Sage research methods database has resources to support all stages of the research process; from writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing data, to writing up your results and thinking about publication.
Has a range of books available digitally you may already be familiar with the little blue book which looks at qualitative methods and little green book which looks at quantitative methods without being overwhelming.
You can read the chapters of a book offline by download them and they won’t delete from your profile automatically. Browse subjects and broad searching, as well as searching the transcripts. You can export references
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A project planner is available for you to use a model to completing a research project with tips and further information for carrying out elements of your research project from details on how to write an abstract and writing academically to conducting specific types of research. Downloadable chapters for you to read are available within this section plus checklists for you to track your activity.
SciVal now has a new Research Metrics Guidebook, to update and replace the previous Guidebook. All metrics in SciVal and Scopus are now included in a single guide, covering, for example, Scholarly Output, Field-Weighted Citation Impact, Outputs in Top Percentiles and Collaboration Impact. Also included now are a description of Article-level metrics from PlumX (social media metrics) as well as explanations about CiteScore (journal metric), Newsflo (tracking media coverage), Usage (views counts from Scopus) and Patents.
The Guidebook has detailed descriptions of all the metrics available in SciVal, supporting the use of metrics in an appropriate and responsible way. Furthermore it provides some facts about how the data underlying the metrics are used, how the metrics are calculated and displayed, and about variables besides performance that can affect the metrics. It also provides some suggestions about situations where the metrics are useful, when care should be taken, and how shortcomings may be addressed.
The SciVal database for analysis of the citations performance of research publications has added a new feature: Topic Prominence in Science. This feature is intended to help with identifying new, emerging research trends. You can browse and search areas where Cardiff University, or any other research university, has research strengths, based on publications clustered through shared citations.
Topics are given a Prominence Profile Score to indicate the momentum of the topic, based on three metrics: Citation Count in year 2016 to papers published in 2016 and 2015; Scopus Views Count in year 2016 to papers published in 2016 and 2015; Average CiteScore in year 2016 (CiteScore is a journal ranking measure). For each topic, you are also given various indicators, including: the share of the institution in that topic’s publications; the Field Weighted Citation Impact; citations per publication. Also included in the analysis is a list of authors and institutions who are publishing in that topic.
A new section has been added called ‘Managing your research identity and bibliometrics’ – in this section you can find materials discussing:
• Managing your research identity
o Why and how researchers can do this
o Information on using ORCID, Scopus Author Identifier and ResearcherID
• Information regarding the H-Index
o What is it and how can researchers calculate their H-Index
o Comparing the H-Index of individuals
• Information regarding altmetrics
o What are altmetrics and what do they measure?
o Where researchers can find altmetrics
The H-Index is one measure academic staff may be interested in when preparing to apply for a promotion via the University’s Academic Promotions Committee. Other materials academic staff may also be interested in when preparing an application include the impact factor of journals they have published in and the number of citations their publications have received.
There are plans to add more content to this new section of the ‘INSRV for Researchers’ web pages, particularly regarding bibliometrics watch this space for more details.
Before you publish, you need to give some thought about where to publish and the conseqences to you of the chosen output of your publication.
You can check the policies of the journals in which Cardiff University researchers most commonly publish – these guides include information on which version of an article can be self-archived, journal impact factors and any embargoes imposed by publishers:
Cardiff University Systematic Review Network Conference 2014
After the success of the SysNet Annual Lecture 2013 we are pleased to announce the 2014 Systematic Review Network conference. The conference will be introduced by Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer and take place on the 4th June at Heath Park Campus, Cardiff University.
The keynote lecture will be given by Mark Petticrew, Professor of Public Health Evaluation in the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In addition there will be a series of short presentations discussing methodological challenges and possible solutions in conducting systematic reviews, plus a series of workshops on aspects of the systematic review process.
The event highlights systematic review expertise and provides an opportunity to network with colleagues. Why not showcase your systematic review research by submitting an abstract for poster presentation – deadline 16th May 2014