Countdown to the New HEFCE Policy on Open Access has Begun

With only one year to go, the countdown is on to 1st April 2016 when HEFCE’s policy for open access in the post-2014 REF will be implemented. Non-compliance with the policy will mean that papers are not eligible for assessment and will be given an unclassified score.

In brief HEFCE have mandated green open access. The policy has two major parts:

  • a requirement to deposit final peer-reviewed manuscripts of journal articles and conference proceedings into an institutional repository or subject repository within three months of acceptance; and
  • a requirement that papers are made open access as soon as possible after publication and do not exceed the embargo limits (12 months REF Main Panels A & B; 24 months REF Main Panels C & D).

The policy will apply to all manuscripts accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 but you are encouraged to start uploading your accepted papers now to Pure.

There is a dedicated Open Access Team available to assist you and lots of help and advice on the Library webpages. For further information or assistance, contact the Open Access Team; we are here to help:

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Easter Vacation – Medical and Biomedical Libraries

The Medical Library and the Biomedical Library opening hours over the Easter vacation period are as follows:

Monday 30 March – Thursday 2 April – normal term time opening hours
Friday 3 April – Tuesday 7 April inclusive – CLOSED

Normal term time opening hours resume on Wednesday 8 April.



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Twenty-Four Hour Opening (McClay Library)

Tweny-four hour opening commences on Wednesday 08 April at 08:00 and runs until Saturday 06 June at 17:30

During this period the McClay Library will be open continuously from 08:00 on Sunday mornings until 02:00 on Friday nights and, from 06:00 till 02:00 on Saturdays.

On May Day ( Monday 4th) the Library wil be open from  09:00 – 21:00. Study facilities will be available but no staffed services. The Library will shut at 02:00 the previous evening and re-open at 08:00 the following day.

To obtain admission a valid QUB Card will be required. Please note that the lending of a student card, or the sharing of credentials (username/password), will be treated as a serious disciplinary matter.

Full details of the opening hours are available at:

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Easter Opening – McClay Library

The McClay Library will be open for study 9.00am-9.00pm (Security cover only) on Friday 3 April and Tuesday 7 April.

It will be closed Saturday 4 April-Monday 6 April inclusive.

Full staffed services (and 24 hour opening for semester 2) will run from 8.00am on Wednesday 8 April.

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Full Text through QConnect problem resolved

The problem of Full Text through QConnect links not working on QCat Article Search has now been resolved.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Full Text through QConnect is not working on QCat Article Search

Full Text through QConnect is currently not working on QCat Article Search. We have reported the problem to our provider, EBSCO who have informed us that they are experiencing a system outage.

You can still access full text article by searching on QCat Library Catalogue (see Library Help for more information) or the E-Journals A-Z.

We will keep you updated and apologize for the inconvenience.

Please contact your Subject Librarian if you need advice on alternative routes to access articles.

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St Patrick’s Day Closure

All Queen’s Libraries will be closed on Tuesday 17th March for St Patrick’s Day.

For more opening hour information follow this link

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RefWorks for Medicine, Health & Life Sciences Taught Postgraduates

  • Doing a literature review or your dissertation?
  • Struggling to keep your references organised?
  • Finding it hard to format references correctly?

Then book a place on one of our RefWorks training sessions to find out how using RefWorks can help.


Medical Library, Mulhouse Building (RVH)

Dates: Times: Details & booking:
22 April 2015 10-11.30 am
29 April 2015 10-11.30 am
6 May 2015 10-11.30 am
13 May 2015 10-11.30 am

Places at each training session are strictly limited to 8 Medicine, Health and Life Sciences PGT students.

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African American Periodicals (1825-1995) – Trial Access

readexAfrican American Periodicals, 1825-1995, features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans. Published in 26 states, the publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations bulletins, annual reports and other genres. These diverse periodicals—which have shaped, and in turn been shaped by, African American culture—will enable new discoveries on lives of African Americans as individuals, as an ethnic group and as Americans.

Trial Access is availble (on-campus only) from the following link

Trial ends on March 27th 2015

Your feedback on this resource is very welcome:

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PDF downloading – problem resolved

The issue with PDFs failing to download in Article Search and EBSCO databases has now been resolved. The systems should be working as expected.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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