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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)


EndNote workshop

The library is offering a workshop on EndNote.

We will show you how to use EndNote to manage your citations and keep track of your literature.

Follow this link for further information:

We look forward to seeing you at this workshop.


José López Blanco

Faculty Librarian (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences)

Library workshop: Developing an effective search strategy – 25th of October 2017 at 1pm


Searching the literature is one of the main components of research.

This workshop  (Wednesday, 25th of October, 1pm-3pm) gives you the tools to perform a literature search strategically; some of the aspects I will cover include:

  • Boolean operators
  • Identifying keywords
  • Using MySearch and subject-specific databases
  • Citation searching and alerts
  • Web of Science and Scopus

I look forward to seeing you at this workshop.


José López Blanco, Faculty Librarian (Health and Social Sciences)

Festival of Learning event – Making a difference: BU research in our community – 11th of July

RKEO and the LLS Academic Liaison team have organised an event for the Festival of Learning. The details are below.

                                     Making a difference: BU research in our community 

Where: Bournemouth Library, 22 the Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RQ

When: 11th of July, 3pm to 7pm.

What are BU researchers working on, how is it making a difference and how can you access it?  Have you ever wondered what research BU undertakes and how it’s shaping our community? Join a team of academics, librarians and research experts to explore some of their projects and how you can access their publicly funded research.

Some of the many exciting topics Bournemouth University academics have been researching include the psychology of sport performance, the development of material culture and social networking in ancient civilisations, community based exercise interventions in older people and advertising.

The event will comprise:

  • Inspirational talks by Bournemouth University academics
  • Practical workshops on how to access quality research papers
  • Exhibition of static materials

All welcome. We look forward to seeing you (and friends and family) on this exciting event!

More information here:

Bibliometrics: an introduction to research impact metrics

New training opportunity from the library’s academic liaison team

RKE Development Framework Workshop – “Bibliometrics: an introduction to research impact metrics”

Wednesday, 31st of May,  10am – 12pm

Understanding and demonstrating impact is becoming an essential part of any research activity.

Have you ever wondered how other people are citing your work? Do you know how to calculate your “h-index”? Have you heard of Altmetrics? Come along to this session to find out more.

Topics covered will include:

  • Journal quality (SCOPUS, Web of Science, Scimago)
  • Article quality
  • Researcher quality
  • Easy metrics via BRIAN
  • Your external research profile
  • Differences between disciplines
  • Other measures to show impact (Altmetrics)
  • Using impact data.

To book a place, follow this link: