URL change for Journal Citation Reports

From 22nd March the direct url for:

Journal Citation reports shows impact factors and other journal metrics.

ESI shows influential researchers and papers as well as emerging research areas.

Incites allows analysis of universities and identifies influential researchers and collaborators in a similar way to Scival.

  If you are using the services off campus you will need to register first via the Sign In option at the top right of the screen.




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The myths surrounding open scholarly publishing

We were interested to spot this new preprint by Professor Tom Crick et al, discussing the ten myths around Open Scholarship publishing. The paper, which is open for comment, delves into the evolving framework and core issues surrounding Open Research, Open Science and Open Scholarship.

TenMyths.Crick.CC-BY (3)

Whilst it is hard to pick out a ‘favourite’ myth, there are some particularly cogent points highlighted in Myth 6, Copyright Transfer, which deserve wider discussion and dissemination amongst academics. With Plan S hovering into view with the requirement that authors and universities retain copyright in their scientific research articles rather than transfer it to publishers, this topic needs much wider visibility.

If you want to explore the debate you can read the full text of the article here: https://peerj.com/preprints/27580/

PeerJ Preprints | https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.27580v1| CC BY 4.0 Open Access|


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Latest REF guidance


A few links to help you through the latest REF guidance:

New full guidance

The key points

Including: Some clarification on staff who have significant responsibility for research, portability of outputs, some variation in the rules for co-authored output and clarification that there are no advantages or disadvantages in flagging a work as interdisciplinary.

Blog post from Catriona Firth of Research England “The REF guidance isn’t trying to catch you out”

Blog post from Stephen Hill of Research England “Reflecting on the guiding principles for REF2021”

Six important things you need to know about impact from the REF2021 guidance by Mark Reed on the LSE Impact blog


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Predatory publishers


We have blogged before about predatory publishers but a training session today suggested some tips people might find useful:

  • Some journals lie about an impact factor. If you are in doubt about a journal go to http://wok.mimas.ac.uk then click the purple login button. You will find Journal Citation Reports right at the top of the screen and can check any claims.
  • Be suspicious of any journal which claims to publish very quickly with peer review – this usually takes time.
  • Where you can, check out journal editors. In a good journal they should be someone with a track record in the field.
  • Suncat is a union catalogue showing the journal holdings of many UK academic libraries. If a journal is not held by any library, or perhaps only one, it may be suspect. However, you do need to bear in mind that there may be genuine new journals which don’t appear yet.
  • DOAJ, the Directory of Open Access Journals, carries out some quality checks on the journals it lists.

It is also worth being aware that some conferences are run purely to make money without giving any value. Think Check Attend gives some things to think about if you are considering a new conference.

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Researching learning and teaching

At Swansea University there is an active learning & teaching community committed to improving practice and engaging with new technology, supported by our excellent SALT team. Academics here are also encouraged to complete a Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Higher Education or seek HEA Fellowship recognition. All of this requires engagement with the published research on learning and teaching to ensure that changes made are evidence-based and good practice identified.

Following conversations with staff and requests for support with literature searching, we wanted to create a resource that would help anyone who is taking on the challenge of engaging in an entirely new subject area, both to research and to publish. So we have created a LibGuide for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoTL):

Screenshot of the SoTL LibGuide

SoTL LibGuide (English) / Ysgoloriaith Dysgu ac Addysgu (Welsh)

On there you will find tabs that address some of the issues that staff have raised:

  • Selected introductory material to the field of Scholarship of Learning & Teaching (SoTL)
  • Suggestions for top places to search for literature on higher education
  • Links to top SoTL journals, to read and to publish in
  • Information on SoTL and the REF
  • Plus: a place to suggest your own resources

We have been lucky enough to engage with teaching staff at a couple of events this year and have sought to learn from them what would be most useful to support activity with SoTL. Subject Librarian Philippa Price will be continuing work in this area so contact her for more information: p.price@swansea.ac.uk

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The Library Research Support Team in 2018: a roundup

It’s nearly the end of a busy year for the Library Research Support Team. There is an overview of our activities on our web page (specifically our Team Remit) but the bulk of our work is in the area of open access: supporting researchers in meeting the requirements of the university and REF open access policies (and any additional funder policies), administering our grant from UKRI for Gold open access, administering the university’s e-theses collection and supporting the uptake of ORCiDs in our research community.

In 2018 we have:

  • Checked over 1980 records on RIS and chased up any that needed files uploading in order to be compliant with the REF and university Open Access policies (Engineering does this work in-house but we cover the other 6 Colleges/Schools).
  • Answered over 300 queries by email, phone and in person. Most of these are on open access, ORCiD or RIS. Contact us at iss-research@swansea.ac.uk
  • Revamped our website and moved content to new LibGuides; published 20 blog posts and lots of tweets.
  • Run 17 sessions on open research topics including two Open Research Cafe events supported by a grant from SURF and co-organised with Rebecca Kelleher.
  • Processed 50 applications for the UKRI Gold open access fund, totaling around £65k
  • Processed 66 new PhD theses for the new E-Theses portal and added a 1000 older theses as part of a retrospective digitization project

This is in addition to work supporting copyright, bibliometrics/Scival, the Postgraduate Skills programme and participation in the wider Welsh/UK Scholarly Communications community.

Open Access Success

Thanks to the diligence of our researchers, we are currently seeing excellent levels of compliance with the REF/university open access policy. In 2018, we saw 3290 new full text downloads appear on our repository Cronfa, with a further 939 waiting for the publisher-imposed embargo to end before they become open access. We are now encouraging authors to take advantage of book chapter self-archiving permissions and we have over 100 of our more recent chapters available for download now.


Changes in the team

The team is seeing some changes at the end of the year: Penny Lauder (Scholarly Communications Assistant) has already taken on an additional part-time role as Impact and Engagement Officer on the EPSRC-funded CHERISH digital economy centre, celebrating impact of their many interdisciplinary projects; Anna Zasheva has increased her hours in the team to cover. Sam Oakley (Research Librarian) will be leaving at the end of 2018 to take up a new post at the University of Glasgow; Susan Glen will continue 2 days a week in the role of Research Librarian until the post is filled on a full-time basis.

We wish all our researchers and readers a happy and successful 2019!


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Guides for Open Access at Swansea University


We have just updated a few of our guides to Open Access for Swansea University researchers:

More resources for Open Access can be found on our new LibGuide.

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