Author Archives: David Jenkins

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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Cite Them Right – help with citing and referencing different sources

Cite Them Right (OU login needed) is a service that helps you cite and reference different sources – accessible courtesy of an OU Library subscription: If you have a specific source type in mind, all you need to do is … Continue reading

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Improving the student experience – postgraduate researcher (PGR) survey about Library training

In May 2018 we surveyed postgraduate researchers (PGRs) at The Open University to find out what they wanted from Library training. The aim was to help ensure that training delivered to PGRs by the Library Research Support team met user … Continue reading

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Online library training – advanced literature searching and systematic reviews

We are happy to announce a series of online Library training sessions on advanced literature searching and systematic reviews. These are aimed at postgraduate researchers but any interested research staff are welcome to attend: Advanced literature searching 1 (online) Date – … Continue reading

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Official NVivo tutorials on YouTube

The makers of NVivo, the qualitative data analysis software, provide numerous playlists of official tutorials about their product on YouTube. These may come in very useful if you are learning NVivo or have a specific issue that requires guidance!

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REF 2021 Open Access Policy – explanatory video

We have produced a new video outlining HEFCE’s open access policy for REF2021, including details of the changes HEFCE implemented as of 1st April 2018.

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Learn about research metrics across disciplines with The Metrics Toolkit

The Metrics Toolkit is a new resource that allows you to learn more about a wide variety of research metrics (a.k.a quantitative research indicators). It will also help you decide which ones to use in particular cases, according to the … Continue reading

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New MOOC for early careers researchers

You may be interested to know that a new free MOOC (massive open online course) for research students and research staff has just opened for bookings.  Called Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers, it aims to support researchers to … Continue reading

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