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Bring a Zombie ORCID back to life


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:


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:




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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


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Open Access briefings this term


Are you new to Swansea or confused about the open access options available to you? These briefings will cover the HEFCE open access policy for the REF, sources of funding for article processing charges and the help available to you on campus.

Mon 20th Feb 12-1   SURF Room, Fulton House  Book here

Tue 13th March 12-1 SURF Room, Fulton House Book here

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Check out our full text on Cronfa

Have you noticed that the home page for our institutional repository, Cronfa, now showcases our full text outputs? You can now see:

  • Most recent full text additions
  • Lists of our most downloaded items this week, this month and all time

We’ve seen a big increase in full text on Cronfa since the university and REF Open Access policies came into effect plus we now have staff working behind the scenes to check copyright and chase authors if required!


We now have over 2000 full text items on Cronfa and over 600 more embargoed for future publication once the publisher copyright policy permits. View the full text items here – scroll down to filter by College or Department on the left.

If your paper is open access on Cronfa, use the URL to promote it on social media or email:


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What can I do now Beall’s list has gone?

Those of you who use Beall’s list of predatory journals may have noticed that it has vanished. So far there is no official word on the reason for this or whether the information will be listed elsewhere. In the mean time, here are some ways you can make sure you are using a reputable journal:

  • If a journal you don’t know claims to have an impact factor check it in Journal Citation Reports – you can find this by going to Web of Science and clicking the link at the very top of the screen.


  • Alternatively, you can just look a journal up in Web of Science and click the title to see impact factor and other information.


  • Another tool you can use as a clue to quality is SUNCAT. This is a union catalogue of UK university library serial collections. You can look up a journal and see which universities, if any, subscribe to it.


  • Checking on the editorial board is another way of checking on a journal. A quick google search should be enough to tell you if they are reputable academics. One suspicious journal I have looked at had as it’s editors people like B.Jones, California – untraceable!
  • Major indexing systems such as Scopus, Web of Science, Inspec, MLA bibliography and other subject databases all use some form of quality control so journals listed in these should be fine.  The Directory of Open Access Journals also uses some checking criteria to try to exclude predatory journals.


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Staff training sessions on Bay Campus in Feb


We are running a few training sessions on the Bay Campus next month for staff:

  • How to use RIS for staff publications = 1-2pm, Wed 1st Feb. An overview of the university’s Research Information System and how this links to staff web pages and the repository Cronfa.
  • Stand Out and Be Counted = 10-1pm, Wed 8th Feb. This session is aimed at researchers with a few publications: “Have you ever wanted some help to promote yourself online and achieve the best visibility for your research?  This half day workshop will explore a number of tools that can help you do this”. You can see the content of a previous session here on the blog to get an idea of what we cover.
  • Who’s Talking about your Research? Using Altmetrics to Explore Impact, Opportunities and Citations = 12-1pm, Fri 24 Feb

Booking is essential – staff can sign up via the normal process for staff development courses in ABW (access via the university’s Home portal). Email us at if you need more information!

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