30 June 2016

It just got easier to find the journal title you want...

The journals feature within Library SmartSearch has been upgraded and includes new functionality. 

Search for a journal title within SmartSearch, and use the Journal search box in your results list to search for articles within that journal!

Select the Journals link from the banner and either search for the title you want, or browse a list of journals within a certain discipline!

If you have any questions or comments about these new features, please contact us or add a comment to this post.

SPSS Software

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

6 June 2016

Emerald - Scheduled maintenance taking place on Tuesday

Please note upcoming maintenance on Emerald’s research platform, Emerald Insight
which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 7 June 2016, beginning at 08:00 GMT - 
lasting for up to 12 hours.

During this time, the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode, making the following 
functionality unavailable for the duration of the upgrade:
  • Activating access tokens
  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Alert subscriptions
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’ and ‘Institutional Account’
  • E-commerce
  • Registration
  • Search
Should you access the website during this time, you will receive a notification that the 
site functionality is temporary unavailable within your browser. Please note that this may 
also affect some functionality on emeraldgrouppublishing.com.

This essential website maintenance is part of Emerald’s customer focused development 
initiative, which aims to deliver an enhanced user experience to customers.

Many thanks for your patience and continued support.

Andrew Basnett-Rix
Chief Technology Officer