There are a few different resources we use when finding and producing content for the blog, and this post looks at the three that we make the most use of.
1. CC Search and CC Search Beta
We like using images on this blog. We also like making sure we comply with copyright law, which isn’t always easy when you want to use images found on the internet (just because it does not have a copyright notice on it, that does not mean copyright does not exist.)
In September 2017, ResearchGate was issued with a request to alter its article sharing system, asking for the implementation of an automated system which would address copyright concerns (we have previously discussed the potential copyright infringement on ResearchGate on this blog.)
After ResearchGate rejected the proposed system, the publishers – ACS, Elsevier, Brill, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer (called the “Coalition for Responsible Sharing”) began issuing mass take-down notices in order to get copyright infringing articles removed from the site. As the coalition does not see this as a permanent solution, two of the coalition – Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) – have taken ResearchGate to court in Germany.
As always, we would encourage authors to upload their work to the Research Repository first, and to check the copyright status and publisher archiving policy before uploading their work anywhere else.
And we don’t mean the plant!
An ORCiD is a unique identifier that allows you to tie all your research together in one place. This allows you to disambiguate, track and share research with one simple URL.
Your unique ORCID iD will belong to you throughout your scholarly career. It is a persistent identifier to:
- distinguish you from other researchers
- ensure consistent, reliable attribution of your work
You can use it for:
- collating existing research in one location. Add it to your author profile on Scopus to ensure you have all your research attributed to you
- submitting to journals
- grant applications
- professional society membership
- linking with other identifiers and profiles
- displaying on your CV
- web page, social media and more
So what are you waiting for? Sign up at on the ORCID website – it takes 30 seconds!
Image: “Orchid” by David Sedlmayer is licensed under CC BY 2.0
5 Safes is a framework for handling access and re-use requests for confidential or sensitive data. The framework demonstrates best practice for allowing confidential data to be used, without sacrificing the privacy of the individuals represented in the data.
The annual report for the Research Repository has had an overhaul this year.
The new report gives an overview of some of the activities that the team has been involved in over the last year, usage statistics for the Research Repository, and aims for the team going forward.
The report has been stripped down and rebuilt into a more streamlined and visually friendly format, and is available to view on the Research Repository.
Image: “Research Way” by Graham Richardson is licensed under CC BY 2.0
You may already be familiar with the postcards produced by the Research team – we have a habit of handing them out like sweets (though unfortunately they are not as delicious and are not intended to be consumed.)
The cards are double-sided, and outline how to comply with the HEFCE open access policy on one side, and the RCUK open access policy on the other. These policies are hugely important for the next REF exercise and for ensuring you successfully meet funder requirements.
We are going to continue to hand them out wherever possible, but if you would like a card (or have an opportunity to hand out the cards to researchers) let us know and we’ll rush some over to you!
In case you missed the open research series organised by the Research Support team in January, you can catch the recordings from the events at the links below:
- Open access: It’s real and it’s happening now
- Open access: It’s legal and it’s good to be involved!
- The path to data sharing: How open can I go?
Each session focused on different area of open access and was delivered by a variety of speakers.
Open access: It’s real and it’s happening now includes a talk from Professor Martin Eve, co-founder and CEO of the Open Library of Humanities, who speaks about where open access is coming from and where it can be going. This is followed by a discussion about researcher experiences of open access, featuring research staff from UWE Bristol.
Open access: It’s legal and it’s good to be involved! was delivered by several members of the library team. We give an overview of open access, a behind the scenes look at the Research Repository, an overview of creative commons licenses, and more information about the green and gold routes of publishing, the dangers of ResearchGate, funder requirements, and ORCiD.
The path to data sharing: How open can I go? features a talk from Professor Felix Ritchie about open data and the 5 safes framework. The session also covers research governance, data management plans, and the support available for data management at UWE Bristol.
Image used – “Open Sign” by Chip Griffin is licensed under CC BY 2.0