What research are we sharing in Edge Hill Figshare?

Figshare is the University’s research data repository, where our academics and research students openly publish datasets. However, a lot more can be shared! Here we round up what has graced Figshare in recent weeks…

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A wide range of different types of research output can be shared in Figshare. These are just some recent examples!
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How do our read and publish deals work?

Edge Hill researchers (students and staff) now have many opportunities to publish their journal articles open access, including ‘gold open access’, which previously required expensive fees in most cases. Knowing which OA ‘deals’ we have though, can be confusing. Here we help you get to grips with them…

Moving our research from green to gold

People often talk about ‘gold’ or ‘green’ open access, sometimes even ‘diamond’ gets mentioned.

Lots of explanations are out there, but in the past most Edge Hill research has been made open through the green route. This means the accepted manuscript version is shared in Pure, usually after an embargo period, and the research article can be freely read that way. With gold, the article can be read immediately on the publisher website with no paywall. This is easier for readers, but the publisher usually asks for a fee, pricing most authors out. If the publisher provides this service without fees, that’s diamond open access.

If we think about it with biscuits (and why not think this way) it’s like saying, ‘Yes you can have this green Viscount biscuit for free, but you can’t eat it for a year!” Or, “You can eat this gold bar now, but you’ll have to pay £2000!”.

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Types of open access illustrated through biscuits and cakes
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Let’s hear it for UniSkills…

Recently, we’ve been asking you – our students – what you think about UniSkills and the academic support we provide.

Happily, lots of you provided some great feedback and we thought it would be useful to share it with those of you who may need some extra support but haven’t yet booked to attend a workshop or 1-2-1 appointment.

So, read on to find out what you may have been missing out on and how to get involved…

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#ReadySetRevise: Exam Reflections from your Student Advisors

We hope you have been enjoying all the UniSkills #ReadySetRevise activity so far this week. Our Student Advisors are mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate students and between them bring together a wealth of knowledge from studying at Edge Hill. This makes them ideal candidates to pass on their wisdom, so join them as they share their reflections on their own exam experiences, how they’ve overcome any challenges and their tips for revision success.

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It’s time to Ready, Set, Revise!

Whether you’ve got exams coming up or creeping assignment submission dates, the UniSkills team is on hand to support you. As part of Ready, Set, Revise! you’ll find lots of useful resources – from workshops and webinars to revision playlists, and even exam wisdom from our Student Advisors.

From 4th-14th April, here’s everything we’ve got in store to help you navigate the exam period with clarity and confidence…

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Elsevier ScienceDirect open access agreement launched

Jisc and UK Universities have concluded negotiations with Elsevier to agree a three-year read and publish agreement that will provide UK researchers with unlimited open access publishing across Elsevier hybrid journal titles, as well as significantly reducing total sector spend. Added to the sector’s existing read and publish agreements, this deal means that 80% of UK research can now be made open access without incurring any cost to authors.

The deal is the world’s largest open access agreement with Elsevier and is likely to affect the UK scholarly communications landscape significantly as well as set the tone for future negotiations with publishers for read and publish agreements. Further information on the new agreement can be found in this update from Jisc.

Library and Learning Services have signed up to the new agreement and we will be sharing information on how Edge Hill researchers can access the publishing benefits shortly. Questions about the new agreement can be directed to Anna Franca – [email protected]

This post concludes a series of earlier updates on the negotiation which can be found here: https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/2021/10/18/elsevier-sciencedirect-negotiations/

You Said, We Did: What’s New In Your Stationery Vending Machine?

To deliver the best possible facilities, services and resources Library and Learning Services seeks to understand the needs of all our students so that we can continue to improve. One of the ways we do this is by listening to your feedback. You may remember way back in October we asked for your feedback about the stock that we sell in the stationery vending machine. Your responses were really useful and the results are now in! We’ve got some great new products which we hope you will love….

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New Year, New UniSkills: What we learned from our Student Advisors

With Spring fast approaching, the Winter break probably feels like a distant memory now. For many of you, this also means deadlines will be looming, and you’ll want to be getting those assignments finished to the best of your ability. For this reason, we thought it would be the perfect time to remind you about our New Year, New UniSkills Student Advisor ‘How to…’ videos.

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Returning to Learning

Are you returning to education after a break? Does the thought of studying again fill you with trepidation as well as excitement? Are you anxious that you won’t be able to ‘keep up’ with other students?

Been away from education for a while? Returning to Learning UniSkills workshop offers a time and space to meet other students who have also had a break from study.

You are not alone! Students who are returning to study after time away sometimes feel that their academic skills are ‘rusty’, and worry about whether they will be able to remember how to undertake academic study, or write assignments. However, research shows that students who return to study after a break from education are often found to be more motivated, self-determined, focussed and hard-working (Hunter-Johnson, 2017; Kasworm, 2018). Our experience has also shown that given the right encouragement and access to support, all students have the potential to achieve, regardless of their age or stage in life.

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