2017-2018 annual report

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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 xkcd.com (Randall Munroe) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

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

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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: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/37211

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.

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 lib.rke@uwe.ac.uk.

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


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Publisher offset deals for gold open access

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The gold route to open access requires authors to pay an article processing charge (APC) to a publisher upon acceptance of their article, allowing the publisher to make the article freely available for anyone to read under a creative commons license.

The library manages a series of offset deals with certain publishers which allow UWE Bristol researchers to publish their work through the gold route to open access with reduced (or free!) APCs.

  • Taylor and Francis have a voucher scheme, entitling UWE Bristol authors to a limited number of discounted APCs.
  • Springer allows UWE Bristol authors to have their articles made open access in their hybrid journals, without payment of an additional publication fee.  A full list of eligible journals can be found on the Springer Open Choice webpage.
  • Sage offers UWE Bristol authors a discounted APC of £200 (from SAGE Choice Scheme) in their hybrid journals.
  • Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) offers UWE Bristol authors free open access publishing in their hosted journals. OLH is funded through a model of library partnership subsidies of which UWE Bristol is a member.

If you are planning to publish with any of these publishers (or you are considering where to publish your next article) you can find more information about applying for these deals on the library website.


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The Research Support team – now animated!

Nominated for no award, but we're pretty happy with itWe are always looking for new ways in which to alert UWE researchers about what the Research Support team can do for them. For this year’s all staff event we were tasked with creating a video to let new starters in Student Success Services know what the Library Research Support team does, and we thought that it would also be useful for researchers as a breakdown of how the team can support them.

We always like to take the opportunity to be a bit creative (as seen in our poster from last year) and wanted to take a fun approach – so we animated ourselves using Powtoon.

The resulting video is two and a half minutes of useful information wrapped in a cartoon package. Hopefully our researchers find it a helpful and memorable introduction to the Library Research Support team.

The video is available to view (with subtitles) on Vimeo. We hope you enjoy!

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!

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.