Tuesday, 24 November 2009


ticTOCs searches the RSS feeds from tables of contents of the latest editions of over 12,000 journals. You can search by using keywords and journal titles, and can also browse subject and publisher lists.

Registering with the service is advisable to ensure that your preferred TOCs are saved, and you can also export rss feeds to your preferred readers.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Twitter as an effective communications tool in academia

The University of Leicester has just published the results of a study which found that using Twitter helped students with their studies, particluarly in terms of developing peer support and personal learning networks. The study has been published in the Association for Learning Technology's latest newsletter.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Open Access article in THE

There is an excellent article in today's Times Higher Education by Zoe Corbyn and Matthew Reisz, which explains the benefits and issues of open access publishing, and the value of institutional repositories. It also examines the different methods of making research articles OA, and looks at the arguments against OA from publishers.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009


ResearchBlogging.org is a collection of blog posts written by academics from around the world concerned with peer-reviewed research. It can be searched by keyword, topic or date and is very useful for keeping up-to-date with current research. If you are also blogging about peer-reviewed research, then you can register to have your own blog included, and increase your blog's audience.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

New online science journal

Nature Communications is a new online science journal launching in Spring 2010, and will cover all areas of the physical, chemical and biological sciences. Papers submitted will be peer-reviewed and open access publishing options will be available.

NIHR funds Supporter Membership of BioMed Central

The National Institute for Health Research has announced that it is to fund Supporter Membership of BioMed Central with all NHS researchers who are supported by NIHR and its partners benefiting from a 15% discount when publishing in any of BioMed Central's 200 peer-reviewed, open access journals. Researchers should acknowledge NIHR when doing this, and NIHR's statement supporting open access can be viewed here.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Open Access Week Haiku competition

To celebrate Open Access Week SHERPA has announced a competition to write a haiku based on 'The Spirit of Open Access'. More information about Open Access Week and open access publishing can be found here: http://openaccessweek.org/

The competition closes at 5pm on Fri 16th October, and entries should be sent to bill.hubbard@nottingham.ac.uk .


IRIScotland is a cross-repository search service that allows you to search the repositories of 8 Scottish universities for their research publications, all in one go: http://cdlr.strath.ac.uk/iriscotland .

Thursday, 1 October 2009


eData http://edata.qmu.ac.uk/ is Queen Margaret University's repository for research data. It is still in its early stages, but we do have datasets from 2 projects in there now, and are in discussions with other researchers at QMU about how best to deposit their data.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Freedom of Information Act Scotland

Helen Muir recently attended a workshop, Freedom of Information: What's in it for Researchers, which focused on effective ways to apply for information from public bodies using FOI. Researchers at QMU can contact Helen for advice and assistance on making FOI requests.

Presentations from the workshop can also be viewed here:


eTheses is a repository of the theses produced by students (Masters level and above) of Queen Margaret University, http://etheses.qmu.ac.uk/ . It is useful both for research pruposes, and also for looking at how to set out a theses, which new students might be considering at this time.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Enabling Open Scholarship

Enabling Open Scholarship has just been launched at http://www.openscholarship.org/jcms/j_6/home .

EOS is a worldwide organisation for universities and research institutions and is primarily concerned with the open creation, dissemination and preservation of research findings.


eResearch is a repository of the research output of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, which can be found here: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk .