Author Archives: David Jenkins

“Getting the most out of your doctorate” – new ebook available

We’ve just procured a new ebook at the request of academic staff: Dollinger, M. (2019) Getting the most out of your doctorate : the importance of supervision, networking and becoming a global academic. First edition. (OU login required). It focuses on the importance … Continue reading

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Investigating signing DORA in response to funder policy changes

Adopting a responsible metrics approach is seen as good practice across the research community. However, there is now an additional need for The Open University to sign up to an external responsible metrics statement, such as the San Francisco Declaration on … Continue reading

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New academic writing mini-collection

We have a new mini-collection of books on academic writing, purchased on the recommendation of PACE (Professional and Academic Communication in English) in order to support postgraduate reseachers. There are a handful of print books, which are housed on the second floor of … Continue reading

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New research methods print books

In response to feedback from postgraduate researchers, we now have a collection of over 70 print research methods books. They are housed on the second floor of the Library building (near The Park) and are available on a reference basis … Continue reading

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Public speaking and presentation skills for early career researchers

The Charlesworth Group, a publishing services company, are running a webinar on public speaking and presentation skills for early career researchers. It’s on Tuesday July 30th @ 10:00am or @ 14:00pm BST and you can get more info and sign up … Continue reading

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What is a systematic review and how does it differ from a ‘regular’ literature review?

There are a lot of different types of literature review and there is a lot of different terminology surrounding literature reviews. This creates confusion and there is a particularly large amount of confusion regarding systematic reviews. The term, strictly speaking, … Continue reading

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What was the first academic journal?

Well, like most things in academia, the question of which academic journal came first is contested. Usually, it’s seen as being between Journal des sçavans, which was based in Paris, and Philosophical Transactions, produced by the Royal Society of London. It is not contested that Journal des … Continue reading

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Plan S – a primer

What is Plan S? Plan S is a radical proposal regarding open access (OA) to research publications. It was created by cOAlition S, a group of research funders co-ordinated by Science Europe. It includes UKRI (UK Research and Innovation), Wellcome, … Continue reading

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What are responsible metrics?

“Responsible metrics” refers to the ethical and appropriate use of citation-based metrics (e.g. citation counts, Journal Impact Factor, H-index), altmetrics (e.g. how many times research is mentioned, used, saved and shared on blogs, social media and social bookmarking services) and … Continue reading

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CANCELLED – Shut Up and Write sessions for postgraduate researchers (PGRs)

*Edit – 28.05.19 – Just to let you know that, unfortunately, the Shut Up and Write pilot has been cancelled due to extremely low interest. This means that there will be no Shut Up and Write on Wednesday 29th May … Continue reading

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