Spotlight: AMHARC

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.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

Open access book chapters – Springer joins the gang

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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.


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How to deposit – video guides now available

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There are now three new and updated video guides for depositing research and data in the UWE Repositories. Each video is less than four-and-a-half minutes long and shows how to deposit a paper or dataset from start to finish.

You can see how to deposit a dataset in the UWE Research Data Repository in one of the videos.

For the Research Repository there is a full video guide to manually adding your work as well as a quick deposit guide for importing articles using a DOI number.

We hope that they will be a helpful guide for both new and existing staff alike.


Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

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!