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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.

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A group of 11 European funders, including UKRI, have put open access back in the news. They propose a radical plan from 2020 where:

  • Papers must be free to read on publication
  • They must have a liberal licence which allows others to reuse, translate or download the work.
  • Papers should not be published in hybrid journals which take subscriptions as well as article processing charges
  • Green open access would be allowed but with no embargo period
  • Funders will cap the amount they will pay for article processing charges.
  • Authors should keep their copyright with no restrictions

Publishers have obviously hit out at the plans as unworkable. Time will tell…

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Open Access roundup

Open access summer series community event
London,Glasgow, Manchester Bristol - July 2018

Notes from a recent JISC event looking at where we are with open access.

The Budapest initiative in 2002 described open access as a public good which “will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge”

Are we getting close? A JISC survey of UK universities found that around 80% of outputs comply with REF policy on average. The open access aggregator CORE hosts 11 million full texts and links to over 78 million more. The overwhelming majority of researchers claim to be in favour of open access though policy still seems to be the main driver. Monitoring the transition to open access / Universities UK 2017 looks at the number of UK papers freely available.

The REF is not the only body to require open access – many funders now have policies. JISC recently produced a report Monitoring sector progress towards compliance with open access policies 2018. UKRI and Wellcome are both reviewing their open access policies at the moment.

A JISC survey found that systems for open access still largely manual and labour intensive. Some institutions are only concentrating on publications for the REF rather than making a cultural shift to open access, partly because this is the most efficient way to use scarce resources. So, although significant progress has been made, we still have some way to go to fully embrace open access.

Open access monographs

HEFCE previously announced that the next REF (2027) will require open access monographs. Consultancy work is going on to look at the challenges, barriers etc. and the effect this may have on academic publishing. Universities UK have produced their own report on the state of open access book publishing at the moment. Amongst the findings it says that the move towards open access books is a global trend and that new university presses are starting to spring up in the UK which could add to open access options available.

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New issue of Journal Citation Reports

Journal citation reports with 2017 data is now available. It now includes citations from the book citation index, widening coverage.

To go into JCR login to Web of Science http://wok.mimas.ac.uk, click the purple access button and you will see a link to Journal Citation Reports at the top of the screen.

JCR

To see journal rankings in your subject area, select the right category from the area on the left and click Submit.

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JCR Fact Sheet

Quick tour video

You may also like to look at the Elsevier rival to JCR, SJR Scimago journal and country rank.

Remember that although these metrics can be useful in finding good journals, all statistics have their flaws and there is no guarantee that an individual article in a journal with a high impact factor will be cited a lot. It’s also worth remembering that REF do not take into account an impact factor when scoring an article. JCR and SJR can be useful in helping you to choose a journal but it is best to use other methods as well, such as the opinion of colleagues, your own reading of a journal or your knowledge of the editors.

If you would like help please contact iss-research@swansea.ac.uk

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Emerging Sources Citation Index

We now have an additional database available via Web of Science – Emerging Sources Citation Index.

ESCI

This database is for new and emerging journals which haven’t yet been accepted into the full citation indexes. It expands the range of journals in Web of Science and picks up quite a lot of new open access journals, independent publishers and scholarly societies plus journals with irregular publication patterns.

Journals accepted for ESCI have to be peer reviewed, follow ethical publishing practices, meet technical requirements and be recommended by Web of Science users as for the other indexes. All journals now submitted to WOS will be considered for this index initially while they are undergoing a full evaluation. If a journal is accepted for one of the other citation indexes it will move out of ESCI so that there is no duplication.

ESCI journals will not be assessed for an impact factor though the citations in these journals will contribute to the impact factors of others.

This database should add some depth to sources available for new and emerging fields of study so is a useful addition to Web of Science. Of course, if you prefer to keep to the traditional citation indexes you can simply deselect it in the More settings section of the initial screen.

List of journals covered 

 

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Patent citations from Altmetric

altmetric doughnutAltmetric have announced a new data source – patent citations.

This tracks references to academic sources such as journal articles and books in patents from 9 jurisdictions from 1994 onwards:

  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • IP Australia
  • German Patent and Trade Mark Office
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
  • European Patent Office
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • National Industrial Property Institute
  • Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom
  • Netherlands Patent Office

A citation in a patent can show that a piece of academic work has contributed to an invention or improvement so shows economic impact.

At present the system only picks up work with a doi, PMID and some urls so it is not comprehensive. Altmetric are working on text mining to improve the number of citations picked up.

If your paper is in Cronfa you will see an altmetric donut in the full record. Patent mentions are shown as dark orange. Click on the donut to see more information – in the case below 2 WIPO patents have cited this piece of work.

patent example

You can use the free altmetric.it bookmarklet to check on papers outside Cronfa.

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Web of Science developments

Those of you who use  Web of Science for your research may be interested in the following developments:

  • There will be changes in the way open access is flagged up to distinguish gold final versions from green ones. Also they will be marking hybrid open access papers as open access which has not been possible before.
  • Web of Science are working in partnership with Impact Story and have bought Publons which allows peer reviewers to get credit for their work.
  • Emerging Sources Index – this indexes journals which do not yet meet all the Web of Science standards but are still peer reviewed and meet certain standards. It is included in the core package from 2015 onwards. You will search it as part of the Web of Science core collection but it can be filtered out using the Web of Science Index filter at the left of the screen.
  • The citation report has been redesigned to have a clearer graphic.  WOS graphic
  • There is now a chrome extension which will allow you to jump from a word in chrome to do a search in Web of Science.
  • The marked list has been expanded to hold up to 50,000 records.
  • Accessibility has been assessed and there are some features, such as fixed menus rather than drop downs which are designed to improve the user experience.
  • Web of Science will start indexing early access articles provided they are peer reviewed and accepted so that information is available earlier. They will be labelled early access until the full article appears. Initially these articles will not be taken into account for Journal Citation Reports though this will be considered after 2018.
  • There is now a company library guide for Web of Science with tutorials, guides, etc.

 

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Open access and the Bloodhound SSC

Many of you will have heard of Bloodhound SSC, a car built to break the landspeed record but also with the aim of interesting young people in STEM subjects.

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By Katie Chan – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47617502

This open access week you may be interested to learn that research carried out at Swansea towards this project is openly available in our repository, Cronfa.

Make sure your work is part of Swansea University history by putting it in Cronfa. Contact iss-research@swansea.ac.uk if you need help.

Bloodhound related articles

Aerodynamic optimisation of the rear wheel fairing of the land speed record vehicle BLOODHOUND SSC / J. Townsend; B. Evans; T. Tudor
Aeronautical Journal, Volume: 120, Issue: 1228, Pages: 930 – 955

https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa31365

Solid particle erosion protection for the BLOODHOUND SSC front wheel arches / C. J. Hannon; B. J. Evans
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications  

https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa28394

Enhanced flow visualisation of complex aerodynamic phenomena using automatic stream surface seeding with application to the BLOODHOUND SSC Land Speed Record vehicle / M. Edmunds; B. Evans; I. Masters; R. S. Laramee
The Aeronautical Journal, Volume: 120, Issue: 1226, Pages: 547 – 571

https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa28395

Spray drag effect of fluidized sand for a supersonic vehicle /Lakhdar Remaki; Oubay Hassan; Ben J. Evans; Kenneth Morgan
Journal of Coupled Systems and Multiscale Dynamics, Volume: 2, Issue: 3, Pages: 169 – 177

https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21090

Simulating the aerodynamic characteristics of the Land Speed Record vehicle BLOODHOUND SSC / B. Evans; C. Rose
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering

https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa18080

Design optimisation using computational fluid dynamics applied to a land–based supersonic vehicle, the BLOODHOUND SSC / B Evans; T Morton; L Sheridan; O Hassan;K Morgan; J. W Jones; M Chapman; R Ayers; I Niven
Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Volume: 47, Issue: 2, Pages: 301 – 316

https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa12231

Computational fluid dynamics applied to the aerodynamic design of a land-based supersonic vehicle / B.J Evans; O Hassan; J.W Jones; K Morgan; L Remaki
Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, Volume: 27, Issue: 1, Pages: 141 – 159

https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa6255

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