications with their data will help drive transparency, improve co-operation and strengthen the UK’s position as a global science leader." 

This week the first report of The Open Research Data Taskforce was published: Research data infrastructures in the UK: Landscape Report and it provides some really useful background on the drivers for opening up research data outputs, the role of publishers and research funder, as well as some of the benefits of sharing research data.

However, what really interested me was some of the challenges that the report outlined, in particular around the behavioural and cultural issues around  research data sharing. Topics covered include the slow take-up of research data services and support…

We're changing from the Graduate School Reading Room to DWLresearch

Why are we changing names?
We've changed our name because the Graduate School is becoming the Doctoral College and so the Graduate School Reading Room will also be changing it's name.

We also thought that the Graduate School Reading Room no longer reflects who posts to this blog and what we post about.

Are we changing what we do?
No, we'll still be blogging and tweeting about all the things we think might be useful and of interest to researchers.

However, more members of the team will be contributing to the blog so there will be more posts on a wider range of subjects.

Our new focus is
We are the David Wilson Library Research Services Team. Helping researchers with everything from literature searching to open research to publication impact. Blogging and tweeting items of interest to PGRs, ECRs and researchers.

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…

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…