SCOAP3 – Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
“After intense preparations and consensus building, CERN1 has today confirmed that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries2, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.”
“SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries and key funding agencies and research centers in two dozen countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 is converting key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors. SCOAP3 is centrally paying publishers for the costs involved in providing Open Access, publishers in turn reduce subscription fees to their customers, who contribute to SCOAP3. Each country participate in a way commensurate to its scientific output in this field. In addition, existing Open Access journals are also centrally supported, removing any existing financial barrier for authors.
As a result, articles are Open Access, the copyright stays with the authors, permissive CC-BY license allow text- and data-mining applications.”
EThOS – the national database for PhD theses (managed by the British Library) contains over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your research and has an additional 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.
The British Library has organised a free webinar to take place on 10 December at 11am GMT to find out:
how to search for and download theses
what to do if a thesis isn’t available
find out what happens to your thesis once it’s completed (for PhD students)
how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle
This webinar is aimed at researchers, students, librarians and anyone interested in finding and using PhD theses.
This workshop gives participants the opportunity to consider the implications of using web 2.0 tools and technologies (also known as social media, social software, new or emerging technologies) when building and managing their online (and consequently research) identity, as well potential legal and ethical impacts. It includes a hands-on element exploring a number of specific tools and technologies.
Content covered includes:
Managing your online identity and legal and ethical issues related to online communication.
Hands-on experience using a selection of tools from the following areas: blogging, evaluation tools, networks and networking, social bookmarking and reference management, multimedia, RSS and wikis.
Why and when these tools would be useful in your research (and potentially teaching) and identify practical examples.
Guide you towards useful relevant resources (e.g. cheat sheets, video tutorials)
Contributing to a group blog (working with a hosted version of the WordPress blogging platform), set up for recording experiences and views on the topics covered by the programme.
Monday 9 December 14:30 – 16:00, South Kensington campus, Central Library, Training Room 1
Twitter is a microblogging service that asks you to tell the world what you are doing in 140 characters or less, and can be used to build up a network of like-minded people. By selecting other Twitter users to follow, you can build up contacts across a wide range of interests. Many in the academic and research communities use Twitter for professional communication of their research, pointing followers to notable items such as papers, articles, news stories, and blog posts, as well as links to other resources, photos and other media.
This session, run by Andrew Day (Library Education and Research Support team) and Jenny Evans (Library Faculty Support team) is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Twitter.
The Digital Science team would like to meet researchers, research managers and / or librarians to discuss daily routine, working environment, tools used, and challenges faced. The objective is to better understand the problems faced in daily work, so we can build tools and solutions to solve those problems and help improve the pace of discovery.
If possible the team would like to spend an hour having yourself or colleagues take us through the daily routine, tools, and challenges. Following that the team would invite the group to a local cafe for an open discussion, also about an hour. The team would hope to leave with a better understanding of the obstacles faced by those in research and academia, and, with luck, ideas for potential solutions to those obstacles.
If you would like to meet the Digital Science team, please email Ruth Harrison, in the Central Library.