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Science Direct – changes – creating account for personalisation

Elsevier have been making changes to the ScienceDirect database.

It looks like you need to create an account using your e-mail address. This is only required if a user wishes to make use of the personalisation features on ScienceDirect.

Please  follow BU Library links on our web pages and/or in MySearch. This will get a user through the authentication process.


If you require help with accessing library resources, please contact your library team.

José López Blanco, HSS Faculty Librarian

Open Access stories – BU theses

This month we are highlighting the impact of open theses.

EThOS is the British Library’s collection of theses from UK universities, most of which are Open Access. All of BU theses are now available on EThOs. This generates additional impact for BU doctoral researchers that can see their theses being downloaded by people around the world.

Our statistics tell us that BU theses have been downloaded 1579 times from EThOS since September 2018.

However, that’s not the whole picture because many people might download a thesis directly from BURO, rather than EThOS. Data from BURO reveals that there have been a staggering 156205 downloads from the same period, with the most popular thesis being The use of social media and its impacts on consumer behaviour: the context of holiday travel with 20564 downloads!.

This just demonstrates the value of open knowledge and its impact.

For any questions about BURO or Open Access please contact or your faculty library team.


HSS Faculty Librarian

Research Data Management and Open Data workshop – 4th of September

Open Data and Data Management Plans are now a requirement from most research bodies.

BU has support in place to help you manage your data efficiently:

  • We have created this guide about Research Data Management, with advice on metadata standards, file formats, and data finding and sharing.
  • We now have a data repository called BORDaR

If you would like to find out more about Research Data Management, come along to this workshop on the 4th of September:

  • Wednesday, 4th of September, 11am-1pm, at Talbot Campus

José López Blanco

HSS Faculty Librarian

Open Access stories – Open Access in developing countries

Sometimes Open Access is viewed as an administrative requirement for the REF, but it is more than that: it is a way to ensure that research outputs are available to the wider world, even in developing countries, where universities cannot always afford  prohibitively-expensive subscription costs.

For example, Professor Edwin van Teijlingen, alongside other BU academics, has built close research links with Nepal. This has resulted in his collaboration on several papers and projects with Nepalese academics and health professionals. He gives an insight into access to research in Nepal in this article. This blog post is an excellent glimpse into the world of academic publishing and Open Access in Nepal.

Organisations such as INASP or AmeliCA are providing a platform for scholarly publishing and Open Access in Africa, Oceania, Asia and Latin America, to ensure that research from those regions is available.

This shows the wider implication of Open Access to the world-wide community.

More information about Open Access can be found in this library guide.

Remember that your faculty library team is always happy to help you with any enquiries about Open Access.


HSS Faculty Librarian

BURO’s most downloaded article – an Internet of the Mind

Bournemouth University’s most downloaded article since 2012 is Information Technology Applications in Hospitality and Tourism: A Review ofPublications from 2005 to 2007. According to IRUS, it has been downloaded 28322 times.

Scopus tells us that this article has been cited 134 times. However, the downloads statistics show that people are reading this article well beyond the 134 citations reported by Scopus.

This demonstrates the importance of Open Access repositories. Open Access is contributing toward the creation of what Guédon calls an Internet of the Mind.


HSS Faculty Librarian



What happens to items deposited in BURO?

What happens with items uploaded to BURO?  Do people look at them?

If you have ever wondered about this, IRUS-UK produces a wealth of data about UK repositories.

For example, it tells us that Bournemouth University was in 38th place in number of items downloaded from BURO during May, with a total of 43801 downloads.

Another interesting set of statistics gives us a graphic of downloads per country.

And there is more!

Remember that your faculty library teams are here to support you, don’t hesitate to contact us.


Faculty Librarian: HSS and Research Support

Books to understand academic publishing and research metrics

The library has just purchased two new titles about academic publishing and research metrics.

They give an overview of the main tools for measuring impact and a summary of main issues and terminology in academic publishing. These titles were recommended in the London School of Economics and Political Sciences’ Impact Blog.

Both titles are ebooks, so they can be accessed from anywhere: research: what everyone needs to know. communication: what everyone needs to know.

Happy reading!

José López Blanco

HSS Faculty Librarian

Understanding Creative Commons licences and copyright for your research outputs

Copyright and licensing are becoming more complex in the world of academic publishing.

Creative Commons licences are becoming increasingly more popular for Open Access works and are a requirement by several funding bodies. These licences allow authors to decide how their work (articles, conferences, monographs, data, artwork, for example) may be shared.

Many publishers, such as Elsevier, request a specific type of licence in their copyright paperwork (when a paper gets submitted), so it is important to be aware of the differences.

The good news is that your librarians can help. We have put together guidance on Creative Commons. In doubt, you can also contact your library team.

You might also like to have a look at these articles (1 and 2) about the complexities of copyright and self-archiving (i.e. submitting articles to BURO or other repositories). The author, Elizabeth Gadd, is an expert in this field. The conclusions from these studies are that most academics are happy to share their work and that copyright legislation and restrictions imposed by publishers are sometimes in excess of what researchers need.

EndNote to support your research – workshop

Tired of writing references by hand? Exhausted by the piles of printed PDFs on your desk? Desperately seeking the paperless office? Then attend our workshop and learn what EndNote can do to help you manage references and write for publication. This will cover:

  • The role of EndNote in the research workflow
  • Reference collation and management
  • Full text harvesting
  • Writing for publication; citation and reference creation

Skills learned through this course align with BU2025 actions 22a (collaborating with peer institutions world-wide, developing and sharing expertise), 28a, 28b and 28c (“internationally excellent and world-leading research”; increase in “research and knowledge exchange funding”; “developing of  “impact”).

Next dates:

  • Wednesday 27th March 2019 : 10am – 12pm
  • Thursday 23rd May 2019 : 2pm-4pm

Book your place through this link.

Predatory journals and conferences – how your library team can help

Predatory journals are those which charge fees without proper editorial and publishing services. In order to help you, library and learning support offer quite a lot of guidance on spotting predatory journals and conferences.

Familiarising oneself with journal rankings and bibliometrics is also a good way of recognising good-quality journals.

Remember that BU library subscribes to Web of Science and Scopus, two of the most important citation databases. These can be accessed through our alphabetical list of databases. Web of Science and Scopus index some of the most quality journals.

Scimago is another good source of information to confirm the quality of a journal. This resource contains additional indices of journals.

In case of doubt regarding a journal, please contact your faculty library team.

Web of Science: how journals are selected for inclusion

Web of Science is one of the main metrics tools that will be used to inform REF2021, however, not all journals are indexed within it.

This useful link explains how the journal selection process works.

Here is a summary of the key points:

The Web of Science Core Collection now contains four main Citation Indexes, the established Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), plus a new Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).  The ESCI is mainly a source for some of the more recently established journal titles that are being evaluated with respect to their quality and influence within academic publishing; titles in this index do not have impact factors and do not appear within the Journal Citation Reports.

The following factors are taken into consideration when including journals within the indexes:

  • Publishing standards, such as the peer review process, format, timeliness and bibliographic information in English
  • Editorial content
  • International focus
  • Citation analysis

These stringent rules ensure that only the most cited journals are included in the 3 established indexes. However, some good quality journals are excluded, especially those outside science. This is why being familiar with other sources such as a Scopus and metrics such as Scimago is important to get a clearer picture of citations.

Remember to visit the following Library & Learning Support Guides for additional information:

Jose Lopez Blanco,
HSS Faculty Librarian

Wiley Agreement for Open Access

BU are currently negotiating an agreement with Wiley, which brings together subscription and Open Access (OA) charges for their journals.

This agreement should substantially increase the number of UK authored Gold OA articles within Wiley’s collection.  It will also provide increased opportunity for BU researchers to have their own articles published as Gold OA with Wiley.

Staff and researchers are encouraged to bear this future agreement in mind when considering which journal to publish their work. It is intended this agreement will operate similarly to the established Springer agreement, although in the case of Wiley, authors will need to apply to BUs OA Fund but can access all of Wiley’s journal titles rather than a title from a specific OA collection.

It is expected that this agreement will be finalised by the end of January 2019.

Contact details:

Open Access fund –
Questions about depositing your research –


Measuring the impact of your research with bibliometrics

Recently, it has been announced that Clarivate Analytics (they maintain Web of Science) will provide metrics for REF2021. There are several kinds of metrics that measure how often your articles or other outputs have been cited.

The library team is offering  two sessions where we will explore impact factor, h-index, top quartiles, amongst other aspects of bibliometrics.

The sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 5th February 10am-12pm  Talbot Campus
  • Wednesday 3rd of April 10am-12pm  Lansdowne Campus

Details on how to book a place on the session can be found here.


HSS Faculty Librarian

Wellbeing in Nepal – Libraries week

Edwin van Teijlingen, Professor of Reproductive Health Research, will talk about wellbeing in Nepal. Professor van Teijlingen has done over a decade of field research in Nepal, especially on community-based projects on maternal health.

Edwin has extensive experience in public and reproductive health and has collaborated in large-scale evaluations of community-based public-health interventions.

Most publications by Professor van Teijlingen can be found on BURO, Bournemouth University’s repository.

Thursday 11 October, 3.30pm – 4.30pm, EB306, Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne Campus

What it means to be Open? – Open Research day, 3rd of July

We would like to welcome everybody interested in research to our next Open Research day.

There will be drinks and cake!

When: 3rd of July


  • BG11 – 9am-12pm – presentation from 10am to 11am
  • FG04 – 1pm-4pm – presentation from 2pm to 3pm

Staff from RKEO and the library will be on hand to answer any enquiries you might have about Open Research.

There will also be a presentation entitled What it means to be Open? with a PechaKucha by members of RKEO and the library team, where we will explain the concept of Open Access, Research Data Management, link with REF2021 and how to deposit your research through BRIAN. Researchers are also going to share why they publish Open Access at Bournemouth University.

You are welcome to dip in and out, no need to stay for the full three hours!!


HSS Faculty Librarian

Library guide for researchers

We have produced a library guide for researchers. It acts as central hub with information about library services for staff who are undertaking research.

It includes links to (amongst other things):

  • Finding information for your research (including interlibrary loans, requesting books and access to other libraries)
  • Open Access and depositing your research
  • Bibliometrics
  • Research Data Management
  • Copyright
  • Scholarly publishing – including links to peer-review procedures and list of predatory journals
  • Managing your scholarly ID: information on ORCID, ResearcherID, Google Scholar and how to add it to BRIAN
  • List of workshops that we offer
  • Postgraduate support

Jose Lopez Blanco

HSS Faculty Librarian


Bibliometrics workshops – 6th of March

Understanding bibliometrics and the impact of your publications is fundamental for the  next REF.

The library academic liaison team is delivering two workshops on the 6th of March at Talbot Campus.

The Introduction to Bibliometrics session explains how to find journal- and article- metrics, Altmetrics and using BRIAN for metrics.

The Advanced Bibibliometrics session goes into more detail and talks about researchers’ ID and calculating your citations using H-Index and Google Scholar.

We look forward to seeing you at this workshop.


Faculty Librarian (HSS)