Monthly Archives: March 2016

Are your publications in line with the REF policy on open access which comes into effect on 1st April 2016?

In order to be eligible for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), all journal articles and conference proceedings (ISSN) accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 must be deposited within an institutional or subject repository within three months of the … Continue reading

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Reference management tools at a glance

Reference management tools can save a lot of time when you’re carrying out research and writing it up. However, there are many tools on the market and knowing which one to choose can be tricky. This grid looks at a few … Continue reading

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The Rise of Preprints

There has been a host of media coverage on the growth of preprints in scholarly communications recently. The continuing adoption of bioRxiv a preprint server for biology has been reported in mainstream media, in The New York Times and Wired as well as … Continue reading

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ORO Pilot of Mediated Deposit

There are a number of data sources that identify research publications of OU researchers at point of acceptance or publication.  We can use these data sources to help populate ORO and ease the burden of data entry for the researcher. For … Continue reading

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Academic Social Networking sites and Open Access Publishing

This is the second of 2 posts on Academic Social Networking sites.  In the first I wrote about them generally from a user perspective and in the second I’ll talk about them in relation to Open Access Publishing. When commenting on the … Continue reading

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Workshop 16th March: Open Science / Open Data: what’s it all about?

Open Science is all about maximising benefit for all from academic research by increasing access to both published papers and supporting data. But researchers worried about protecting their intellectual property or long term career prospects can take heart from knowing … Continue reading

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Open Access, can you afford not to?

We’ve designed a few posters to publicise Open Access publishing please feel free to distribute. PDFs: Orange Open Access Poster: OrangeOAPoster Stars Open Access Poster: StarsOAPoster Clouds Open Access Poster: cloudsOAPoster

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Altmetrics: a brief introduction

What are altmetrics? Altmetrics measure the mentions and uses of research. They can complement or provide an alternative to traditional bibliometrics, such as citation counts, Journal Impact Factor and h-index. In practice, altmetrics look at how many times research is mentioned, used, … Continue reading

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Academic Social Networking Sites

This is the first of 2 posts on Academic Social Networking sites.  In the first I’ll write about them generally and in the second in relation to Open Access Publishing. Academia.edu recently got some backlash on social media for a … Continue reading

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Spectacular information and visualising data – an event for OU research students and early career researchers

On Wednesday 13th April 2016, from 10:00 – 13:00, a workshop is being held on visualizing data, aiming to help attendees enhance communication of their research. It is open to research students and early career researchers at the OU and takes place in … Continue reading

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