Help the RSL highlight contributions to science from under-represented groups

The Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) is committed to supporting an inclusive culture and aims to be a space where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and respected. To support this, and to coincide with the RSL’s building renovations, we are running a project to diversify the portraiture, the results of which will be exhibited when it re-opens in summer 2023.

We are keen to showcase the outstanding contributions of staff, students, or groups, from MPLS or MSD, who promote equality, diversity, and inclusion through their research, outreach, or daily working practices. Nominations will be assessed for their relevance, and impact towards promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion. Successful nominees will be celebrated in the newly refurbished RSL, as part of a rotational exhibition. If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone you know, please complete this short form.

Open Science Framework

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a tool for simplifying the management of research projects and related activities, regardless of discipline. It is a service provided by the Centre for Open Science, a not-for-profit organisation based in Virginia in the USA.

Despite its name, OSF is not discipline specific and integrates with many existing scholarly tools such as Zotero, DataCite and GitHUb rather than duplicating services. The Medical Sciences Division is funding these activities to develop case studies exploring how researchers can be supported in the areas of open science and open publishing, in a sustainable way and that encourages high quality and collaborative research practices. OSF facilities will be available to all members of the University, via Oxford SSO provided that they have an ORCID linked to their account.

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New look training for Open Scholarship

In response to attendee feedback, the Bodleian libraries will soon offer an improved series of sessions covering open access. Sessions will be targeted to different levels of knowledge and interest in open access publishing. If you’re feeling a little confused about what ‘open access’ means, are stumped by how to go about getting your research published in an open access format, or if you want to discuss new developments in open scholarship, we have the right session for you!

Fundamentals of Open Access – This will cover the basic principles of open access, such as what it means and who it applies to. Recommended for new starters or those new to open access publishing. This session will run every other month.

Logistics of Open Scholarship – This will cover the practical ‘how to’ of open scholarship such as how to deposit your publications and data and how to apply for funding to cover open access publication costs. This session will run every other month.

Forum of Open Scholarship – This session is intended for advocates and administrators involved in open scholarship. These termly forums will discus forthcoming (and current) challenges and opportunities in open scholarship. It will be a space where people can ask questions and address ‘what’s happening’ for researchers and research support staff.

Each session will be recorded for the benefit of those who are unable to attend in person. All sessions will be advertised and can be booked through the iSkills Information Skills programme website – https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ask/workshops#/

Thieme journals – consultation on subscription renewals

The Bodleian Libraries, along with all departments in the University, are under increased financial pressure and constraints.

We are faced with consistently above-inflation price rises for online journals. As a result, we don’t renew any subscription without a careful review of usage and cost. We want to make renewal decisions in partnership and consultation with our users. We want to minimise the impact of any possible cuts, making sure there is the necessary support for learning, research, and teaching within the MSD. The following online journals are now due for renewal. They have had very low usage in 2021-22.

  • Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Digestive Disease Interventions
  • Hämostaseologie
  • Journal of Hip Surgery
  • Homeopathy
  • International Journal of Angiology
  • Journal of Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Journal of Pediatric Genetics
  • Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Journal of Pediatric Neurology
  • Journal of Wrist Surgery
  • Journal of Hand and Microsurgery
  • Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
  • Klinische Pädiatrie
  • RöFo – Fortschritte auf dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der bildgebenden Verfahren
  • Seminars in Interventional Radiology
  • Seminars in Plastic Surgery
  • TumorDiagnostik & Therapie
  • Ultraschall in der Medizin – European Journal of Ultrasound
  • Zeitschrift für Gastroenterologie

We’d welcome any feedback you may have on the importance of these titles to your work. Please send your comments to edina.pillock@bodleian.ox.ac.uk by Friday 2 December 2022.

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iSkills for Undergraduate Science, Michaelmas term 2022

Free training sessions to help science students develop the information skills to succeed with research and writing – find out more and book sessions online
using the links below.

Explore Virtual Reality and 3D Printing
Monday 31 October 2022, 5-6pm
Social Sciences Library Information Skills Training Room
www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ask/workshops#/course/MPLS0001 

Easier Referencing with RefWorks
Thursday 3 November 2022, 5-6pm
Social Sciences Library Information Skills Training Room
www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ask/workshops#/course/MPLS0002

Successful Searching for your Assignments (MSD)
Thursday 10 November 2022, 5-6pm
Online via Microsoft Teams
www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ask/workshops#/course/MPLS0003

Successful Searching for your Assignments (MPLS)
Tuesday 8 November 2022, 5-6pm
Online via Microsoft Teams
www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ask/workshops#/course/MPLS0004
Thursday 1 November 2022, 5-6pm
Social Sciences Library Information Skills Training Room
www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ask/workshops#/course/MPLS0005

Sources for Science: Learning the craft of evaluating information and referencing academic sources online
Monday 7 November 2022, 5-6pm
Online via Microsoft Teams
www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ask/workshops#/course/ISKILL0071

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3D printing and VR services

3D printing and scanning services

We would like to remind all our readers that the Radcliffe Science Library has a low-cost 3D printing service which is available to all members of the University. We also have 3D scanning equipment for the creation of virtual 3D objects.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss using the service, please contact rsl3dprinting@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Further information, including how to submit an order, can be found on the online guide: https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/3dprintingscanning

VR equipment lending service

The RSL has VR headsets and a 360° camera which are available for loan. Please contact newtech.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with any queries about this service.

Further information can be found at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/vr.

AIAA meeting papers

We now have online access to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) meeting papers. These are papers from AIAA’s Forums and supported conferences covering every aspect of aerospace – approximately 5,000 are published every year. Our subscription includes the complete archive which provides access to historical papers published by AIAA from 1963 up to the current year.

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New deal with Optica Publishing Group

The Bodleian Libraries have signed a new deal for Optica journals.

This agreement allows University of Oxford corresponding authors to publish research articles and review articles in hybrid and fully OA journals. Authors must use their Oxford University email address when submitting articles to the journal, and choose the CC BY publication licence.

You can check a comprehensive list of which publishers we have signed deals with (and the content of the deals) here: https://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/publisher-deals

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UpToDate subscription expiry

The UpToDate subscription will expire on 31 July and due to the very high cost it has unfortunately not been possible to renew the subscription.

If you use UpToDate to log and redeem CPD points as evidence of your personal CPD, it is important that you download these CPD points before that date if you would like to evidence them in your portfolio. Instructions on how to do this are available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Please contact us at hcl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for more information or help.