Category Archives: ORA

Nearly finished that DPhil? Make sure it’s ORA ready.

Screen shot of ORA home pageIf you are an Oxford DPhil, you are probably aware that you are required to deposit a digital copy of your thesis in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).    Once deposited, your thesis will be embargoed for a short period, but after that it will be become publicly available as an open access thesis.

Making your thesis open access brings lots of benefits not only to other researchers and the public who can benefit from your research but also to you in terms of raising your visibility and impact.  However, it also carried responsibilities. In particular, if you have included materials such as pictures for which you are not the copyright holder, you will need to get permission to reproduce them.    You may be surprised to learn that this not only applies to the more obvious items like pictures, but also to materials that you have authored yourself (e.g. journal articles) if the copyright belongs to a third party such as a publisher.  Our top tip is to be aware of copyright issues as early as possible in your research, as getting permissions as you go along is usually much easier than leaving it until you have finished your thesis.

In addition, if your thesis includes sensitive or confidential material, you may need to apply for a dispensation from consultation for the whole or part of your thesis so that it does not become public.

To find out more about how to handle copyright and sensitive data in your digital thesis, and how to prepare it for depositing in ORA, come along to Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA on Wednesday 26 April 14.00-15.00 at the Social Science Library.     Please note that although the session is free, booking is essential.

Open Access Oxford: What’s happening?

In 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 run monthly briefings 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 session is on Tuesday 23rd August, 14:00-15:00

Book a place on  iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?
(Online booking essential)

Calling all DPhils: Your thesis, copyright and ORA

If you are an Oxford DPhil, you are probably aware that you are required to deposit a digital copy of your thesis in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA).    Once deposited, your thesis will, after a short embargo period become publically available via ORA.

It is therefore essential that you get permission to reproduce any materials (e.g. pictures etc) where a third party holds the copyright.  This may even apply to materials that you have authored yourself (e.g. journal articles) if the copyright belongs to a third party such as a publisher.  Our top tip is to be aware of copyright issues as early as possible in your research, as getting permissions as you go along is usually much easier than leaving it until you have finished your thesis.

In addition, if your thesis includes sensitive or confidential material, you may need to apply for a dispensation from consultation for the whole or part of your thesis.

To find out more about how to handle copyright and sensitive data in your digital thesis, and how to prepare it for depositing in ORA, come along to Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA on Tuesday 26th April, 10:00-11:00  Please note that although the session is free, booking is essential.

Open Access Oxford: what’s happening?

In 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 run monthly briefings 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 first session will be in Week 0, Wednesday 20th April 12:00-13:00

Book a place on iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?
(Online booking essential)

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?

A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position. Key topics will 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

Book a place on iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?
Thursday 21st January 11.00-12.00
Thursday 18th February 14.00-15.00
Tuesday 1st March 11.00-12.00

(Online booking essential)

Key research tools for Social Sciences

Are you making the most of the research tools available to help you with your thesis or dissertation? Do you need to brush up on your IT and information skills? IT Services and Bodleian Libraries will be working together to run our Research Skills Toolkit during week 8 and will be running 3 sessions for Social Sciences (Tues 1 Dec 14.00-16.00, and Thurs 3 Dec 10.00-12.00) . If you’re not familiar with the Research Skills Toolkit, these are 2 hour workshops at which you have a chance to try out 10 different tools and skills which will help you in your research. The Social Sciences Toolkits will include the following:

  • Keeping up to date with new research publications using email alerts
  • Finding data and statistics using OECD iLibraryData and Databank
  • Searching for dissertations and theses using Proquest
  • Citation searching with Web of Science to find high impact articles and journals and to track citations between papers
  • Your thesis and ORA – essential information about copyright and sensitive data
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Endnote for managing citations, inserting intext references/footnotes and creating bibliographies
  • Free software for image manipulation
  • Managing your thesis with Word
  • Analysing data with Excel Pivot tables

These workshops are very popular so please be sure to book your place online.

Not a Social Scientist? We will be running toolkits for most subject areas. Check LibGuides workshops for a full list.

Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?

You have another chance this term to attend the briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position. Key topics will 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

Bodleian iSkills: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?
Monday 30th November 12:00-13:00, Week 8  >Book a place
(Online booking essential)

Help with the new REF Open Access requirements

Come along to this hands-on session in the Centre for Digital Scholarship to find out about the new REF Open Access requirements and how to deposit publications and data into ORA.  The session will cover:

  • Open Access (OA) at the University of Oxford, including author identifiers and mechanisms for funder / publisher compliance, followed by an opportunity to explore the Open Access Oxford website
  • resource discovery using the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) and content indexing, including Google and Google Scholar, with an opportunity to put this into practice
  • Symplectic Elements – the university’s tool for REF compliance and the deposit mechanism for ORA, including time with the Symplectic Elements software
  • Research Data Management support at the Bodleian, including data deposit requirements by funders and a chance to deposit a dataset

There will be plenty of time for questions and practical support for publication and data deposit.

Bodleian iSkills: ORA – discovery and digital curation of scholarly output
(Wednesday 25th November 13.00-16.00) week 7
Presenters: iSkills in collaboration with Centre for Digital Scholarship, led by Sarah Barkla, with contributions from Juliet Ralph, Dr F Eugenio Barrio-Madias, Jason Partridge, David Tomkins.
Online booking is essential. >Book a place or visit the Bodleian Digital Scholarship Centre for further information.

Calling all DPhils – what you need to know about Open Access and your thesis

If you are an Oxford DPhil, you are probably aware that you are required to deposit a digital copy of your thesis in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). Once deposited your thesis will, after a short embargo period, become publicly available via ORA.

Since your thesis will eventually be publicly available on ORA, it is essential that you get permission to reproduce any materials (e.g. pictures etc) where a third party holds the copyright. This may even apply to materials that you have authored yourself (e.g. journal articles) if the copyright belongs to a third party such as a publisher. Our top tip is to be aware of copyright issues as early as possible in your research as getting permissions as you go along is usually much easier than leaving it until you have finished your thesis.

In addition, if your thesis includes sensitive or confidential material you may need to apply for a ‘dispensation from consultation’ for the whole or part of your thesis.

To find out more about how to handle copyright and sensitive data in your digital thesis, come along to Bodleian iSkills: Your thesis, copyright and ORA, on Wednesday 18th November 14.00-15.00 in the Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road. Please note that although this session is free, booking is essential

Researching in Arts and Humanities? Discover key tools at the Humanities Research Skills Toolkit

Are you making the most of the IT and Library research tools available to help you with your thesis or dissertation?   Do you need to brush up on your IT and information skills?  IT Services and Bodleian Libraries will be working together to run our award winning Research Skills Toolkit during week 8 (this term) and week 1 of Hilary Term.

We will be running two dedicated sessions for Arts and Humanities on Wed 3 Dec 10-12 and Mon 19 Jan 14.00-16.00. In addition we will be running individual sessions for Oriental Studies (Thurs 4 Dec 10.00-12.00), History, Archaeology and Classics (Wed 21 Jan 14.00-16.00)  and English Literature (Thursday 22 Jan 10.00-12.00)

If you’re not familiar with the Research Skills Toolkit, these are 2 hour workshops at which you have a chance to try out 10 different tools and skills which will help you in your research. The Arts and Humanties Toolkits will include the following:

  • Using key Humanities databases to find articles, books and other materials in your research field.  Participants will be able to choose from MLA (English and Modern Languages), Oxford Bibliographies Online,  Philosopher’s Index, ATLA Religion, Historical Abstracts, Art Full Text, Old and New Testament Abstracts, America History and Life and RILM Music Literature Abstracts)
  • Finding primary materials using PastMasters
  • Keeping up to date with new research publications using RSS feeds and email alerts
  • Finding high impact articles and books and tracking citations to key authors and works using Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Your thesis and ORA – essential information about copyright and sensitive data
  • Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Endnote for managing citations, inserting intext references/footnotes and creating bibliographies
  • Free software for image manipulation
  • Managing your thesis with Word

These workshops are very popular so please be sure to book your place online.

Not studying a Humanities subject?  We will be running toolkits for most subject areas. Check LibGuides workshops for a full list.