ACE Creative Skills Week

I (Charley) am going to be taking part in the Creative Skills Week for ACE staff taking place over the next few days.

  • On Friday 22nd June at 10:30 at Bower Ashton campus I will be doing a short presentation session billed as ‘Meet your research support librarian’. this will be a chance to get an overview of the ways in which the Research Support team can support researchers and PGRs, and will feature (fingers crossed for technology working) our new team animated video!
  • On Monday 25th June I will be at Bower Ashton campus again, available for drop-in questions and chats. Come along with any specific questions about how we can help you with your research.

Come along and find out more about the team!

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Unpaywall – finding research papers to read for free

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Unpaywall is a free browser extension for Firefox and Chrome, as well as a database of open access articles. When you come up against an article that is behind a paywall, Unpaywall searches its database for a free to read version for you, and produces a button on the right side of your screen, which takes you to the free version.

Unpaywall searches journals and repositories, so it is completely legal. It does not harvest any sources where the legality of uploads could be questionable (e.g. ResearchGate.) True open access aficionados can even turn on ‘OA Nerd Mode’ which colour codes the button to show whether the free version is gold, green, or bronze open access!

Add the browser extension to start locating free articles.

 

Options for open access publishing

Confused about how to make your work available open access? We have created a new guide showing the different routes available to UWE Bristol researchers, and it is available as an easy-to-follow poster (click on the poster to see it larger):

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The poster outlines the routes to open access via the gold and green routes.

  • The gold route to open access is achieved through paying an article processing charge or publishing in a journal where we have an offset agreement – this means your work will be immediately publicly visible.
  • The green route to open access is achieved by freely uploading your work to the UWE Research Repository, where it can (usually) become publicly visible after an embargo period.

Both are routes to open access, and all items should be added to the Research Repository regardless of whether they are already published via gold open access.

For more information, read the poster, contact us, and check out the Library webpages.

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: Benefits poster

What are the benefits of open access?

When it comes to deciding where to publish your research outputs, one of the questions you will need to ask yourself is “Do I want to publish my research in an open access journal, or in a traditional subscription journal?” Although you might have to pay a greater initial up-front cost, publishing your article in an open access journal has many benefits. These benefits are highlighted in the poster below – click on the poster to view it at a larger size!

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