The Countdown to the New HEFCE Policy on Open Access Continues

With only nine months 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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RefWorks training (reference management)

Want to find out more about reference management? Come to a RefWorks training session to learn more about saving your references in one place and creating bibliographies.

Dates are as follows. Please sign up by clicking the link below each date.

RefWorks Training – 1st July 2015

RefWorks Training – 8th July 2015

RefWorks Training – 15th July 2015

RefWorks Training – 22nd July 2015

RefWorks Training – 29th July 2015

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Graduate School Summer Opening Hours

The Graduate School is open to all post-graduates as follows through the summer:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 6pm
Office Hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

**Please note that the centre will be closed on Thursday 2nd July from 5pm – 8pm but will re-open from 8pm-10pm. The building will not be accessible during this time**

Group study room bookings

Group study rooms in the Graduate School are now available for postgraduates to book using Queen’s Online. This facility is under ‘Graduate study room booking’ on the left side of the Queen’s Online home page under ‘Administration’.

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ScienceDirect technical issue resolved

The problem with access to ScienceDirect has now been resolved.

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience.

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Book Availability Survey 2015

Some of you were asked to respond to a book availability survey this Easter – many thanks to those who did.

A key availability question,  ‘How often were the books you needed available on the shelf?’ was asked both this year and last year. This year 83% of undergraduates usually or almost always found a book, 86% of postgraduates. This compares very closely with the 85% who reported that they usually or almost always found a book last year.

We also gathered some very useful information on the use of Library e-books – 80% of postgraduates and 58.8% of undergraduates used a Library e-book in semester 1. Perhaps most significantly, 67.4% of undergraduates  and 65.1% of postgraduates either agreed or strongly agreed that an e-book was an acceptable alternative to a print book from the Library (around 14% were neutral on the question).

The greatest limit on the use of Library e-books in fact is the publishers understandable unwillingness to release Library e-book versions of textbooks aimed at undergraduates. The Library will certainly continue to purchase e-book versions of texts needed to support undergraduate and postgraduate modules wherever they are available.

The survey also found however that a significant minority of students are having difficulty finding the books they need – around 15%, depending on the question.

We will now seek formal or informal feedback to isolate the elements of using the Library catalogue and finding books on the shelves that cause the greatest problems – though we do have some sense of this ourselves!

Do comment on this news item if you would like to suggest areas of greatest difficulty.

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Summer Vacation Hours 2015

Please note that summer vacation opening hours start Monday 8th June. Vacation opening hours are as follows:

The McClay Library

Monday – Thursday: 8.00am – 8.30pm
Friday: 8.00am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Sunday: closed

The Medical and HSC Library

From Monday 8th June – Saturday 1st August
Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 12.30pm
Sunday: closed

From Monday 3rd August – Saturday 26th September
Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 12.30pm
Sunday: closed

The Biomedical Library

Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 12.30pm
Sunday: closed

Normal late opening resumes Monday 28th September 2015.

All Queen’s libraries will be closed from Monday 13th July to Tuesday 14th July (inclusive).

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Survey invitation for law students – chance of Amazon voucher offered

Zaki Abbas, a research student  from City University, London, is working on a study that looks at how mobile devices are used by law students.

Participation involves the completion of two online questionnaires which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete – anyone selected to complete the survey will be eligible for an Amazon voucher (value not stated).

He would welcome participation from law students at all levels.  If you are interested in participating, please contact, providing details of your programme of study.


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Wellcome Trust & Charity Open Access Funding (COAF)

The COAF Open Access Policy requires that all peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research or Wellcome Trust funding must be made open access by either the Green or Gold route.

However these funders prefer the Gold Route which makes the published version of the article open access from the journal of publication. This usually requires that an article processing charge (APC) be paid and the University has been awarded a block grant to cover these charges.

The Library administers this block grant and funding is on a first come, first served basis. If you want to avail of this funding visit the Open Access webpages to find out whether you meet the requirements and download an application form

If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact the Open Access Team

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MyiLibrary ebooks down time Sat 30th May

There will be no access to ebooks on the MyiLibrary platform from 1pm – 7pm on Saturday 30th May due to essential maintenance.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused during this time.

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“The Little Things That Run the World*” – call in and see the new display in the AFBI Library, Newforge

If human beings were to disappear tomorrow, the world would go on with little change. Gaia, the totality of life on Earth, would set about healing itself and return to the rich environmental states of a few thousand years ago. But if invertebrates were to disappear, I doubt that the human species could last more than a few months. Most of the fishes, amphibians, birds, and mammals would crash to extinction about the same time. Next would go the bulk of the flowering plants and with them the physical structure of the majority of the forests and other terrestrial habitats of the world. The earth would rot. As dead vegetation piled up and dried out, narrowing and closing the channels of the nutrient cycles, other complex forms of vegetation would die off, and with them the last remnants of the vertebrates. The remaining fungi, after enjoying a population explosion of stupendous proportions, would also perish. Within a few decades the world would return to the state of a billion years ago, composed primarily of bacteria, algae, and a few other very simple multi-cellular plants.

*The Little Things That Run the World (The Importance and Conservation of Invertebrates)

Edward O. Wilson Conservation Biology
Vol. 1, No. 4 (Dec., 1987), pp. 344-346

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