EndNote planned maintenance

EndNote online (and ResearcherID) will be undergoing an infrastructure upgrade on June 22.  The application will be unavailable for a period of approximately 15 hours starting at 01:00 GMT, ending 16:00 GMT.  This outage will affect the EndNote online application, sync services, and interactions between Web of Science, ResearcherID and EndNote online.

Seven Elsevier titles go Open Access

Seven Elsevier journals have recently been flipped to Open Access, including Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B as part of Elsevier’s participation in the SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) initiative. Other titles include Stem Cell Research, The International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Epidemics and EJC Supplements.

The titles will use the Gold open access model.

Using EndNote with LaTeX

If you would like to use EndNote to manage your references, but use LaTeX to write your papers, you might find this new guide from EndNote useful. They have also created a new output style to export your EndNote references to a text file that can be used as a “.bib” file in BibTeX, which can be downloaded here.

Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: Collaborating and building your online presence

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.
  • Information about and access to the programme blog

PCs will be available however please do bring your own laptop or tablet if you would prefer to work on this.

If you have any questions please contact Jenny Evans

Date: Monday 2 December 2013

Location: South Kensington, Central Library, TR1

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Session aimed at: PhD students and postdocs

To book: PhD students via the Graduate School website and postdocs contact Jenny Evans.

 

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Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: Collaborating and building your online presence

The Library is running our web 2.0 for researchers programme in June 2013, aimed both at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

This course 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) on their online (and consequently research) identity as well potential legal and ethical impacts. It also enables the exploration of social media / online tools and their relevance to research and related activities.

The programme features both a face to face workshop (including content on your online research identity and legal and ethical issues) as well as two optional modules to be completed online, to be selected from the following content themes:

  • blogs
  • multimedia
  • networks and networking
  • online collaborative tools (including Prezi, Dropbox, Google Drive and Slideshare)
  • RSS
  • social bookmarking citation and reference management
  • wikis
  • evaluation tools (for measuring the impact of social media)

The workshop will take place on Friday 7 June and the online modules will need to be completed by the end of June. It is expected that approximately 4 hours will be needed to complete the programme.

Participants will be encouraged to contribute to a group blog set up for recording experiences and views on the topics covered by the programme.

Booking details

If you are a PhD student, the course counts as part of the Graduate School Professional Skills Development programme. For more information and booking details please see the Graduate School website

If you are postdoctoral researcher then email Andrew Day to book your place.

Along side the programme we will be running a Twitter for Researchers and a Mendeley for Researchers workshop. We will also be introducing a new workshop – An introduction to writing for Wikipedia. These will all take place in June. We will post details on this blog (and on the library website) when they are confirmed.

For further information email Jenny Evans

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Mendeley for Researchers workshop

Wednesday 20 March, 14.30 – 16.30, South Kensington, Central Library training room 1 (level 1)

Mendeley’s (free, paid for premium account available: web and offline access) objective is to give researchers access to a vast library of bibliographic references and information through the sharing of individuals’ personal libraries. Through tags and other metadata you can search through all of the information uploaded by other researchers to Mendeley’s online database. Collaborative features, including groups, and social networking features make it a significantly useful tool beyond bibliographic management.

The workshop, run by a member of the Mendeley London team, will also include Imperial researchers talking about how they use Mendeley.

This session is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Mendeley.

Sign up for these sessions via the Book a Workshop link on the Library home page.

Twitter for Researchers workshop

If you are wondering what we included in our recent Twitter for Researchers workshop, you can take a look at the Prezi from my colleague Andrew (@doombrarian) and I (@jennye)

Or for a quick overview of the discussion around the session see this #ImpTwitter: Twitter for Researchers Storify

Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: Collaborating and building your online presence

The Library is running our web 2.0 for researchers programme in February 2013, aimed both at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

This course 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) on their online (and consequently research) identity as well potential legal and ethical impacts. It also enables the exploration of social media / online tools and their relevance to research and related activities.

The programme features both a face to face workshop (including content on your online research identity and legal and ethical issues) as well as two optional modules to be completed online, to be selected from the following content themes:

  • blogs
  • multimedia
  • networks and networking
  • online collaborative tools (including Prezi, Dropbox, Google Drive and Slideshare)
  • RSS
  • social bookmarking citation and reference management
  • wikis
  • evaluation tools (for measuring the impact of social media)

The workshop will take place on Friday 1 February and the online modules will need to be completed by the beginning of March. It is expected that approximately 4 hours will be needed to complete the programme.

Participants will be encouraged to contribute to a group blog set up for recording experiences and views on the topics covered by the programme.

Booking details

If you are a PhD student, the course counts as part of the Graduate School Professional Skills Development programme. For more information and booking details please see the Graduate School website

If you are postdoctoral researcher then email Andrew Day to book your place.

Along side the programme we will be running a Twitter for Researchers and Mendeley for Researchers workshop. These will both take place in February. We will post details on this blog (and on the library website) when they are confirmed.

For further information email Jenny Evans

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Open Access Week 2012 (22 – 28 October)

International OA Week is currently in progress, with events taking place all over to raise awareness of what open access means for research, scholarly communication and researchers. The aim is to open up research publications so that instead of having to pay to read a journal article, a charge is made for the article to be published, and this article is then openly available for access and re-use. This means that there aren’t the restrictions to reading and finding out about research that exist now.

There are lots of debates about open access, and what impact it will have on libraries, institutions, publishers and researchers. There are also a number of myths, one that authors will now have to cover the costs for their research to be published, and another that open access means poor quality research being published. Authors will be asked to pay a charge, but this is being met by funders in many cases, and here at Imperial, as at other institutions, an open access publication fund exists so that publication costs can be covered by the College. Publishers are starting to introduce schemes providing discounts on open access fees or re-funding open access fees if an institution has paid for journal subscriptions, such as the Royal Society of Chemistry. And quality will not be affected, publishers and editors of open access journals ensure the same peer review standards as for subscription journals.

The Library is managing a number of funds for the College to help authors meet funder requirements and enable researchers to publish in open access journals without having to fund charges themselves. Very soon, there is likely to be a significant increase in open access publications because RCUK is requiring all RCUK-funded research outputs to be published open access, and will be making funds available for this. More information about their revised policy is here (PDF).

For more information about the open access movement, how you can make your work open access, and to read more about the debate, see the Library’s open access web pages. In addition the Science Communication Forum has organised 2 debates this year about open access and you can listen to these here and here.

Useful info for the 2012-2013 academic year

This post is to highlight a few useful previous posts that will be relevant to you over the course of this academic year.

Spiral top 20 downloads

Spiral is the College digital repository of academic staff publications. See about Spiral for information about the respository, or search Spiral via Library Search…books and more or Spiral directly.

Document Delivery service

If we do not subscribe to a research article/book you need, you can request a copy via Document Delivery.

 New physics books available in the Library

 New maths books available in the Library.

Titles available in e-book formats

 Recommended textbooks for 2012-2013 academic year

Library web pages developed specifically for researchers

Also a reminder of the Mathematics subject page, the Physics subject page and the Researchers web pages all highlighting information and services relevant to researchers and postgraduate research students in the Mathematics and Physics Departments.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions!