Category Archives: Library research support

Learn more about Open Research (and get a free lunch!)

1-4pm Wednesday 6th November (with lunch from 1-1:30pm) Library Presentation Room Join us for lunch followed by a brief foray into open research practices and approaches! If you are interested in making your research more visible, increasing impact, enabling collaboration, … Continue reading

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New lunchtime seminar series on research commercialisation

Research, Enterprise and Scholarship (RES) are running a programme of six short lunchtime workshops covering a range of topics relating to the commercialisation of University research. Each workshop will run for one hour, and the presenters will be on hand … Continue reading

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Open Access Week at The OU

Join us on October 23rd for a day of Open Access training and discussions, in celebration of International Open Access Week. Perhaps you want to learn a bit more about Open Access Publishing, or the REF Open Access Policy. Chris … 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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UK Data Service announce 2019 webinar series

The UK Data Service has just published the dates of its free online training sessions for 2019 for developing skills in data use. The UK Data Service is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and provides access … Continue reading

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New Podcast – Copyright and your Thesis

You may remember earlier in the year that we created some guidance for Postgraduate Researchers for including third-party copyright works in their thesis. You can now find out more in our new copyright podcast which covers the basics of copyright: … 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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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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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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