International Open Access Week


The theme of International Open Access week is Learn, Share, Advance – a timely reminder that open access is not only about REF compliance but is a chance to share your work widely and advance the sum of human knowledge.

This interview with an Indian academic shows that open access is valued in the developing world.

For stories where there is public interest open access papers can have a huge impact. For example, a paper in Scientific Reports on the impact of the Fukushima nuclear accident on the pale grass blue butterfly was accessed over a quarter of a million times in its first month of publication. It is easy to forget that many members of the public who normally have no access to academic journals still have a keen interest in research.

Swansea University currently has 1824 open access items on Cronfa and 517 embargoed ready to become open access in future – an increase of 73% since October 2015. Please remember to add your work – there will be someone out there who really wants to read it!

If you need help to make your work open access:

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Courses for research postgraduates this term



Library staff offer a range of courses for research postgraduates, aimed at helping them to develop their library and research skills in line with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. Courses run as part of the University Postgraduate Research programme and can be booked here.

Courses this term include advanced literature searching, EndNote, tracing theses, finding financial information, working smarter with tools and apps, and finding your research network. A full listing and descriptions can be found on our web pages.

There are also additional EndNote classes open to anyone on Friday 28th October, 2-3.30, Wednesday 23rd November 1-2.30 and Thursday 1 December 3-4.30 in Training Room 3 in Singleton Library and Wednesday 16th November 10-11.30 in the Bay Library PC Rm 1. You can just drop in to these.

Don’t forget that subject librarians are always willing to see individual students to discuss the best resources for their work or help with any of topics covered by our courses. Contact details can be found by selecting the relevant library guide for your subject at


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Staff info sessions this term: RIS, Open Access & Altmetrics


Image copyright: JISC and Matt Lincoln, reused under CC BY-NC-ND licence

We will be continuing to support open access at Swansea University with a new series of information sessions this term for researchers. All researchers need to ensure their publications comply with the REF Open Access policy, the institutional policy and any funder policies. Not sure what you need to do? Come along and find out!

Open Access sessions

  • Open Access Briefing: Wed 12 Oct, 2-3pm, SURF Room Fulton House.
  • Open Access Briefing: Thur 3 Nov, 12-1pm, SURF Room Fulton House.
  • Open Access Briefing: Fri 25 Nov, 12-1pm, SURF Room Fulton House

Book the above 3 sessions here: 

We’re also doing an “Open Access & REF” session tomorrow for Medicine and CHHS staff only as part of the Life Science Hub Seminar Series. The session is in ILS1 Seminar Room on Thur 6th Oct, 12.30-1.30pm.

Contact us on the email below if you’d like us to run a session for your department or research group.

Other training run as part of the Staff Development programme:

  • How to use RIS for Staff Publications: *Fri 7th Oct*, 1-2pm, SURF Room, Fulton House. Book via ABW
  • Who’s talking about your research? Using altmetrics to explore impact, opportunities and citations: Thur 20 Oct, 1-2pm, SURF Room, Fulton House. Book via ABW.

Agresso Business World (ABW) can be accessed via the university’s “Home” portal for staff (

Contact us on if you have any questions about open access or using RIS.

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Using your ORCID in SU systems

If you have an ORCID researcher identifier (and if not – highly recommended that you get one!) then it can be used in Swansea University systems as follows:

  • Enter your ORCID in Agresso Business World (ABW) – instructions here (PDF)
  • Your ORCID will then appear in RIS (our Research Information System) after a delay for RIS to update – this does not happen immediately. Once it appears in RIS, you can import publications from ORCID. This is a really quick and easy way to add any past papers.
  • Your ORCID will also appear on your staff web page (see an example here).

ORCID is now used to build the free ImpactStory profile for tracking the impact of your research outputs – another good reason to get one!

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New videos to celebrate Swansea University researchers


The library is celebrating our Swansea University researchers with an ongoing series of videos – more information on the library blog! You can subscribe to the YouTube channel for future updates.

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The Stern Review of the REF

As you may have seen in the press the Stern review has just issued a report of its recommendations. Some of the main ones are:

  • That all research active staff should be included in the REF.
  • Outputs should be submitted at Unit of Assessment Level. There will be an average number of submissions but with flexibility for some people to submit more and others less than the average.
  • Outputs will not be portable between institutions – this is to avoid universities “buying in” researchers with a good portfolio just before the REF.
  • Peer review will still be the main means of assessment although metrics will be provided for panels.
  • There will be institutional level impact case studies to encourage universities to show their interdisciplinary impacts. Support for interdisciplinary and cross-institutional initiatives are also mentioned under environment.

As all researchers are now likely to be included in the REF it is even more important that everyone submits their work to the Research Information System.

If you want to know more try:

The Stern Review

Stern aims for lower REF workload,  more “game-changing” research. THES

Will REF “portability” plans hobble early career academics. THES

Being Stern about portability / Athene Donald’s blog

Stern review deserves a co-operative response / Universities UK blog

Universities cautiously welcome “sensible” Stern review / Research Professional




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Our Sage Research Methods resource gets a new interface


Our subscription resource “Sage Research Methods” has got a new interface. Sage Research Methods can be accessed here (Swansea University login required).

The site has a wealth of material for teachers, students and researchers, for example:

  • Massive collection of book and journal resources on research methods
  • Case Studies where researchers explain why they chose the methods they used
  • Datasets to practice on
  • Videos including interviews, case studies, specific methods

To get an idea of the breadth of content, take a look at the brochure (PDF). Sage have also produced their own Libguide with more information on how to get the most out of the site.



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