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!
Browzine allows you to browse many of the journals subscribed to by Swansea University in one single easy platform. You can access it online at http://browzine.com/libraries/242/subjects or you can download an app to use it on your mobile device.
When you go into Browzine you can choose to search for a journal or browse titles for your subject. If you sign up for an account you can set up bookshelves of the journals you want to keep up with so that you can access them quickly. This will sync across your mobile devices as well so could be useful for reading on the train! You will receive an email when new content is added to your chosen journals.
When browsing a title you can expand an article to see the options below. You should be able to click through to full text for most titles if you find an article you are interested in.
You can bookmark articles you have found useful which you will be able to access through My Articles or export citations to reference managers like EndNote and Mendeley.
Browzine isn’t the best tool for searching for articles on a particular subject but it is a handy way to keep up with the latest articles. Give it a try and see if it works for you.
Have you used Scopus recently? The interface has been refreshed, giving it a generally less cluttered appearance. ‘Alerts’ and ‘Lists’ are now in the toolbar at the top of the page. Other functions have been moved to what Scopus are calling a “spine” – a sidebar which is activated by clicking a three-line menu icon familiar from many mobile apps.
One particularly interesting new feature is a link on an ‘Author Details’ page which exports an Author’s Scopus profile into SciVal.
A summary of these changes can be found on the Scopus blog.
If you have an ORCID researcher identifier (and if not – highly recommended that you get one!) then it can be used in Swansea University systems as follows:
- Enter your ORCID in Agresso Business World (ABW) – instructions here (PDF)
- Your ORCID will then appear in RIS (our Research Information System) after a delay for RIS to update – this does not happen immediately. Once it appears in RIS, you can import publications from ORCID. This is a really quick and easy way to add any past papers.
- Your ORCID will also appear on your staff web page (see an example here).
ORCID is now used to build the free ImpactStory profile for tracking the impact of your research outputs – another good reason to get one!
The library is celebrating our Swansea University researchers with an ongoing series of videos – more information on the library blog! You can subscribe to the YouTube channel for future updates.
Our subscription resource “Sage Research Methods” has got a new interface. Sage Research Methods can be accessed here (Swansea University login required).
The site has a wealth of material for teachers, students and researchers, for example:
- Massive collection of book and journal resources on research methods
- Case Studies where researchers explain why they chose the methods they used
- Datasets to practice on
- Videos including interviews, case studies, specific methods
To get an idea of the breadth of content, take a look at the brochure (PDF). Sage have also produced their own Libguide with more information on how to get the most out of the site.