At Swansea University there is an active learning & teaching community committed to improving practice and engaging with new technology, supported by our excellent SALT team. Academics here are also encouraged to complete a Postgraduate Certificate Teaching in Higher Education or seek HEA Fellowship recognition. All of this requires engagement with the published research on learning and teaching to ensure that changes made are evidence-based and good practice identified.
Following conversations with staff and requests for support with literature searching, we wanted to create a resource that would help anyone who is taking on the challenge of engaging in an entirely new subject area, both to research and to publish. So we have created a LibGuide for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoTL):
SoTL LibGuide (English) / Ysgoloriaith Dysgu ac Addysgu (Welsh)
On there you will find tabs that address some of the issues that staff have raised:
- Selected introductory material to the field of Scholarship of Learning & Teaching (SoTL)
- Suggestions for top places to search for literature on higher education
- Links to top SoTL journals, to read and to publish in
- Information on SoTL and the REF
- Plus: a place to suggest your own resources
We have been lucky enough to engage with teaching staff at a couple of events this year and have sought to learn from them what would be most useful to support activity with SoTL. Subject Librarian Philippa Price will be continuing work in this area so contact her for more information: email@example.com
There are many good reasons to spend some time with Google Scholar, as well as caveats in respect of its credentials. It remains a serious contender for academic literature searching; for example, a couple of recent papers:
Although Google Scholar is easy to use, there are a wealth of features worth discovering for academic researchers. We have just updated our library guide to Google Scholar which may be of interest to research staff and students. This is now in two parts:
- “Google Scholar for Literature Searching” (PDF, and the Welsh PDF) which covers useful features such as linking Google Scholar to Swansea University’s paid subscription content, using cited reference searching and referencing.
- “Google Scholar Profiles” (PDF, and the Welsh PDF) for anyone who publishes papers, highlighting the benefits of setting up a Google Scholar profile to track citations and enhance the discoverability of your work.
The Twitter account @GScholarDigest is worth following if you are interested in ongoing academic research into Google Scholar.
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!
From October 2017 all new PhD students have to make an electronic copy of their thesis available online. Information about this is available on our LibGuide. Existing and former PhD students can also participate in the new e-thesis service to make our Swansea University theses open access on the institutional repository Cronfa.
We are also awaiting completion of a project to digitize 1000 older theses (see the original news item from June 2017). This work is being undertaken by Proquest and the resulting full text PDFs will be available both on Cronfa and on Proquest’s Dissertations and Theses database.
Swansea University already has over 180 theses that were digitized via part of the Ethos service run by the British Library. This offers digitization of a thesis for a fee and the thesis is then made available for all users on http://ethos.bl.uk/. Our theses that have been digitized in this way are linked from our library catalogue iFind or can be found using the Advanced Search option on Ethos: enter “Swansea” as a term for “Current Institution” and check the box for “Limit search to items available for immediate download”.
The library catalogue iFind remains the main source for all Swansea University theses. The print copies are held in the thesis store and can be consulted in the library (however many of these are away for digitization with Proquest at the moment).
The Library Research Support Team is working closely with our metadata and cataloguing experts to improve access to the university’s theses collection – we will post more information on e-theses over the next few months to support the launch of this new service. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries!
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.
- 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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With the start of another academic year, we welcome all researchers! The Library Research Support Team works alongside the library subject teams, providing specialist support around topics related to research publications & scholarly communications:
- Open Access publication, including compliance with the REF & University open access policies + administering our RCUK fund for gold open access
- Using the Research Information System (RIS) and Cronfa, our institutional repository
- Metrics & altmetrics, including use of SciVal
- Researcher profiles (inc ORCiD)
- E-Theses & training for Postgraduate Research Students
There is more information on all the above our website and on this blog. In particular, we have guidance for new staff on managing publications in Swansea University’s systems (PDF, & Welsh version) plus detailed advice on how to comply with the Open Access policy.
Please do get in touch with us with any questions on the above or to request one-to-one support! We meet with staff regularly across campus or in sessions organised by Colleges/Departments/Research Groups. We also tweet as @sulibressupport and run training sessions as part of the Staff Development programme.
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!