Open Access Statistics
We use IR Stats software to analyse your research outputs in BURO (Bournemouth University’s institutional repository) and produce the statistics below. A dashboard of statistics on individual outputs is freely available to all – simply access each of your items in BURO and scroll down the web page.
Buhalis, D. and Law, R., 2008. Progress in information technology and tourism management: 20 years on and 10 years after the Internet—The state of eTourism research. Tourism Management, 29 (4), pp. 609-623.
*by current staff
This article is a green open access post print i.e. the author accepted version. Always remember to retain this final peer-reviewed version of all your research papers. Most articles in BURO are author accepted versions. You can check publisher copyright policies for archiving in BURO on the Sherpa Romeo website.
Search engine referrals
62.31% from Google Scholar
7.17% from Google
This demonstrates how well BURO is indexed by the most high profile search engines for research.
Professor Buhalis writes,
It is always great to publish great research but for me it is all about relevance and impact on society and making sure that research is accessible and useful to as wide an audience as possible
Bate, S. and Bennetts, R., 2014. The rehabilitation of face recognition impairments: A critical review and future directions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 491 – http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/21334/
PhDs consistently appear high up in the most downloaded outputs lists in repositories and BURO is no exception. In August these theses were 2nd 3rd and 4th in the list.
|Burrows, E. A., 1997. Stress in qualified nursing staff and its effect on student nurses. PhD Thesis (PhD). Bournemouth University.||1069|
|Franklin, I., 2009. Folkways and airwaves: oral history, community and vernacular radio. PhD Thesis (PhD). Bournemouth University.||564|
|Cramer, D. E. A.., 2009. Consumer perceptions and experiences of relationships with service organisations: financial, travel and tourism organisations. PhD Thesis (PhD). Bournemouth University.||538|
Burrows, E.A. August 2014 document downloads
Ensuring your research is open access
Please do keep adding your full-text research outputs to BURO via BRIAN, both green and gold. To be eligible for submission to the next REF exercise all journal papers and conference proceedings will have to be made freely available in an institutional or subject repository (such as BURO) upon acceptance (subject to publisher’s embargo periods). See the blog post here on how to add outputs to BRIAN.
Any queries please contact the BURO team: BURO@bournemouth.ac.uk
An article by researchers in the Emerging Consumer Cultures Group (ECCG), Media School, has been selected as one of the ‘Editor’s Choice Collection’ in the Journal of Consumer Culture – a top ranked journal in Cultural Studies and Sociology. The article is highlighted as one of eleven ‘most noteworthy manuscripts’ since the journal launched in 2001 and has been selected alongside the work of internationally esteemed scholars including Daniel Miller, Richard Wilk and Alan Warde.
Dr Rebecca (Becky) Jenkins (Corporate and Marketing Communications, Media School) and ex-Bournemouth colleagues Elizabeth Nixon and Mike Molesworth first presented the paper at the 2010 Consumer Culture Theory Conference in Wisconsin, where it was selected to be published in a special edition of the journal. Several revisions later and the article was published in 2011.
‘“Just normal and homely”: the presence, absence and othering of consumer culture in everyday imagining’ is based on an aspect of Becky’s PhD thesis, which was a larger study of consumption in the everyday imagination. It focuses on the different ways in which consumption features in positive imagined futures. By broadening the methodological framing of existing studies, the study seeks to contextualise consumption in the imagination – exploring how and where consumption may be seen in everyday imagining – a departure from previous research which tends to make consumption the starting point. Focusing on the lived experience of imagining (using phenomenological interviews) the findings reveal that material goods take a back seat to common cultural desires (for instance, successful relationships, happiness and love) with goods often assumed, simply as part of the background. Although goods may take a back seat, consumer culture is shown to be the only real choice when it comes to constructing social relationships and cultural ideals – that is, whilst one may desire and imagine a happy family life, that life takes place in a certain kind of house, with particular goods and consumer based activities. So whilst not always focusing on it directly, the imagination may be restricted by our consumer culture such that we cannot imagine outside it.
The full paper – and others in the Editor’s Collection – can be downloaded here: http://joc.sagepub.com/cgi/collection/editors_choice_collection
Congratulations to HSC PhD student Ph.D. Sheetal Sharma who was co-author on a blog today on the recently published Lancet series on Midwifery. The blog is illustrated with some of Sheetal’s beautiful photos from her Ph.D. research fieldwork in Nepal.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health
HSC Open Seminar
“Obesity Prevention in Men” with Professor Edwin van Teijlingen
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
13.00 – 13.50pm
Bournemouth House, B126
On July 2nd Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen will present findings from a HTA report published this month. Researchers from the University of Aberdeen, Bournemouth University and the University of Stirling examined the evidence for managing obesity in men and investigated how to engage men with obesity services. The evidence came from trials, interviews with men, reports of studies from the UK, and economic studies.
The research found that men are more likely than women to benefit if physical activity is part of a weight-loss programme. Also eating less produces more weight loss than physical activity on its own. However, the type of reducing diet did not appear to affect long-term weight loss.
Prof. van Teijlingen will highlight some of the key messages for Public Health policy and practice. For example, that although fewer men than women joined weight-loss programmes, once recruited they were less likely to drop out than women. The perception of having a health problem, the impact of weight loss on health problems, and the desire to improve personal appearance without looking too thin were motivators for weight loss amongst men.
This work has been funded as part of the ROMEO project (Review Of Men and Obesity) by the National Institute for Health Research, Health Technology Assessment Programme (NIHR HTA Project 09/127/01).
The full report can be downloaded here: http://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/118180/FullReport-hta18350.pdf
We hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you there.
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Fewer men join weight loss programmes but are more likely than women to stick with them, according to analysis of international obesity studies by researchers from the Universities of Aberdeen, Bournemouth and Stirling.
Men also prefer the use of simple ‘business-like’ language, welcome humour used sensitively, and benefit from the moral support of other men in strategies to tackle obesity. The researchers suggest that obese men might be helped better if weight loss programmes were specifically designed for men.
Researchers from the Universities of Aberdeen, Bournemouth and Stirling analysed evidence from around the world, gathered from weight loss trials and studies that have also taken men’s views. The team particularly investigated what would make services more appealing for men.
From their systematic review (see: http://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/118180/FullReport-hta18350.pdf ) of the evidence on obesity management published by the NHS National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme, researchers also found:
- Cutting calories together with exercise and following advice on changing behaviour are the best way for obese men to shed pounds. This can also help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and can help improve erectile dysfunction for some men.
- Obese men who eat less lose more weight than those who take more exercise but don’t eat less.
- In the long term, one calorie-reducing diet has not yet been found to better than another for weight loss for men.
- Middle-aged men are motivated to lose weight once they perceive they have a health problem they want to tackle.
- A desire to improve personal appearance without looking too thin is also a motivator for weight loss in men.
- Men are likely to prefer weight-loss programmes delivered by the NHS rather than those run commercially.
- Group-based weight management programmes run only for men provide moral support.
- Obesity interventions in sports clubs, such as football clubs, have been very effective, with low dropout rates and very positive responses from men.
Chief investigator Professor Alison Avenell, based at the University of Aberdeen, said: “More men than women are overweight or obese in the UK, but men are less likely to see their weight as a problem and engage with weight-loss services, even though obesity increases the risk of many serious illnesses such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoarthritis. This could be because dieting and weight-loss programmes are perceived as being feminine activities.”
“We looked at the outcomes of obesity management trials and interventions as well as interviews with men in order to find out more about how to design services and inform health policy. While more research is needed into the effectiveness of new approaches to engage men with weight-loss, our findings suggest that men should be offered the opportunity to attend weight loss programmes that are different to programmes which are mainly attended by women.”
Dr Flora Douglas, from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, said: “Men prefer more factual information on how to lose weight and more emphasis on physical activity in weight loss programmes. Interventions delivered in social settings were preferred to those delivered in health-care settings. Group-based programmes showed benefits by facilitating support for men with similar health problems, and some individual tailoring of advice helped men. Programmes which were situated in a sporting venue, where participants had a strong sense of affiliation, showed low drop-out rates and high satisfaction.”
University of Stirling Professor Pat Hoddinott said: “Men are much less likely to enrol in commercial weight loss schemes. Some men preferred weight loss programmes delivered in an NHS context. The difference between weight loss for men from NHS and commercial programmes is presently unclear”.
Professor Edwin van Teijlingen from Bournemouth University added: “This research project has benefited throughout from the input and insights offered by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, the Men’s Health Forum Scotland and the Men’s Health Forum England and Wales.”
This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Health Technology Assessment Programme (NIHR HTA Project 09/127/01; Systematic reviews of and integrated report on the quantitative, qualitative and economic evidence base for the management of obesity in men http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/projects/hta/0912701). The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Health.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
In the first week of June members of the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health presented BU’s midwifery research and education at the 30th ICM (International Confederation of Midwives) Congress in Prague (Czech Republic).
There were four oral presentations in total, one workshop and three poster presentations. The oral presentations comprised:
- Dr. Carol Wilkins (see picture) presented from her Ph.D. work ‘Emotional processing in childbirth study: exploration of the relationship between maternal emotions in pregnancy and risk of postnatal depression’.
- HSC Professor Vanora Hundley presented her international work on clean birth kits.
- Senior Lecturer in Midwifery Alison Taylor gave a paper under the title ‘Letting off steam! Video diaries to share breastfeeding experiences. Her Ph.D. thesis research uses a novel approach of giving hand-held cameras to make home video diaries about their ‘realities’ of breastfeeding.
- HSC student Sheetal Sharma presented her Ph.D. research ‘Getting women to care: mixed–methods evaluation of maternity care intervention in rural Nepal’.
Dr Susan Way led a workshop on escalating concerns in relation to poor clinical practice and disrespectful care.
Furthermore, three HSC posters were displayed as part of a special session on Midwifery in South Asia, all three related to different CMMPH maternity care studies conducted in Nepal.
- Sharma, S. Sicuri, E., Belizan, JM., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P., Stephens J., Hundley, V., Angell, C., Getting women to care in Nepal: A Difference in Difference analysis of a health promotion intervention
- Milne, L, Hundley, V, van Teijlingen, E, Ireland, J, Simkhada, P, Staff perspectives of barriers to women accessing birthing services in Nepal: A qualitative study,
- Sharma, S., van Teijlingen, E., Hundley, V. Simkhada, P., Angell, C. Pregnant & Dirty?
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
The academic publisher Elsevier alerted us today that our paper has been cited for the 101st time in Scopus. The paper ‘Factors affecting the utilization of antenatal care in developing countries: Systematic review of the literature’ was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. The paper was part of the first author’s Ph.D. research into maternity care in Nepal.
This paper is one of the four outputs submitted to the UK REF for both Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen as part of the Bournemouth University submission and for Dr. Padam Simkhada as part of the University of Sheffield submission.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
CMMPH, School of Health & Social Care
Earlier this year (13th Jan. 2014) we wrote a BU Research Blog under the title ‘Writing about academic publishing’. We can now add two further contributions this body of work. The first article in Nepal Journal of Epidemiology offers some advice on how to construct a title for an academic article. The authors (BU Professors Edwin van Teijlingen and Vanora Hundley; BU Visiting Faculty Ms. Jillian Ireland and Dr. Padam Simkhada and international collaborator Dr. Brijesh Sathian) have a wealth of experience reviewing papers and all have experience as editor board members and/or editors. The authors are associated the editorial boards of the many journals, including: Birth, BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, Medical Science, Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, Essentially MIDIRS, Sociological Research Online, Hellenic Journal of Nursing Science, Midwifery and Asian Journal of Health Sciences. In our joint capacity as reviewers and editors we have seen some great and some awful titles. The paper in Nepal Journal of Epidemiology is an attempt to improve the appropriateness and usefulness of titles chosen by budding authors.
The second addition is an editorial in the international journal Midwifery published by Elsevier. Together with HSC Visiting Faculty Prof. Debra Bick we address the question: ‘Who should be an author on your academic paper?’ Still too often we hear about worrying stories from fellow academic s and postgraduate students about inappropriate behaviour related to authorship of academic journal papers. The Midwifery Editorial advises academics to discuss authorship and authorship order early on in the writing process. At the same time, it highlights that authorship ‘rules’ or ‘traditions’ can vary between different academic disciplines. Thus when working in a multidisciplinary team, issues of authorship of any papers which arise out of the study should be discussed before problems or concerns arise.
We would like to take this opportunity point our readers to another interesting and useful BU Research Blog written by Shelly Maskell under the title: ‘How to design a completely uninformative title’ (7th Feb. 2014).
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen & Prof. Vanora Hundley
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health, Bournemouth University
- van Teijlingen, E., Ireland, J., Hundley, V., Simkhada, P., Sathian, B. (2014) Finding the right title for your article: Advice for academic authors, Nepal Journal of Epidemiology 4(1): 344-347.
- van Teijlingen, E., Hundley, V., Bick, D. (2014) Who should be an author on your academic paper? Midwifery 30: 385-386.
Today saw the first of two Writing Retreat workshops organised by HSC. The intensive writing day was led by Ms. Caroline Brimblecombe. Caroline is a Norwich-based training consultant and project manager, who leads workshops in the technique of freewriting, as well as on academic writing. She holds an MA in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and spent many years as a public sector manager and policy analyst. She used a combination of exercises based on notions of creative writing and free writing. The Writing Retreat offered advice and a dedicated space and time to practice academic writing. Today’s intensive session was attended by the first cohort of HSC academics, who considered some of their challenges to writing and some of the rewards. Not surprisingly there were more challenges than rewards, and the former included lack of time, high workload and interruptions. Personal satisfaction and a sense of achievement scored high on the list of rewards.
Caroline suggested the participants considered ‘Serial Writing’. This is the notion that you write regularly, hence the ‘serial’. The idea is to create a flow of writing to help you generate content as well as a habit of writing. This will be a valuable tool for workshop participants who have committed to working with a mentor to produce a manuscript for submission by the end of July.
For those motivated staff members who would like to have a go at this. The next session is planned for the 28th of May and there are still a few free places available. Please contact Jo Temple if you would like to sign up.
We both participated ourselves and we would highly recommend this Writing Retreat!
Edwin van Teijlingen & Vanora Hundley
Congratulations to HSC postgraduate student Joyce Miller who has just completed her PhD by Publication. Joyce Miller is a chiropractic practitioner and lecturer with over 25 years private practice experience. She is Associate Professor at Anglo-European Chiropractic College in Bournemouth. Her thesis Effects of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction in Excessive Crying Syndromes of Infancy presents research spanning more than a decade. Joyce studied the relevance of chiropractic manual therapy to excessive crying in infancy through a unique series of eight clinical academic papers.
The eight separate studies used a range of different research methods:
- a demographic survey of paediatric patients attending a chiropractic clinic;
- a record study to determine the prevalence of side effects or adverse events;
- a cohort study to substantiate sub-groups of excessively crying infants;
- a prospective observational study to develop a predictive model using likelihood ratios to forecast the presence of infant colic in a clinical population;
- validation of a one-page instrument to assess clinical outcomes against the gold standard crying diary;
- a randomised comparison trial of two types of chiropractic manual therapy for infant colic;
- a randomised controlled single blind trial to determine efficacy of blinding as well as chiropractic manual therapy in management of infant colic;
- a case-control study to investigate long-term effects of chiropractic manual therapy into toddlerhood.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Congratulations to BU academics Dr. Lorraine Brown, Prof. John Edwards and Prof. Heather Hartwell. Their recent paper “Eating and emotion: focusing on the lunchtime meal” published in the British Food Journal has been selected by the journal’s Editorial Team as a Highly Commended Paper of 2013.
“Eating and emotion: focusing on the lunchtime meal” was chosen as a Highly Commended Paper winner as it is one of the most impressive pieces of work the British Food Journal has seen throughout 2013.
The three winners will be presented with a certificate by the journal! The authors are all based in the School of Tourism whilst Prof. Hartwell also has appointment in the School of Health & Social Care.
Details of the paper are listed at the following web site: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0007-070X&volume=115&issue=2&articleid=17077382&show=html
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health, School of Health & Social Care
eBU news: updates and achievements
It’s been a while since I posted about eBU. Since my last post there has been some exciting updates and progress to report. There are some new faces to welcome, a reminder to encourage students to submit, news that eBU is supporting outputs from the PGR conference and will support outputs from an exciting new conference, and… (drum roll…) a paper originally submitted to eBU has been published in an external journal!
Heather Savigny has joined me as a co-editor. I have met with Heather a few times now, and it is obvious that she is passionate about developing writing and scholarly skills. On this basis, Heather is a perfect addition to the team. We have both met with the new PVC Prof John Fletcher, and I’m glad to say that, like his predecessor, he is very supportive of eBU. Shelly Maskell from R&KEO has also come aboard and will provide vital support in helping develop eBU.
Encourage students to submit
One immediate challenge for eBU is not appeal to students. eBU launched a bit too late last year to appeal to students who would have made important submissions at the end of last academic year (dissertations etc), but hopefully we will be well placed to appeal to them this year! So I urge all academic staff to encourage students who produce good quality to a) encourage them to spend a little bit more time and format their work into a publishable output and b) offer some support to this end.
eBU is well placed to help early career researchers and students make that leap into the ‘publish or perish’ world of academia. On this basis, it is a tool that PGRs should take advantage of. We are actively encouraging people who presented their work at the PGR conference to submit their work to eBU. We have received a good number of abstracts and posters already, and eBU will be a great platform to showcase this work BU wide. Outputs associated with the PGR conference to have deadlines, and these are:
- Please submit posters before Friday 14th March.
- Please submit abstracts before Friday 14th March.
- Please submit conference papers before 12th April
I would encourage those who made an oral presentations to write it up as a conference paper. There is guidance for PGRs on myBU and on the Graduate School website, but do feel free to get in touch with any questions. We don’t generally set deadlines, so please remember that you can submit any other papers you might have in the pipeline (e.g. review papers) at any time, and we will guarantee a quick internal and open peer review.
Congratulations to Luciana Esteves from ApSci, who has been successful in winning some Fusion funding to kick-start an annual undergraduate research conference at BU – SURE@BU. This is something to look out for in the future, but it is worth stating now that eBU will play a key role in the publication of conference abstracts, posters, conference papers etc.
I’m glad to report that one of the submissions to eBU has been published by an external journal, and I believe others will shortly follow suit. The successful paper in question is a paper that I wrote with colleagues. However, it is a useful little case study to illustrate how and why eBU works.
Myself and colleagues in HSC and outside (University of Exeter, University of Plymouth and Westbourne Medical Centre) submitted a grant application in the second half of last year. In most grant applications you have opportunity to summarise the key literature, and this one was no different. Unfortunately whilst the grant application was unsuccessful, I took a senior colleagues advice and spent a little bit of time turning the application into a paper. After a few weeks I submitted it to eBU (the phrase ‘put your money where your mouth is’ comes to mind!). As I had a bit of a vested interest it was processed by editorial colleagues and reviews were uploaded after a few weeks. It really helped having two sets of informed but fresh eyes scrutinise the paper, and changes were made on the basis of these reviews. The paper was submitted to a journal and accepted with suggestions for minor changes.
When I wrote this article I was a Research Assistant here and, like many early career researchers, I had aspirations of becoming published in peer reviewed journals. One of my trepidations was getting that first publication. I’m now a PhD student here, and I’m sure the floodgates will open (along with another colleague have since have had another accepted!) as I now have many ideas for potential papers and now – thanks to eBU – I have no fear of the unknown!
Doctoral Researcher and eBU co-editor
Collating and editing six books on the history of public relations is one of the main projects being undertaken by Professor Tom Watson of the Media School during his FIF-supported study leave.
The books will be the first-ever study of PR’s history outside North America. Collectively the series is entitled “National Developments in the Development of Public Relations: Other Voices” and is being published by Palgrave in its new Pivot model.
The first book, Asian Perspectives in the Development of Public Relations: Other Voices, is now in production and will be published in May. It will be followed by Eastern Europe and Russia (being edited), Middle East & Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, Western Europe and a final book of essays on the theorisation of public relations history.
“In public relations literature for several decades, it was assumed that PR was an American invention,” Prof Watson said. “And American scholars nationalistically purveyed that world view. Since the start of the International History of Public Relations Conference at BU in 2010, it was evident that PR and informational/promotional communications have many sources which depend on social, political and cultural influences.
“This series will shift the historiography of PR and related methods of communication away from the US to the ‘other voices’ of the series title. It is an important development that keeps BU as a world leader in PR and media/communication history research, alongside the work of the Centre for Media History.”
Prof Watson says publication of the series should be complete by mid-2015. Each Pivot volume is up to 50,000 words and is published by Palgrave in e-book and print-on-demand formats. The publisher undertakes to publish each book within three months of its submission.
Anne Quinney, Senior Lecturer Social Work (HSC) who has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the highly esteemed British Journal of Social Work.
Anne recently stepped down as Editor and Co-Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Practice; social work in action. Whilst she also recently completing her five-year term of office as Editorial Board member of the peer reviewed journal Social Work Education.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health
Dr Jonathan Williams have just been invited to become an Associate Editor for the journal BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation (http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcsportsscimedrehabil/about/edboard).
Whilst last week Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen has been invited to join the editorial board of Health Prospect (http://nepjol.info/index.php/HPROSPECT)
Every week Mother&Baby organises its Wednesday Lunch Club offering the general public a chance to get advice on parenting questions from a top expert. Tomorrow’s expert is BU midwifery lecturer Denyse Kirkby.
Mother&Baby invites anybody with questions to visit its Facebook page at 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday 11th Feb. 2014) to “put your questions to midwife Denyse Kirkby”.
Denyse is a registered midwife, public health practitioner (in Portsmouth) and a midwifery teacher at Bournemouth University. She has been invited by Mother&Baby as her new book My Mini Midwife (£8.99, VIE Books will be released next week. Denyse’s new book is a guide to everything you need to know about conception, pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Congratulations to Denyse Kirkby (known to her collleages as Denyse King)!
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health
I remember the first time I suggested to someone that they contribute to Wikipedia. They gave a disparaging smirk and said something along the lines of: “Why? It’s poor quality and hardly suitable as an academic outlet”. I completely disagree and am a firm believer that researchers contributing to Wikipedia are improving it’s educational value and promoting their research to a global audience.
Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website in the world, reaching about half a billion readers per month. Many of the scientific articles are viewed hundreds and some even thousands of times per day. Due to its popularity and search engine optimisation, Wikipedia articles usually appear at the top of Google search results and often significantly higher than university webpages, research project websites, staff profile pages, journal articles, etc. All of the information is freely available across the world making it the ultimate in open access. Working for a university that embraces open access and public engagement, BU researchers should be regularly contributing to Wikipedia as part of the dissemination and impact of their research.
By contributing to Wikipedia researchers are helping shape the public image of their field. As Wikipedia entries are very often the top Google hits then academics contributing to these can ensure their fields are represented accurately or interestingly. It can also help increase media interest and ensure research is accurately reported. A 2011 Guardian article (Wikipedia Survey Academic Contributions) gave the example of history researchers on Project Volterra at University College London who discovered fragments of a lost Roman law code. They were so keen to ensure journalists got the story right that they penned pages on the code before they released details of the discovery to the press. “We suspected that any journalist would be likely to look at the Wikipedia pages as an initial resource,” said research fellow Simon Corcoran.
Contributing to Wikipedia is easy. Anyone can contribute and there is an editorial process that checks that contributors cite reliable sources, write accessibly and keep a neutral, factual tone. Writing for Wikipedia enables researchers to practice the art of writing for a lay audience as it requires complex ideas to be written about in an accessible and clear way. It also supports collaboration. Researchers working in a similar subject area will read about your research and you will read about theirs. They are also likely to suggest changes to your contribution, similar to copyediting in professional publishing, ensuring the end product is as good as possible.
It’s no surprise that Wikipedia-founded Jimmy Wales is advising the UK government with their plan to make all public-funded research in Britain freely available.
The UK’s first Wikipedia student society – the Wikipedians at Imperial College – aim to see Wikipedia embraced as a learning and teaching resource in the classroom. The first EduWiki Conference was held at the University of Leicester in September 2012 and brought together academics, support staff and Wikipedia contributors. One of the main findings was that Wikipedia assignments are being used in dozens of universities across the world. Wikipedia assignments involved asking students to write Wikipedia articles as part of an assignment, then assessing their contributions. They work best with final-year undergraduate or beginning-postgraduate students. These assignments can really motivate because they give a real experience of publication, unlike a dissertation that may only be read by a few people.
Wikimedia UK, the national charity which supports Wikipedia and its sister projects, has detailed advice on its web site for scientists who want to contribute.
HSC staff saw the fruit of their hard work in 2013 as a great number of papers have been accepted for publication or actually appeared in print in the first three weeks of January.
There are a number of 2014 papers in health care journals, including papers in Nurse Education in Practice, The Practising Midwife, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Birth, ISRN Family Medicine, Perspective in Public Health, an editorial in Midwifery and two in the same issue of Health Science Journal. There was also an early contribution from our social science colleagues in The Journal of Adult Protection and, last but not least a book chapter in Case Studies in e-Learning Research.
- Morley, D., 2014. Supporting student nurses in practice with online communication tools. Nurse Education in Practice, 14, 69-75.
- Bennett, S and Scammell, J (2014) Midwives caring for asylum-seeking women: research findings. The Practising Midwife. 17 (1) p9-12
- Whitford, H., Aitchison, P., Entwistle V.A., van Teijlingen, E., Davidson, T., Humphrey, T., Tucker, J. Use of a birth plan within woman-held maternity records: a qualitative study with women and staff in northeast Scotland, Birth (accepted).
- Norton, E. 2014 The application of humanization theory to health-promoting practice. Perspectives in Public Health, (online first 2013)
- Sapkota, T., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E. (2014) Nepalese health workers’ migration to the United Kingdom: A qualitative study. Health Science Journal 8(1): 57-74.
- Hunt, J.A., Hutchings, M. (2014) Innovative group-facilitated peer and educator assessment of nursing students’ group presentations, Health Science Journal 8(1): 22-31.
- Harding, A., Sanders, F., Medina Lara, A., van Teijlingen, E., Wood, C., Galpin, D. Baron, S., Crowe, S., Sharma, S. Patient choice for older people in English NHS primary care: theory & practice, ISRN Family Medicine (accepted).
- Norton, E., Holloway, I., Galvin K. 2014. Comfort vs risk: a grounded theory about female adolescent behaviour in the sun. Journal of Clinical Nursing. (online first 2013)
- van Teijlingen, E., Hundley, V., Matthews, Z., Lewis, G., Graham, W.J., Campbell, J., ten Hoope-Bender, P., Sheppard, Z.A., Hulton, L. (2014) Millennium Development Goals: All good things must come to an end, so what next? Midwifery 30: 1-2.
- Parker, J., Ashencaen Crabtree, S. (2014) Covert research and adult protection and safeguarding: an ethical dilemma? The Journal of Adult Protection (accepted).
- Hutchings, M, Quinney, A., Galvin, K. Clark, V. book chapter IN: ‘The Yin/Yang of Innovative Technology Enhanced Assessment for Promoting Student Learning’ Case Studies in e-Learning Research. Book is now available at: http://www.academic-bookshop.com/ourshop/prod_2915879-Case-Studies-in-eLearning-Research-for-Researchers-teachers-and-Students.html
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health