Wednesday, 27 January 2010

1000th deposit in eResearch

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is delighted to announce that we have reached the 1000th deposit in our repository, eResearch. The open access article was co-authored by Rebecca Horn, a researcher from QMU’s Institute for International Health and Development.

Horn, Rebecca and Charters, Simon and Vahidy, Saleem (2009) The victim-witness experience in the Special Court for Sierra Leone. International Review of Victimology, Vol. 15 . pp. 277-298. ISSN 0269-7580

As Rebecca is currently working in Sri Lanka, Barbara McPake (Director of the Institute of International Health and Development) accepted a bottle of champagne on her behalf.

RefAware trial at QMU

Queen Margaret University LRC has arranged a trial to RefAware for QMU staff and students.

RefAware - a web based current awareness service designed to provide researchers and other members of the academic community with immediate access to new research and publications in their field - all within hours of being posted online. Providing one source for a variety of research data, RefAware constantly scours the internet for the latest information and automatically delivers new information directly to the user. Covering over 8,000 peer-reviewed sources and other non-refereed sources of information, RefAware provides a comprehensive, up-to-the minute picture of today's global research.

Access information and links are on our Trial database page at Users are required to self-register to create an account before using this service.

RefWorks trial for QMU students and staff

At Queen Margaret University, we've arranged a trial to see what RefWorks has to offer. RefWorks is an online research management writing and collaboration tool - similar to Reference Manager - and is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. Access information and links are on our Trial Databases page. Help is available from an online tutorial and quick start guide. Users are required to self-register to create an account first.

Please remember that this is a trial so the Shibboleth logon has not been activated. Let us know what you think - email or

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Useful website for UK health and social sciences researchers

RDInfo is run by the NHS National Institute for Health Research.

It offers 3 services:

RDDirect provides advice on carrying out research.

RDFunding prvides information on funding opportunities, including RSS feeds for different funding streams.

RDLearning gives current information on relevant courses, workshops and conferences.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Interesting reading for researchers

The Times Higher Education has recently published a supplement by the JISC, The Data Revolution, which looks at the issues surrounding managing, preserving and sharing data and the importance of these. The supplement then finishes with an article about Open Access publishing, and the different ways of achieving this.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

1000th eResearch deposit approaching!

eResearch is now just 16 papers away (at time of writing) from having 1000 items. We are very excited about this, and the QMU researcher who deposits the 1000th paper will win a bottle of champagne for their efforts.