New library books for researchers

Carrigan social media     Social Media for Academics by Mark Carrigan

Kara creative research   Creative research methods in the social sciences by Helen Kara

learning the literacy practices       Learning the literacy practices of graduate school / Christine  Pearson Casanave and Xiaoming Li, Editors

Germano getting it   Getting it published / William Germano 2nd ed.


Murray writing for academic journals Writing for academic journals / Rowena Murray 3rd ed.

Click the hyperlinked title to find the library call number and current availability.

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Using Scival to find Economic Impact

Scival patents

Scival have recently introduced an Economic Impact measure which you can find in the Overview section of the tool.  This uses information from around the world to find patents which cite publications from Swansea University, potentially showing an effect on industry. As there is an 18 month time lag between a patent being applied for and being published it won’t show an effect for very recent publications.

It is possible to filter by patent office so you can look at just the UK, Europe, Japan, US or worldwide.

This recorded webinar has more information about using this feature.

If Scival is new to you, our previous post has links to guides etc.

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Discovering the impact of your work with ImpactStory


ImpactStory has been around for a while – we used to recommend it in our “Stand Out and Be Counted” sessions as a great showcase for a researcher’s all-round profile and a way to track altmetrics. It then went through a period as a paid-for service but now, happily, it’s re-launched and free!

It’s extremely easy to set up a profile if you have an ORCID (and if you don’t, here’s plenty of reasons why you should) and you then get an instant profile that pulls in your publications and all kinds of information about the impact these are having (or not). The ImpactStory blog outlines what you can find there and how you can use it. Looking at an example profile gives an idea of the wealth of evidence that the site covers.


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Don’t fall victim to predatory publishers


Have you received emails asking you to submit a paper to a journal or conference? Researchers are increasingly being bombarded by unsolicited solicitations to publish and these should be treated with extreme caution.

The model of authors paying to publish open access has had the undesirable side-effect of spawning an industry of low quality, sometimes fraudulent, publishers and copy-cat journals to try and get authors to part with money to get published. Emails may reference your previous research or conference presentations; the journal may be a close imitation of a well-reputed one in your field. The pressure on academics to publish means that some of these emails will succeed – unfortunately, it is not just the loss of money that is at stake but also reputation:

One dodgy publication in your publication list brings all the others into question. If you are attaching that publication list to a research grant application, it works against the whole submission. (“Are my publications any good?“, The Research Whisperer blog, 22 Mar 2016)
You may already be wise to this but please don’t assume your colleagues or PhD students are – help us spread the word that this is happening and that there are resources available to help evaluate where to publish.

We have already blogged on some places where you can explore legitimate places to publish. The Think, Check, Submit website also offers good advice on approaching the question of where to publish. Their video is below:

Think. Check. Submit. from Think. Check. Submit. on Vimeo.

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Filenames in the Research Information System

Whats in a name

A few tips on naming your files for the Research Information System:

  • You may have noticed that RIS does not accept filenames with a space or special character such as such as: ! # $ % & ‘ @ ^ ` ~ + , . ; =  so you may need to rename your file before adding it.
  • If you are using more than one word you can separate them with an underscore or perhaps capitalise each word as in ThisIsMyArticle.
  • When you are naming your file consider the end user who will download it – it will be more useful to them if the name gives some indication of what the document is and perhaps who it is by than if it is named something like  article.pdf. You want your reader to be able to recognise and cite your article!
  • Although you want your filename to be descriptive it is best not to make it too long as that can be problematic in some computer systems. 255 characters is the limit for windows systems.
  • We would also advise you to convert your author manuscript to PDF (on many PCs this can be done in Word using File – Save as). This means that your user does not have to have your version of Word and allows your work to be accessed by anyone anywhere, the aim of open access.

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The REF Open Access policy is now in operation…


The countdown is over – the REF policy is now active

Any papers accepted for publication after 1st April 2016 must now comply with the REF’s open access policy. The university expects all papers to be compliant even if you do not anticipate that they will form part of the REF – the university’s own open access policy  applies to all publications produced by our researchers.

To ensure you comply with the policy:

  • Take action when you have a paper accepted for publication
  • Enter details of the publication onto RIS including the accepted date
  • Upload your accepted manuscript into RIS
  • Check the copyright for the journal using the Sherpa Romeo database
  • Use the “Publish to Cronfa” link to make your file open access, setting an embargo period if required. The system will delay publication until the date you specify.

The REF policy limits embargo periods to 12 or 24 months so contact us if you find the journal exceeds this.

We are here to help: Please send us your accepted manuscript and details of the publication including the date of acceptance.

Quick guide to uploading files to RIS (PDF)

Guide to using RIS (PDF)

(We have some briefing sessions next week if you want to learn more or ask questions.)

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Open Access briefings in April

With the start of the REF Open Access policy on 1st April, we are running two more open access briefing sessions next week for any researchers who aren’t sure what they need to do. Booking is essential:

There will also be a slightly different session on Thur 14th April, 12-1pm in the SURF Room, Fulton House, Singleton Park campus. This is a general, introductory overview of Open Access (not focussed on the REF policy, although that will get a mention): all staff are welcome and no booking is required. This is one of the ISS staff sessions – see our website for further topics.

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