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NUsearch November upgrade

The new upgrade release for NUsearch, the online library discovery tool, will be available from 20 November. Building on the success of our major upgrade in June, we continue to provide new features, improved and enhanced functionality, quicker searching options and better support. NUsearch upgrades will continue to roll out on an on-going regular basis. …

10th International Open Access Week

Celebrating Open Access! It’s the 10th International Open Access Week on 23-29 October 2017! This year’s theme is an invitation to answer the question of what tangible benefits can be achieved by making scholarly outputs openly available. “Open in order to…” is intended as a prompt to go beyond talking about openness and focus instead …

Improving academic support and engagement

By Beth Massey (former SU Education Officer) As my time as Students’ Union (SU) Education Officer came to an end, I was asked by Libraries, Research and Learning Resources (LRLR) to work with them on shaping a project to review their academic engagement and support. As a department LRLR is taking a fresh look at how they engage with the academic community here …

Predatory Journals

It is generally understood that academic content published within a peer-reviewed journal must be of high quality. This is true for both the consumer of the content and the creator. However, there is a new breed of so-called ‘predatory journals’ that call what we know into question… Predatory Journals- what’s it all about? In a nutshell, …

Open access monographs – changing the nature of the traditional academic book

It’s Open Access Week. As part of our own celebrations, we thought we’d tell you more about the library’s support for open access monograph publishing. The benefits and challenges associated with publishing monographs as open access have been well articulated (HEFCE report on open access and monographs). At the core, however, it is about ensuring …

5 minutes with… Tony Simmonds, Senior Research Librarian (Social Sciences)

Welcome to our series ‘5 minutes with …’, where we introduce staff working within the Libraries Research and Learning Resources at the University of Nottingham. Tony Simmonds has kindly agreed to talk to us about his role and open access at the University. Questions: Hello Tony, could you tell us more about your role? I’m …

Publishing with Springer Open Choice

Publishing open access makes your research freely available online to anyone, worldwide. Ever since October 2015 publishing open access articles in eligible Springer Open Choice journals  has been at no cost to University of Nottingham researchers. The agreement with Springer covers all Article Processing Charges (APCs) and provides ongoing access to all subscription content in …

5 minutes with… Robert Pearce, Conservator for Manuscripts and Special Collections

Welcome to the latest in our series of Blog posts ‘5 minutes with …’, that introduce staff who work in LRLR at the University of Nottingham. We are a large department of around 250 staff based across all campuses and doing a wide variety of jobs relating to libraries, collections, teaching and learning, and research …

Copy? … Right?

Here are some common instances when you might want to copy or reuse someone else’s work: Photocopy from a book for your studies Upload course readings to Moodle Quote or include an extract in your dissertation or thesis Include material in a lecture presentation In all these cases you need to consider copyright. Many of …

Open access toolkit

From the 1st of April 2016 all journal articles and conference proceedings must be made open access (OA) in order to be eligible for submission to the next round of the Research Excellence Framework run by HEFCE. In making your publication OA you will need to consider compliance with HEFCE, your funders and your institutional …