Author Archives: David Jenkins

Using other universities’ libraries via the SCONUL Access scheme

OU Library Services do our best to meet all our users’ needs but we appreciate there are times when you may need to use other universities’ libraries. One of the most convenient ways of doing this is via the SCONUL … Continue reading

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Getting started with EndNote Basic/Online? Check out their help videos and guides

EndNote is a popular reference management tool. It comes in two main forms: A desktop program This can be installed for free on OU PCs or can be purchased for use on your own PC There is some information on … Continue reading

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Getting started with Mendeley? Check out their help videos and guides

Mendeley is a popular reference management tool. Its strengths include the fact it can extract reference information directly from PDFs of articles, that you can use it across various platforms/devices and that it offers certain social media-like functions to discover … Continue reading

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Statista – a statistics portal with market and consumer data from over 600 industries

We would like to bring your attention to Statista, a statistics portal where OU researchers can easily find and use market and consumer data from over 600 industries. The OU Library has a subscription to this resource and users can … Continue reading

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“Open Research for Academics” – lessons learned

I went to Open Research for Academics: A Workshop and Hackathon on Saturday. It was a really useful event that examined all aspects of openness in academia except open access publishing. Here are my main takeaways: Journalists and style guides … Continue reading

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Roundup of “Metrics: what they are and how to use them”

Chris and I delivered a session entitled “Metrics: what they are and how to use them” today as part of the Research Career Development Programme at the OU. It was really enjoyable and we got some great engagement from the … Continue reading

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Research students – welcome and reference management training

We just wanted to say a huge welcome to new research students who are starting at the OU. Good luck with your studies and we hope you have a great time! If you’re not already familiar with them, learning reference … Continue reading

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Revisiting The Metric Tide

As we reported last summer, The Metric Tide is an independent report commissioned by HEFCE that was published in July 2015. It looks at the current and future roles of quantitative evaluation of research (i.e. bibliometrics, altmetrics and the like) … Continue reading

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The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) is an initiative to change the way that research is evaluated. It centres on the belief there is an over-reliance on bibliometrics, such as the Journal Impact Factor, which is seen by … Continue reading

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A checklist for evaluating journals to publish in

For a recent OU training session I co-ran entitled “Finding and evaluating external scholarship literature” I was asked to speak very briefly about evaluating journals to publish in. Attendees were introduced  to Think Check Submit, which provides “a simple checklist … Continue reading

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