The British Library Webinar Series

Running online throughout May 2020 for Researchers

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The British Library are running a series of webinars throughout May that may be of interest to many of you.

How to access digital resources: a free webinar for researchers
Friday 1st May, 10.30-11.30am
Researchers working from home may find now, more than ever, that they cannot access all they need to do their research. This webinar will introduce the concept of open access, and the various tools and resources that enable access to the resources researchers need.
Details and sign-up here:

The British Library’s Shared Research Repository
Thursday 7th May, 2.30-3.30pm
Creative and cultural organisations require repositories that look good, are attractive to users and support a wide range of non-text research outputs. Join us to learn more about our shared repository for UK cultural heritage organisations.
Details and sign-up here:

Introduction to research data, data services and DataCite at the British Library (and beyond)
Thursday 14th May, 2.30-3.30pm
This webinar will provide an introduction to research data and how to use persistent identifiers such as DOIs to make research data and other digital outputs like theses and grey literature findable and citable online. This webinar will also provide an introduction to DataCite, an international non-profit organisation, which enables the ability to create DOIs for digital objects.
Details and sign-up here:

Introduction to EThOS: the British Library database of UK theses
Thursday 21st May, 2.30-3.30pm
The British Library service known as EThOS is effectively a shop window on the amazing doctoral research undertaken in UK universities. With half a million thesis titles listed, you can uncover unique research on every topic imaginable and often download the full thesis file to use immediately for your own research. This webinar will offer a guided walk through the features and content of EThOS, and the research potential for making use of EThOS as a dataset.
Details and sign-up here:

Project FREYA: How persistent identifiers can connect research together
Thursday 28th May, 2.30-3.30pm
This webinar will showcase the latest developments from the EC-funded FREYA project, including the PID Graph which provides a method to discover the relationships between different researchers and their organisations and find out the full impact of research outputs. It will also describe upcoming developments planned in the final year of the project such as a Common DOI Search.
Details and sign-up here:

Please join the team at the BL for as many of these as you can. They will all last approximately 25-30 minutes with time for questions.

Well-being of Family Carers – What does this mean and why does it matter?

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Can you help with this Swansea University research study?

Why is this research being carried out?

Governments at both the UK and Wales level have identified that the well-being of carers is going to be essential for looking after an ageing population. However, identifying what this means for carers is inconsistent and not agreed upon.  This research will be used to inform policy development and service delivery going forward and is approved by Research Ethics Committee, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University.

Who is it about?

The purpose of the research is to develop a better understanding of what well-being really means for family carers with a focus on those caring for someone over 50.  If you are caring for someone aged over 50 we would like to hear from you. 

What does it involve?

The research involves a telephone conversation with a researcher who will ask you about yourself and the person or people you care for. You will then be invited to participate in a more structured interview, focus group or both depending on your time commitments.

Both the interview and the focus group will concentrate on discussing questions about your understanding of well-being and what this means to you. In total, the process should not take more than 3 hours to complete.  A £10 gift token is offered to all participants as a thank you for taking part. 

Where is it taking place?

Focus groups will take place at locations across South Wales with specific venues being decided to accommodate those interested. Date and times will be discussed and agreed upon during the initial interview.  All reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be covered and refreshments will be provided on the day.

If you would like to find out more or take part in the research please contact the researcher at the contact details below:

Maria Cheshire-Allen, PhD candidate, Centre for Innovative Ageing

Do you want to publish an Open Access journal? Publish with us!

We are an institutional online publisher of Open Access electronic journals. Our catalogue of titles allow readers to access and use the content free of charge under a Creative Commons licence.

We are growing this service and welcome enquiries from Swansea University researchers considering starting an academic journal. We do not charge the editors of journals for publishing with us on the Open Journal Systems platform (OJS). Editors wishing to transfer established journal titles to Swansea University are welcome to apply.

If you would like to find out more why don’t you come along to the next Academic Publishing Coffee Morning?

At this event, you can:

  • Speak to experienced academics and professional services staff who already publish journals
  • See what is really involved in editing and publishing academic publications
  • Learn about OJS, the journal publishing platform supported by Swansea’s Digital Humanities team
  • Find out what support we can offer you to set up your own peer-reviewed academic journal as part of Swansea’s digital press

Wednesday February 12th, 11:00 – 13:00 – Nanhyfer Workzone Sem Rm 01 on the Bay Campus

Contact: for further information.

Swansea University Digital Press – Open Access Journal Proposal
You can provide information about your prospective publication by completing the online form.

The Game of Open Access – Training in 2020

What is it?

The Game of Open Access is a board game developed by staff at the University of Huddersfield. The aim is to engage researchers with the key concepts and tools required to meet Open Access mandates. Through the use of playful learning, it aims to develop an understanding of the role of Open Access through the initial idea for an article to its acceptance for publication.

In essence, you play as a researcher making your way through the research process landing on square where you pick up a card with a question about Open Access at Swansea University, then discuss and answer the questions to make your way around the board.

The Game is ‘customizable’, so if there are specific questions relevant for your department, we can include them.

Why should you take part?

The Game of Open Access is a fun way of getting to grips with points of confusion around open access (the difference between Green and Gold for example, or which type of manuscript to upload to RIS), in contrast to sitting listening to me talk for an hour. Also there are sweets.

Who is it for?

The game is relevant to researchers at any stage of their career, whether it’s your first introduction to open access or you need a refresh on Swansea’s specific policy. It can also be useful for professional services staff who support researchers. We have previously run the session in the College of Engineering, and the main feedback was not enough questions!

Interested? Get in touch with us to arrange a session in your college by emailing Ellie Downes, Research Librarian at

Publish Your Own Open Access Journal Drop-In Event

Are you thinking about starting a new open access journal, perhaps in an emerging field of research? Swansea University supports the open source software Open Journal Systems (OJS)

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Come and meet us for coffee and a chat
Wednesday December 4th  2019, 10 am – 12 noon
Taliesin Mall Room, Singleton Park Campus

  • Learn about OJS, the journal publishing platform supported by Swansea’s Digital Humanities team
  • See what is involved in editing and publishing an open access academic journal
  • Speak to experienced academics and professional services staff who already publish journals
  • Find out about the support on offer to help set up your own peer-reviewed academic journal as part of Swansea’s digital press
  • You can get customized support from the university for the installation and implementation of this software, including the server space, at no cost
Digital Humanities Lab
Library Research Support

Research Information System – RISE Project Update #6

Where are we now? 

With just over 10 days until the launch of the new RIS the team is finalising details including applying permissions and fixing any remaining bugs. 

After release, we will continue to implement further enhancements including notifications and to look ahead to integration with the REF2021 submission system.  

So what has changed?  

A summary of the changes has been included below. Further details on all of these changes can be discussed at any of the awareness raising sessions or training drop-ins.

Multiple authors would add the same output One output will mean one record. Additional authors can be added to a record, removing the need for duplication of efforts. This will benefit all users, ensuring rich metadata and one version of the truth.
Reports take a long time to produce and data is often managed outside of RIS due to concerns around data integrity Additional reporting functionality will be available to support continuous assessment and to ensure we have an accurate view of our position ahead of submission in 2020.   This will benefit all UoAs, providing additional information quickly to allow our REF submission to be optimised.
Impact Case Studies and Environment narratives not able to be shared within RIS until submission Updates to the permissions in RIS mean that Impact Case Studies and Environment narratives can be made visible to members of the UoA for feedback once at an agreed point.
Assessment managed in a number of ways across Colleges/Schools UoAs can toggle on and off whether scores are visible to staff.

What next? 

The current RIS will not be accessible from Monday 21st October. The new RIS will be populated by content from the current RIS and will be live on Tuesday 22nd October. From this point onwards, this will be the only RIS is use. 

Help and support 

A number of training sessions will be held over the coming weeks to assist users with undertaking tasks such as adding an output or uploading Impact Case Studies and Environment Narratives. Please feel free to drop in to any of the following sessions: 

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RIS training drop-in sessions:

  • Wednesday 16th October 2-4pm, SoM109 PC Lab, Bay
    • Thursday 17th October 12.30-1.30, Training Room 1, Level 2 Library, Singleton
    • Tuesday 22nd October 1-2pm, Training Room 1, Level 2 Library, Singleton
    • Monday 28th October 12.30-1.30, Training Room 1, Level 2 Library, Singleton 

What if I have a problem? 

A comprehensive set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be made available from Monday 21st October, ahead of the new system launching. A link to this information will be circulated at the time.

If you have any queries please contact Laura Bailey ( and/or Andrew Burrows ( We will of course keep you up-to-date on progress and training will be provided should the changes to the system necessitate this.

Find out more about Altmetrics


Altmetrics track mentions of a publication across a wide range of sources including news, policy and social media. Find out more about how to tap into this evidence of impact: we are running a session on Thursday 29th November 2018 1-2pm on Park Campus, in Training Room 1 in the library. You can book on via the Course Catalogue in ABW or send us an email if it’s easier:

Swansea University’s electronic theses: find out more

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Swansea University introduced a new electronic thesis submission process in 2017 so all new students are required to make their thesis open access on Cronfa (unless there is a compelling reason not to). Our growing collection of open access theses showcases the excellent research outputs of our students and the university’s commitment to open research.

It’s important that all those involved in the process – students, supervisors, administrators – understand what is required in terms of the submission process and considerations around copyright. There is information on the E-theses Libguide and we are also running a session on Wednesday 3rd October 2-3pm on Park Campus in Training Room 1, Level 2 West, Library & Information centre. Sign up via ABW (staff only) or just come along!

Contact the Library Research Support Team for more information:


Managing Your Publication Profile: RIS, CRONFA, and Open Access

We are running a staff training session on “Managing Your Publication Profile: RIS, CRONFA, and Open Access”. This is aimed at any staff with publications and is an ideal introduction if you are new to Swansea University’s systems or if you just need an overview of how they all work. Administrators as well as authors are welcome.

You will learn…

  1. How to curate a public research profile on the university website / systems;
  2. How to ensure you comply with open access requirements (university / REF / funder);
  3. How to use an ORCiD to manage your research profile.

The session is on Thursday 13th September 1-2pm in the library on Park Campus. Please sign up via the course catalogue in ABW or just drop us an email if you are unable to access ABW.

If you can’t make the session but need the information, we have a guide for new staff and an open offer to support you with any open access / RIS / Cronfa queries!

Resources from “Stand out and be counted”

We ran an updated version of our “Stand out and be counted” session for researchers this week. This time we have hosted all the resources on a Padlet:

The presentations are at the bottom of each column, apart from “Open Research” which was just an activity we did around a coffee break.

Many thanks to all those who came and participated!