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About ISS Research Support

ISS Research Support aims to bring together in one place links to relevant news stories, and significant reports & publications, as well as information about our services' resources and support which will benefit, or be of interest to, researchers at Swansea University.

Discount on APCs from SAGE

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All authors at Swansea University who publish with SAGE are entitled to an article processing charge for a discounted rate of £200 until December 2018.

  • The deal applies to journals in the Sage Choice and Sage Premier categories. Sage should notify you that you are eligible when your article is accepted.
  • When you complete the Sage Publishing Agreement form enter WHEEL2017 in the university account code field.
  • Return the agreement to the Sage email address as instructed and they will send an invoice for £200.

If you are RCUK funded and want the £200 paid from the Swansea RCUK fund please complete our request form and wait for confirmation that funds are available before applying to Sage.

This discount is due to a WHEEL Wales wide procurement collaboration.

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RIS, Cronfa & Open Access staff session

We have a staff session on Thur 11th May 4-5pm which will cover using RIS and Cronfa for your publications and to comply with open access requirements. The session is on Singleton Park campus in the library: Training Room 1.

Book on here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-ris-cronfa-tickets-34356643646

Like to attend but can’t make that date? Let us know!

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Get recognition for peer review with Publons

A researcher recently brought the site Publons to our attention as a good way to get credit for the often unseen and uncredited work of peer reviewing for publication. Publons states their mission as follows:

Publons works with the world’s top publishers so you can effortlessly track, verify and showcase your peer review contributions across the world’s journals. It’s all part of our plan to speed up science and research and give the experts involved in peer review the recognition they deserve.

The service has had support from several major publishers already (e.g. Wiley, CUP) and integrates with ORCID so that your review record can be included on your ORCID profile. Read the full list of benefits for researchers here: https://publons.com/benefits/researchers/ . An example of a profile page is Charles Dunnill from Swansea University.

Swansea University has an institutional profile page too –  Swansea University. Publons were great at removing a duplicate profile we’d got for “University of Wales, Swansea” so all our researchers are now in one place.

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Proquest Dissertations and Theses

This database to which we subscribe has recently increased massively the number of links to the full text of PhD theses.   Most theses submitted since 1997 in this database can now be viewed in pdf format, together with some older theses.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global provides details of theses submitted in Britain and Ireland between 1716 and the present and in the United States since 1861.  It also has records of many theses from elsewhere in the world.     It’s an excellent database for finding details of PhD theses on a topic.

You can get a link to Proquest Dissertations and Theses by doing a search in  iFind.   There are also links to the database in our  Library Guides.

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InCites

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You may have come across Scival, Elsevier’s citation analysis tool which we have access to at the university. InCites is a rival product based on Web of Science data which allows similar analysis.

  • Access Incites at http://wok.mimas.ac.uk then click the InCites link at the very top of the screen.
  • You will need to create your own username and password which can then be used on or off campus.
  • The built in InCites System reports are the easiest place to start. If you have an ORCID or researcher ID use the researcher report to get a picture of how often you have been cited, which journals have given you the most citations and which area of your work has the highest impact. The other three reports look at the institution – how it’s research performs in terms of citations, which journals it publishes in and which organizations it collaborates with.
  • For more in depth analysis you can filter people, organizations, regions etc. to get the data you want.
  • More detail about the indicators used in InCites is in the indicators handbook.
  • Recorded training on different aspects of InCites can be found at http://wokinfo.com/training_support/training/incites/

Let us know if you discover any interesting snippets about university research!

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Twitter for researchers

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Our “7 Days of Twitter” course was “aimed at Swansea University researchers, staff and students who wish to learn more about Twitter in the context of research and boosting your research impact”. We have no plans at present to re-run the course but all the material is freely available to work through at any time (and if you tweet us – @rscsam or @benfelen – we’d still be delighted to hear from you!). A reminder of what the course covered:

All the resources are derived from the original course by Dr Helen Webster and are similarly licensed for re-use under a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Promoting your publications with Kudos

If you are looking for ways to promote your research, the web service Kudos is a free option to try: https://www.growkudos.com/. See an example of Kudos for an article  or another example by Swansea University’s Louise Miskell.

Here’s a short video which explains what Kudos offers:

In a nutshell the advantages of Kudos are:

  • Explain” = a user-friendly page to contextualize and promote an article or book, re-wording its content in a more accessible format (“What it’s about”, “Why it’s important”) and linking to any additional resources (blog posts, videos etc.) = “Enrich“.  For example, if an article is available open access on Cronfa then that could be an additional link to include.
  • Share” this page with your networks, via email or on a website/blog. This step is critical: you will need to get the page out to the world in order to reap the benefits!
  • Use Kudos to “measure” activity around the publication: see this video for further details on what stats Kudos can provide.

The value of Kudos relies on the researcher taking the time to enrich a Kudos page for a publication and then promote the resulting page to an existing network. It could be a useful tool for promoting papers for maximum impact – the ability to provide a layperson’s version is particularly useful. Opinions welcome in the comments!

 

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