An exercise in outreach – explaining a mouse penis to the TSA

Be honest – how many of you clicked onto this post just because of the title? (There’s a whole post in that just in itself – how articles with ‘popular’ or eyecatching headlines get more impressions from social media and therefore higher altmetric scores…but that’s a topic for another day.)

This article from The Atlantic, That Time the TSA Found a Scientist’s 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis is an entertaining read just to see the sheer variety of weird and wonderful things that scientists carry on to planes in the name of research. Ancient bones? Check. Bat detecting equipment? Check. Live frogs? Check. But it also raises an interesting point around scientific outreach.

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Rewind: Open Access Week 2016 – Glossary (or, What are all these abbreviations?)

Glossary - OriginalToday’s rewind is the final poster originally created for Open Access Week 2016, but don’t let that make you think it isn’t still relevant. This poster is a glossary of some of the abbreviations and jargon used by the Library Research team every day. What does APC stand for? What is the definition of a ‘research output’? Click on the poster to view it at full size and with links to further information.

There is also a little ‘decipher the code’ quiz in the bottom right corner of the poster to test yourself once you have read it.

Scopus – the citation and abstract database for UWE

Web of Science is being replaced by Scopus – the largest abstract database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings pertaining to science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

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Reproduced with permission from Michaela Kurschildgen, Elsevier

With a user-friendly interface, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research.

Log in via the UWE LIBRARY A-Z index and register on the Scopus webpage to enable personalisation and extra features including:

  • Save search
  • Save to list
  • Export to preferred reference management software
  • Set up alerts to keep track of new publications in your search criteria or follow authors.

With citation information, this database helps users to build on their literature search.

Authors- don’t forget to link your Scopus author profile to your ORCID to increase the visibility of your research and ensure reliable attribution of your work.

If you have any questions about using Scopus, contact the research team for more information.

Termly statistics March-May 2017

“Pie Chart” by Mike Licht is licensed under CC BY 2.0It’s time for the most recent batch of termly statistics about the Research Repository (plus bonus pie chart!)

As of May 2017 there are currently 23,675 live records on the Research Repository. 690 of these were published in 2017.

The UK remains the country downloading the most from the Research Repository, followed by USA and China.

We have had to exclude visitor numbers from the stats as the software we use has decided it hates us. We are investigating alternatives and this should be back for the next report.

UWE Bristol members of staff can access the full statistics document on SharePoint. Please contact the team for any more information or with any suggestions for what you would like to see in future statistics reports.


Image used – “Pie Chart” by Mike Licht is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Our poster!

We don’t get to mess around with crafts enough in the Research team, so when the All Staff Event for library staff required teams to make posters we jumped in with scissors, glue, and lots of black pens. We played around with photoshopping, drew tiny pigeons, and measured very (VERY) precisely in order to create our research ‘advent calendar’ which you can now see in all its glory:

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Hopefully we’ll get the chance to do more creative things like this to share research support more often!

Spotlight: SAM App

SAM app

Today’s spotlight is SAM, the Self-help Anxiety Management app created at UWE Bristol. The app was developed as a tool to help students (and anyone around the world who suffers with anxiety) to manage and better support their anxiety. The app features different tools and activities to help users monitor their anxiety levels and reduce anxiety during an attack.

The Research Repository includes a project report and links to a video summarising the project. There is also a further project report available, which goes into further detail.

The app is available for free for Android and Apple devices, and was declared one of Healthline’s Best Anxiety App winners for 2016.