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.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Plan S Revisions

Rationale for the Revisions Made to the Plan S Principles and Implementation Guidance The revised Plan S maintains the fundamental principles but a number of important changes are proposed in the implementation guidance. These include: The timeline has been extended by one year to 2021;Transformative agreements will be supported until 2024;more options for transitional arrangements are supported;greater clarity is provided about the various compliance routes: Plan S is NOT just about a publication fee model of Open Access publishing.

Monday, 29 April 2019

The “impact” of the Journal Impact Factor in the review, tenure, and promotion process

The Journal Impact Factor (JIF) – a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in a journal – has been widely critiqued as a measure of individual academic performance. However, it is unclear whether these criticisms and high profile declarations, such as DORA, have led to significant cultural change. In this post, Erin McKiernan, Juan Pablo Alperin and Alice Fleerackers present evidence from a recent study of review, promotion and tenure documents, showing the extent to which (JIF) remains embedded as a measure of success in the academic job market.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Taking Stock of the Feedback on Plan S Implementation Guide

In this interesting piece Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe reviews the feedback submitted in response to the Plan S consultation and highlights 7 themes that emerged from the thousands of pages submissions made to cOAlition S. Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders. Plan S requires that, from 2020, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Max Planck Society Ends Elsevier Subscription

The Max Planck Society, an enormous German research organization 14,000 scientists strong and comprising multiple research institutes, has ended its subscription to Elsevier journals, the organization announced in a statement on December 18. It did so in support of the German open-access initiative called Project DEAL, after unsuccessful attempts to negotiate an open-access agreement with the publisher. The organization’s digital library will no longer have access to Elsevier’s approximately 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, once the subscription expires on December 31.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Ten principles for the responsible use of university rankings

Ten principles for the responsible use of university rankings

University rankings are controversial. There is a lot of criticism on well-known rankings such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), commonly referred to as the Shanghai Ranking, and the World University Rankings of Times Higher Education (THE) and QS.
Nevertheless, universities often feel that they are under pressure to
show a good performance in these rankings and universities may therefore
pay considerable attention to these rankings in their decision making.

The Ten Principles are intended to guide universities, students,
governments, and other stakeholders in the responsible use of university
rankings.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

SAGE Research Methods now available from your Library

SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. Nearly everyone at a university is involved in research, from students learning how to conduct research to faculty conducting research for publication to librarians delivering research skills training and doing research on the efficacy of library services. SAGE Research Methods has the answer for each of these user groups, from a quick dictionary definition, a case study example from a researcher in the field, a downloadable teaching dataset, a full-text title from the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series, or a video tutorial showing research in action.