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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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Responsible metrics & UK HE

HEFCE’s “Forum for the Responsible Use of Metrics” currently have open a survey for institutions (one response per institution is required) to find out how institutions are implementing policies on the responsible use of metrics:

Responses will be used in order to develop advice to the sector on practical ways to implement the culture of responsible research metrics using the principles/frameworks outlined above. It will also inform any recommendations the Forum makes to UKRI. Based on the responses received the Forum will consider whether to develop an agreement with similar ambitions to DORA, utilising The Metric Tide report, which aligns with the UK research base.

The Metric Tide report came out in 2015 and included recommendations for institutions (p.12ff). Some institutions have developed policies on responsible metrics – a list can be found at the top of this page on the Bibliomagician blog. Lizzie Gadd also published this article on the same blog which reports on her annual surveys of the bibliometrics community. It will be interesting to see if the HEFCE survey shows similar results.

Institutions are assessed partially on metrics for the world rankings and for some areas of the REF. Metrics can also be used for funding decisions, promotion, job applications, decisions on where to publish (e.g. using the Journal Impact Factor or other rankings of journals). This is more common in some subject areas and countries than others. If you want to learn more about responsible metrics, the Leiden Manifesto video is a good introduction to the issues:

The Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics from Diana Hicks on Vimeo.

 

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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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Celebrating Open Access Week 2017

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Open Access Week 2017 runs from 23-29th October. Swansea University is taking the opportunity to celebrate the excellent work being done by all our researchers to make ever-increasing numbers of publications open access, free for the world to download on our repository, Cronfa. We currently have over 3,500 papers available, many of which have been released from behind publisher paywalls so that there is free global access to our excellent research.

Open Access does not come without a cost: it may not be paying article processing charges, but a cost in time for researchers to complete green open access procedures. Open Access Week this year is a reminder of the benefits that open access brings and why the effort is worth it: “Open in order to…”

  • Increase access to knowledge
  • Facilitate collaboration
  • Raise your research visibility
  • Improve public health

The benefits of open access have been demonstrated in many studies and this article from 2016 gives an excellent overview of the benefits of open research more generally.

Swansea University currently publishes several of its own open access journals. Most recently we launched the International Journal of Population Data Science ; we also have the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies and some excellent student journals (e.g. Gorffennol, Populo) from the College of Arts & Humanities. We also see the launch this year of our open access e-theses service, allowing Swansea University postgraduate researchers to promote their research on a global platform.

The Library Research Support team are happy to advise on any issues or questions around open access, and we also have a Research Data service to support activities around open data.

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Need help with RIS/Cronfa/Open Access?

We have a session for staff on Wednesday 18th October 2-3pm in Training Room 1 in the library on Singleton Park campus:

“Managing your publication profile: RIS, Cronfa & Open Access

Course Description/Overview:

All research staff are required to enter details of their publications onto RIS and comply with the university’s open access policy by uploading their papers to RIS to become public on Cronfa, our institutional repository. This also meets the HEFCE REF Open Access policy requirements. This session will give an overview of how the systems work and how to make your papers open access whilst complying with publisher copyright.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use RIS to add details of your publications
  • Use RIS to make publications open access (and check copyright compliance)
  • Comply with the HEFCE REF open access policy”

You can book on via ABW course catalogue using code 342 or just come along if  you can’t access that! Training Room 1 is one floor down in the library on Level 2 West: staff at the customer service desk will be happy to direct you.

If you can’t make this session but would like an overview, get in touch with us iss-research@swansea.ac.uk and we’d be glad to arrange something!

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Postgrad Research student essentials

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Welcome to all our new PGR students!

Bookings have opened for the excellent new programme of Postgraduate Skills sessions. As always the library is contributing a wide selection of sessions but in particular we’d encourage Postgraduate Researchers to sign up promptly for:

  1. An informal library tour/induction: the best way to get the most out of the library as a building and all the expert staff here to help you.
  2. E-Thesis training: from October, new students will be part of the new electronic thesis submission process to maximize the impact of your research. Find out what you need to know at the start and be prepared!

Sessions are running across both campuses. Please share with any students in your department! Book on here.

We’d also recommend every PGR student get in touch with their library subject team to take advantage of all the support on offer. Contact details here.

 

 

 

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons

You may have been asked to put a creative commons license on your work. What is this and what does it do?

Creative Commons is a global non profit organization that enables sharing through the use of free legal tools. The licenses work with copyright law and give permissions to share, alter, etc. without anyone needing to contact you.

The licenses are:

CC-BY – lets others use, tweak and distribute your work as long as they give you credit. This is the most liberal license and the one favoured by RCUK who insist on it if they pay for your open access article.

CC-BY-SA – share alike – this lets others use, change and distribute your work as long as they credit you and also share anything they create from your work under the same license.

CC-BY-ND – no derivatives -people are free to use and share but cannot change anything.

CC-BY-NC-SA – non commercial share alike – allows people to use and alter your work as long as it is not commercial and they share it under the same licence.

CC-BY-NC-ND – allows others to download and share your work but they cannot change or share it commercially.

The creative commons site has a tool to help you choose the best for you https://creativecommons.org/choose/

Ideally creative commons would like to encourage people to share with as few restrictions as possible.

If you use their license tool it will give you a symbol to use on your work but also some code. If you are able to use this in your work it will mean that Google, YouTube etc. can identify it as having a licence and it will appear more in search results.

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