Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? (Old Road Campus)

Picture of an open lockIn order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. HEFCE’s requirements are designed to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’.

Bodleian Libraries give a monthly briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position. These briefings are aimed at researchers and academics, research support staff, administrators and librarians. Key topics include:

• Introduction – What is open access?
• Key terms – Gold, Green, APCs
• How to find out about research council or funder requirements
• How to find out what your publisher will allow
• Green route – how to deposit in ORA
• Gold route and how to claim for APCs
• HEFCE policy for next REF
• New developments, including ORCID researcher IDs
• Where to get more help

Our next two sessions are as follows:

  • Wednesday 12 July 14.00-15.00  Headington Old Road campus
    (
    particularly convenient for the Medical Sciences Division)

  • Tuesday 22 August 14.00-15.00  Manor Road Building, Seminar Room E

The sessions are free, but online booking is required.
Book a place on  iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?

 

Authors, copyright and open access – making it work for you

Authors are often unsure what rights they retain when signing the publisher agreement for a journal article. Your choices affect what you and others can do with your work.

Bodleian Libraries are running an introductory workshop to help you decipher the jargon and explain the pitfalls so you can understand your options and make informed decisions.  The workshop will cover: benefits of retaining copyright; Copyright Transfer Agreements (CTA) compared with other Licence types (inc. Creative Commons); author rights and sharing permissions; subscription and open access articles; uploading to the web or repositories; University and funder policies (inc. REF); and the support available.

Participants are invited to bring along an example of a publisher copyright agreement that they have signed in the past or from a journal they publish in regularly. There will be time for Q&A, but if you wish to send questions in advance please email: openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, using subject line: June Copyright session.

Please book online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Authors, copyright and open access – making it work for you
(Thursday 15th June 14.00-15.00)

Using four centuries of news sources for historical and contemporary research

Newspapers are wonderful resources for both historical and contemporary research not only providing a record of events, politics, the law and international affairs but also rich information about the zeitgeist of the age, social and cultural life, language and much more.

However, newspapers can be tricky to use in research. Tracking down papers can be difficult not least because historical newspapers are spread across a range of digital resources whilst in the modern age the huge scale of the resources available and the plethora of editions can make research tricky.    Mastering the appropriate resources in order to search them effectively and to make the most of the items you find can also be a challenge.

To develop your skills in using newspapers in research, why not come to the Bodleian Libraries’ iSkills session Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries on Wednesday 7th June (09.30-12.30). During the session we will look at a wide range of resources for both historical and contemporary research and how to make best use of them.

Book your place online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries
(Wednesday 7th June, 09.30-12.30)

Research impact – how to find high-impact journals and demonstrate your own research impact

Looking for high impact journals and conferences? Need to demonstrate research impact? Wondering about your h-index?

Being able to identify high impact journals and to measure and demonstrate your own research impact and h-index are key skills which are increasingly important when applying for funding and in some case research positions.   One way of measuring impact is to count, track and anaylse citations to published works.   A number of tools exist to facilitate this but can be tricky to use.

Bodleian Libraries will be running our workshop  iSkills: Research Impact – citation analysis tools  on Tuesday 6th June, 10.00-11.30, to help you to use citation data to measure and demonstrate impact. We will be covering  Journal Citation Reports, CiteScore Journal Metrics, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, Altmetrics and ORCID and will look at how to find highly cited journals and conferences as well as how to measure the impact of individual researchers including calculating the h-index.

This session is for researchers, research support staff and research postgraduates, especially in the Sciences and Social Sciences. Please be sure to book your place.

Getting started in Oxford Libraries

New to the University’s libraries, or still unsure if you are getting the most out of them?

Come to one of our monthly workshops on getting started in Oxford Libraries. We will give you an introduction to Oxford Libraries including guidance on which libraries to use, accessing e-journals and other online resources, SOLO and other finding aids and making the most of Library services. This workshop will help you settle into using libraries at the University of Oxford with confidence.

Key topics:
•    Which libraries to use – finding out which libraries you may use and which cover your subject
•    Using SOLO to find printed and online books, journals and other materials
•    Using the Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS) service
•    Using your own laptop or device in the Library
•    How the libraries can help you – getting advice on searching, reading lists, current awareness, reference management, open access, research data management and more.
•    Opportunities for questions

Book online for Bodleian iSkills: Getting started in Oxford Libraries
Next available date:
Monday 5 June14.00-17.00

Mendeley for reference management and more….

Reference management tools are invaluable for keeping on top of your bibliographies and references.  With a reference management tool you can systematically build libraries of references and effortlessly add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents.  Each term we run a series of workshops to introduce different reference management tools, and on Friday 2nd June we will look at Mendeley.

Mendeley is now one of the most popular reference managers, offering the traditional features of reference management software (such as inserting references into word processed documents and building bibliographies), but also with additional features including facilities for collaboration and the ability to search Mendeley’s own library of papers.

Whether you are looking for an alternative to RefWorks or Endnote, are new to reference management or are already using Mendeley and want some help with specific features, come along to our Mendeley workshop: Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management (Friday 2nd June, 09.15-12.15) .  Here you can find out more, try it out and get any help you need with it.  This session will cover:

  • An overview of reference management with Mendeley
  • Creating a Mendeley account and installing Mendeley Desktop
  • Adding, editing and organising references
  • Creating bibliographies
  • Managing PDF documents with Mendeley
  • Using the Mendeley ‘Papers’ database
  • Collaboration and social networking with Mendeley

The workshop is free, but online booking is essential:
Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management (Friday 2nd June 09.15-12.15)

(If you are an advanced user of Mendeley you need only attend the second part, starting at 10.40.)

Keep up to date with emerging research

Keeping up to date with new publications, research papers, announcements from funding bodies and other news is an essential but time-consuming task.  Our workshop iSkills: Getting information to come to you takes the pain out of the process by introducing you to RSS feeds and email alerts. These technologies allow you to set up notifications so that, when key journals, databases or web sites publish new information in your research area, you are sent an alert via email or via an RSS feed reader. Participants will have the opportunity to set up their own RSS feed readers and/or email notifications during the session.

Please book online for:
iSkills: Getting information to come to you (Thursday 1 June 14:00-15:30)

Working with sensitive research data?

Do you work with sensitive, confidential or restricted data?  If so, you may be interested in the next workshop in our Research Data Management series: ‘Working with sensitive research data’.

The workshop will be suitable for those using sensitive data either obtained from third party sources such as data archives or for those creating data as part of their research.    It will be particularly suitable for DPhil students and research staff.  Please be sure to book your place online for:
Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data (Wed 31 May 10:00-12:00)

Need resources from the Medieval period for your research?

Bodleian Libraries will will be running a workshop on sources for Medievalists next Tuesday 30 May. This interdisciplinary workshop will provide a general overview of e-resources relevant for British and Western European medieval studies. It will cover bibliographical databases, biographical and reference tools, web portals and collections of online primary source materials including Anglo-Saxon sources, Greek and Latin texts, chronicles, charters and literary works and manuscript sources.

This session is aimed at undergrads, postgrads, researchers, academics, staff eg. Classicists, English students, Historians, Philosophers, Theologians and anyone who needs sources from the Medieval period for their research.

Please book online for this FREE workshop:
Bodleian iSkills: Sources for Medievalists (Tuesday 30th May 14.00-16.15)

Choosing and using software for referencing

Struggling with your in-text citations/footnotes or bibliography?

Keep on top of it all with reference management software. 

Not sure which package to use? Come one of our introductory sessions. We will give an overview of how reference management works, explore the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and give you the opportunity to try out four different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.

We run workshops every term on choosing and using Referencing software. The workshops are FREE, but online booking is required. Book online for:
Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Wednesday 24th May 14.00-17.00)