Author Archives: David Jenkins

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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“Social media for scholarly communications and networking” training session

Me and Chris recently ran a training session entitled “Social media for scholarly communications and networking”. It provided an introduction to how different social media platforms can be used in relation to research and scholarship,  focussing on dissemination, keeping up to … Continue reading

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Dimensions – a new service for discovering and analysing academic literature

Researchers may be interested to try out the free version of Dimensions, a new research information platform from Digital Science (the company behind Figshare, Altmetric, Readcube etc.). Its main functionality includes: Discovery – search for journal articles, books and other … Continue reading

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New icon images in Library Search

OU Library Services is constantly trying to improve the services it provides. As part of this commitment, we have developed new icons for Library Search. These are brighter (in keeping with The OU’s up-to-date website templates), colour-contrast tested for accessibility … Continue reading

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“Metrics: what they are and how to use them” – session slides

Chris and I delivered a training session today entitled “Metrics: what they are and how to use them”. We defined metrics (a.k.a. bibliometrics or quantitative research indicators), looked at how researchers are using them to demonstrate their excellence, contrasted three … Continue reading

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Finding and evaluating external scholarship literature session

Yesterday afternoon, I ran a face-to-face training session entitled “Finding and evaluating external scholarship literature”. It encouraged attendees to search for, evaluate and use external scholarship literature (i.e. that produced outside of The OU) in their scholarship projects. We looked … Continue reading

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Library advice regarding the responsible use of quantitative research indicators

We have written some Library advice regarding the responsible use of quantitative research indicators (the preferred term for metrics/bibliometrics). This outlines our approach to such indicators, representing current good practice and acting as a guide for future activities. We believe that this … Continue reading

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Finding images and copyright – a learning activity

We often get asked about how to find images for academic purposes (e.g. for use in presentations) online and how to navigate associated copyright issues. It is a tricky area but our Finding images and copyright learning activity will help you … Continue reading

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