Spotlight: AMHARC


Today’s spotlight, AMHARC, is a creative work by Teresa Dillon. The piece is made from recycled cardboard, recycled tetra pak, and ultraviolet paint, and calls on images of CCTV cameras, anti-bird spikes, and anti-bird gels.

AMHARC (pronounced arc) is a call to recognise the non-human affects surveillance architectures have on other creature’s habits and ecologies.

You can view the sculpture on the Research Repository, along with a description from Teresa about the influences and intentions of the creative work.


UWE campus visits


The Library Research Support team is based at Frenchay campus. We make monthly visits to other campuses, and can travel over by request as well.

The monthly visits are an opportunity for researchers and PGRs to drop in with any questions about the REF 2021 policy, data preservation, the UWE repositories, open access publishing and funding, and much more. If you prefer, we can also arrange for appointments in advance – just contact us to arrange a time.

Glenside campusAnna is based in Glenside library on the first Thursday of each month. Enquire at the library helpdesk for more information.

City campusCharley is based at Bower Ashton campus on the last Thursday of each month. She can be found in the open learning zone opposite Traders.




Highlighting thesis downloads

We pulled together a report recently to look at downloads of theses from the Research Repository. The statistics package built into the repository does not allow us to filter by item type – fortunately IRUS-UK has a report just for theses!

We measured download figures from June 2013 (when IRUS began recording UWE download information) to August 2018 (the most recent information available at the time of the report.) Here are the highlights:

  • There are 437 theses that have been downloaded at least once (i.e. they show on the report)
  • The total download figure for theses in that time period was 169,132
  • There are 32 theses that have been downloaded over 1,000 times
  • There are 5 theses that have been downloaded over 4,000 times
  • The most downloaded thesis is from 2015 and has 14,571 downloads

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New banner!


Presenting our new team banner! You may remember that Charley got roped into posing for the banner photograph – here is the final result.

What you see in the picture is actually the mini version of the banner – we have both a large version and this conveniently travel sized tabletop version. Charley will be making use of the tabletop banner during her monthly visits to Bower Ashton campus (re-starting tomorrow, the 27th of September) and we will unfurl the larger banner at our drop-in sessions at Frenchay campus.

So now you know what to look for, if you see the banner come over and say hello!

Q: Why can’t I see all my papers when I log in?

Quickfire questions header

Q: When I log in to the Research Repository I can only see some of my papers, even when I know there are more on the repository. Why can’t I see all of them?

A: When you log in to the Research Repository you are automatically taken to your ‘Manage deposits’ page, also referred to as your workarea. This is where you add new items to the Research Repository, whether through importing information (e.g. using a DOI) or by adding the item manually (clicking the ‘New Item’ button.) This is also where you can see all the items that you have uploaded to the Research Repository and what their status is (e.g. under review, in the live archive, or retired from the repository.)

The key point is that you can only see the items that you yourself have uploaded. If your co-author uploaded the paper then it will appear in their workarea. If the paper was imported via the PubRouter plugin and uploaded by the Repository team (in which case you will have received an email from the Repository team asking for additional information) then it will appear in the PubRouter workarea.

You can also filter which items you see in your workarea – e.g. if you want to concentrate on the papers that you are still in the process of uploading then you can filter the table to only show those papers.


Items uploaded by other colleagues can still be linked to your staff profile via the inclusion of your UWE email address, which is how we make one record on the Research Repository appear on multiple staff profiles. It will also appear in repository searches for your name.

2017-2018 annual report


The Library Research Support team annual report has now been completed and is available to view on the UWE Research Repository. The report goes over the activities that the team have been involved in, as well as giving some statistics about APC payments, visitors to the Research Repository, and Data Repository growth. Taking into account feedback from the last annual report we have also included figures for full text items added to the Research Repository.

You can access the report on the Research Repository, and direct any questions to the Library Research Support team.

Image: Pie Charts from (Randall Munroe) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

Benefits of open access publishing – Worms in the New York Times


Figure 2 from the article

The FET open access fund is now open, and authors from the Faculty of Environment and Technology can apply for funds to pay an article processing charge and publish their article open access (regardless of whether they are funded or not, as is the case with the RCUK fund that the library holds.)

So this seems like a great opportunity to showcase an example of an article that was published open access by the fund: Sendova-Franks, A.Franks, N. and Worley, A. (2018) Plant–animal worms round themselves up in circular mills on the beach. Royal Society Open Science, 5 (180665). ISSN 2054-5703 Available from:

An article in the New York Times has been written about the research, That’s Not Algae Swirling on the Beach. Those Are Green Worms. The article has also been tweeted about hundreds of times – you can find out more details on Altmetric.

FET authors who would like to apply for the fund can do so by following the instructions on the library webpages and can ask for more information by contacting the team.

Image: The three circular mills of S. roscoffensis filmed on the beach (figure 2) from the article Sendova-Franks, A.Franks, N. and Worley, A. (2018) Plant–animal worms round themselves up in circular mills on the beachRoyal Society Open Science, 5 (180665). Used under a CC BY 4.0 license.