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New Software for Library Journal Publishing?

A few weeks ago the Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) released an open source, test version of Janeway, the software they have developed for publishing journals.

At Leicester, we use a version of Open Journal System (OJS) to publish several journals associated with academic departments. 

OJS is widely used by libraries who support journal publishing. In the UK, Aberdeen, Kent and UCL all use it. It fair to say that many users have a love/hate relationship with it. Editors and reviewers, in particular, find the 'back end' difficult to use.

The release of Janeway, therefore, sparked our interest. From a readers' point of view, OLH journals have always looked attractive and felt easy to navigate. More than that, the release felt like another step towards a more coordinated open access publishing infrastructure. A clearer division of labour emerging where OLH concentrate on 'flipping' subscription journals to OA, and individual libraries concentrate on supporting exist…

The FAIR Data principles: free national workshops for researchers

If you are a researcher in the biological sciences, chemistry, digital humanities and sociology the UK Data Service and Jisc would like to invite you to participate in one of several focus groups exploring the use of FAIR data principles within UK academic research.

Two free to attend workshops will be held in September, one in London and the other in Newcastle.

What is meant by the FAIR Data Principles?
FAIR refers to a set of guiding principles developed by a group of international stakeholders which proposes that scholarly outputs should be:


Findable: easy to find for both humans and computers, with metadata that facilitate searching for specific datasetsAccessible: stored for long term so that they can easily be accessed and/or downloaded with well-defined license and access conditions (open access when possible), whether at the level of metadata, or at the level of the actual dataInteroperable: ready to be combined with other datasets by humans or computersReusable: ready to be used…

Lots of new resources for historians

The University of Leicester Library has recently extended some of our digital collections, that might be of interest to historians:
Grand Tour Online Primary sources on travel writing of the "Grand Tour" of Europe between 1550 and 1850
Jacoby Online An ancient history database: texts of ancient Greek historians including Brill’s New Jacoby and Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker or Fragments of the Greek Historians (FGrHist) Parts I-V
JustisOne A law database: full-text historic UK and Irish legislation from 1235, and links to full-text case law from other legal providers
State Papers Online State Calendars and Papers from both the Tudor (1509-1603) and Stuart (1603-1714) periods
The Times of India
Online archive of key colonial newspaper from 1838 to 2007

The Library and the Centre for Local History have also teamed up to create a new resource:
Centre for English Local History Thesis Collection Makes available the theses completed by students at the Centre for English Local …

Shut Up & Write! Events

Make a date with your writing and join us for distraction-free writing sessions in person or online.
Working on a thesis, journal article or book chapter?
Need some distraction-free writing time?

Library Research Services are running Shut Up & Write! sessions for researchers.
Tuesday mornings 10am-12noon.
15th, 22nd, 29th August (Physics Ground Floor LR LTD) and 5th September (Archaeology Ground Floor SR1).
Session outline: 10am: Arrival & Prep 10.15am: Write 11am: Break & Refreshments 11.15am: Write 12noon: End
There is no need to book, just bring your laptop, pad & pen, or preferred writing tools!
If you can’t join us in person then join us online via https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/ef24ea4a82934bc0b630a85859eab9f8

Any questions, please email Selina Lock: stl5@le.ac.uk

*Please be aware that these events are not aimed at providing writing help or advice. Please see the University Research Writing pages for more information on how to write a thesis.

Research Elevenses Listen Again

If you missed any of our Research Elevenses this month then you can now watch the recordings - available for anyone to watch:

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 session will introduce a few tips for making your software sustainable and sharable.
Watch Now: https://connect.le.ac.uk/p3g2byx97a3/
Introducing Humanities Commons Dr William Farrell Humanities Commons is the new networking website produced by the Modern Languages Association. Free…

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. 

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…

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

Upcoming Doctoral Inaugural Lectures

College of Science and Engineering
Thursday 11th May 2017 17:00-18:00

More information and book your place.

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Wednesday 24th May 2017, 17:00-18:00 (reception 18:00-19:00) Dr Rebecca Gordon, School of Archaeology and Ancient HistoryFeeding the city: animals, food and city life in post-medieval England (AD1500 -1900) The zooarchaeological enquiry of animals and their products in the post-medieval period has largely been disregarded in British archaeology. Yet, there is a multitude of ways in which animals can inform upon the profound social and economic changes that took place during this era. Animal bones excavated from urban sites were analysed along with zooarchaeological data to understand the transformations in the production and consumption of animals. These investigations showed that innovations in agriculture and the industrialisation of food production had a considerable effect on husbandry regimes, urban provisioning and consumption b…

New term, new workshops

As the summer term starts, so does the Library's training workshops for researchers. Our program covers a range of sessions all related to finding, managing and using information. 

These include:
Planning and conducting a literature searchIntroduction to EndNote and RefWorksLooking after your stuff: research data management and data management plansSearch strategies for systematic reviewsVisualising research dataCopyright and your thesisCommunicating research with comics.You can find further information about all these session (and more) on PROSE.

If you can't make a workshop, you are welcome to see Selina or myself individually. Please email: librarians@le.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.  
Recording of some the workshops will be made available in the Research Essentials Online module in Blackboard

Easter Opening Hours

The Easter Holiday is approaching fast. Below are details of Library opening hours and services over the Easter.
Opening Hours Full details of opening hours are available on the Library website. From Saturday 25 March to Wednesday 19 April we will be open until midnight. On Wednesday 19 April, 24 hour opening will resume.  The Library is closed on the Public Holidays Friday 14 April and Monday 17 April.  On Thursday 13, Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Tuesday 18 April we are open, but with reduced services. LoansStudents and staff may borrow an extra 5 items during the vacation, on request at the Service Desk during staffed service hours. You don’t have to wait until your books are due back, renew them before you leave. To do this online, log into your library account online. If you leave Leicester please respect the request for items to be returned. Held books cannot be renewed, and you will be charged fines. If returning recalled books by post, please use a registered service. In Leicester and n…