Help for researchers: evidencing your strengths and developing your publishing strategy

statistic-1564428_1920Stijn Wuyts from our Department of Physics has recently been named as one of the world’s most influential researchers by the Web of Science. Their Highly Cited Researchers 2019 List aims to identify the world’s most influential researchers, reflected in their publication of multiple, highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year.

Want to understand and make better use of publishing and citation data yourself?  Do you know your journal impact factor from your Altmetric donut?  Our Library Research Analytics team can help you to develop your publishing strategy, evidence your strengths, and make connections.  You can find a wealth of guidance on our webpages, attend one of our training courses for doctoral students and staff, or contact us for bespoke support.

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While You Were Away: Harvard Bath Updates

This is the fifth in a series of posts exploring key Library developments ‘while you were away’ over the summer.

Over the Summer the Library has reviewed and updated our institutional citing and referencing style, Harvard Bath.

  • Changes include new and expanded formats for unpublished materials and also streamlined audio (e.g. podcasts).
  • Existing styles have been made more consistent e.g. Reports, Standards, House of Commons/Lords bills and more.
  • Our full guide including downloadable style files for EndNote and other products can be found online at:

Cite Them Right

The Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) has now subscribed to the Cite Them Right online platform which you may also find very helpful when using other referencing styles:

  • Extra guidance has been included in our ‘Write a reference’ and ‘Write a citation’ notes, but also specifically for legal and government documents to make them easier.
  • Finally, several corrections and amendments to example references have been made. These changes are now reflected in our institutionally licensed EndNote/EndNote Online reference management tools.

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While You Were Away: New Resources

This is the fourth in a series of posts highlighting Library updates ‘while you were away’ over the summer.

New Resources

The Library continually acquires print and online materials to support the University’s teaching and research interests. The following provides a brief snapshot of new content acquired while you were away.

All Subject Areas

We have recently updated our extensive Springer collections to provide more than 5,000 new e-books covering a broad range of disciplines (STEM, Management and more), as well as 4,000 new Springer protocols.

Springer 2019 e-books


We have subscribed to 7 additional Nature journals (e.g. Nature Biomedical Engineering) and acquired backfiles to 3 other Nature titles (e.g. Nature Methods). The following newly subscribed database support research in the following areas:

·         INSPEC (physics & engineering)

·         SPIE (optics and photonics)

·         Nature Nano (nanotechnology)

·         Pharmapendium (pharmacovigilance and pharmacokinetics)

School of Management and H&SS

New ebooks: More than 1000 IGI Global titles for Business, Management and Education. Oxford Handbooks 2018 and 2019 for Economics & Finance, Business & Management, as well as multiple Oxford Bibliographies for research.

New journals: 10 new journal and newspaper subscriptions to support teaching and research, including e.g. International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Experimental Political Science, El Pais, and more. Full text access to the Economist Historical Archive 1843-2015.

New databases:

·         GlobalData (tobacco industry data)

·         SNL Fig (global banking)

·         Sage Research Methods video collection and dataset collections (parts 1 & 2)

·         Sage Business Cases 2019 Collection

Engineering & Design

New e-books:

·         IEEE-Wiley 2019 e-book frontfile

·         MIT Press e-books 2015 collection

·         New Springer e-book collection for 2019: Intelligent Technologies & Robotics (over 460 titles already available)

New journals: subscription to .amag international architecture technical magazine and preceding title Darco

New databases: Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals; INSPEC (physics & engineering)

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Database of the month: Statista

On Level 5 of the library we are featuring Statista  as the ‘database of the month’. Pay us a visit to check out the information and freebies: bags, pens, notebooks and drinking containers. Update: the notebooks and drinking containers have proved popular, so we’re all out, but there are still plenty of pens and bags!

Statista provides:

• Access to 1 million statistics – ready to use in PPT, XLS and PNG formats.
• PowerPoint dossiers on 3000 of the most searched-for topics such as online gaming, e-commerce, car sharing and organic food markets.
• Five year revenue forecasts on 42 countries and 400 industries.
• Industry reports (USA-focused) including SWOT analyses and forecasts.

statista promo

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While You Were Away: New Working With Data Curriculum

This is the third in a series of posts highlighting key Library developments ‘while you were away’ over the summer.

Research services: Opening up, promoting and preserving the University’s research

Our Library Research Services team have been busy this summer, working with and developing new services to support the University’s research community:

    • Helping researchers to make their work open access for maximum impact (and in readiness for the upcoming Research Excellent Framework).
    • Providing expertise in the management of research data, including developing a series of range of new ‘working with data’ workshops.
    • Curation and publication of research data via our Research Data Archive.
    • Helping researchers to make responsible and effective use of publication, citation and collaboration data to evidence strengths, inform publication strategies and make connections.
    • Developing, curating and promoting the use of our archives and special collections to support learning, teaching and research.

Find out more at:

New ‘Working with data’ curriculum for all researchers

The Library’s Research Services in collaboration with James Grant from Advancing Research Computing have developed a new ‘Working with Data’ curriculum for all postgraduate researchers and staff.

Doctoral students can book onto these courses via the the DoctoralSkills Moodle course: Working with data. Staff can book through the Academic Staff Development events page.

  • Introduction to Linux
  • Introduction to programming in Python
  • Version control with Git
  • Introduction to testing (in Python)
  • Working with data and plotting (in Python)
  • Now Code (in Python)
  • Functions and classes in Python
  • Libraries and modules in Python
  • Collaborating, testing and CI (in Python)
  • Performant Python (course began 23 September 2019)
  • Introduction to LaTeX for doctoral students (and staff)
  • LaTeX refresher course
  • The 4 Ps of research data management: Plan, Protect, Publish and Promote
  • Writing your data management plan for non-sensitive data
  • Writing your data management plan for human participant data
  • Data organisation in spreadsheets: making your data work for you
  • Introduction to SQL for data manipulation
  • Introduction to R and RStudio for descriptive statsitics
  • R and RStudio for data cleaning and visualisation
  • Managing human participant data
  • Archiving, publishing and sharing your research data: non-sensitive data
  • Archiving, publishing and sharing your research data: human participant data
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While You Were Away: New Library guides for Information and Research Skills

This is the second in a series of post to let you know about key Library developments  while you were away over the summer.

The Library has developed 6 new Library guides to help you develop your information and research skills at your own pace online:

What’s in the Library for you?

Library Induction – introduces new and returning staff and students to our services, facilities and resources

Better than Google

How to do a literature search – explains how to target your searching, find the best academic sources and select the right databases for your literature search as well as how to choose and use keywords in effective search sentences and how to manage your search results

More than literature searching

How to conduct a systematic review – explains how systematic reviews work, covering each of the many stages required: from formulating your question and writing a protocol, through searching, selecting studies and assessing evidence, to finally writing up your review

New Library guides for specific databases

Explore search tips and tricks, search filtering and how to manage your searches:

Biomedical literature – Embase, Medline and Embase Classic

Behavioural and social sciences literature – PsycInfo. This can be searched on numerous platforms. This guide recommends using APA PsycNET

Literature for health and biomedicine, as well as behavioural sciences, bioengineering, chemical sciences and life sciences: PubMed. How to search using MEDLINE or Embase and how the coverage of the two platforms differs significantly

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While You Were Away: Library Space Upgrades

This is the first post in a series highlighting major Library developments that happened ‘while you were away’ over the summer. The full report is available here.

The 3 most significant space upgrades are as follows:

1.Power update: over the summer we added 100 new power/usb charging sockets to study desks and replaced 200 existing sockets with new twin power/usb sockets. This brings the total number of desks with easy access to power to 1,490. This now means that 100% of all seats in Library study areas now have power.

2. New PCs! 109 computers on Level 3 of the Library have been replaced over the summer. The old machines used 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, whereas the new, faster HP computers have 8th generation processors.We have also addressed student comments about the monitors and have ensured all PCs have 24 inch TFT displays. All of these monitors are now height adjustable. However, the biggest enhancement is in their physical design; the PCs are now smaller, with a significantly reduced footprint. The PC’s are a lot more power efficient, quieter as they have fewer fans, and therefore generate less heat. This should result in a more pleasant working environment.

3. New street art on Level 4 of the Library. This is part of a co-creation research project with the Politics of Culture and Memory research cluster:

When Brazilian street artist and cultural activist Leandro Rodrigues de Souza, known as Leandro Tick, visited the UK in September 2019 as part of the Co-Creation research project we were keen to introduce him to some of our archival collections.

Leandro lives and works in the favela of Tabajaras in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started painting graffiti in 2001 and, since 2006, he has been teaching street art to children, participating in social projects, and organizing collective art events in the city. He cofounded CALLE, an association that promotes cultural exchange between locals and foreign volunteers, and initiated the Connexion Tabajaras Project to establish an openair community gallery supported by a team of local guides.

Co-Creation is a four-year project funded by the EU’s Marie Curie/RISE Horizon 2020

Kate Robinson (University Librarian) meets artist Leandro Rodrigues de Souza

scheme that brings together researchers, policymakers, residents, artists, and other stakeholders to ‘co-create’ understanding about urban neighbourhoods in Europe and Latin America. The methodology advanced by the project promotes social justice through an arts-based, participatory approach allowing those involved to share knowledge and experience, acquire transferable skills, form networks, and build cohesive communities.

The international Co-Creation consortium is made up of four universities and three NGOs. Dr Christina Horvath (PoLIS) is a founding member. She leads a team of 20 University of Bath researchers from across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Leandro has been collaborating with the Co-Creation project since 2018, contributing to workshops and arts-based research. His art takes many forms, but he is especially well known for depicting cityscapes, flora and fauna, and people from favelas. We liked the idea of showing him some of the historic photos of urban neighbourhoods in the Library’s Bristol Region Building Record. The artwork you see on this wall is what Leandro was inspired to paint. It includes some of his characteristic favela buildings and an iconic building in Stokes Croft, an area regarded by some as the birthplace of Bristol’s street art movement.

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