RCUK Open Access Block Grant Extended to 2020

Research Councils UK (RCUK) have confirmed that the open access block grant will continue for the next two years.

Queen’s receives an open access grant allocation from the RCUK twice a year.  The funds

RCUKare made available to support universities in meeting the requirements of the RCUK Open Access Policy, in particular meeting the cost of article processing charges (APC) to make articles ‘gold’ open access through the publisher.

If you have received RCUK funding and are publishing in a fully open access journal you should contact openaccess@qub.ac.uk before submission to ensure there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of your article processing charge (APC).

For further information on ‘gold’ open access please visit the open access LibGuide

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Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War


Now trialling: Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War
Ends: Friday 18th August 2017


Provides 144,000 pages of British government secret intelligence and foreign policy files sourced from The National Archives U.K. Content which is only available elsewhere by visiting the National Archives in London.

Contains nine file series which span four major Twentieth-Century conflicts – the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, the early years of the Cold War and the Korean War. Includes multiple search and filter options and a series of essays written by the resource Editorial Board of academic experts that contextualize the material and highlights key themes.

Secret intelligence has long been regarded as the ‘missing dimension’ of international relations. However, thanks to the Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War project, Britain’s spies, security agents, codebreakers and deceptioneers are no longer missing in action. Denis Smyth, University of Toronto, Canada

NOTE: The My Archive and the Document Download functions are not available on this trial edition of Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War. Documents can be viewed using the image viewer function.

If you have any comments or feedback on this resource, please let us know:



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Electronic Enlightenment


Queen’s students and staff have trail access to Electronic Enlightenment. Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.


This trial provides access to an unparalleled, multidisciplinary, evolving resource that brings the past to life, allowing the user to explore the relationships and the movement of ideas of the early modern period through its web of correspondences. Eavesdrop on the private conversations and thoughts of a wide range of figures such as Voltaire and Rousseau, and also the lesser-known, from bankers to booksellers, merchants to mathematicians, and scholars to servants.


  • 8,560 correspondents
  • 53 nationalities from Europe, Asia & the Americas
  • 777 occupations
  • 70,057 letters and documents
  • Information on 64,741 manuscript and 106,933 early edition sources
  • 319,778 scholarly annotations
  • 11 languages, including English, French, German & Italian
  • 1,476 links to and from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • External links to over 50 other online resources

Access ends on 03/08/2017. Access is available at the following URL:


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Trial Access to Mass Observation Online

QUB staff and students now have trial access to Mass Observation Online.  Access ends on 31/07/2017. Access is available at the following URL:


You can also gain access via the ‘trial access login’ link, which is located on the homepage and throughout the Adam Matthew website at www.amdigital.co.uk. (Please ensure that you select the ‘Access Via IP’ option).

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This resource offers revolutionary access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era. Explore original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features.

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Medical and HSC Library Opening Hours Survey – You Said, We Did

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Medical and HSC Library Opening Hours Survey 2017. The survey ran from 25 April to 19 May and its focus was to gauge opinion about the opening hours and whether they met the needs of our users. The survey attracted a response rate of 5%. Comments and feedback received have been analysed by library staff and we have identified some areas where we thought it would be useful to respond:

Electrical sockets

Staff in the Medical and HSC Library are making enquiries about getting additional electrical sockets in the Fry Room. This may not be possible due to cabling and the cost involved.

Location, parking and transport

The Medical and HSC Library is located in the Mulhouse Building on the Royal Victoria Hospital site. It is accessible on foot, by car or by using the free shuttle bus running between the Belfast City Hospital site and the Royal Victoria Hospital site. Use of the car parks, and the cost of car parking is controlled by Car Parking Services on the Royal Victoria Hospital site and is outside of the Library’s control.

Extended opening at exam time

The Medical and HSC Library strives to offer students and other users the best customer service possible. However, it is not always possible to offer extended opening in the morning and at exam time. Changes to opening hours have to be weighed up with regards to usage versus expenditure on heating, lighting, staffing and the security of users and staff on the site.

Using Trust logins in the Medical and HSC Library

As Hospital Trusts process and transmit personal and confidential patient data and commercially sensitive information, access to their networks must be strictly controlled and they are not able to facilitate Trust Logins from the Medical and HSC Library site.   

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Library System Maintenance Tuesday Morning (20th June)


We are carrying out essential maintenance on the Library System Tuesday 20th June and aim to have the system back by 9 am.

The Library catalogue will not be available between 7am and 9am. Library self-service facilities and My Account will also not be available before 9am.

The Article Search, E-Journals A-Z and Databases A-Z will continue to be available from the Library home page. Library book holdings are also included in the COPAC research libraries catalogue at copac.jisc.ac.uk.

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Queen’s signs Open Access Membership Deal with Cogitatio Press

The Library has signed up to a membership program with the open access publisher Cogitatio Pcogitatio-pressress.

This deal means that the article processing charges (APCs) of all articles authored by Queen’s corresponding authors will automatically be covered by the library.

Cogitatio Press is a fully open access publisher which hosts four online open access peer-reviewed journals:

Media and Communication (ISSN: 2183-2439)

Politics and Governance (ISSN: 2183-2463)

Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183-2803)

Urban Planning (ISSN: 2183-7635)

For further information on this membership deal please email openaccess@qub.ac.uk or visit the Open Access LibGuide.

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Trial Access to the TLS




QUB staff and students now have trial access to the TLS Historical Archive 1902-2012.  Access is available from this link: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/qubelfast?db=TLSH

Access ends on 01/07/2017

If you have any comments or feedback on this resource please let it here.

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Restriction in the use of the RCUK Open Access Block Grant.

Due to increased demand for ‘gold’ open access and a significant reduction in the University’s RCUK open access block grant allocation, the Open Access Team has introduced a restriction on the use of the fund for the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs).

The Open Access Team has ring-fenced the remaining allocation for the following types of costs:

  • APCs for fully Open Access journals (i.e., journals which do not sell subscriptions and in which all articles are Open Access, e.g., BioMed Central, PLOS One, Nature Communications)
  • APCs for journals that do not offer a Green Open Access option that complies with RCUK’s Open Access policy

In most cases it is possible for RCUK funded authors to comply with its Open Access policy by making papers Green Open Access (i.e., uploading your Accepted Manuscript to Pure which will be made freely available after a specified embargo period).

The restriction in use of the block grant will commence from the 1st June 2017 onwards.

If you have any questions regarding this restriction please email openaccess@qub.ac.uk

For further information on ‘gold’ open access funding please visit the Open Access webpages.

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Scopus – A closer look

Training session:

Scopus – A closer look

Thursday 25 May 2017, 10-11.30am

McClay Library, Auditorium

Scopus is the world’s largest bibliographic and citation database and a useful complement to Web of Science and Google Scholar. This course is aimed at staff and postgraduate researchers who wish to develop their knowledge of the content and functionality of Scopus.

Participants will learn how to:

  • access and search Scopus
  • manage search results
  • set up citation alerts
  • view citation counts
  • assess journal impact

Please log in to Queen’s Online to book a place.

If you would like any further information about this training session, please email scieng@qub.ac.uk.

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