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Data Clinics for statistical support and queries

You can visit the data clinics running at the following days and times for help with queries on statistics and bioinformatics.

Every Tuesday 15:00-1600, Ground Floor Coffee Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Heath
Every Friday, 10:00-11:00, E1.22, Sir Martin Evans Building, Cathays. 

There is also a statistics-only data clinic which runs every Thursday 3-4 pm in Friary House, City Centre.

Note: College Data Clinics.  Please email data-clinic@cardiff.ac.uk for details.

Keeping Up to Date with Literature in your field


Browzine is great for current awareness and browsing journal content. Browzine is perfect for you if you want to regularly read new issues of specific journals.

  • Discover – search for a known title or browse by subject area.
  • My Bookshelf – build your own personal library and organise your journals how you want. 
  • Alerts let you know when new articles have been published to help you stay up to date with your research.
  • Save articles in your library for later reading. Download, share citations over Twitter and manage references in EndNote or another reference manager. 
  • Mobile compatible – the BrowZine App syncs across devices so you can access your collection wherever you go.   

Start using the desktop version or download the free app from the Apple and Amazon App Stores and from Google Play. After downloading the app, find Cardiff University in the list and enter your credentials when prompted.

Journal Updates

Journal alerts allow you to keep up to date with newly published articles from your favourite journals. They are perfect for you if you want an alert to come through to your email so you can look up the content later.

  • You can set up alerts to receive the table of contents of new journal issues as they are published, articles by specific authors, and keyword searches by using Zetoc. Available to be used by current students and staff, this is a multi-disciplinary database of 20,000 research journals, and 16,000 conference proceedings.
  • For the largest freely available collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs), use JournalTOCs. It is for anyone who’s looking for the latest or most current papers published in the scholarly literature. It is free, searchable, and provides alerts on request.

Current Awareness Bulletins.

Many organisations produce bulletins which allow you to keep up to date with their areas of expertise, and are free and easy to subscribe to. For example:

  • NICE Newsletter for clinical standards and guidance
  • Welsh Government Health and Social Service
  • Drug and Therapeutic Bulletin

Database Alerts

Search alerts can be set up within databases to provide automatic notification when new results are available. They are a perfect way for you to stay up to date on specific content in your subject area without having to constantly re-enter the exact search terms into a databases. You really need a robust search strategy for this to be of maximum benefit. Get in touch with us in the library if you need more help with this.

  • You can set up database search alerts to notify you by email when new results relating to your search are added to the database. You will need to register with a database in order to save your search.

Citation Alerts

Citation alerts are a good way of keeping track of essential articles in your subject area by building on resources you have already identified as being very helpful. If an article, which cites your selected article or author, is added to the database you will be alerted. Citation databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science, offer the option of citation alerts. Google Scholar will also enable you to track citations.


Use altmetrics to track articles and receive email alerts when a particular item such as a journal article is mentioned, by using unique IDs such as DOIs, or keywords.

Altmetrics are perfect to:

  • Monitor the attention that a paper or other item that you or someone else has authored receives on social media, in newspapers, in patents, in policy documents etc.
  • Discover how your research may be being used in a way you’ve not considered
  • Discover popular new content to read e.g. a Tweet may mention something interesting in relation to your work

News Stories

  • Create an alert to be notified by email of news stories on your selected topic. For news reports, including UK national and regional newspapers and major newspapers from around the world use Nexis UK .
  • If you are using BBC News  to follow a story you can subscribe to text messages for updates (cost is 10p per text). Alternatively use the BBC News app and set it to push news stories to your mobile device.

Mailing Lists

Joining a mailing list is a good way to ensure you don’t miss out on key discussions around a topic. JISCmail  is a service designed specifically for the education and research communities and provides access to UK academic discussion lists. You can search or browse by subject category to find lists on a specific topic and subscribe to receive email alerts.

Research publications performance : Topic Prominence feature in Scival

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.

For further information , you can see Elsevier’s slides at https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/519859/BrightTALK-deck.pdf or view a webinar at https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13819/281741 .

For more information on this or SciVal in general, please contact Kate Bradbury, BradburyK1@cardiff.ac.uk


SciVal “Wheel” showing Topic Prominence in Science, Cardiff University, Top 5%

Altmetrics – Plum Analytics via Scopus

Scopus now includes Plum Analytics data, so each publication now has easy to access altmetrics. Data includes:

  • Usage – for example, clicks, downloads and views.
  • Captures – for example, bookmarks and favourites.
  • Mentions – for example, blog posts and news media mentions.
  • Social media – for example, tweets.
  • Citations data

For more information on Plum Analytics, see http://plumanalytics.com/learn/about-metrics/

To access Scopus, see https://scopus.com

Open Access for Researchers @ Cardiff University

Watch Sonja Haerkoenen’s presentation on Open Access for Researchers at Cardiff University to.

  • Learn about the terminology used to help you understand Open Access
  • Find out how you can meet your funders’ Open Access requirements
  • Ensure you are prepared for the next REF with Open Access compliant publications
  • Get information on how to apply for central Gold Open Access funding
  • Access further help and support

Sonja runs monthly Open Access: REF and funder requirement sessions. To book see instructions below:

–          Log in to the Intranet

–          Follow the link to Core HR

–          Select Development from your options on the left

–          Find the “Open Access: REF and funder requirements” course by typing in sonja as a keyword in the search box on the right

–          Click on the green plus sign to request to attend this course

–          Then select the date you are interested in

–          Click on submit

You will receive a confirmation email to let you know that you are booked on.


Dates for the next sessions are as follows:

1 June, 1-2pm, Dental School Building, Norman Whitehouse Lecture Theatre (Small LT)

6 July, 1-2pm, Glamorgan Building, Room -1.63


Support for Researchers

Some new materials have been added to the ‘INSRV for Researchers’ web pages at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/forresearchers/index.html

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.

You can find the training sessions we have on offer to support researches here (login required).

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Manage My Publications is Moving

Manage My Publications, the quick submission tool for the University repository, ORCA (Online Research @ Cardiff), is now available on the intranet.

You can find Manage My Publications under ‘Open Access’ in the Research Support section of the intranet (you will need to log in with your CU username and password).

Manage My Publications was previously available through Cardiff Portal. Its migration to the intranet is due to the decommissioning of Cardiff Portal, which will be unavailable from September.

Use Manage My Publications to upload the full text or abstract of your research publications to ORCA to comply with REF, funder and University Open Access requirements. Find out more about ORCA.

Please do get in touch with the ORCA team with any questions or for further advice: orca@cardiff.ac.uk, 029 208 76123.

Thinking of publishing your work?

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:


You can find lots more information on Open Access publishing for researchers here;