Scholarly publishing and open access

Thanks to Louise Tripp, Academic Liaison Librarian and Open Access Manager, for a very informative Research Bites session covering the essential considerations relating to scholarly publishing and open access.

The recording is now available (headphones recommended), as are the slides from the presentation (PDF).

Understand what’s required by policy

HEFCE, Lancaster University, and many funders such as Research Councils and Wellcome Trust have open access policies. Make sure you understand what is expected of you.

Choose your publication route

Follow the simple advice on Think. Check. Submit to decide if a journal is trustworthy.

The publication flowchart (PDF) will help you to understand the different routes to open access – green and gold.

Submit your manuscript

  • Acknowledge source of funding in your manuscript
  • Identify where and how associated data can be accessed via a
    data access statement
  • Acknowledge your affiliation to Lancaster University
  • Consider Author Rights before signing agreements

Create a record in Pure

Register your research output in Pure, deposit your Author
Accepted Manuscript within 3 months of acceptance.

Contact us for help

If you have questions at any stage, please contact for advice.

Research Bites in December: Research funding and finance

Research Bites in December is all about Research funding and finance and will be delivered by our colleagues in Research Services.

As always, just turn up, no need to book. Tea/coffee and a cake provided.


How to write a good justification of resources for a research application

Thursday 8th December, 12pm, Bowland North SR 1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT. 
An explanation of how the Justification of Resources should be written so reviewers can assess whether the resources requested are appropriate for the research posed.
Andrew Wilkinson, Research Development Officer, Research & Enterprise Services

Research finances – costs to consider in your proposal

Monday 12th December, 12pm, Bowland North SR 1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT. 
Look at the cost of the resources required to carry out your research project in line with research funder guidelines, and to what extent these costs are covered by research funders.
Phil Lewis, Research Development Officer & Verity Williams, Research Support Administrator, Research & Enterprise Services

Research contracts – an introduction

Thursday 15th December, 12pm, Bowland North SR 2. Live stream at 12.00 GMT. 
An opportunity to learn more about research contracts: what are they, why are they important, when are they necessary and what support can I expect?
Julia Krier, Senior Contracts Officer, Research & Enterprise Services

ACP basics and approving your research costing

Monday 19th December, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT. 
Hear about these essential tips for making the most of the Library’s discovery tool.
Gina Ramsden, Research Development Officer, Research & Enterprise Services

Live streaming and recording

The live streaming and recording seemed to work well in November, so we will continue with this in December. Apologies for the sound quality in some of these sessions – this should improve this time, and headphones are recommended.

Panopto supply a viewing guide and a troubleshooting guide should participants wish to check in advance.

Scopus: Time-saving tips for navigating peer-reviewed academic literature

Thanks to Caroline Gibson, Academic Liaison Librarian, for giving a great presentation on some less well-know features of Scopus, one of the largest abstracting and indexing databases of academic literature available.

Apologies for the late start to those of you streaming in online.

The recording of Scopus: Time-saving tips for navigating peer-reviewed academic literature is now available.

The demo focused on:

  • Search tricks specific to Scopus
  • Analysing results
  • Personalised features such as alerts, lists and saved searches
  • Bulk download of PDFs

Search tricks specific to Scopus

In Scopus there are two types of phrase search:

  • fuzzy phrase with double quotes, e.g. “palm oil” will return the two words, their plurals and UK/US alternative spellings together, in any order.
  • Exact phrase with curly brackets, e.g. {Elaeis guineensis} will return the phrase as you type it. It’s not case sensitive, but will include hyphens, and will restrict to results with these words in this order only.

Analysing results

Caroline demonstrated using the ‘Analyze results’ feature once you have conducted a search. This feature allows you to visually gain insights into your topic such as:

  • publication trends
  • top authors
  • journal (or source) titles publishing on this topic
  • countries and institutions publishing on this topic

Scopus‘s strength is that data is linked throughout the database, so you can explore articles, citations, authors, journal titles etc in more detail just by clicking.

Use the ‘Find it’ button to check OneSearch for the full text.

Personalised features such as alerts, lists and saved searches

It is recommended that you create an account with Scopus (and all Library databases) to access the personalised features.

You can keep up to date with the literature by setting up email alerts:

  • When new results that match your search are published
  • When your favourite journal brings out an new issue
  • When an eminent author publishes a new article, or is cited
  • When a key article is cited

There are also ‘Lists’ to organise your saved results, and ‘Saved searches’ to revisit your saved searches. You can even just view new results since you last ran the search to save you trawling the whole list again!

Download of PDFs

This features elicited the first ever Wow! moment in Research Bites history!

Researchers were impressed to see that Scopus allows you to download full text PDFs – where available – directly to a folder on your computer. It even names them for you in a helpful format.

This is in addition to exporting results to reference manager such as EndNote, .

There are specific systems settings required for the bulk download of PDFs, which you can find in the Scopus help.

Top 5 time-saving tips for OneSearch

Thanks to everyone who came along the the first session of Research Bites today, or listened in to the live stream.

I introduced some of the less obvious, but very useful features of OneSearch, the Library’s catalogue and discovery tool.

The top tips were:

  1. Log in to OneSearch to get access to your account, our subscribed resources and personalised features
  2. Use the right tab to search books and more, articles and more or everything together
  3. Refine your results such as by type of document or date
  4. Use the e-shelf to save and organise items you’ve found
  5. Save your search and even set up email alerts

Any questions about OneSearch, please contact the Library.

The recording of the session is already available via Panopto.

In November: Information seeking and management

Research Bites is back in November on the theme of Information seeking and management. These short, informal lunchtime sessions aim to deliver useful, practical information to researchers, and give you the chance to ask questions. More about Research Bites.

New live webcast

There is no need to register, just turn up. If you are not based in Lancaster, you can now watch a live stream of the session at 12.00 GMT by following the links below. Sessions will also be recorded and made available via the Recordings archive.

Top 5 time-saving tips for OneSearch

Wednesday 9th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR15. Live stream at 12.00 GMT.
Hear about these essential tips for making the most of the Library’s discovery tool.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Get better at literature searching

Wednesday 16th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn how to tackle the most common literature searching problems.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Scopus: Time-saving tips for navigating peer-reviewed academic literature

Friday 18th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR3. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn how to save searches, quickly analyse and download full-text results and take advantage of current awareness features including alerts.
Caroline Gibson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Scholarly publishing and open access: things to consider

Monday 21st November, 12pm, Bowland North SR9. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Get an introduction to the benefits of open access publishing, and learn about the available funding.
Louise Tripp, Academic Liaison Librarian and Open Access Manager, Library

Research data management: things to consider

Thursday 24th November, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn about the best practice when it comes to managing your research data.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager, Library.

As always, tea and coffee and something sweet will be provided.

Research Bites is back in November 2016


Sincere thanks to all of the presenters and participants of Research Bites this last year! It has been a successful year, with 130 people attending one or more sessions, notching up 211 attendances.


Special thanks to colleagues in Careers who attracted 55 participants to 5 sessions in August and September. You can find out about their other events and job opportunities by logging into Lancaster Target Connect.

Elaine Davies based her session ‘Getting your first lecturing job‘ on the findings of a report undertaken by AGCAS, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.


You can revisit sessions that you missed or want to experience again by browsing the titles in the Recordings Archive. In August we trialled live streaming of the recording, which means more of our research staff and students can benefit from the sessions.

Research Bites in 2016-17

Research Bites will resume in November 2016. As yet the programme hasn’t been devised, but you can expect to see topics on:

  • Information seeking
  • Information management
  • Research data and infrastructure
  • Scholarly publishing
  • Researcher profiles
  • Intellectual Property, copyright and enterprise
  • Research funding and resources
  • Research impact and metrics
  • Careers

We’ll be looking into making a Moodle area for Research Bites in the future to make the programme, materials and recordings more accessible for University members.


We hope that every session you have attended or presented has helped you in some way. If you’d like to send any feedback about what you’ve learned, a connection you’ve made or something you have done differently as a result of attending a Research Bites session, please send it to us using this form:

 See you in November!

New! Live streaming of Research Bites sessions

This month’s sessions have been really well attended by PhDs and post docs interested in developing their careers. Thanks go to Kathryn Morey-Scarfe, Kirsty Thornton, David Mashiter and Elaine Davies for delivering these valuable sessions, and all of you who made the effort to come along.

In the next two sessions we’ll test out live streaming the presentations and audio, so our colleagues based in other locations can access the content in real time. You can simply click the links below at 12.00 BST, and all being well, you’ll get a live webcast streamed from the session!

Succeeding at interviews

Thursday 25th August 12pm, Bowland North SR1
How to prepare for academic job interviews, hints and tips on how to succeed and common academic interview questions.
Kathryn Morey-Scarfe, Careers & Employment Adviser, Careers
Live webcast

The importance of networking for early career researchers

Thursday 1st September, 12pm, Bowland North SR8
Learn why building your professional network is important as a researcher, and understand what you’re looking to achieve, what you have to offer, and how you can make the most of your network.
Shelley Morgan, Careers & Employment Adviser, Careers
Live webcast

Recordings of Research Bites sessions, where available, will be linked from the Recordings Archive.