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Have your say on reference management

Do you use RefWorks? Mendeley? OneNote, Papers, CiteULike? Do they improve your life, or raise your blood pressure? Is there anything you wish they did, or didn’t do? Do you avoid them altogether?

All researchers and staff are invited to take part in our survey on the use of reference managers. This is part of a project within Library and Learning Services looking at support and provision for reference management and citation services.
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Researcher wanted for reference management review

The Library and Learning Services Research Support team would like to recruit a University of Northampton PhD researcher to work on a review of reference management and citation software provision at the University.

The project will primarily involve the gathering and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, focusing on staff and postgraduate experience and requirements regarding reference management. There will also be an opportunity for the PhD researcher to mentor an undergraduate URB@N student researching the undergraduate experience.

The project runs from Jan – July 2016, with an anticipated 50 hours researcher input and a payment of £600 on completion.

For further details, please contact

Tools for citation analysis

FAQ: How can I find out which works are most cited?

Even though the decision has been made not to use citation counts as the primary measure of research excellence in REF2014, there are several good reasons why you might be interested in the number of times your work, or that of others, has been cited. For example:

  • to measure and track the uptake of specific research outputs by the scholarly community
  • to enhance bids for funding
  • to demonstrate personal, group and institutional research performance
  • to support career advancement

In this series of posts I will introduce some of the tools that you can use for citation analysis and explain briefly how you can access them.

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