25 June 2015

Open Access (OA) at SAGE – funds for Gold are still available!

SAGE is the world's 5th largest journals publisher.  Its portfolio includes more than 750 journals spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology & Medicine.

And, importantly, SAGE supports both Gold OA publication and Green OA archiving:
  • SAGE Choice is offered on all SAGE’s traditional subscription journals and allows authors to make (via payment of an article processing charge, APC) their published article freely available to all internet users 
  • SAGE pure-Gold OA journals where all the articles in each title are freely available to internet users (publication is also via payment of an APC)
  • SAGE also supports Green OA archiving for authors publishing in traditional subscription journals, ie. the complementary depositing of articles in Aston Research Explorer (powered by PURE)
Library Services at Aston has a generous institutional-based discount scheme for Gold OA with SAGE and funds are still available to our researchers, so please contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk if you’re interested in applying for an APC.  See here for more details of Gold OA (and the related conditions)

23 June 2015

Research Bites 2015 announced!

The programme for the ResearchBites 2015 has now been announced. These short, informal seminars will be held in the Library 2nd Floor Workshop A on Wednesdays at 1pm throughout July and August, and feature topics relevant to researchers at all levels. Whether you want a quick refresher on a single topic or a comprehensive updating of your information and research skills, you will find something for you.    

Topics for this year's seminars include: 
You can find the full programme and more details about each topic on the Research Bites 2015 webpage.

9 June 2015

Aston Running Rockets - success

Aston Running Rockets is a fun and friendly beginners running club that began in January 2015 led by Emma Hollinshead.  There are currently 13 members that train on Tuesday lunchtimes including staff from the Library, Registry, Engineering and Estates.  All the members have been following the couch to 5k plan with the brilliant support from the run leader Emma.  This culminated in completing the 5k Race for Life at Sutton Park on Saturday where all the members taking part crossed the line under 42 minutes.  
Please join us in congratulating the group in their success in raising over £1,500 for Cancer Research UK. If you would like to join the group please take a look at their facebook page