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Increasing your citation count – a how-to guide

FAQ: How can I ensure my work is highly cited?

As a researcher there are a number of ways you can give your citation counts a boost, here are some suggestions.

Content is key

  • Produce a piece of well written, top quality, original research.  This is essential.

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Renewing your Zetoc Alert

FAQ: My Zetoc Alert is about to expire.  How can I renew it?

Anybody that uses Zetoc Alerts to keep up to date with research literature will know that once a year these expire and have to be renewed.  This is a straightforward process and simply involves clicking on one of the links given in the reminder email.

The trick is to click on the correct link.

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RSS tips #3: Mac options, and subcribing by email

I’ve had some feedback on our post about subscribing  to the blog in Outlook, which has led me to discover that Microsoft Office for Mac doesn’t currently offer RSS support – so the post isn’t much use to Mac users.

This is disappointing, and is compounded by Apple removing RSS support from Safari and Mail apps in the latest version of OSX. A good solution is subscribing using a web-based, cross-platform service such as Google Reader, which I’ll look at in an upcoming post.

I’ve also added the option to subscribe by email. This uses Google’s Feedburner service, which will send you a daily digest of new posts. You’ll see the link in the new Subscribe widget on the right of the page.

RSS tips #2: subscribe to a YouTube playlist

While blogging about University of  Warwick’s new Just About… channel, I was surprised to learn that Youtube doesn’t offer an RSS option for subscribing to playlists. But I found a workaround – read on for details.

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RefWorks: Restoring the Harvard UoN style

FAQ: I’ve lost the Harvard UoN output style in RefWorks. How do I get it back?

From time to time we need to apply maintenance tweaks to our university RefWorks configuration. An unfortunate consequence of this is that the Harvard UoN option will disappear from your list of output styles. This post demonstrates how to restore it.

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NECTAR, faster: import your publications with a DOI

We’re always delighted when staff and researchers add their work to NECTAR, the university’s research repository. It helps develop NECTAR as a comprehensive showcase of our research output, it helps authors by pushing the work to their staff profiles and NECTAR-friendly web resources like Google Scholar, and it helps schools by driving annual research reports and the REF.

But we’re also aware that adding an item takes time, and time is a valuable commodity. In this post I’ll show you how to use a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to get your work into NECTAR as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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Redirect your university email to a personal address

FAQ: How do I redirect my university email to a personal address?

In this post I’ll demonstrate how to use Outlook to redirect emails from your university email address to a personal email account. All you’ll need for this is a web browser. Once this is set up, any email to your @northampton.ac.uk address will be sent on to the address you enter (a copy will remain in your university inbox). Redirection can be turned off and on easily.

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NELSON and RefWorks – capturing your references

FAQ: How can I save items from NELSON to my RefWorks account?

NELSON is Library and Learning Services’ new resource discovery tool.  It searches across a range of services including journals (full-text and abstract), ebooks and the library catalogue.

While researchers often benefit from searching databases directly, one advantage NELSON offers is a standard interface for several functions and services, including RefWorks, the University’s reference management software. RefWorks lets you collect, manage, share and annotate your references, and helps you cite them in Word. Whatever you find in NELSON, exporting it to RefWorks is quick and painless. In this post I’ll show you how to copy single and multiple items from NELSON into your RefWorks account.

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RSS tips #1: follow Research Support Hub using Outlook

Flexible access to information is a cornerstone of blog technology. In this post I’ll demonstrate how to keep up to date with Research Support Hub  in Microsoft Outlook, using RSS – the behind-the-scenes technology that binds the modern web together. With RSS, you won’t have to check our website to see new content – when something new appears, Outlook will fetch it for you and let you know.

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