UKRI Open Access Review Consultation

UKRI is reviewing its open access policies for peer-reviewed research articles and academic books that result from research supported by UKRI.

UKRI is seeking views on its proposed open access policy and related considerations via a consultation, which opens on 13 February 2020 and closes at noon on 17 April 2020.

The UKRI Open Access Review will determine a single policy for research articles and long-form publications that acknowledge funding from UKRI and its constituent councils.

UKRI’s proposed policy for peer-reviewed research articles

  • Under the proposed policy, articles accepted for publication on or after 1 January 2022 should be made “freely and immediately available online through a journal, open access publishing platform or an institutional or subject repository”.
  • Routes for compliance are Gold or Zero embargo green, as per Plan S. 
  • For articles, CC BY licenses must be applied to all research articles.

UKRI’s proposed policy for Monographs, Book Chapters & Edited Collections

  • The UKRI policy goes beyond Plan S in proposing an open access policy that applies to monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1st January 2024 (unless a contract has been signed before this date that prevents adherence to the policy). 
  • For monographs, book chapters and edited collections the final version of record or post-peer-review accepted manuscript must be free to view and download via an online publication platform or institutional or subject repository within a maximum of a 12 month of publication.

The full consultation document can be read here

Who should respond?

Responses to this consultation are invited from inside and outside the UK, from any organisation, group or individual with an interest in research and innovation. Some technical questions are specifically aimed at those involved in the publication process, although everyone is welcome to respond. It is not necessary to respond to all questions or sections.

How do I respond?

Responses must be submitted using the online response form. UKRI will only consider responses received through this form by noon on 17 April 2020.

Posted in News & Updates | Tagged | Leave a comment

The McClay Library Expansion Project – You Said, We Did.

Library Services are delighted to announce the successful completion of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project.  Feedback received from the Library Services Customer Satisfaction Survey in recent years revealed that you wanted more study areas, PCs, group study rooms, and a larger student lounge.  The McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project was initiated in response to that feedback.  By expanding the Library’s footprint into the courtyard area on the Ground Floor and adjacent David Bates building, Library Services have been able to deliver the following in response your feedback:

  • Over 100 additional PCs and 9 new study rooms (including both individual and group rooms) on the Ground Floor of the McClay.
  • A new silent study room on the Ground Floor with 67 seats.
  • Additional study seats and PCs on Floors 1 and 3.
  • A new group study room on Floor 1.
  • The student lounge on the ground floor has been doubled in size.

The building work was carried out between October 2018 and December 2019 and every effort was made to minimise disruption during that time.  For example, particularly disruptive works were completed out of hours, or as early in the morning as possible.  A series of regular posts on the Library blog and social media channels also provided updates on progress and any potential impact on services. 

Thank you to everyone for your patience during the completion of the expansion.  We hope you all enjoy the new spaces and facilities that the McClay Library has to offer! 

If you have any feedback or questions, please contact library@qub.ac.uk

A view of the new extended courtyard area on the Ground Floor
Image courtesy of Conor O’Doherty

Posted in News & Updates | Tagged | Leave a comment

Associate Membership online applications – You Said, We Did.

As of March 2019, customers applying for Associate Membership of the Library have been able to pay online using the Queen’s online payment facility.  Previously, all applicants had to pay in-person at the McClay Library or over the phone after submitting an online application.  The move to online payment resulted in a considerable change to the application process and was one that the Associate Membership team were keen to receive customer feedback on. 

As a result, a customer journey map exercise was carried out in October 2019 to gain an insight into a customer’s experience of applying for Associate Membership.  This provided an excellent opportunity to review not only the new online payment option, but also the application process itself.  The exercise covered the entire application process, from submitting an initial application through to collecting their card in the McClay Library.  Overall, the feedback received was positive and complimentary of the process.  However, it was suggested that some of the information provided during the application process needed further clarification.  To date, we have implemented several changes in response to this feedback.  These include:

  • Added additional information on the Associate Membership scheme– what it is and the application process – to the ‘Associate Membership’ webpage. 
  • Clarified that Associate Membership is a renewable membership that is not limited to one-year, and that library staff will notify members when their membership is due for renewal. 
  • Made it clearer on the application form that customers must present ID/proof of address and collect their cards from the McClay Library when completing their membership. 
  • Edited the welcome letter new members receive when collecting their cards.
  • Included a new compliments slip with the welcome letter directing Personal Associate Members to the additional help and information available on the Associate Membership Subject Guide

For further information on Associate Membership and how to apply, please click here

Posted in Uncategorised | Tagged , | Leave a comment

11 months until RefWorks is cancelled

Eleven, Number, Rectangle, Shape, Rounded, Red, White

11 months remain until the Library at Queen’s cancels its RefWorks subscription.

From the end of December 2020, Queen’s users will no longer have access to Legacy RefWorks or ProQuest RefWorks, and the Library will no longer support the use of either of these tools.

Instead of RefWorks, the Library has subscribed to EndNote. You may also use other tools such as Mendeley or Zotero, but the Library’s capacity to support these is limited.

Ahead of the cancellation, you must transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote or another tool if you wish to continue using them.

For more information , and links to Library Help FAQs about transferring your RefWorks references to EndNote, please visit the Library’s dedicated EndNote LibGuide: https://libguides.qub.ac.uk/referencing/endnote

Any questions? Please contact your Subject Librarian: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/TheLibrary/Contacts/SubjectLibrarians/

Posted in News & Updates | Tagged | Leave a comment

Queen’s signs up to the Microbiology Society’s ‘Publish and Read’ deal.

The library is delighted to announce that it has signed up to the Microbiology Society’s ‘Publish and Read’ deal.

The ’Publish and Read’ deal will allow Queen’s researchers to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles, as well as providing access to the Society’s journal portfolio.

Publish and Read will be across all the Society’s six journals including MicrobiologyJournal of General VirologyJournal of Medical MicrobiologyMicrobial GenomicsInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology and Access Microbiology from 2020.

Publish and Read details below:

  • Unlimited OA: any article published in Society journals where the corresponding author is from a Publish and Read institution will be OA by default.
  • Unlimited usage: any user associated with a Publish and Read institution can access the entire archive of Society content, back to 1947, for reading and for text and data mining.

For further information please visit the Microbiology Society website or contact the open access team at openaccess@qub.ac.uk

Posted in News & Updates | Tagged | Leave a comment

Standards of Service: did you know?

Library staff work towards service standards to make sure that we provide our customers with the best possible service:

  • Did you know that we acknowledge all written enquiries within 1 working day and provide an initial or full response within 3 working days?
  • Did you know that on average we serve our users within 3 seconds of arrival at a library service point (during staffed hours) and that phone calls are answered within 14 seconds?
  • Did you know that 98% of our customers find our library staff helpful and friendly and that 99% of our customers find library staff knowledgeable?
  • Did you know that 100% of our users who attend library training sessions rate the staff who deliver training as helpful, friendly and knowledgeable?

If you have any thoughts on our service performance – or on any other aspect of the library service – we would love to hear from you. Please use our feedback form to share your comments, enquiries or complaints.

Posted in News & Updates | Leave a comment

Read by QxMD Healthcare Journal App

The Library is pleased to announce that it has linked its journal subscriptions to the Read app from QxMD.

Read is a journal discovery and alerting app with a focus on healthcare research. Read allows you to create alerts for different journals and keywords, and to receive notifications when new journal articles are published.

Open access healthcare journals are available as standard via Read, but by linking Read to your QUB number and password you will also be able to connect seamlessly to the full text of papers in premium healthcare journals subscribed to by the Library at Queen’s.

QUB students and staff can use Read, and getting started is easy. Simply follow the 3 steps listed at: http://libraryhelp.qub.ac.uk/faq/193248

If you have any questions about Read, please contact your subject librarian: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/TheLibrary/Contacts/SubjectLibrarians/

Technical problems? Please contact QxMD Tech Support: https://qxmd.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Posted in News & Updates | Tagged | Leave a comment

New Medical Education Bulletin

The Library is trialling a bi-monthly current awareness bulletin for QUB Medical Education students and staff.

The first issue of the bulletin links to full text papers on topics such as:

  • Improving training in terminal care
  • Virtual patients in oral and maxillofacial surgery training
  • Patient death experiences of medical students

The bulletin can be viewed as a PDF at: https://libguides.qub.ac.uk/medicaleducationbulletin

Also, students and staff can choose to receive new issues every 2 months by email. To do this, please email Richard Fallis, Subject Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences: r.fallis@qub.ac. uk

Posted in News & Updates | Tagged | Leave a comment

12 months until RefWorks is cancelled

Hourglass, Duration, Temporal Distance, Egg Timer

Time is running out!

The new year marks the start of the final 12 months of the Library’s RefWorks subscription.

At the end of December 2020, Queen’s users will no longer have access to Legacy RefWorks or ProQuest RefWorks, and the Library will no longer support the use of either of these tools.

In place of RefWorks, the Library has subscribed to EndNote. You are also welcome to use other tools such as Mendeley or Zotero, but please be aware that the Library’s capacity to support these tools is limited.

Ahead of the cancellation, you should transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote or another tool if you wish to continue using them.

For more information , and links to Library Help FAQs about transferring your RefWorks references to EndNote, please visit the Library’s dedicated EndNote LibGuide: https://libguides.qub.ac.uk/referencing/endnote

Posted in News & Updates | Tagged | Leave a comment

Standards of Service: improving your Library

The Library has developed a suite of customer-focused service standards and we measure our performance against these standards annually.

The infographic below indicates how our service performance has improved in various areas over the past five years indicating the positive long-term effect of our standards of service.

If you have any feedback or comments, please let us know via our Customer Feedback Page.

We are particularly interested to hear if you feel that there are other important areas of service delivery that we should focus on.

Posted in News & Updates | Leave a comment