e-books problem ProQuest

Unfortunately we are experiencing issues with a number of our e-books from the vendor, ProQuest.

Readers are presented with the AFBI login when accessing e-books.

Please send details of the e-book by opening an IT Support request

We have reported the problem to ProQuest who are currently working on a resolution.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Customer Service Excellence Accreditation

Library Services have been undertaking the Customer Service Excellence accreditation since 2015, and we have been successful in achieving this standard every year since. This year has been no different, and after the assessor visit on 13th March, Library Services can announce another successful accreditation.

Customer Service Excellence is an independent accreditation of the quality and standard of our customer care, and covers all aspects of our engagement with our customers, from front-line and face-to-face support, to liaison and communication, and how we engage with customers in developing our services and strategy.

Library Services would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved in helping us achieve this standard, whether you are a customer, a partner in the service we provide or a member of library staff. When we have asked you to complete surveys or provide us with feedback, you have done this, and this has meant that we can use your feedback and comments as a driver for continuous improvement. Some of you may met the assessor when he visited the McClay Library on 13th March, and again we would like to thank you for taking the time to speak to him, highlighting what we do well, and what we don’t get right.

Moving on from this, Library Services are starting to look forward to next year’s assessment and striving to perform better, seek feedback from our customer base and enhance your experience of using the Library.

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Beck Online: German, wider European and International law in the QUB Library

The library holds a key resource for German, wider European and International law? Check out Beck Online on the library catalogue. Beck Online gives full text access to primary sources of German law with substantial additional commentary (in German). The following modules are included: Arbeitsrecht Premium; Europarecht Plus; Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz Plus; Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht Plus; Zivilrecht Plus.

English journals include the Journal of European Consumer and Market Law – EuCML, International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law [IIC] and the International Insolvency Law Review [IILR] – 2010 – 2016.

Please contact the AHSS subject team for further details.

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Using a social networking site versus using an institutional repository

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Many researchers share their work online through social networking sites such as Academia.edu or ResearchGate. These sites are extremely useful and allow researchers to create their own profiles, promote their work and connect with other researchers.

However, you may wish to consider depositing your work in an institutional repository instead of, or as well as, a social networking site and here are some reasons why:

  • If you add a research paper to the Queen’s Institutional Repository (Research Portal), the Open Access (OA) Team will verify the bibliographic details and add any necessary embargos or copyright information, legally required by the publisher, to your papers. If you add a paper to a social networking site you alone are responsible for investigating and adhering to the terms of your copyright transfer agreement. Publishers have, in the past, issued take down notices to users of social networking sites asking them to remove documents that infringed copyright. Notably, Elsevier took legal action against Academia.edu in 2013 and ResearchGate in 2017 over the issue of sharing full-text publications.
  • From 01 April 2018 if you want your article or published conference paper to be considered for REF2021, you need to ensure that an accepted manuscript is posted in a subject or institutional repository within 3 months of acceptance (previously within 3 months of publication). Sites like Academia.edu and ResearchGate are not considered to be institutional or subject repositories.
  • Queen’s is committed to making research open access where possible. There is an OA Team and an OA Policy in place, to enable researchers to do this. Pure, the database behind the Queen’s institutional repository, facilitates transparency, interoperability, the re-use of data and long-term preservation; whereas there are no such guarantees with social networking sites.
  • Academia.edu and ResearchGate are both commercial sites and neither is affiliated to an academic organisation. They both have more similarities to Facebook or Twitter than they do to institutional repositories. Queen’s Research Portal is a non-profit repository.
  • Social networking sites can use aggressive marketing strategies, often sending mass emails or unsolicited invitations to your co-authors. The Queen’s Open Access Team will only contact you regarding research that you have uploaded to the repository, for the purposes of support and enhancing your record.

To find out more about the pros and cons of using both social networking sites and open access repositories see http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2015/12/a-social-networking-site-is-not-an-open-access-repository/

If you need more information on open access at Queen’s, please see our webpages, email us at openaccess@qub.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter.



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Queen’s signs up to the Open Library of Humanities.

The library is delighted to announce that it is now a supporting institution of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). OLH

The OLH is an academic led publishing platform that supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Unlike many open access publishers, the OLH does not charge any author fees. Instead, it’s costs are covered by an international library consortium.

The OLH currently hosts 22 fully open access journals showcasing research from a number of Humanities disciplines including Classics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, History and Sociology.

So if you are a humanities researcher, why not consider the OLH as a publication outlet for your article? For further information please visit the OLH website or contact the  open access team at openaccesss@qub.ac.uk

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Queen’s University Belfast Publishes APC expenditure for 2017

The Library’s Open Access Team has published, on behalf of the University, an Article Processing Charges (APCs) expenditure report for 2017.

During this period, a total of £208,132.96 was spent on APCs, enabling 171 articles by Queen’s authors to be made open access via the gold route.

In 2017, Queen’s dramatically reduced its expenditure on APCs published in hybrid journals, with only 33% of APCs (excluding Springer Compact articles) being made Gold via this route. This shift from hybrid to fully open access journals is significant, particularly when compared to Queen’s APC data from 2016.

The significant increase in both expenditure and the number of articles published in Pure Gold journals reflects the University’s support for fully open access publishing and the commitment to offer Pure Gold OA to as many of our academics as possible.

Other points of interest:

Hybrid Gold is considerably more expensive.

Type                                                                         Ave APC (£)
Hybrid journal £2,103
Fully OA journal £1,419


APCs charged by the American Chemical Society are the most expensive that Queen’s paid in 2017.

Publisher APCs paid Sum of APC paid (£) Ave APC (£)
American Chemical Society 4 £19,572.19  £4,893.05
Society for Neuroscience 1 £4,151.23 £4,151.23
Elsevier 7 £21,347.35 £3,049.62
Nature 8 £17,731.74 £2,216.47

The full report can be viewed on Queen’s Research Portal.

If you would like to know if your paper is eligible for Gold Open Access, please visit the open access LibGuide or email openaccess@qub.ac.uk

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Queen’s signs up to Open Book Publishers

The library is delighted to announce that it is now a supporting member of Open Book Publishers (OBP).                                                                      88956565

OBP is a non-profit publisher of open access monographs, with a commitment to make  high-quality monographs freely available to readers around the world.

OBP is currently the biggest open access academic publisher of monographs in the UK, with over 120 books freely available to read and download from the Queen’s library catalogue.

OBP publishes monographs and textbooks in any area of the Humanities and Social Sciences, but also accepts book proposals in Science, Mathematics, and Medicine. Its authors range from early-career academics to eminent scholars such as Noam Chomsky and Amartya Sen.

For more information on OBP, including the book submission process, please visit their website or email openaccess@qub.ac.uk



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Additional PC and Study Spaces for Summer 2018 Examination Period

Following feedback from students last year, and in the context of ongoing pressure on the McClay Library during examination periods, some additional PC and study spaces have been reserved for student use over the next few weeks.

The spaces involved are:

Students’ Union Space1 (80 study seats) on the first floor of the Students’ Union
Students’ Union Space 2 (48 study seats) on the first floor of the Students’ Union

MBC/01/110 (85 PCs) on the first floor of the Medical Biology Centre on the Lisburn Road
MBC/01/114 (76 PCs) on the first floor of the Medical Biology Centre on the Lisburn Road

A full schedule of availability between Tuesday 17 April and Sunday 13 May can be found in the link below.

Additional PC and Study Spaces for Summer 2018 Examination Period

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Compliance with the Open Access Policy for REF 2021 – Uploading the correct document

From April 2018 the Open Access Policy for REF 2021 states, that to be eligible for submission, you must deposit the accepted manuscript version of all your journal articles and published conference papers into an institutional repository (at Queen’s this is Pure) or subject repository within three months of acceptance (previously within three months of publication). This rule applies to papers accepted from 1st April 2018.

The final accepted manuscript:

  • is the author’s final draft, after changes from peer review have been incorporated but prior to the published version.
  • does not contain any publisher applied formatting such as headers, footers or pagination.
  • is usually a plain Word or text file
  • can also be described as ‘final accepted manuscript’, ‘final author version’, ‘final manuscript’, ‘final author manuscript’

Depositing the accepted manuscript will allow compliance with the Open Access Policy and ensure your research is eligible for submission to REF 2021.

If you need any help or assistance in uploading the correct document please contact the Open Access Team which is here to help you

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Database and Mendeley training: Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Richard Fallis, Subject Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, is running a number of bookable database and, for the first time, Mendeley training sessions in May and June.

Sessions will take place in the McClay Library and MBC, and are open to all Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences undergraduate students, postgraduate students and QUB staff.

Sessions are listed below, along with links to the relevant booking pages. If you have any questions, please contact Richard – his details are listed at:


Mendeley for Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences

Various dates


Ovid Databases for QUB Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences

Monday, 14 May 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ovid-databases-for-qub-medicine-dentistry-biomedical-sciences-tickets-45056247449

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ovid-databases-for-qub-medicine-dentistry-biomedical-sciences-tickets-45056299605

Web of Science and Scopus for QUB Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/web-of-science-and-scopus-for-qub-medicine-dentistry-biomedical-sciences-tickets-45056374830

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/web-of-science-and-scopus-for-qub-medicine-dentistry-biomedical-sciences-tickets-45056408932

PubMed, Cochrane Library and Grey Literature for Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pubmed-cochrane-library-and-grey-literature-for-qub-medicine-dentistry-biomedical-sciences-tickets-45056436013

Friday, 22 June 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pubmed-cochrane-library-and-grey-literature-for-qub-medicine-dentistry-biomedical-sciences-tickets-45056487166

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