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How effective is our research data management (RDM) training?

Benchmarking RDM Training The University of Leicester research data service is involved in an international collaborative project which aims to assess and benchmark the quality of RDM training across institutions.This blog post reports on the progress of the international project so far, it originally appeared on the project blogon 6th October 2017.  Remember, you can sign up for one of our generic or discipline-specific 2017/2018 introduction to RDM training sessions here. We look forward to seeing you.
How effective is your RDM training? Collaborators (in alphabetical order by surname): Cadwallader Lauren, Higman Rosie, Lawler Heather, Neish Peter, Peters Wayne, Schwamm Hardy, Teperek Marta, Verbakel Ellen, Williamson, Laurian, Busse-Wicher Marta When developing new training programmes, one often asks oneself a question about the quality of training. Is it good? How good is it? Trainers often develop feedback questionnaires and ask participants to evaluate their training. However, feedba…

PGR & Staff Training for the Autumn Term

As usual the Library is providing a raft of training and workshops during Autumn term, as part of the Researcher Development program:
Planning your literature searchConducting your literature searchIntroduction to EndNoteIntroduction to RefWorksAdvanced literature searchingVisualising your dataSearch strategies for systematic reviewsTools for note takingFinding grey literaturePlanning lit search (online)Conducting lit search (online)Research Data ManagementCopyright and your thesisAdvanced EndnoteClick on the link to book your place. Those without links can be booked via PROSE.
If you cannot make a training session you are interested in then book a 1to1 appointment (in person or online) by emailing librarians@le.ac.uk
We also have online training resources for literature searching, EndNote and RefWorks.
New PhD Students: Introduction to the Library, reference management, and research dataAre you new to the University of Leicester library? If you would like to find out more about the Libra…

Changes to Google Scholar

Just in time for the start of term, Google Scholar has changed its design and layout. Further details are here

There is nothing substantially new, but the settings and the advanced search have moved to the ‘drawer icon’ in the top left. 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to  search for scholarly literature - particularly journal articles. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions (USA only), from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
It is also good at taking you straight to a pdf copy, where it can. If you are off-campus, we recommend that you change the settings so that Scholar knows you are from the University of Leicester. Go to Settings, then click on Library links. Type "University of Leicester" and click search. Tick all the options that appear and then click Save. This will increase the number of articles you can access. 

Welcome events for new PhD Students

The new academic year starts next week. We would like to welcome all new PhD students to Leicester, and all returning ones too. We hope you enjoy your time here. 


There will be two events introducing the Library and its services for new research students (details below.) We look forward to meeting many of you then, or at other events this term. If you have any questions, please email: librarians@le.ac.uk 
PhD Students: Introduction to the Library, reference management, and research dataAre you new to the University of Leicester library? If you would like to find out more about the Library and the dedicated support we can provide for researchers, come along to these 30 minute sessions. When Oct 16, 2017
Introduction to the Library - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Introduction to reference management  - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Introduction to research data - 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Where Brookfield 0.27
If you would like to attend please book your place via PROSE.

This event will be repeated on the 25 October in …

EndNote X8

EndNote X8 is being made available on staff and student computers for the 2017/18 academic year.

For staff computers it will be made available to install through the Program Installer. For student computers it will automatically be made available via the Start - All Programs menu.

Remember - the University of Leicester license only allows EndNote X8 to be installed on University owned computers (including University laptops). If you would like to access your references at home then you can sync your EndNote desktop library with EndNote online.

What's new in EndNote X8? If you're an existing EndNote user then check out the 5min video on what's new:




New to using EndNote? Then check out the 5min video on EndNote's main features



You can also find lots more training videos on specific features on the EndNote YouTube Channel.





Data where you might not expect it

Relevant data for research can turn up in some unexpected places. For example, we subscribe to a number of financial databases such as SNL, EIKON and Bloomberg. Their main purpose is to provide financial data on companies, stocks and markets. But to aid the industry analysts who use them, the databases also provide wider macroeconomic and demographic data. They even have information on infrastructure and geography. 


SNL, to focus on one, is strong on US statistics and contains the populations, age structure, household size and incomes, and unemployment rates of US states.

This information can also be mapped, along with:

World airports, cities, ports, railroads, roads and utilitiesReal estate mortgage information across US counties 
Numbers of businesses by NAICS classification. 
Maps created can be exported, like this one of the population density of Houston:





This is a good lesson in going beyond known databases, and using sources against the grain. The full list of statistics databases we …

Want to know if your research has been blogged, tweeted etc?

During the next year we'll be starting to offer more training and advice on traditional publication metrics and atlmetrics. In the meantime there is already a wealth of altmetric data available to University of Leicester staff and researchers.

Almetrics refers to the the alternative ways your research is being referred to. For example, has it been tweeted, blogged, cited in Wikipedia, picked up by news outlets or mentioned on FaceBook?

There are various companies and platforms that are offering data or ways of collating this data. This post will focus on two: PlumX and Altmetric.

Please be aware: Altmetrics is still a new and emerging field and not all research outputs will have altmetrics data.

Altmetrics in Literature Databases You will see the PlumX Metrics icon appearing when you search some of our databases e.g. Scopus and EbscoHost.

For example, this Richard III paper by Turi King et al. - you can see the PlumX Metrics option on the right of the page:


If you click further i…

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…