Category Archives: Library research support

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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ORCID Training

An ORCID is a 16 digit persistent identifier for researchers and contributors.  It’s purpose is to: (1) disambiguate researchers with like names in any system (e.g. Web of Science, ORO or ORDO) (2) aid data transfer across systems to stop … 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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Connecting ORDO to Github

Are you a researcher who develops software? Do you use Github? Did you know you can connect your Github account with ORDO? This will enable you to import items from Github to ORDO  thereby assigning them a DOI to enable … Continue reading

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