Meeting funders’ open access requirements – your views needed

NorthUni277Would you like to be submitted to the next REF?

Are you likely to bid for Research Council funding?

If the answer to either of those questions is ‘Yes’ then you may already know that you will be expected to publish your research articles, and maybe even your data, in an ‘open access’ manner (HEFCE, RCUK) .

But do you know how to go about doing this? Do you have any concerns about it? Do you need any help?

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Data Protection and research data: Q&A

FAQ: How can I be sure that my research does not contravene Data protection law?

JISC Legal have just published a useful set of questions and answers on Data Protection and research data.  Beginning with “What is ‘personal data’?”, the 24 questions cover topics such as “What are the basic rules for processing ‘personal data’?”, “What is a Subject Access Request?” and “Can I store my data in the Cloud?”.

If you are working with any type of personal data then these Q&As could be worth a look.

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Child Language Brokering in School Project and its Implications for Healthcare Settings

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing present:

Child Language Brokering in School Project and its Implications for Healthcare Settings

Wednesday 10th September 2014, 1-2pm, Sunley Conference Centre

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Top tips for finishing your PhD

Headphones study 3Are you a PhD student struggling to meet a submission deadline?  If so, Kim Thomas’s article in last Wednesday’s Guardian may give you some useful ideas:

Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips from those in the know


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Workshop: Preparing Bids for Small Grants

Aims of the workshop:

This workshop supports all staff who wish to develop their skills at preparing small bids. However, this event is specifically aimed at staff who wish to apply for the Learning Enhancement and Innovation Fund (deadline: 22 September).

Day 1: Monday, 8 September, 10.00 to 12.00, Cottesbrooke 303

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Get out your cameras… or pencils! Images of Research is back

IoR strip short

Some images from IoR 2013

Images of Research is back! So charge up your cameras, or dust off your sketchbooks, and come up with an image which captures the essence of your research in a visual, artistic or photographic way.

This years IoR will be a ‘gentle’ competition, where viewers can vote for their top three favourites – a people’s choice you might say! Entries for IoR 2014 must be submitted by November 6th 2014.

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New resource: Business Source Premier

BusSourcePremier_Masthead_WebBusiness Source Premier is one of the leading databases for business subjects.  A competitor product to ABI Global, it has both peer reviewed and trade journals; industry reports; company profiles, SWOT analyses and country economic reports.

Significantly, it provides access to the Harvard Business Review (not available from ABI Global) and McKinsey Quarterly.

We currently have trial access to Business Source Premier, but the library is planning to purchase the database later this year.  Login arrangements will be the same.

You can access Business Source Premier via the library’s A-Z list of databases and using your regular university login.  It is supplied by EBSCO so you will need to select it from their list.


Journal Citation Reports – 2013 data now available

Thomson Reuters have just released a new version of Journal Citation Reports (JCR), now including 2013 citation data. Please do take a look to see how your preferred journals have fared over the last year.

JCR lists impact factors and other bibliometrics for journals in the sciences and social sciences.  For further information about the service please see my previous post.

You can access Journal Citation Reports via the A-Z list of databases, a university login is required.

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New Education resources

Hannah Rose, Academic Librarian for Education, tells me that the British Education Index has just moved to the EBSCO platform.  In addition, we also now have access to three other resources as part of our subscription:

  • Child Development & Adolescent Studies
  • Education Abstracts
  • Educational Administration Abstracts

The new resources can be found in NELSON, or directly through the A-Z list of databases.

Researchers needing help with finding resources in Education subjects can contact Hannah directly; for other specialist subjects please contact your School’s Academic Librarian.

July News from the CCN&CT

July 2014 has witnessed some great developments in the Centre for Contemporary Narrative & Cultural Theory (CCN&CT).

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