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!

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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!

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: 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].

Handy-dandy cards for researchers

Cards

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!

Open research series

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:

  1. Open access: It’s real and it’s happening now
  2. Open access: It’s legal and it’s good to be involved!
  3. 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

Rewind: Open Access Week 2016 – HEFCE v RCUK

HEFCE v RCUK - OriginalToday’s rewind is the second poster created for Open Access Week 2016. This poster looks at the HEFCE and RCUK open access policies and what you, the researcher, needs to do in order to comply with them. As usual, click the poster to see it at full size.

HEFCE is the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and introduced an open access policy for complying with the post-2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) in April 2016.

RCUK is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Researchers in receipt of a grant from one of the councils must comply with the open access policy.