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Journal Citation Reports

 

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The latest edition of Journal Citation Reports has just been released. JCR ranks journals by the number of citations likely to be received by an article and is often used to help decide which journals to publish in, particularly for STEM subjects.

Journal Citation Reports has been around for 42 years but has recently changed ownership to Clarivate Analytics who have also taken over Web of Science from Thomson Reuters.

You can find JCR by logging in to http://wok.mimas.ac.uk with your Swansea username and password then clicking Journal Citation Reports in the black bar at the very top of the screen.  The first time you use JCR you will need to register on a campus PC – click register from the Sign in link. The Select categories option will allow you to look at the top journals in your own subject area.

Our brief guide to Journal Citation Reports

Remember that metrics should be used with caution as there are many reasons why journals do not get a high score. Articles on the subject include Why the impact factor of journals should not be used for evaluating research by Per O Seglen in BMJ and The impact factor: a useful indicator of journal quality or fatally flawed? by David B. Elliott in Opthalmic and Physiological Optics.

You can find more information on metrics on our web page. If you would like help please contact iss-research@swansea.ac.uk

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Discount on APCs from SAGE

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All authors at Swansea University who publish with SAGE are entitled to an article processing charge for a discounted rate of £200 until December 2018.

  • The deal applies to journals in the Sage Choice and Sage Premier categories. Sage should notify you that you are eligible when your article is accepted.
  • When you complete the Sage Publishing Agreement form enter WHEEL2017 in the university account code field.
  • Return the agreement to the Sage email address as instructed and they will send an invoice for £200.

If you are RCUK funded and want the £200 paid from the Swansea RCUK fund please complete our request form and wait for confirmation that funds are available before applying to Sage.

This discount is due to a WHEEL Wales wide procurement collaboration.

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Proquest Dissertations and Theses

This database to which we subscribe has recently increased massively the number of links to the full text of PhD theses.   Most theses submitted since 1997 in this database can now be viewed in pdf format, together with some older theses.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global provides details of theses submitted in Britain and Ireland between 1716 and the present and in the United States since 1861.  It also has records of many theses from elsewhere in the world.     It’s an excellent database for finding details of PhD theses on a topic.

You can get a link to Proquest Dissertations and Theses by doing a search in  iFind.   There are also links to the database in our  Library Guides.

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InCites

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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!

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Bring a Zombie ORCID back to life

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With rumours of the researcher identifier ORCID being mandatory for the next REF, I came across the concept of the “Zombie ORCID” on this blog post (recounting an ORCID workshop run by the OU):

“Most people who had encountered ORCID had been prompted to add an ORCID by publisher or funder submission systems.  So people had created ORCIDs in order to complete the submission of an article or a bid… and probably hadn’t done anything with their ORCID account afterwards.  So what’s the wider impact of this – researchers signing up for ORCIDs to comply with funder publisher requirements but not really knowing what it’s for, or what to do with it?  Zombie accounts we called them… and that’s a problem.”

If you have created an ORCID for an administrative reason in the past and then not done anything further with it, take a few moments to bring it back to life!

  1. Check your details are up to date by signing in and tweaking your account details if necessary: if you need to alter your email, it’s a simple process requiring verification.
  2. It’s very easy to add your publication history to your ORCID and give it real value: ORCID has a variety of ways to get your papers in automatically without typing: it connects directly with the following bibliometric sources:
    • CrossRef: this will draw on a vast amount of publication metadata. Tip: put a “+” in front of each word to get results that include both names e.g. +Samantha +Oakley This is a particularly useful option for Humanities or Social Science areas where coverage in the other databases may not be so good, particularly for book chapters. You can even sign up for CrossRef to auto-update your ORCID profile with new publications, ensuring it never becomes a zombie again.
    • Scopus: the massive Elsevier database has a profile for each author on a paper it has indexed. You may wish to also check your Scopus profile is correct too, showing all your publications.
    • Web of Science (Researcher ID): the rival Thomson Reuter database also has its own identifier and database. It may give slightly different results to Scopus but the two are likely to be similar.
    • European PubMed Central: useful for those in health-related areas.
    • If you have your papers in a reference management tool like EndNote or Mendeley, ORCID provides an import and export of “Bibtex” formatted files of references. Just look for the option to export your papers from within EndNote or Mendeley.
  3. Add your ORCID to your HR information on Swansea University’s Agresso Business World HR system : it will then appear on your staff web page and in RIS (you can pull your outputs into RIS from ORCID). See our post on using your ORCID in SU systems for more information.
  4. Above all else, use your ORCID on any funding applications or publications: the more you use it, the more future work can be attributed to the authoritative record of your academic profile. This not only avoids your work being wrongly attributed to others of the same or similar name, but also means you have a neat online profile and single point of reference for all your achievements.

As more and more places require researchers to have an ORCID, it’s important to make sure yours is a true reflection of your work and not an empty page!

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Open Access: new guide for SU researchers

We have a new open access summary for Swansea University researchers with the absolute basics on how to meet your open access obligations. View it online here or click on the image below if you need a bigger version:

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This covers the basics of what researchers need to do – if you want more information or to read the various policies in detail, visit our open access support pages. Or contact us and we’d be glad to advise: iss-research@Swansea.ac.uk

 

 

 

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Sage Research Methods Training

3rd March 2-3.30pm, Training Rm 3, Library, Singleton Park Campus.

Rebecca Evans from SAGE will be visiting Swansea to demonstrate how Sage Research Methods can help you and your students with research projects and skills development. You’ll have the chance to explore resources like encyclopaedias, books, videos and real-life case studies on topics such as research ethics, planning research, data collection and analysis.

Please book using the link here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sage-research-methods-tickets-32227097115

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