3 April 2017

Aston authors/researchers: sharpen your Open Access & Open Data know-how

Do you have questions about Open Access publishing or Open Data? Would you like to know more about the policies and how to achieve compliance, e.g. for HEFCE, RCUK and the EC? Do you need help to upload publications and/or datasets to our repositories?

Whether you are new to Aston or require a refresher session, specialists in Open Access (Malcolm Horne), Open Data (Ammar Wahid) and Pure (Paul Jones) will be running a training session in MB525b on the following date:

Tuesday 9th May, 2-3pm

After the session there will be time for optional hands-on help.  To book your place please contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk

14 March 2017

Aston authors/researchers: publish as Gold Open Access for free

Springer Compact is a 100%-discount deal which applies to Springer Open Choice journals effectively offering free Gold (ie. immediate) Open Access with a CC-BY licence; the deal applies to both original papers and review papers.

The corresponding author must be affiliated with Aston University, and the deal applies to papers at the point of acceptance for publication.

During the submission process authors should state that you are affiliated with Aston University; also use your university email address during the submission process for verification purposes.

20 February 2017

Are you a law student? Would you like to be a certified WestlawUK researcher?

Aston University Library has organised a WestlawUK training workshop that will prepare you for a short test at the end of the workshop.   Once you have completed the short test you will be given a certificate to prove your research skills using the database.

The Certification Training workshop gives you an interactive walk-through of Westlaw UK. The Westlaw trainer - Ramita Kahlon, will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know to be a Westlaw UK power user. If you decide to take the test and pass, you’ll be Certified in Westlaw UK and be sent a certificate to demonstrate your skills.

There are two levels of certification:

Basic Certification: Introduction covering effective searching, refining results and using status icons to ensure you are using ‘good’ law.

Advanced Certification: Once you’ve completed Basic, you can move onto Advanced, covering Boolean search connectors, Judicial consideration of case law, legislative modifications and derivation tables, EU and other advanced topics.

If you are interested in booking in to these workshops, they will be running on Wednesday 8th March as part of your study week. There will be a BASIC workshop, followed by an ADVANCED workshop. You can book on to just the BASIC workshop but you will need to have completed a BASIC session before moving on to ADVANCED.

Wednesday 8th March
Library Building, 2nd floor L215 & L216
BASIC Level Research Skills using Westlaw and time to take the Certification test online

Wednesday 8th March
Library Building, 2nd floor L216
ADVANCED Level Research Skills using Westlaw and time to take the Certification test online

Any problems please contact Nicola Dennis n.dennis@aston.ac.uk


30 January 2017

ScienceDirect access

There’s currently a problem accessing the ScienceDirect platform via proxy authentication. While this is being investigated, please go to http://www.sciencedirect.com directly and login by selecting Sign in, Other institution and then searching for Aston University.