Meet the team: Library Information Administrator (Repositories)

The blog has been up and running for around eight months now and it’s about time we finally introduced the team behind it. Each person in the Library Research Support team will be writing an introduction in our ‘Meet the team’ series of blog posts. Today we feature…

LisaHello, I’m Lisa! I’m the Repository Administrator for the Research Team, and I’ve been in this role for just under a year now.

My main responsibility is to check every item that comes into the Research Repository review area, before making them live. This involves checking that the metadata has been filled in correctly, and checking publisher’s archiving policies before making text live. I also check PhD theses that are uploaded to the repository, to ensure that there are no outstanding copyright issues.

Alongside Charley Vaughton (the Repository Manager), I monitor the eprints inbox and answer the Repository phone. Typical inquiries that I respond to include item amendment requests, thesis copyright queries, and questions about items not showing on staff profiles.

I am responsible for writing the termly statistics reports, which provide an insight into changes that have taken place within the Research Repository each term; for example, what are the top ten countries downloading material from the Repository?

Outside of work I like to keep fit by going to the gym, playing badminton, or going for a long walk with my partner.

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Meet the team: Research Support Librarian (Repositories)

The blog has been up and running for around eight months now and it’s about time we finally introduced the team behind it. Each person in the Library Research Support team will be writing an introduction in our ‘Meet the team’ series of blog posts and first up we have…

Staff profile picI’m Charley Vaughton, the Research Support Librarian (Repositories) to give me my full title.

I have various responsibilities covering managing the Research Repository, outreach/advocacy, teaching and training, reporting, and social media. I run the blog – writing posts (or recruiting other members of the team to write them!) and creating graphics and posters to use on the blog and in other places. I’m also the research tweeter on the Library Twitter account.

I run one-to-one training sessions for researchers, going over how to use the Research Repository and how to comply with the HEFCE policy for REF 2021. I teach a ‘copyright and your thesis’ session for PhD students, and write accompanying guides for the repository webpages. I write monthly reports assessing compliance rates with the HEFCE policy, manage the Library Information Administrator (Research Repository), and answer researcher queries about open access and the repositories

DeskI work at Bower Ashton campus every month, please come over and say hi if you see me – I’m there to answer any questions and give training wherever possible!

I also like reading (there’s usually a book on my desk), collecting pretty stationary that I’m then reluctant to use, and playing video games (badly.)

Contact me about the HEFCE policy, the Research and Data repositories, open access, or if you would like to arrange a training session.

Spotlight: Warts and all

Warts and all

The spotlight today is a conference poster, Warts and all: Communicating the conservation needs of amphibians in a competitively marketed world. The poster was originally presented at the 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment in June 2017.

The poster summarises the project, which aims to look at ‘how difficult, uninteresting or overlooked science subjects can be better communicated to an audience in order to inspire empathy and interest’ – taking the form of a frog, as amphibians are vulnerable but receive far less media attention and funding than other more ‘marketable’ species.

Check the poster to take a look at their findings from mini-interviews at the Bristol Festival of Nature.

Open Access Week: Wrap-up

This is our final post for Open Access Week 2017, and we’re using it as a bit of a wrap-up to go over our activities this week.

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Unfortunately we did not get cake. We will have to address this next year!

On Monday we published our new Open Access Benefits poster, which highlights all the benefits that publishing your work open access brings to the author, journal, and readers.

On Tuesday we recounted the story of one UWE Bristol academic who generated huge buzz around her project and reached social work practitioners by publishing her article open access.

On Wednesday we showed you what the most downloaded works from the Research Repository were for each faculty – all of which could not be accessed by so many readers if they were only hidden behind paywalls.

And yesterday we showed you a really interesting opinion piece from an Early Career Researcher about why they believed that open research was so important.

We’ve also been busy on Twitter, using #OAWeek (or #OAWeek17 or #OAWeek2017 on Monday) and #openaccess to talk about open access topics.

We’ll leave you with a comment from Professor Martin Eve, which originally concluded the first event in our Open Research Series.

You don’t know your audience sometimes. I really get quite cross when people tell me “there’s no audience for my work” or “everyone who needs to know about this gets to know about it because I’ve published it in this top journal.” I get letters, emails from people, saying “I’ve just read your article on Theoretical Aspects of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas and it was really interesting to me, I just had a university education.” Out of the blue someone wrote to me “I don’t have access to these other journals but I read this because it was openly available, I thought it was really great. I’ve had a lot to drink, its 2 AM, thanks a lot.” [Laughter] I mean, there’s a humorous side to it that makes me smile whenever I get them, but on the other hand…especially in my field I’m writing about human culture and literatures – what’s the point of doing that if the people who read literature can’t read it? We’re just talking to ourselves the whole time.

Happy Open Access Week everyone – now let’s start thinking about #OAWeek2018!


Image: “Open Access Week 2013” by SLUB Dresden is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Open Access Week: Open research – what’s in it for you?

The benefits of open access for the public good are well documented. The increasingly educated public should be able to access the research that they have paid for through taxation and various funders, such as RCUK mandate this.

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Why open access by Danny Kingsley and Sarah Brown, under a CC-BY license

However, is there any real advantage for researchers?  Laurent Gatto (2017) gives his view, as an early career researcher, on why research should be open wherever possible. He argues that open scholarship is “not only the right thing to do, but is also the best thing to do”. He explains that open access articles really do get more citations and making your data open facilitates reproducible research, which enables the continuity of your work and build reputation.

Check out the full blog post, and links to other useful articles, at:

Gatto, L. (2017) An early career researcher’s view on modern and open scholarship. Laurent Gatto [blog]. September. Available from: https://lgatto.github.io/EPFL-open-science/ [Accessed 17 October 2017].

Open Access Week: Faculty number 1s

As part of Open Access Week we took a look at the most downloaded items of all time (aka March 2010 when the Research Repository was established to October 2017) for the four faculties at UWE Bristol – Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE). Business and Law (FBL), Environment and Technology (FET), and Health and Applied Sciences (HAS). All figures are correct as of 23 October 2017.

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ACE –  The sociology of education is a book section. It is otherwise only available to read by purchasing the book, or by borrowing from a library with a copy. It is the second most downloaded item on the Research Repository, and has been accessed by readers from the UK, USA, Germany, Zambia, and India (among others.)

FBL – The ‘work group’: Redressing the balance in Bion’s Experiences in Groups is a journal article published in the journal Human Relations. The article is otherwise only available to read if the reader’s institution is subscribed to the journal.

FET – A health map for the local human habitat is a journal article published in The Journal for the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, and has been referenced in two policy documents.

HAS – Using thematic analysis in psychology is without question the ‘big daddy’ of the Research Repository, having been downloaded almost twice as many times as the other nineteen items in the all time top twenty combined.* It also has 14,700 citations in Scopus and is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.

By being made available through green open access on the Research Repository, all of these researchers have allowed people from across the globe to access and use their research without the need for an institutional affiliation or prohibitively expensive subscriptions.


*The other nineteen items in the top twenty have been downloaded 271,538 times combined as of 23 October 2017.