19 November 2015

Springer's Gold Open Access agreement for UK authors

We've some great news regarding Gold Open Access publishing.  Springer, together with JISC, have introduced a new publishing model which allows corresponding authors at Aston to publish in Springer Open Choice journal titles without the need to pay a Gold OA fee (APC), the costs now being covered as part of our subscription instead.  This means Aston researchers can make use of the benefits of free and immediate Gold Open Access (via selection of the CC BY licence) in over 1,600 Springer journal titles - benefitting yourselves, the institution and everyone world-wide.

The publishing process has been streamlined too as the scheme is based on a straightforward verification process and does not involve local case-by-case applications for APCs.  Lots more details are provided in this link: springer-open-choice/for-uk-authors.

We look forward to you using the scheme!

Please contact us at openaccess@aston.ac.uk with your questions.  For general guidance on OA publishing, both Gold and Green, please visit: libguides.aston.ac.uk/openaccess.

17 November 2015

5 November 2015

Working on your Carbon Project?

To support Carbon Week, we have invited Greenleaf Publishing to visit and talk to students about the "Sustainable Organisation Library" database.  Danielle is waiting to meet you in the Library Foyer with a selection of materials that you can search in the database which include book chapters and journal articles.  Danielle has access to the internet and will show you how you can find information for your Carbon Project.  Please go along a say hello.  You never know there might be a few freebies on offer too!!!

You can access the Sustainable Organisation Library via the Carbon Week LibGuide which can be found via the Library web site and then choosing Students.

3 November 2015

Aston Aspires - Library workshops

The Library is beginning it's support for Aston Aspires week with a programme of workshops. Tuesday's workshops are based on using EndNote to find, import and organise references in to a reference library.

There are still a few places available

Tuesday 3rd November,        11:00-12:00                             Library Workshop A (L215)
Tuesday 3rd November,        12:00-13:00                             Library Workshop A (L215)

There are more EndNote workshops running over Wednesday and Thursday and the full programme can be found here.

There is also a Business Intelligence workshop on Thursday which will look at how you can use Business databases to research for your job applications and interview preparation.

27 October 2015

Please bring your uniCARD each time you visit the Library

It's really important that you bring your uniCARD each time you visit the Library.

If you do forget your card, then you can ask for a Day Pass Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 but students can only get 3 day passes per academic year so please do try and remember to bring your uniCARD on each visit.

Thank you
Public Services Team

26 October 2015

New version of Solidworks is now available to borrow from the Library Help desk

The Library now has the new version of SolidWorks.
Please ask for it at the Library Help desk.

It is available to collect Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00.
It will be loaned until 13:00 the following day.

Please check availability on the Library Catalogue first.

Do you need access to SPSS?

Aston University has signed an agreement where SPSS can be used  for academic and / or teaching purposes.  University students can install it on their personal devices for the purposes of studying. University staff can also install it on personal devices for studying or to help develop or deliver academic or teaching activities.

To apply for the software and install it on your personal device please go to

If there are any queries, concerns or comments regarding SPSS please contact

IT Services Help desk
Main Building G6

Telephone 0121 204 3445