Category Archives: Links

State of the Commons: a 12th anniversary Creative Commons report

Creative Commons licences  – a set of ready-made licences creators can apply to their work to enable and encourage sharing and reuse – are 12 years old in December, and the Creative Commons team have produced a great infographic detailing the current state of the commons. A full report looking to the future is also available – both are well worth your time, and do remember that if you’re adding your research output to NECTAR, Creative Commons licensing of uploaded material is supported – contact the NECTAR team ( for help and advice.

Access to Understanding science writing competition 2015

The British Library, eLife and Europe PMC have just announced the latest round of ‘Access to Understanding’, a science writing competition for PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers who are interested in promoting understanding of biomedical research.

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By any other name:, RoMEO and your self-archiving rights

Can you self-archive your e-print? How would you know? What does it even mean? Why am I bothering you with this? These are all perfectly valid questions that may now have a more straightforward answer thanks to a Read on for details of how this web service can simplify an important part of the self-archiving process for NECTAR deposits.

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PGR Student Induction: What’s next?

To help our new inductees find their way around the  research degree procedures and regulations, here are some links and some useful information: Read the rest of this entry

The blogroll grows

If you’re interested in what’s happening in Research around the university, be sure to check out our Research Support Hub blogroll in the right-hand menu. This collects links to other blogs produced by researchers across the institution – I’ve just added the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences blog, bringing us to a total of sixteen sites covering a broad range of disciplines and interests.

Similarly, if you’re a University of Northampton researcher with your own blog, or you’ve created a site for a conference or a project, email me the details and I’ll add you to the roll.

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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The Three R’s of Science – Reading, Writing and Reviewing

Simon Leather, Professor of Entomology at Harper Adams University, has written an excellent blog post on writing for science publications. In “The Three Rs of Science – Reading, Writing and Reviewing” Simon examines the process of science writing, how to construct that all important first draft and offers some sound advice for research students, or anyone looking to improve their writing for publication. You can subscribe to Simon’s blog at

Is your PhD making you feel stressed?

Worried_People_2It is probably impossible to undertake a research degree without a certain level of stress, but it needn’t be debilitating.

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Engage Competition 2014

Submitted by Dr Scott Turner.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement are running a national competition to find and celebrate high quality public engagement with research projects.

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BBC News asks “How broad is the research?”

The BBC news site today presents several examples of ‘unusual’ PhD work across the UK, featuring vampires, cows, and erotic shoes (in three separate examples, sadly).

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