Research Support

Digital Science welcomes Glasgow-based CC Technology to DS family

(22 January 2019) Digital Science, a technology company serving stakeholders across the research ecosystem, welcomes CC Technology (CCT) to the Digital Science family of companies. The Glasgow-based company, which was founded in 1988 but did not come to support funders until 2006, has become a world-leader in the area of grants management. For the press release, see here. […]

January 23, 2019 - 8:58 am
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The Reaxys PhD Prize 2019 for students in the chemical sciences is now live

(17 January 2019) Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, today announced that its prestigious ReaxysPrize for PhD students in the chemical sciences is now open for submissions. Celebrating top research by leading young chemists across the globe, the Reaxys PhD Prize recognizes innovative and original research in chemistry. The award, which receives hundreds […]

January 22, 2019 - 8:58 am
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Change ahead: How do smaller publishers perceive open access?

(15 January 2019) Reporting results from a comprehensive survey of publishers in the German-speaking world, Christian Kaier and Karin Lackner explore the attitudes of smaller publishers towards open access, finding both rising levels of interest, but also ongoing uncertainty and resistance over making a transition to open access publishing. While libraries and funding bodies in German-speaking countries have been negotiating […]

January 21, 2019 - 2:27 pm
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Building a culture of research impact

(17 January 2019) Drawing on case study evidence from the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme, Louise Shaxson suggests that developing a culture of engagement and collaboration is just as important to achieving research impact as following best practice, and presents five principles that underpin an effective research impact culture. The LSE Impact Blog has the full story  

January 19, 2019 - 1:48 pm
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Radical Collaboration in Research Data Management Explored in Research Library Issues

(20 December 2018)   The latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI), gathers reflections by six archivists and librarians on the practice of radical collaboration applied to research data management (RDM). Archivist Nancy McGovern describes radical collaboration as “inclusive, involving commitment and effort by most or all members that are broadly representative of the various aspects of the common […]

December 24, 2018 - 9:29 am
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Survey reveals need for good guidance about trustworthy places to publish research

(19 December 2018)  A survey carried out by the Think. Check. Submit. initiative has revealed a strong demand from both researchers and librarians for guidance about where to publish and an appreciation of the services that the initiative offers. However, it also revealed a need for further educational resources and wider reach for the initiative. […]

December 20, 2018 - 2:19 pm
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Growing prevalence of mobile-based research signals new era for libraries according to latest findings

(18 December 2018)  Sponsored by OpenAthens, the research gathered information from more than 900 librarians working in different sectors across the globe in Spring 2018 and was designed to gain insight into current thinking on identity and access management. According to the new research growing numbers of students and researchers are working from home, on mobile […]

December 18, 2018 - 10:17 am
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Skeletons in their closet: Clarivate issues editorial concern but takes no further action

(11 December 2018) When Bone Research received its first Journal Impact Factor (JIF) in 2014 (a meager score of 1.310), it didn’t receive much notice. The following year, Bone Research‘s JIF more than doubled to 3.549, then nearly tripled to 9.326 in 2016. This year, it received a score 12.354. It now is ranked second […]

December 12, 2018 - 2:01 pm
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Introducing an experimental format for learning about content mining for digital scholarship

(7 December 2018) This post by the British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections, Dr Mia Ridge, reports on an experimental format designed to provide more flexible and timely training on fast-moving topics like text and data mining. This post covers two topics – firstly, an update to the established format of sessions on […]

December 11, 2018 - 11:30 am
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China backs bold plan to tear down journal paywalls

Officials pledge support for European-led ‘Plan S’ to make research papers immediately free to read — but it’s unclear whether China will adopt its policies.  (5 December 2018) In a huge boost to the open-access movement, librarians and funders in China have said that they intend to make results of publicly funded research free to […]

December 7, 2018 - 7:46 am
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Kudos raises £2.2 million to help optimize research communication and accelerate impact

(5 December 2018)  Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research, will develop and launch a new communications management system for researchers, after securing £2.2m investment in a round led by Mobeus Equity Partners. The global research sector is undergoing significant and accelerating change, with mechanisms for evaluation, publication and reward being […]

December 5, 2018 - 10:51 am
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ChemRxiv announces streamlined submission of research for journal peer review

(5 December 2018) Now in its second year of successfully sharing research findings openly with the global chemistry community, ChemRxiv today announced Direct Journal Transfer, a new feature that will help authors submit their posted preprints to established journals for editorial consideration and peer review. This feature, which is now available on the ChemRxiv website, […]

December 5, 2018 - 10:30 am
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Collectively supporting faculty in New Zealand

(28 November 2018) In 2018, the majority (six out of eight) of New Zealand academic libraries undertook the Ithaka S+R faculty survey in order to explore and deepen understanding of scholars’ research and teaching practices and needs. The project was initiated by the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL) with the Ithaka S+R instrument […]

December 1, 2018 - 10:06 am
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European funders detail their open-access plan

(26 November 2018) Plan S, the contentious plan that a group of European science funders hopes will end scholarly journals’ paywalls, has fleshed out its rules—and softened its tone a bit. In seven pages of implementation guidance released today, the funders explain how their grantees can abide by Plan S rules come 2020, when it […]

November 29, 2018 - 1:13 pm
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Chatbots – now is the time

(16 November 2018) With chatbots active in some institutions and minimal investment required to get them up and running, now really is the time to explore this technology. Jisc has the article in full and a link to the report by  Paul Hopkins and Richard Maccabee.

November 21, 2018 - 10:59 am
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