26 July 2011

Aston e-library downtime: Friday 29th July

Aston e-Library will be unavailable on the morning of Friday 29th July from 9.30-12while we carry out essential maintenance work. Please use the electronic resources webpage during this time to link through to databases.

19 July 2011

New interface for Web of Knowledge

On 17th July 2011 the new Web of Knowledge (WoK v5.3) became the primary platform. This means that all your links to Web of Knowledge will take you directly to the new version.

New features in version 5.3 include:
  • All terms are searched - no stop words
  • Linguistic search assistance: lemmatization (word stemming) and spelling variations
  • Left hand truncation
  • NEAR/x operator
  • All results returned
  • Abstract preview
The old version (WoK v4.10) is now the secondary platform and can still be accessed until the end of 2011. If you prefer the old version, please use the following url: webofknowledgev4.com. A link is also available from WoK 5.3 to WoK 4.10, located towards the right hand side of the screen in Wok 5.3.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the new interface.

14 July 2011

Aston e-Library currently down

We are currently experiencing some problems with the Aston e-Library which is affecting access. Staff are working to resolve the problem and LIS will let you know via the Blogworm when the service is available again.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

11 July 2011

Aston e-Library upgrade: save your e-shelf items!

Aston e-Library will be upgraded during the summer vacation. Any items saved in the “My e-Library” part of Aston e-Library will not be migrated to the new interface. This includes articles that you’ve saved from results lists, favourite databases and e-journals and any alerts you may have set. For information on how to send lists of articles from your e-shelf to your e-mail address, please see this webpage. The new service will go live at the end of August.

1 July 2011

2010 Journal Citation Reports have been published

By compiling articles' cited references, the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) help to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. The results are published each year, and the 2010 results have now been released.

You can now find out the 2010 Impact Factor for your journals - that is the average number of 2010 citations to articles published in your journal title during 2008 and 2009. Remember that you should compare Impact Factors only between journals within the same subject area - JCR can help you do this as it provides subject category lists and rankings. There are other metrics within the JCR as well, so you can get a more rounded picture of the quality of your journals.

Find out more about journal quality measures by coming along to the Publish or Perish: but Where? seminar as part of our Research Bites 2011.