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The Library has recently invested in a range of new journal packages to help support the work of the University’s students, staff and researchers. Alongside the University of Chicago Press there are new titles from:

  • Brill – 208 titles
  • Duke University Press – 42 titles
  • University of California Press – 40 titles
  • Institute of Physics Press – 103 titles
  • Project Muse Social Sciences – 100 titles
  • Project Muse Humanities – 183 titles
  • Sage – 680 titles
  • Springer – over 1200 titles

All of these new titles are now available on LibrarySearch.

If you would like to see a list of the new titles available from one of these publishers, please contact your Subject Librarian.

The University is currently undertaking a trial of the database Research Methods from Sage until March 16, 2014.

Research Methods:

  • includes over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content alongside search and discovery tools;
  • allows researchers to explore methods concepts to help design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method;
  • suggests related methods and provides links to related authors;
  • content can be read online, printed or sent by email.

Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than any one discipline allowing it to be used across a range of subject areas.

More information about Research Methods is available on the Sage website.

If you would like to try out Research Methods please contact your Subject Librarian who can provide you with access information.

From January 1st 2014 the STM publisher Elsevier has moved seven of its established journal titles to the gold Open Access (OA) publishing model. The titles are:

  • Physics Letters B
  • Nuclear Physics B
  • Stem Cell Research
  • The International Journal of Infectious Diseases
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Epidemics
  • EJC Supplements

Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B have been moved to an OA model as part of the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) initiative.

All seven journals will still be subject to the same editorial standards as OA journals as they were when they were subscription-based journals.

Cardiff University staff and students can access articles from these journals (both pre and post January 2014) through LibrarySearch.

More information about OA can be found here.                                            

The press release announcing this move from Elsevier can be found here.

A new set of web pages have been launched to help and support researchers within Cardiff University focusing on the topic of open research data.

The government has made a clear commitment to open research data as part of its transparency agenda and the EPSRC will require fundholders to make their research data available to others from 2015. Other research councils may also follow the lead of the EPSRC.

The Research Data web pages are part of the Information Services for Researchers website – they are focused around the 4 key themes:

  • Preparing a proposal for research funding
  • Completing your data management plan
  • Managing research data effectively during your project
  • Sharing your data and using the data of others

Under each theme researchers will be directed to guidance, FAQs, frameworks, policies, training and online tools from Cardiff University, UK research funders and external bodies.

You can also find a list of Key Contacts on these web pages – staff at Cardiff University who can assist researchers with any queries they may have about open research data.

Thomson Reuters is currently offering the University free access to all the resources on the Web of Knowledge Service until August 31, 2013.

In addition to our normal subscriptions we now have access to the:

  • Book Citation Index
    Indexes nearly 50,000 books and 1 million chapters from over 100 publishers linked to related journal articles and proceedings indexed within the Web of Knowledge.
  • Data Citation Index
    Comprehensive research data from international data repositories
  • Current Chemical Reactions and Index Chemicus
    Cover overs 100 of the world’s leading chemistry journals to provide complete reaction diagrams, critical conditions, bibliographic data, and author abstracts.
  • Current Contents Connect
    Bibliographic and table of contents information from world-leading scholarly journals and books from 1998
  • Chinese Science Citation Database
    Bibliographic and citations information from 1200 core science and engineering journals published in the People’s Republic of China
  • Derwent Innovations Index
    Patent (1963+) and patent citation (1973+) information in chemical, electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering
  • Zoological Record
    The world’s leading taxonomic reference and oldest continuing database of animal biology (from 1864)

You can access these additional resources by going to the Cardiff Portal and choosing ‘Library’ in the menu. The ‘Databases (A-Z and MetaLib)’ list includes a link to the Web of Knowledge Service. Once you have accessed the Web of Knowledge Service, click on the ‘Select a Database’ tab near the top of the screen to see a list of the additional resources. Book Citation Index, Current Chemical Reactions and Index Chemicus are automatically searched with the other citation indexes in your Web of Science search.

For further information, or if you would like to provide any feedback on these resources, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, the views contained within this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Cardiff University.