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Research Bites 2017: Welcome

Research Bites 2017

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 2017 programme, see below.


Title Abstract   Review the content
Advanced Literature Searching Whatever your current skill level in searching the literature, improve the speed, precision and recall of your searches.

Wednesday 5th July

Richard Hopkins

Aston Replay
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.   

Please note the change of day

Friday 7th July

Jeanette Lilley

Aston Replay


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 26th July

Clare Langman

Aston Replay

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 2nd August

Nicola Dennis

Aston Replay
Grey Literature

Have you ever struggled to locate material that was not published in a traditional database or index?  Are you looking to include such information in a systematic review?  Would you like to add value to your research? You may have been looking for grey literature. Find out how you can enhance your research, where to find grey literature and how to evaluate it. 

Wednesday 9th August

Kerstin Treder

Aston Replay


Open Access and Open Data


Do you have questions about Open Access publishing or Open Data? Would you like to know more about the policies and how to achieve compliance, e.g. for HEFCE, RCUK and the EC? Do you need help to upload publications and/or datasets to our repositories?  Whether you are a new researcher/PhD student to Aston or require a refresher session, specialists in Open Access (Malcolm Horne) and Open Data (Ammar Wahid) will guide you through the complexities and processes.

Wednesday 16th August

Malcolm Horne and Ammar Wahid

Aston Replay