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EndNote for reference management

There are several good reference management tools on the market: Swansea University’s supported solution is Thomson Reuters’ product EndNote. This comes in an online version, the full desktop software, plus free iPad app. As well as storing all your bibliographic references, EndNote can find, store and let you annotate PDFs plus it integrates neatly with Word to insert and format references.

Accessing EndNote

All Swansea University students and staff can access the online version: http://myendnoteweb.com

The full software version (currently version X7) is available on all campus PCs via the unified desktop (under “Common Apps”). If you wish to install EndNote on your own computer then you would need to purchase the software yourself (currently just over £70).

Support & Guidance

Full information on both version of EndNote is available on our website. You can access there the Workbook PDFs which will take you through the key features of each version. There is also an online information resource which includes details of how to import references into EndNote from all the most used databases.

ISS runs training sessions on EndNote – check our website for details. The final one this term is tomorrow (Thur 10th March, 2pm in LIC, Training Room 3) but we will be running more after the Easter break. You can also contact your library subject teams if you would like an overview of using EndNote.

ISS staff recently ran a “5 Days of EndNote” bite-sized training course – all the materials are available on the blog to work through at your own pace.

 

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Short info sessions for researchers in March

The library is putting on a series of information sessions for staff over the next few months. Here’s a selection of our 30 minute sessions of general interest to researchers:

  • Mon 7th March, 12pm: an introduction to the increasingly essential ORCID identifier for researchers, including how it integrates with our university systems  (LIC, TR3)
  • Fri 11th March, 12pm: an overview of the university’s RIS system and Cronfa (our repository), vital tools for complying with the new REF open access policy (SURF Room, Fulton House)
  • Fri 18th March, 12.30pm: a short introduction to Altmetrics as a measure of impact and how you can see social media activity relating to your papers (SURF Room, Fulton House)

These sessions run for 30 minutes but there will be time afterwards if you want to ask questions or discuss the topic further. Contact us for more information.

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Free Research Data course

A new MOOC has been launched by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & the University of Edinburgh. “Research Data Management and Sharing” is hosted on the Coursera platform and it’s free to participate. The course lasts 5 weeks and is mapped to the stages of a research project:

  • Understanding Research Data
  • Data Management Planning
  • Working with Data
  • Sharing Data
  • Archiving Data

More information on the Coursera website: https://www.coursera.org/learn/research-data-management-and-sharing 

This may be particularly of interest to researchers whose funding comes with Research Data policies (check the Sherpa Juliet website) or Early Career Researchers.

Swansea University’s site for Research Data can be found here: http://researchdata.swan.ac.uk/

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The REF Open Access Countdown is on….

Stopwatch

The new open access policy for the next REF starts on 1st April 2016. All papers must comply with this policy or risk being excluded from the submission. We have been working hard to raise awareness with our researchers over the last year but in the next few months we will be doing yet more publicity. The key message is:

  • Researchers are responsible for making sure their papers are eligible.
  • As soon as you have a paper accepted for publication, enter the details that you know onto RIS and upload the accepted version (the final version after peer review).
  • Either check copyright and publish the paper to Cronfa yourself or ask us for help!

The REF policy should not mean you have to pay for open access – most publishers allow self-archiving with conditions varying per journal (the Sherpa Romeo website is the place to check).

Funder policies may have additional open access requirements.

We are running more of our popular “Open Access Briefings” – these are a chance to learn about the policy and ask questions. Book onto a session using the links below:

Singleton Park Campus, SURF Room:

Wed 2nd March 2016, 2.30-3.30pm

Thur 7th April 2016, 1-2pm

Bay Campus, Engineering A103:

Tue 8th March 2016, 1-2pm

Wed 6th April 2016, 2-3pm

 

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Stand out and be counted: building an effective online profile for researchers

A one day workshop to learn about tools that can help you to promote yourself and achieve the best visibility for your research including:

  • What can be counted about you? Citations, altmetrics and a look at the new Scival tool
  • Your online identity – researcher profiles including ORCID, Google Scholar and our university systems (Cronfa, RIS & staff web pages)
  • Online networking and social spaces for researchers

The day will be a mix of presentations, discussion and a chance to try some of the tools for yourself. Lunch will be provided. We will be running the workshop on the following dates – please click to book a place!

Wed 13th May (9.30-3.30pm)

OR

Fri 19th June (9.30-3.30pm)

For more information, contact us on iss-research@swansea.ac.uk

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More SciVal Training at Swansea Uni

Bibliometric analysis has become increasingly important in evaluations of the research impact of individuals or institutions (such as the REF). SciVal, which uses data from the Scopus database (used for REF2014), is one of the tools that gathers and analyses this kind of bibliometric data. Within SciVal it is possible to analyse and benchmark individual researchers, groups of researchers and institutions based on a variety of different metrics.

Swansea University library is hosting 2 training sessions by Dr Matthew Walker from Elsevier on their SciVal database on Wednesday 18th March. There will be an overview session for new users at 9.30am and an intermediate session for those who have already used Scival at 11am.

The sessions are open to staff and research students. Please sign up on our Eventbrite page if you would like to attend:

More information on SciVal: http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/research-intelligence/products-and-services/scival
Access SciVal (on campus): https://ifind.swan.ac.uk/discover/Record/771232/Holdings#tabnav

Please contact iss-research@swansea.ac.uk for more information on this session or access to SciVal.

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Interested in bibliometric analysis? SciVal training, Tue 3rd Feb, in the library

Bibliometric analysis has become increasingly important in evaluations of the research impact of individuals or institutions (such as the REF). SciVal, which uses data from the Scopus database (used for REF2014), is one of the tools that gathers and analyses this kind of bibliometric data. Within SciVal it is possible to analyse and benchmark individual researchers, groups of researchers and institutions based on a variety of different metrics.

Swansea University library is hosting a training session by Dr Matthew Walker from Elsevier on their SciVal database on Tuesday 3rd February, 11.30-1pm. This will be an overview session for new or returning users that will cover:

– An overview of SciVal
– A practical hands-on introduction to using SciVal

The session will be held in Training Room 2 in the library and is open to staff and research students. Please sign up on our Eventbrite page if you would like to attend: https://eventbrite.com/event/15350794640/

More information on SciVal: http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/research-intelligence/products-and-services/scival

Access SciVal (on campus): https://ifind.swan.ac.uk/discover/Record/771232
(Elsevier are currently looking at an issue with logins – if you have already created a Scopus account with your email address you may need to use a different one to create an account on SciVal).

Please contact iss-research@swansea.ac.uk for more information on this session or off-campus access to SciVal.

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