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Free access to Liverpool University Press journals during April 2014

LUP logoTo celebrate its tenth birthday, Liverpool University Press is making all of its journal content free for the month of April.

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Academic research now available from your local public library

Access to Research logoUnder the recently launched ‘Access to Research‘ initiative, public libraries are now able to provide walk-in readers with access to a wide range of academic articles and research.

Following the recommendation of the Finch report that the major publishers should grant public libraries a licence to provide free access to their academic articles, the two year Access to Research scheme will enable a new audience of the general public, small businesses and independent researchers to access scholarly research.

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Spotting the ‘predatory’ publisher

FAQ: A publisher I haven’t heard of has invited me to submit a paper to their journal.  How do I know that they are reputable?

Following the publication of the Finch Report and the subsequent actions of the Research Councils, HEFCE and others, there is more pressure than ever for researchers to ensure that their published outputs are made available to all.  This has prompted publishers, both established and new, to reconsider their business models and provide new open access publishing options to researchers.

I have written before about how to find an open access journal for your article, but what happens if the publisher approaches you?

Based on the queries I’ve received from researchers, there seem to be two areas of concern.

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New(ish) resources from the Library

Submitted by Alan Rosling, Georgina Dimmock and Fiona MacLellan

tandfonlineTaylor & Francis Online is the journal content platform for the Taylor & Francis Group. The platform gives online access to all journals from Taylor & Francis and Routledge. A program of retrodigitization means we have articles going back just over 200 years. Including over 1600 full text titles in Science and Social Science literature this database is a key resource for researchers. Take a look at the short user guide or to access the Taylor and Francis journals directly go to the library’s A-Z list of databases.

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Elsevier takes down papers from

Elsevier standOver the weekend there has been a burst of activity in the social media as authors respond to a flurry of take-down notices sent by Elsevier to on Friday.  Elsevier have asked for some 2800 final published versions of their papers to be removed from the social networking site.

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DOIs and Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education

I mentioned in a previous post that the University had recently registered with CrossRef to allow us to allocate Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to published articles.

ELEHE header image croppedOur first use of these has been within Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education (ELEHE), the university’s first open journal.  Each issue of the journal now has a DOI, as does each article within the issue. For example:

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Open Access Button – breaking down paywalls

Launched on Monday, the Open Access Button is a great new tool for finding open access copies of research articles and at the same time raise awareness and gather evidence of the impact of paywalls on scholarship worldwide.

How it works:

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Finding journals and journal articles using NELSON

FAQ: How can I use NELSON to find journals and journal articles?

While researchers are often best served by accessing Library and Learning Services’ electronic journal collections directly (via our A-Z list), our research discovery tool NELSON can be a quick and convenient way to find articles and journals online. Read on for a short guide.

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Digital Object Identifiers: what they are and where to find them

FAQ: What is a DOI and how can find out if my work has one?

A Digital Object Identifier, or DOI, uniquely and permanently identifies an object.  Although the ‘object’ in theory may be any entity (physical, digital or abstract), in practice the most frequent use of DOI names is to describe the location of electronic journal articles, data sets and other digital documents.  To date over 84 million DOI names have been assigned (see DOI Factsheet), each with a set of basic metadata and a pointer to the full content.

The principle behind the DOI system is that clicking on a DOI name will take you straight to the definitive copy of the item, irrespective of whether its web address (URL) has changed.

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Enhancing the Impact of Publishing : Emerald Author Workshop

Submitted by Nadeem Khan (PhD research student NBS)

Emerald Author Workshop: Tuesday 30th April 2013

The author workshop held at Emerald publishers head office in West Yorkshire brought together the editors of journals and the authors of papers in an insightful and rewarding dialogue. This full day workshop enabled Emerald to better understand the challenges and demands of authors in offering a high quality integrated service. With 2 papers a minute a being published and snail-mail giving way to electronic formats the issue of maintaining quality and time taken to publication were the hot topics.
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