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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What can you do with a newly open access article (on Cronfa)?


We have been pushing the message hard about the new REF open access policy  but open access has many benefits beyond compliance. Evidence piles up that it can lead to increased impact and citations because people everywhere can read your work, not just the privileged elite with access to expensive journal subscriptions. So if you have uploaded a version of your paper to our repository RIS and it’s now available to download in Cronfa, here are a few suggestions of what you could do next to send it out into the world to get read…

What link to share?

Cronfa pages have reliable URLs and include the DOI (where available) to the published article too e.g. so if your article is only open access on Cronfa, share the link to that page:


Copy the link from the address bar of your browser (on Windows = Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste)

Of course, if your paper is published “Gold” open access then using the DOI to link to the publisher site is preferred.

Ideas for promoting an article

  1. Include the link to your “Latest paper:” in your email signature
  2. Link to your paper on a LinkedIn profile (and/or post to any relevant LinkedIn groups)
  3. Uploading a copy of your paper to sites such as Academia.Edu or ResearchGate is not often permitted by publishers as these are commercial sites, however you can link to the open access version from profiles there.
  4. Ensure your paper is added to any online profiles you maintain (e.g. ORCID, ResearcherID, Google Scholar) and include a link to the open access version where possible.
  5. If you are attending or presenting at a conference, tweet a link to your paper when appropriate with the conference hashtag (or get someone else to do it for you if you aren’t on Twitter).  If you are presenting a poster or have any paper handouts, create a short URL to share.
  6. Write a guest blog post including a link to the open access version. Contributing to “The Conversation” is also a great way to reach a wider audience – see our Swansea University authors here.
  7. Sharing links on social media is ideal – altmetrics can help you explore who is talking about your paper OR papers on similar topics. Use the Altmetric bookmarklet to access stats (or many publisher sites now include them). For example, using the Altmetric bookmarklet on this Cronfa article takes you to this site where you can see all the places where the article has been discussed online. If your research relates to this topic, there are articles or blog posts which could be commented on (with a link to your paper) or social media accounts which may be interested in your paper too.
  8. Promoting your article online requires some tact and diplomacy – ideally you will already be part of mutually-supportive online networks! If not, are there departmental / College / research groups or other accounts which could promote your work for you? Make sure they know about your newly open access paper.

What other ideas could be shared? Anything that has worked well for you? Let us know in the comments!

And: a few select links for more on promoting your research paper (& boosting impact in general):



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Accessing Swansea University research resources

Next week the online portal to Swansea University’s research resources will change. The old iFindResearch site (below) will cease to exist from Tue 12th July:


iFindResearch – our old research portal

If you have saved any items on your account there, you need to follow these instructions before Tuesday to export them for use elsewhere.

The subject lists of resources are now available on the new Swansea University LibGuides site: Each subject guide has its own list of databases, resources and websites to guide you to our expert content. Here’s the guide for Psychology as an example:


The new Psychology LibGuide

A link to the LibGuides will be included in the minimum content section of Blackboard modules for the 2016/17 academic year and they will replace the library subject modules within Blackboard.

Cross-searching for journal articles and all other resources is available within iFind, the new library catalogue/meta-search portal, via the “Articles & more” tab.

Let us know if you have any questions or feedback! As always, your subject team would be glad to help with any queries and their contact details can be found on the relevant LibGuide (



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Online Twitter course for researchers

Swansea University Researchers! Join us for “7 Days of Twitter”, 24 June – 4 July 2016


Learn the basics of Twitter by completing 1 short online activity per day, for 7 days and join the global network of researchers who already use it for information, collaboration and impact!

“7 Days of Twitter” is an open online course for staff and research students at Swansea University. It will explore Twitter and its potential use to support and promote research in small, bitesize chunks.

The best way to understand Twitter is to try it out – join us if you’ve ever wondered how Twitter works and how it might be relevant and useful in a research context. Experienced tweeters are also welcome to help us explore how Twitter can be used professionally.

We have already run similar online courses but this time there is a focus on using Twitter for research impact. It’s still primarily about learning the basics of Twitter, but with extra research-related discussion too!

How it works

During each of the 7 days, a daily post will guide you through an aspect of Twitter and offer suggestions how each feature can be helpful to a researcher, allowing you to learn all about Twitter from the comfort of your own home or office. During the course participants are encouraged to interact using Twitter with the team and each other, building their professional network as they learn to use the platform.

How to join in

All you need to do to take part is sign up to the blog and we will email you instructions on each of the 7 days:

Or come and meet us on Day 1: we will be in ILS Cafe Glas 11-12.30pm on Friday 24th June happy to chat about Twitter and get you signed up!

Our Twitter hashtag (we cover these in the course!) is #su7dot

Contact email:

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Latest impact factor data


The latest edition of Journal Citation Reports containing impact factors for 2015 has just been released. On campus you can access it from . If you need to use it off campus go to iFind and search for Incites Journal Citation Reports. This should take you to a point where you can use your Swansea University login.

Note that the database only covers science and social science although a few journals from other areas may have an impact factor.

If you want to look at the current ranking of journals within a subject area

  • go to Categories by Rank.


  • Click on the number which you can see in the Journals column in the image below. This will give you a listing of journals ranked by impact factor.


  • There is a check box at the left of the screen which you can use if you want to find open access journals with a good impact factor.

If you want more information on the different statistics available from JCR their guide is a good starting point.


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