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.

Librarians on tour – Wells Cathedral Library – books in chains!

On tour

Last month, Jane was fortunate enough to visit the chained library at Wells Cathedral.


Built in 1450, this working library has been in use for over 550 years. Wells is only 1 of 4 chained libraries remaining in the country.

An iron gate separates the reading room from the library where some books are still chained to the shelves. The move to chaining books to the shelves in the 1600s was seen as a way of increasing access! Previously books were stored in chained boxes and readers had to ask for each box to be unlocked by the custodians. By chaining the books to the shelves, readers only had to request to be let in through the locked gate. They could then browse the shelves and then read the books, at chains length, on the shelves below.



(Note from Charley: there is surely an analogy to be drawn here between chaining books to shelves and open access, but we won’t get into that…)

Open access book chapters – Springer joins the gang


Springer has recently updated its self-archiving policy for book chapters, meaning that authors can now archive the accepted manuscript of their book chapter on the UWE Research Repository. Previously Springer did not allow any form of self-archiving, so this will make a big difference to UWE Bristol authors who are publishing with Springer.

The Library Research Support Team checks the archiving policies for all book chapters uploaded to the Research Repository and will contact authors in the event that we are unable to use the manuscript supplied. Many publishers allow us to archive the accepted version of the text after observing an embargo.

Book chapters do not currently need to comply with the HEFCE policy in order to be eligible for submission for REF 2021, but authors may wish to follow the same principles (upload the accepted manuscript within 3 months of acceptance) as best practice.

Any questions? Contact the repository team for more information about archiving books and book chapters on the Research Repository.

Image found via Pixabay

FET fund for open access publishing launched

architecture-buildings-business-331990On 1st August, FET launched an open access fund for their researchers. This allows UWE  Bristol authors of high quality articles to apply for funding to make their work immediately open access on publication via the journal’s website (gold open access).

If you wish to publish an article in an open access journal, the first step is to find out about the reputation of the journal and the likely cost of publishing. It is advisable to seek out the highest quality journal that you think will accept your work. There is more advice on the library research support webpages.

Having decided on the journal and submitted your article, you should apply to the Library for funding before a decision is made about acceptance. Having an article already accepted for publication is not sufficient reason for the University to fund publication.

For more information about this scheme contact

To see all the options for open access publishing at UWE Bristol, check our infographic.

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