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Research Bites 2016: Welcome

Research Bites are short, informal seminars on topics relevant to researchers at all levels, run by Library Services. Whether you want a quick refresher on a single topic or a comprehensive updating of your information and research skills, you will find s

Research Bites 2016

Research Bites are short, informal seminars on topics relevant to researchers at all levels, run by Library Services. The aim is to deliver useful information, start discussions and answer questions for the benefit of anyone conducting research at Aston University.

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.

When: 1pm, Wednesdays in July and August
Where: Library 2nd Floor Workshop A

For the full 2016 programme, see below.

Programme

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Ethics and code of practice of publishing in journals

Publishing the findings of our research is an essential step in sharing our work with academics and practitioners who work in our field. But how can we ensure that the manuscripts we submit meet the ethical standards required by journal editors? This session examines best practice when preparing an article for publication and highlights some of the traps to avoid.   

Wednesday 6th July

Jeanette Lilley

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Systematic Literature Reviews

This session will look at some practical tips for undertaking a systematic literature search as part of a systematic review, looking at planning your search, putting together an effective search strategy  and organising your results effectively.

Wednesday 13th July

Clare Langman

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Endnote

Are you drowning under piles of articles? Would you like a system which will organise and manage your references for you?  Try Endnote, the University recommended reference management software.  Find out how to utilise the system to store your articles and manage your references wherever you are working in the world.

Wednesday 20th July

Nicola Dennis

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Open Access Publishing

Aston authors/researchers must now ensure that research outputs, ie. journal articles and conference proceedings, are made Open Access (OA).  This benefits you, other researchers around the world and, as importantly, fulfills the strict compliance requirements of HEFCE for the next REF, funders such as RCUK and the European Commission, and Aston’s own OA policy.  This Research Bite will explain the benefits and requirements relating to OA publishing, detail the different routes to achieve OA, ie. Green and Gold, and show how our institutional repository, PURE, is used to facilitate OA at Aston.”

Wednesday 27th July

Malcolm Horne

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Measuring Research Impact - Bibliometrics Bibliometrics are becoming increasingly important as a way to measure the performance and impact of individual researchers as well as academic institutions.  This session will look at how bibliometrics are being used and how they support the REF.

Wednesday 3rd August

Kerstin Treder

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Research Data Management

All researchers at Aston University are required to meet the Open Data policies as specified by funders such as the RCUK and also Astons Institutional Research Data Management Policy. Sharing data has several benefits including the increased visibility of research and the potential increase in the number of citations received for publications. Research data can be both digital and non-digital in nature and is defined by the EPSRC as “recorded factual material commonly retained by and accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings”. Sometimes you may have sensitive data which you believe cannot be shared or you may be worried about the specifics of policy requirements in sharing your data. This presentation will help in understanding what data is required to be shared, when it must be shared and how. Details will also be specified on how to deal effectively with research data which has commercial, ethical or Intellectual Property constraints.

Wednesday 10th August

Ammar Wahid

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