Intellectual Property and Partnering with Industry Workshop

Do you want to learn about IP?  Protect your knowledge and creations?  Look at ways in which you can work with industry?

Come along to the RSB Workshop and learn more about IP and why you need to protect creations and knowledge when partnering with industry.  This Workshop is facilitated by Christi Mitchell of Highbury Consulting, the University’s partner for IP protection and commercialisation.  Christi brings with her vast experience of supporting Universities and other organisations with their IP.

To book a place on the workshops, please click on the Eventbrite links.

Wednesday, 8th February from 2-4pm in Room 22, Brampton Building, Park Campus

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intellectual-property-and-partnering-with-industry-workshop-tickets-31444626725

Thursday, 23rd February from 2-4pm in the Board Room, Avenue Campus

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intellectual-property-and-partnering-with-industry-workshop-tickets-31444696935

Are you a research student at the mid-point of your studies….? Or writing up your PhD thesis?

mature students photoIf so, you might be interested in a couple of workshops the Graduate School are running in February and March. On 21st February in MY120, Avenue Campus we are running a Finishing Development Day featuring three workshops – Preparing for the Viva, Editing and Finishing your Thesis and Proofreading your Work. You can attend all three or just a single workshop – please book each workshop separately, just click on the links above or see the Calendar in Gateway.

For those students at the mid-point of their PhD or Doctorate, Dr Kate Mahoney will be visiting us on 7th March to run Effective Progress The workshop will help you to

  • recognise the progress you have made in relation to your overall project
  • define and refine your research hypothesis and your thesis structure
  • understand the requirements of the PhD, including the assessment criteria
  • review how you manage your PhD process

You will also develop a short- to mid-term action plan to help you successfully complete your thesis. Read the rest of this entry

Nvivo workshop running today

nvivo-advertDrs Sarah Neill and Hala Mansour are, today, running the first Nvivo workshop of the year for The Graduate School. The workshop is open to research students and researchers at the University and has been fully booked with a waiting list for some time. Nvivo is a tool for qualitative data analysis and the University has a subscription to the software. Research students can download a copy of the software to their computers from this page on the Student Hub.

We hope to offer the workshop again so if you are a research student, early career researcher, or a member of research staff and would like to register interest for the next workshop please email Simone.

British Television and the Holocaust – A Holocaust Memorial Day event

This Holocaust Memorial Day event will feature a keynote talk by:
Dr. James Jordan (Southampton University) discussing ‘British Television and the Holocaust’

Date: Wednesday 25 January 2017
Time: 12:00 – 15:00 Read the rest of this entry

Upcoming workshop: Developing a research track record on a shoestring

Kearns2On February 8th 2017 we are welcoming back researcher & educator, Hugh Kearns, who will be running a workshop for academic staff and researchers “Developing a research track record on a shoestring”. Hugh is recognised internationally and regularly lectures at universities across the world, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford and, now for the fourth time, Northampton.

Academics and researchers are constantly being told to increase their research outputs if they want to get promoted or funded, but it becomes a catch 22 when you can’t do much research because you have no money, but no one will give you money because you haven’t done enough research. Despite this situation there are ways to build a research track record that require less money and can give you the start you need to build a decent track record (or even just to keep your head above water!). Read the rest of this entry

Research seminar – Conservation ecology of West Africa’s montane forest habitats – seed dispersers and their substitutes.

nmfpYou are cordially invited to a research seminar on Friday 13th January at 1300 in NW205.

Dr Hazel Chapman, Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury (UC) New Zealand, will be visiting the University of Northampton to talk about the Nigerian Montane Forest Project (NMFP), introducing the NMFP and presenting research aimed at understanding how seed dispersal processes are changing in response to forest fragmentation and hunting. Read the rest of this entry

British Sociological Association Annual Conference – funded places

BSA Annual Conference 2017: Funded Places

Have you been a concessionary member of the BSA for more than 12 months? Could you be eligible for a BSA Support Funded Place to the BSA Annual Conference 2017? Read the rest of this entry

Predatory Journals

The problem

Hundreds of new open access journals are being set up by reputable publishers, scholarly societies and universities each year. Unfortunately, alongside these reputable journals, an increasing number of pay-to-publish “vanity” journals continue to appear. Such journals are referred to as ‘predatory’ or ‘bogus’ journals. Some academic authors are being scammed into submitting their research outputs to be published in these journals that do not have proper quality control or peer review processes.

The risks

  • No proper peer review is carried out to preserve the quality of the research output.
  • Damage to the reputation of the researcher and institution.
  • Researchers and institutions lend their reputation to a disreputable publication.
  • Negative impact on the REF submission if the publication is not detected.
  • Your article will most likely not be able to be published elsewhere.
  • Copyright would likely be retained by the publisher.

How to check for predatory journals?

Think   Check   Submit  – Provides a checklist of questions that can be used to identify trusted journals.

Look out for the following warning signs:

  • Board of Editors list shows that members are not recognised in their field or that they are affiliated with questionable institutions; however, this should be done with caution, as Board member names may be used without their permission.
  • Journals with dubious or non-existent addresses for their registered office.
  • Unsolicited email or paper communication inviting publication in journals you don’t know or have never heard of.
  • Unsolicited invitations to conferences run by event managers, not professionals in the research area, often at attractive destinations.
  • Note – Legitimate new journals acknowledge if they are newly created and do not yet have an impact factor.

Further steps to undertake:

  • Consult the Directory of Open Access Journals for reputable journals (doaj.org)
  • Check the publisher’s membership of Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (oaspa.org), Committee on Publication Ethics (www.publicationethics.org), and International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (www.stm-assoc.org).
  • Reputable journals typically will be listed in the Journal Citation Report.
  • Resist the temptation to publish quickly and easily in any journal. Be aware of the publication landscape in your research area and the most reputable journals (check with your research leader if unsure).
  • Jeffrey Beall (librarian at the University of Colorado Denver) has also created lists of ‘Potential, possible or predatory’ scholarly open access journals and publishers. This list is controversial and has been debated, however it has been listed on many university webpages.

Related articles and blogs

University of Edinburgh Standards in Open Access scholarly communication: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/research-support/publish-research/open-access/1.108824

Jeffery Beall’s website on scholarly Open Access: http://scholarlyoa.com/

‘Investigating Journals: The dark side of publishing’ by Declan Butler (in Nature): http://www.nature.com/news/investigating-journals-the-dark-side-of-publishing-1.12666

Berger, Monica and Jill Cirasella. “Beyond Beall’S List Better Understanding Predatory Publishers“. Crln.acrl.org. N.p., 2017. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.

Further Information

If you have any further questions on the information displayed here or if you would like advice on a specific journal please contact us at OpenAccess@northampton.ac.uk.

Top 10 Research Outputs from 2016

Happy New Year to all, looking forward to making more research available and easily found, so that others can benefit from the research done here in Northampton.

Nie, M. and Armellini, A. (2012) Enhancing curriculum design and delivery with OER. In: Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact – Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education, Conference Proceedings. Milton Keynes: Support Centre for Open Resources in Education, The Open University. 9780749229375. pp. 365-369. 2812
Mackley, J. S. (2012) The Anglo Saxons and their gods (still) among us. Lecture presented to: The University of Northampton Staff Research Forum, The University of Northampton, 12 March 2012. (Unpublished) 1971
Livingstone, I. and Warren, A. (1996) Aeolian Geomorphology: an Introduction. Harlow: Longman. 058208704X. 1242
Mortimer, K. and Laurie, S. (2012) Barriers to the implementation of Integrated Marketing Communications: the client perspective. In: Proceedings of Academy of Marketing Conference 2012. Southampton: Academy of Marketing. 9780854329472. 1050
Arvinen-Barrow, M. (2009) Psychological rehabilitation from sport injury: issues in training and development of chartered physiotherapists. Doctoral thesis. The University of Northampton. 936
Wilson, J. M. (2012) Antipodean rewritings of Great Expectations: Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs (1997) and Lloyd Jones’s Mister Pip (2007). In: Glenn, D., Haque, M. R., Kooyman , B. and Bierbaum, N. (eds.) The Shadow of the Precursor. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 220-235. 816
Hollinshead, R., Farley, R. and Keating, E. (2010) Public art strategies. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Grit & Pearl. 631
Mackley, J. S. (2007) The medieval legend of Judas Iscariot: the Vita of Judas and the Gospel of Barnabas. Paper presented to: York Medieval Religion Research Group Meeting, King’s Manor, University of York, 01 February 2007. (Unpublished) 603
Stickley, A. (2015) An exploration of occupational therapy practice in social enterprises in the UK. Doctoral thesis. The University of Northampton. 588
Watley, G. (2012) Identity and consumption practices of Northamptonshire Caribbeans c.1955-1989. Doctoral thesis. The University of Northampton. 566

Merry Christmas and a happy new year…

Merry-christmas…to all research students and supervisors, staff and students at the University of Northampton.

Best wishes for a successful 2017 from everyone in The Graduate School at Top Lodge.

Simone, David, Ian, Sharon and Twiggy.