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Research Bites 2018/2019: Welcome

Research Bites 2018

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: 13:00, Wednesdays in July and August
Where: Library 2nd Floor Workshop A

For the full 2018 programme, see below.


Title Abstract   Review the content
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 4th July

Jeanette Lilley

Aston Replay
Research Student Career Essentials This session will outline careers support available for research students at Aston, key resources and a model you can use to support your career management

Wednesday 11th July

Iwan Griffiths

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 18th July

Clare Langman

Aston Replay      
Advanced Literature Searching Whatever your current skill level in searching the literature, improve the speed, precision and recall of your searches.

Wednesday 25th July

Richard Hopkins

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 1st August

Nicola Dennis & Kerstin Treder

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 8th August

Kerstin Treder

Aston Replay
Open Science at Aston  The ‘Open Science’ agenda at Aston is an important feature of the University’s international research standing.  It is a concept that incorporates open access publishing, open data and online researcher profiles, amongst other aspects.  It also covers both STEM and AHSS areas.  In this session you will learn about what Aston is doing to fulfil the Open Science agenda – one which benefits individual researchers as well as the institution at large, benefits other researchers around the world, meets funders’ requirements, and ensures successful preparation for the next Research Excellence Framework, Ref2021, along with how you should be involved.

Wednesday 15th August

Ammar Wahid and Leigh Stork

Aston Replay