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Research Data Management for doctoral supervisors

In line with many funders, BU requires researchers and doctoral students to comply with best practice in how research data is managed and shared. A key part of this is the production of a Data Management Plan (DMP), which should guide students’ use of data throughout the project life-cycle. We are no offering a session for doctoral supervisors on DMP and how best to advise students during the course of their research.

We will also introduce you to BORDaR, BU’s data repository.

  • Date: Monday, 18th of November, 11am-12pm
  • Location: F109

Please register using this link.

Any questions about BORDaR, please contact us on



Open Access week – Thesis Thursday

Today, we are celebrating our Open Access doctoral theses.

There are 822 theses available through BURO. Furthermore, BU theses have been downloaded 1586 from EThOS in the last year.



Some highlights from our collection of theses include:

European Union 

European integration reassessed: a grounded theory approach.

 An analysis of the perceived effects of European Economic Monetary Union upon the hotel industry in the north of Portugal

Social media

Problematic attachment to social media: lived experience and behavioural archetypes.

Audience at the gates: how the BBC is using social media to identify talent and involve audiences in programme production.

Hackers gonna hack: investigating the effect of group processes and social identities within online hacking communities.


News, activism and social media: reporting the Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath by Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, RT and XINHUA.

Politics, terrorism and the news media: a case study of Saudi Arabia (2006-2007).

Climate change

Impact of climate change on extinction risk of montane tree species.

Tourist understanding of and engagement with the climate change impacts of holidays.

Predicting ecological impacts of climate change and species introductions on a temperate chalk stream in Southern Britain – a dynamic food web model approach.


The Local community as a stakeholder group and its participation in UNESCO’s World Heritage nomination process: Jatiluwih Village, Bali, Indonesia.

Understanding heritage: multiple meanings and values.

Roman Britain

Chickens in the archaeological material culture of Roman Britain, France, and Belgium.

Making the invisible, visible. Iron age and roman salt-production in Southern Britain.

Integrating zooarchaeology into studies of Roman Britain and Medieval Russia.

Healthiness, through the material culture of the late iron age and roman large urban-type settlements of South-East Britain.


Measuring what works: a mixed-methods evaluation of women’s groups on maternal health uptake in rural Nepal.

On being a mental health service user and becoming a service user representative: an autoethnography.


Open Access week – Workshop-Wednesday

Today, we focus on development opportunities.

The Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Framework  offers a wealth of workshops for new and experienced researchers. Some highlights include:

You might also like to follow the LSE Impact Blog with great information about the impact of science, and the Scholarly Kitchen, which is a great resources in all matters related to the world of scholarly publishing.


Open Access week – To-do-Tuesday

Today we are talking about what you need to do to be compliant with Open Access requirements.

The good news is that it can simply be summarised as: submit your version of your papers to BRIAN as soon as they are accepted.

All articles and conference papers with an ISSN number, accepted for publication between 1st of April 2016 and 31st of December 2020, must be made Open Access. Outputs can be made Open Access through the Gold or the Green Open Access route.

This video  explains how to deposit your outputs on BRIAN to go to BURO.

If you have any questions, please email the BRIAN ( or the BURO  ( teams.


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 –