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Research E-Bulletin – February 2018 (Issue 3)

All E-bulletin Images - FebruaryWelcome to the February issue of our Research e-bulletin.  Bringing all the Faculties and Institutes research news, upcoming events and information from across the RSB Office and The Graduate School.

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February 2018 – Research E-bulletin

Most Downloaded Outputs in 2017

2017 saw our Research outputs being downloaded from all over the world, including New Zealand, Ghana and Ethiopia!

Read on to find out which posts topped the chart…

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Merry Christmas and a happy new year…

… .to all research students and supervisors, staff and students at the University of Northampton from everyone in The Graduate School.

Christmas2cropWe hope you have a peaceful festive break and a happy new year.

Some Graduate School staff will be at Top Lodge until Friday 22 December pm and then we will be closed throughout the Christmas / New Year period. We will be back again on Tuesday January 2nd 2018.

Seasons Greetings from Simone, Ian, David, Twiggy, Laura and Leila.

 

New E-Books for Researchers Now Available

The library has recently purchased the following e-books that can now be borrowed through Nelson;

Altmetrics: a practical guide for librarians…….  Andy Tattersall.

The data librarian’s handbook by Robin Rice and John Southall.

Data management for researchers….. Kristin Briney.

Principles of data management and presentation….. John P. Hoffmann.

User experience in libraries (Applying Ethnography and Human-Centred Design)…..  Andy Priestner.

Top 100 – Altmetrics – 2017

The Altmetric Top 100 2017 is here! Check out this year’s list of the most talked about articles.

What are Altmetrics?

  • Attention to research outputs in non-traditional sources, e.g. policy documents, news, blogs and social media
  • Indicators of research impact
  • Help understand how research is being received and used
  • Complementary to traditional citation-based analysis

Why Altmetrics?

  • Provide a more coherent understanding of research attention
  • Understand the broader reach and early impact of research
  • Track attention to a broad range of research outputs, including articles, posters, data sets and working papers, etc.
  • Help researchers get credit for impact activities

Advantages of Metrics for Single Research Outputs

  1. Real-time, immediate feedback on attention to scholarly content
  2. Useful for early career researchers whose work may not have accrued citations
  3. Showcase attention to a research output beyond academia
  4. Not biased by an over-arching metric

The Altmetric Bookmarklet

The free Bookmarklet lets you instantly retrieve altmetrics data for any article.

Altmetrics

To install, go to: http://altmetric.it

Remember that the Numbers Don’t Tell You…

  1. Quality of the paper
  2. Quality of the researchers
  3. Whole story

Adapted from https://www.altmetric.com/

 

 

Monitoring the transition to open access

(Published 5 December 2017)

The proportion of UK research which is available via open access is increasing at a considerable rate, with 37% of research outputs freely available to the world immediately at publication.

​​This report, the second in a series commissioned by the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, aims to build on previous findings, and to examine trends over the period since the major funders of research in the UK established new policies to promote open access.​

The research was delivered by a partnership involving Research Consulting, the University of Sheffield and Elsevier, and was led by Jubb Consulting​.

Key findings include:

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Ref 2021 – Frequently asked questions

REF FAQ’s have been published, this and more useful REF information available on yammer research support group (log in to www.yammer.com using your university login details).

Research E-Bulletin – December 2017 (Issue 2)

Dec - All E-bulletin ImagesWith Christmas just around the corner, welcome to the December issue of our Research e-bulletin.  Bringing all the Faculties and Institutes research news, events and information from across the RSB Office and The Graduate School.

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December 2017 – Research E-bulletin

Research Impact at UK Parliament

The UK Parliament is delighted to announce the launch of a new web hub for academic researchers.

‘Research Impact at the UK Parliament'<http://www.parliament.uk/research-impact> provides comprehensive information for researchers and universities on how they can engage with Parliament.
The hub answers three key questions:
•      What is Parliament interested in?
•      How does Parliament use research?
•      Why engage with Parliament?

It provides essential information on ways to engage with Parliament and stay up to date, as well as contact details of parliamentary teams and staff who work with research to support Parliamentarians.

The pages feature a variety of case studies in which researchers from across the UK, and from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, write about their experiences of working with a number of parliamentary offices.

URL: http://www.parliament.uk/research-impact

REF 2021 – Decisions on Staff & Outputs

Yesterday’s lunch was disrupted by HEFCE, who finally announced their decisions on staff and outputs for the next REF… the full document can be accessed at: http://www.ref.ac.uk/media/ref,2021/downloads/REF%202017_04%20Decisions.pdf.

A summary for staff at the University of Northampton can be found in the yammer research support group site.

Any questions – email REF@Northampton.ac.uk