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!

Using copyright material in your thesis

As a postgraduate researcher writing your thesis you may need or want to use third-party material for which you do not own the copyright. This can become a problem when you upload your thesis to the Research Repository – without permission to use the material, we will not be able to make your thesis visible and it can result in your award being delayed.

The Library Research Support team have written a guide to using copyright material in your thesis, covering different types of copyright material, what you need to do to get permission, what the alternatives are, and what your options are if permission is denied. View and download it on the Research Repository help pages.

And don’t forget – you can always contact us with questions.


Image: “Copyright help 5¢… the scholar is [IN]. #ala2013” by sylvar is licensed under CC BY 2.0

UWE Bristol Research Data Repository

In addition to the Research Repository for research outputs, we now have the Research Data Repository to record and preserve data that has been generated from research projects. This was originally launched to meet EPSRC expectations for research data preservation and discovery. Library services are able to offer secure, long term preservation for data which needs to be kept e.g. because it underpins a publication, and we can help create metadata records relating to preserved data. A permanent identifier is created which can be cited within resulting publications as a link to the underlying data. This is a requirement made by an increasing number of publishers and funders including EPSRC.

Copyright infringement on ResearchGate

Many researchers are aware of ResearchGate, a social networking site for researchers. ResearchGate allows researchers to chat, ask and answer questions, and upload full text versions of their work.

Shockingly, a recent study has found that a huge proportion of the papers uploaded to the site infringe copyright. In a random sample of 500 English language articles, 108 were open access (published in an open access journal or had an article processing charge paid to make the published version of the article open access). Of the remaining 392 articles 51.3% infringed copyright and were non-compliant with publisher policy.

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How to Deposit Guide and Repository Training

We have recently updated the How to Deposit guide on the Research Repository help pages. The guide now features a step by step general guide at the top of the page, with more detailed information for different item types below. If you have been putting off adding something to the Research Repository, now is the perfect time to try.

Alternatively, you can contact us to arrange a training session. We offer one-to-one training sessions or group sessions by request, covering how to use the Research and Data Repositories, complying with the HEFCE policy, and how to update your staff profile. Get in touch and we can arrange a time and date to suit you.