Keeping up-to-date with BrowZine!

If you haven’t heard of BrowZine yet you need to check this out!

BrowZine is a website designed to allow you to browse scholarly journals from different publishers all in one place! What more could you want?

This is the home page which offers you the option to either search in the search bar or choose a subject from the list.

Once you’ve selected the journals by category or subject, the titles are displayed by journal rank or A-Z. Then it is simply one click to search the entire journal for relevant articles which you can read directly through the database. In the image below you will notice the journals are listed in alphabetical order and in the top left-hand corner you can go back to change the subject you are searching under. It really is that simple!

Another amazing feature of BrowZine is that it is extremely tablet and mobile device friendly so it is perfect for browsing on the go. This means you can read complete scholarly journals in a format that is specifically optimised for mobile or tablet devices.

To access BrowZine follow this link. This will ensure you are accessing the database via our OU proxy URL. Alternatively, you can head to our library website and click ‘database collections’ underneath the search bar. You will find BrowZine listed under ‘B’ and from there the link will take you to the database.

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On your marks, get set…write!

To help writers stuck in a rut under lock-down, Prolifiko are currently offering free places on their 7 day writing sprint club – a  structured programme that helps you supercharge a piece of writing over a week.

Whether you’re stuck in the middle of a writing project or just starting out, their 7-Day Writing Sprint will give you structure, focus and accountability to need to finish. Sign up quickly as places are likely to go fast!

Who are Prolifiko?

Prolifiko are a husband and wife team of professional writing coaches who together have over 30 years’ experience of supporting writers to, well, write. They coach writers from diverse backgrounds, from poets to academics, and offer writing courses, bootcamps and webinars designed to re-ignite a passion for writing and boost productivity.

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Creative Commons

Getting to know Creative Commons licences is important when choosing to reuse images or other content in your research outputs, whether they are journal articles, posters, or presentations. Here’s a handy guide to the suite of Creative Commons licences to help you and take a look at the Creative Commons website; it is a great source of information, as well as home to their ever growing CC Search portal. Any content that has been released under a CC licence should have a statement or an icon that indicates which licence applies. You will find this detail in a variety of places within journal articles, as you can see in the examples below. If you decide to use an image, graph, or a graphic from papers released under a CC licence, follow the terms of the licence and credit them appropriately.

     

Images from photo hosting sites such as Flickr, Wikipedia, Unsplash, Pixabay etc. make their licences clear. Flickr, for instance, allows you to search and filter by Creative Commons licence type and details of the licence will be on the image main page.

 

Follow the terms of the licence and credit the creator. See the example below: –

Droid Gingerbread. https://flic.kr/p/9WkVzT This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

 

If you have any questions about Creative Commons or copyright in general, please get in touch with us and look out for a copyright training session for postgraduate researchers in the autumn term!  library-research-support@open.ac.uk

 

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ORO Refresh Now Live!

Following on from our blog post last week, the changes to ORO are now complete and are now live. Check out the new look!

The Library has been working on refreshing ORO and its appearance and these changes have been implemented today.

This refresh has been undertaken to improve responsiveness and accessibility. The new look and feel is cleaner and has better contrast so ORO is easier to read, and will work better on mobile devices. We have also improved the browse menus so they are easier to navigate. Alongside this we have made the usage statistics more visible, as we are often asked about access to statistics on number of downloads. 

Following this update, the functionality of ORO, including the deposit process, should remain the same. Please do get in touch with library-research-support@open.ac.uk with any questions or comments.

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Find out if you can publish Gold at no extra cost!

Due to the various institutional subscriptions we have with academic publishers, several offsetting deals are now available to OU researchers who wish to publish Gold Open Access (where the final journal article is immediately freely available to read and download on the publisher website). Offsetting deals are exploratory models in the shift from paying to read (the journal subscription) to paying to publish.

The three largest deals we currently have in place are with Springer, Sage and Wiley. However, there are many other publishers that offer reduced or waived article processing charges (APCs). Have a look at the Library Research Support Team’s webpages for full details, to see if you could benefit.

The deal we have in place with Sage now allows any article in one of their hybrid journals which was accepted for publication on or after 1st January 2020 to be made Gold Open Access at no cost. This deal applies to the corresponding author on the paper. Some researchers will have already received an email from the publisher asking them if they would like to take advantage of this deal, so keep an eye on your inbox as you need to reply within 5 days. If you publish in one of Sage’s fully open access journals you can receive a 20% discount on the APCs.

The deal we have with Wiley applies to both their hybrid and fully open access journals and covers original research and review articles. To benefit from this deal, you need to be the corresponding author and must indicate your affiliation with the OU’s Wiley Open Access Account in the payment question during manuscript submission. Please note that the Wiley Open Access Account cannot be used to cover page charges. There is a cap on the number of publications that are covered by this deal, so we are operating it on a first come, first served basis.

The deal we have with Springer applies to original papers, review papers, brief communications or continuing education published in a Springer Open Choice journal. Again, you have to be the corresponding author and a researcher affiliated to the OU.

It’s a good idea to keep up to date with these publishing agreements via our web pages, as new deals are being negotiated all the time and they can change at short notice.

Please note that the Open University has a preference for a CC BY license to be applied to any outputs that are published under these negotiated deals, in order to maximise possibilities for re-use.

If you have any questions, please get in touch: library-research-support@open.ac.uk

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EThOS Survey

Hello everyone,

The British Library are running a very short survey to help them gain an understanding of how people use the EThOS thesis service. They are particularly interested in how front end users – researchers of all kinds – use it.

Please follow this link to the survey to fill it out. The results will feed into improvements to the EThOS service in the near future.

We hope you have a great weekend!

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ORO Refresh

The Library has been working on refreshing ORO and its appearance will be updated on the week commencing the 13th July. ORO may be unavailable for short periods during this time.

This refresh has been undertaken to improve responsiveness and accessibility. The new look and feel is cleaner and has better contrast so ORO will be easier to read, and will work better on mobile devices. We have also improved the browse menus so they are easier to navigate. Alongside this we have made the usage statistics more visible, as we are often asked about access to statistics on number of downloads.

Following this update, the functionality of ORO, including the deposit process, should remain the same. Please do get in touch with library-research-support@open.ac.uk with any questions or comments.

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Online Training Session on Sage Research Methods

Calling all researchers! We’re running a webinar to give you the low down on the Sage Research Methods database and how it can enhance your research project no matter what stage you’re at.

What will be covered? A brief introduction to the database including what the database is and how it can be useful whether you are; writing your research question, conducting your literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing your data, writing up your results or thinking about publication. It’s got something for everyone!

When? 20th July 2020 2-2:30pm

How to sign up? Click this link to sign up on my learning centre.

Need to contact us? Email us at library-research-support@open.ac.uk

Hope to see you there!

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Which Stats Test? SAGE Research Methods

Hello and happy Thursday everyone!

Today is the final instalment of the SAGE Research Methods blog post series and we will be focusing on the Stats Test tool. This tool is designed to help researchers figure out which statistical test is best for their study – as it can be very difficult to get to grips with! All you have to do is answer a series of questions about your project and SRM will do all the work for you (amazing right?)

 

Also if you’re ever unsure of how to answer a question, there will always be a help section which will take you to a list of resources designed to help you understand the question. For example, this screenshot shows the question ‘what measurement level are your variables?’ and the help function has links to take you to resources aimed at helping you to understand variables and levels of measurement.

 

We hope you’ve found these SAGE Research Methods posts useful. If you have any further queries about the database please contact the Research Support Team at library-research-support@open.ac.uk

Good luck with your research!

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Managing your data during a pandemic

We’re all embracing our new co-workers

The world as we know it has changed, and it seems unlikely that we will be returning to what we previously considered “normal” for some time.

While you’re working from home during this period you might feel as though conducting your research is harder, or even impossible. However, you now plenty of time to get on top of managing your research data! Here are some top tips from the Library Research Support Team:

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