Category Archives: Researcher development

Questions about Open Access and the next REF?

Had an article accepted for publication?  Busy writing up your article to submit to a journal?  Make sure that your article doesn’t become ineligible due to a simple administrative oversight.

In order to be eligible for submission in the next REF (Research Excellence Framework) all journal articles and conference proceedings that were accepted for publication from the 1st of April must be deposited in NECTAR as soon as they are accepted, and no later than three months from the date of acceptance.

Dawn Hibbert, Head of Research Support will take you through HEFCE’s (Higher Education Funding Council for England) Open Access Policy and 5 steps that have been designed to ensure that your research outputs meet HEFCE’s requirements.

It is important that all journal articles and conference proceedings (not just those to be submitted to the REF) meet these requirements, or it will count against the Universtiy in the next REF.

Get your ticket here…

OA and the REF Webinar

 

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

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.

Invitation to Images of Research 2016-17 Private Viewing

IoR ex1You are cordially invited to

The Graduate School’s Images of Research exhibition 2016-17
Private Viewing & Drinks Reception

on January 31st 2017 at 5:00-6:30pm.
Introduction by Professor Simon Denny at 5:45pm

Please register your interest in attending for catering purposes

We look forward to seeing you there!

PGR student? Why not present your research in Manchester next February?

Are you a postgraduate research student? Manchester Metropolitan University are holding their Annual PGR Research Conference on February 22nd 2017 and they have invited PGR students from other institutions to present their research in the form of oral presentations, posters and performances.

This is a great opportunity for research students to develop their presenting skills and meet PGR colleagues from other institutions, expanding their research networks. Last year, MMU received over 200 abstracts from 28 institutions and 6 countries, with 90 presenters and an additional 150 delegates. Students who present at the conference can receive feedback from the judging panel and the audience on their presentation – previous participants have found this to be extremely beneficial. There is also a prize for the best presentations.

Please note that the deadline for submissions is Thursday, December 1st – you can find more information and how to apply here.

How to book Graduate School workshops and events on Gateway

Pushing_on_an_open_gate_-_geograph.org.uk_-_993511All workshops and events organised by the Graduate School are now available to view and book via Gateway, our online postgraduate research management system.

  1. Go to Gateway.
  2. Log in, choose the link ‘Calendar’ from the left hand menu.
  3. Click on the title of the workshop you’re interested in – all workshops/events are in date order.
  4. Click on the Green dot ‘Respond’.
  5. Choose ‘Attending’ then submit. You have the option to write a note, for instance if you know you’re going to be late arriving at the workshop.
  6. If you subsequently need to cancel your place just repeat the process and change the response to ‘Not Attending’.
  7. If you are interested in the workshop but cannot attend the date scheduled then choose Defer. This will let me know that you are interested in attending another time. We may be able to schedule the workshop again.
  8. To check which workshops you have booked onto and generate a list of attendances, read on.

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Graduate School workshops for researchers in October and November 2016

The Graduate School Development Programme is designed for all University of Northampton researchers, research students and early career researchers. The following workshops are coming up and are open for booking through Gateway. See the instructions at the end of the post to see the full calendar, or you can click on the links in the table below to the individual workshops. [Please note: you will need to log into Gateway to access the information].

Finding Resources on the Web 19 Oct 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00
Shut Up and Write! writing session 31 Oct 2016, from 10:00 to 13:00
Preparing for the Viva 08 Nov 2016, from 17:00 to 19:00
Smarter speed reading 15 Nov 2016, from 12:00 to 15:00
SPSS 1 beginnner’s workshop 16 Nov 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00
Grounded Theory 24 Nov 2016, from 10:00 to 12:00
SPSS 2 (follow on workshop from 16th November) 30 Nov 2016, from 14:00 to 16:00

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Grounded Theory Forum and GT resources

SchoolhealthSubmitted by Dr Sarah Neill.

Welcome to a new academic year for the Grounded Theory Forum! The forum will meet approximately four times a year to discuss GT approaches, challenges – this would interest those teaching grounded theory, researchers using grounded theory, post doc and doctoral students.

The new dates this academic year are as follows:

9/11/16  1-3pm C318
15/2/17 1-3pm S007
12/4/17 1-3pm S007
7/6/17 1-3pm S007

For all of you interested in Grounded Theory the University has subscribed to Sage Research Methods, in which there is a plethora of GT material, including an introductory video tutorial by Kathy Charmaz and the whole text of the Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory.

Dust off your cameras, dig out your sketchbook – Images of Research is back!

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Last year’s winning images.

The Graduate School’s Images of Research competition is back! The call for research images for 2016-17 is open so, if you are a researcher (staff or student) at the University of Northampton, why not take part? Pick up your camera or paintbrush and produce a unique image which captures the essence of your research, or an element of your research, in a visual, artistic or photographic way. Top that off with a snappy title and 150 word summary and that is all you need to do to participate.

Last year’s IoR was judged in two competitions. This year’s IoR will, again, be a double competition, where viewers can vote for their top three favourites and an expert judge will choose their top three. Entries for IoR 2016-17 must be emailed to Simone by November 9th 2016. There will be a launch party, where you can view all the images for the first time, on January 31st from 5-6:30pm in the Avenue Gallery corridor. Read on for the rules of entry…

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University of Northampton research students share their work at East Midlands Conference

Four University of Northampton research degree students recently shared their work at the 2016 East Midlands Universities Association (EMUA) Postgraduate Research Student  (PGR) Conference.

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The event, Inspiring Futures, was held on Thursday 1 September, and hosted by the University of Loughborough. An annual event, the conference is open to all PGR students from the Midlands universities – Northampton, Lincoln, Loughborough, Nottingham, Derby, Bishop Grosseteste, Leicester, Nottingham Trent and De Montfort – and provides a professional, yet friendly environment in which students can practice presenting their research to a mixed discipline, academic audience.

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