Author Archives: David Jenkins

Literature searching for postgraduate researchers – online training

We have a series of online training for OU postgraduate researchers, full details and sign-up information is below: Literature Searching for Postgraduate Researchers 1 (online) Mon, 7 October 2019 14:00 – 15:00 BST Online access – via the Research Support … Continue reading

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Postgraduate researcher (PGR) training survey results – 2019

The Library Research Support team recently undertook its annual survey to capture the training needs and communication preferences of postgraduate researchers (PGRs). We got a good response rate (19.3% of PGRs available). Here are some takeaways: Over a quarter (25.6%) … Continue reading

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“Measuring research: what everyone needs to know” – new ebook available

Want to know more about quantitative research indicators (a.k.a. bibliometrics) such as Journal Impact Factor, h-index or altmetrics? We have a new ebook in stock, containing thorough discussion of this field, the pros and cons of various indicators and the … Continue reading

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“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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