13 January 2020

Publish your articles as free Gold open access with the Institute of Physics

To Aston researchers/academics:

Great news - Aston has a new agreement with the Institute of Physics (IoP) which enables researchers to publish their work on a Gold open access basis, with a CC BY licence, at no additional cost in the majority of IoP’s hybrid journals (costs are now covered by the subscription fee).

All corresponding authors at Aston can publish in eligible journals as Gold open access without barriers, without additional cost, and be certain that they comply to any open access requirement. Research articles and reviews accepted for publication after 1 Jan 2020 are eligible, and IoP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion.

Included in the agreement are all subscription journals, owned by IoP Publishing, which offer a hybrid open access option. In addition, the agreement also includes selected journals which are published by IoP on behalf of their society partners. Click for more information about the scheme and how to take advantage of it.

This great new publishing model from IoP is very similar to the SpringerCompact agreement which has been very well used.

Please contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk with any questions; we look forward to hearing about you using both schemes!

Best wishes
Library Services - Research Services Team

7 November 2019

Publish your Gold Open Access articles for free with SAGE

To Aston authors/researchers

SAGE are offering to publish hybrid OA articles for free within the SAGE Choice program for the remainder of 2019. This applies to research articles from Jisc member institutions [ie. Aston] which subscribe to SAGE Premier via the 2019 Jisc Collections agreement that enter production between now and the end of December. It applies to articles published in the SAGE Choice (Hybrid OA) program, details here: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/sage-choice

This must be requested by the author who should use the code “NESLi2019” on the contributor form’s discount code field when submitting the article. Please note, this does not apply to articles already in production or published and cannot be used for articles in SAGE (fully) Gold Open Access journals.

So , please do take advantage of this great offer - for any questions contact  openaccess@aston.ac.uk 

22 October 2019

Welcome to International Open Access Week 2019

It’s International Open Access Week! This year, publishers, librarians, researchers, and institutions are discussing and organizing events around the theme: “Open for whom?” - see the article in this link for the view from PLOS - https://blogs.plos.org/plos/2019/10/welcome-to-open-access-week-2019/

18 October 2019

*WARNING* Passport upgrade

Passport is our market intelligence database providing industry analysis and consumer profiling data.  The company are working on an upgrade to the login process.

 The database may not be accessible from 

Friday 18th October - 12:00pm (GMT)
Saturday 19th October - 17:00 (GMT)

14 October 2019

Discover Your Resources - Help Before Hand-In

Have you been set an assignment for Term 1?
Struggling to find relevant information?

Come along to the "Discover Your Resources" workshop programme to gain Help Before Hand-In.  The full programme includes:

  • Industry Analysis and Consumer Profiling
  • Navigating Nexis UK 
  • Getting more out of Google
  • Cite it! Sort it! EndNote it!
  • Advanced Literature Searching
  • Finding Company Information
  • How to Read a Journal Article

Full details including dates, times, location and how to book are available at https://libguides.aston.ac.uk/discover


7 October 2019

Training sessions during "International Open Access Week"

It’s International Open Access Week, 21-25 October 2019, http://www.openaccessweek.org/ .  And to boost awareness for Aston authors/researchers the Research Services Team in Library Services are offering the following 45-minute training sessions in MB525b.

•             Wednesday 23 October, 2-2.45 : Online researcher profiles
Are you interested in learning how to increase your online presence, the discoverability of your publications and the role open access publishing plays in this? If so, come along to this presentation plus Q&A session to learn about the features and benefits of online researcher IDs and social networks (with Malcolm Horne).

•             Thursday 24 October, 2-2:45 : Setting up your Pure profile and adding content
Are you new to Pure or need a reminder on how everything works? Come along to this training session to find out how to make best use of Pure to highlight your teaching, research and academic achievements (with Leigh Stork).

•             Thursday 24 October, 3-4 : Pure drop-in surgery
Following the Pure training, we will be having a drop-in surgery for those who know how to use Pure but have questions or issues that need fixing (with Leigh Stork).

Please contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk  to book your place – we look forward to seeing you soon.

12 June 2019

RESEARCH BITES 2019 *Summer Spectacular*

*NEW* Research Bites 2019

The programme for the Research Bites 2019 seminars has now been announced. These short, informal seminars will be held in the Library 2nd Floor, L215 (Workshop A) on Wednesdays at 13:00 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 2019 webpage.
Kind Regards
Information Services Team
Library Services