Friday, 22 October 2021

Now available in MU, EndNoteX20 is the latest version of EndNote Desktop which supercedes the version currently available in MU, EndNoteX9. It features a new interface design, improved PDF reading, new workflow enhancements and new options for detecting duplicates If you are an existing user you can upgrade to EndNoteX20 via AppsAnywhere If you are a new user, download EndNoteX20 from AppsAnywhere To see whats new in EndNoteX20 check out the guide EndNoteX20 For queries contact the Research Support Librarian ciaran.quinn@mu.ie

Annual report: a recap of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) activities in 2020

DORA’s vision is to advance practical and robust approaches to research assessment globally and across all scholarly disciplines. Dora's annual report makes for interesting reading particulary the section relating to the Tools to Advance Research Assessment (TARA) project. The aim of Project TARA is to identify, understand, and make visible the criteria and standards universities use to make hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions. This information will be used to create resources and practical guidance on the reform of research assessment for academic and scholarly institutions. Project TARA is a collaboration with Sarah de Rijcke, Professor in Science and Evaluation Studies and Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University, and Ruth Schmidt, Associate Professor at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment The National Framework is a key deliverable of the National Open Research Forum (NORF), which was set up in 2017 to bring together key members of the research community to drive Ireland’s open research agenda as set out in Innovation 2020, Ireland’s research and development, science and technology strategy. The National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment has been developed as the first step in a process to create a National Action Plan for the transition to an open research environment in Ireland. There has been a series of seminars relating to this report, the lastest one was presented as a webinar. Open Research in Ireland: Infrastructures for Open Research (Webinar) 4th May 2021(4th in a series of Webinars relating to the above report)

Friday, 26 March 2021

EndNoteX9 (Reference management & Citation Tool) is now available for all MU staff,students,academics and researchers to download from AppsAnywhere This is the desktop version of EndNote (you may be already familiar with its companion piece EndNote Online). When you download it, you'll also need the product code to complete the installation, which is in one of the two files that download onto your device. Key features of EndNote X9 are the ability to store unilimted PDF's on your device, annotation of PDF's, many additional referencing styles. EndNoteX9 and Endnote online can be synchronised so you need never be without your EndNote Library. For further details check out the guide https://nuim.libguides.com/referencing/tools.

Transformative Open Access Agreements

A number of open access agreements with publishers have been facilitated by IReL (Irish Research eLibrary) which typically allow corresponding authors from eligible institutions to publish their articles open access immediately on publication, without an article process charge (APC) being levied. Full details of the current agreements with publishers are available at https://irel.ie/open-access/

Friday, 31 July 2020

Research Data Management Toolkit (JISC)

Sharing RDM knowledge and good practice Have you ever felt lost when looking for material on Research Data Management? This toolkit https://rdmtoolkit.jisc.ac.uk/ aims to support you by signposting resources from a wide range of websites and organisations, sorted by topic and audience. This excellent tool(from JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) a UK not for profit, which champions the importance of digital technologies for UK education and research) allows you to access it, according to your role (Researcher, Research Support or IT Specialist) or by using the "Research Data Lifecycle Chart" https://rdmtoolkit.jisc.ac.uk/research-data-lifecycle/ It includes sections on Data Management Planning, Policy Compliance, Costing, and Data Storage. It also provides useful links to online RDM training, resources and updates.

IRel "Read and Publish" agreements, allow Open Access Publishing for many Researchers without Article Processing Charges

IRel https://irel.ie/category/news/ has recently signed a number of "Read and Publish" agreements with major publishers. This means that researchers will now have access to the electronic collections of these publishers and they will be able to publish their own papers Open Access in many of their publications without having to pay Article Processing Charges (APC's). More details and an up to listing of the agreements are available here https://nuim.libguides.com/c.php?g=660327&p=4862005

Monday, 6 April 2020

The Irish ORCID Consortium

ORCID® provides a unique persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that distinguishes researchers and a record that supports automatic links among all professional activities. The ORCID iD and connections are stored in the ORCID Registry, in an account the researcher owns and manages. Consortia membership is the premium level of membership and includes the following benefits: 5 ORCID premium member API credentials;the ability to read/write to the profiles of researchers (with permission);monthly analytics reports with personalised statistics from ORCID ensuring more complete reporting of research outputs;dedicated technical and community support.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Sorbonne Declaration on Research Data Rights

The international Research Data Rights Summit was held at Sorbonne University on Monday, 27 January. This initiative brought together nine major networks of research-intensive universities from major regions of the world. It was an opportunity to sign the "Sorbonne Declaration" on the rights of research data. This text strongly affirms the willingness of universities to share their data while firmly calling on governments to adopt a clear legal framework to regulate this sharing and to provide the means to put it in place. Full text of the declaration here.

IREL and Covid-19

IReL’s (Irish Research e Library) office, based in Maynooth University, has closed, but its staff are continuing to work remotely. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of IReL’s partner publishers and vendors are supporting researchers and students by making content freely available during the crisis. They are typically doing this by either: removing paywall restrictions on COVID-19 related removing paywall restrictions on COVID-19 related research materials, or removing limits of the numbers of concurrent users for eBooks to cope with demand by students as they have moved to remote learning at short notice. An actively updated list of the resources being made available has been compiled by our peers among ICOLC (International Coalition of Library Consortia) members and can be viewed here.

Friday, 30 August 2019

AmeliCA before Plan S – The Latin American Initiative to develop a cooperative, non-commercial, academic led, system of scholarly communication

Open access is often discussed as a process of flipping the existing closed subscription based model of scholarly communication to an open one. However, in Latin America an open access ecosystem for scholarly publishing has been in place for over a decade. In this post, Eduardo Aguado-López and Arianna Becerril-Garcia discuss open access developments in Latin America and the AmeliCA initiative to develop a cooperative infrastructure for scientific communication. They also reflect on how the recent proposals put forward by cOAlition S to foster open access publication in the Global North, could potentially negatively impact open access efforts in Latin America.

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