News! SciVal training, 29th June 2017, 3.30pm

Research Bites readers might be interested to hear more about SciVal, Elsevier’s research intelligence tool, directly from Dr Matt Walker, Senior Customer Consultant, Elsevier.

This session is aimed at members of staff involved with research, research management, development or support.

SciVal training, 29th June 2017, 3.30pm, Library C130

Dr Matt Walker (Elsevier) will lead a workshop from Academics and Research Support staff on the effective use of the Elsevier’s SciVal research intelligence tool (

He will cover the responsible use of metrics and best practice for benchmarking and reporting using the tool. The session is suitable for new and returning users. Please bring your laptop if you wish to follow the practical examples used during the session.

Book your place

If this isn’t for you, but you’re interested in hearing more about SciVal, Masud Khokhar, Head of Digital Innovation, Library, will be delivering the following:

Using SciVal to measure academic impact, citations and collaborations

Monday 31st July, 12pm, Bowland North SR 1. Live stream at 12.00 BST
Learn about using SciVal to measure academic impact for yourself, your team, or your discipline and how it can be used to strengthen grant applications and identify potential collaborators with impact in mind.
Masud Khokhar, Head of Digital Innovation, Library


Open Research in February

Research Bites in February is about Open Research. Come along to a session to learn about where to publish your open research data, how to make your publications open access, and some of the practicalities of the Open Research agenda: using Pure to record your research outputs; and using ResearchFish for RCUK-funded researchers.

February’s programme

Where can I publish my research data?
Wednesday 1st February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT.
Look at the key considerations about which services you can trust with your research data. We will also demo two major cross-subject data repositories: Figshare and Zenodo.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager

ResearchFish for researchers
Monday 6th February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
This session is aimed at explaining the purpose behind the ResearchFish submission, who must submit and get a quick demo of the system or ask any questions you might currently have.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office (RCSO).

ResearchFish for funded students
Monday 13th February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Don’t know what the pesky emails are all about? Come along and learn what ResearchFish for funded PG students are all about, and why making a submission can make a difference.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office (RCSO).

What is Pure and why should I use it?
Friday 17th February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Get an overview of Pure, the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office (RCSO).

How can I make my research open access?
Monday 20th February, 12pm, Bowland North SR1. Live stream at 12.00 GMT
Learn about different open access options, including adding your research outputs to Pure, the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, RCSO & Louise Tripp, Open Access Manager, Library.

Live streaming

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Live stream links are now behind a University log in page to make them more secure.


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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.

Cultures of counting: Metrics through a critical lens

Some Research Bites attendees may be interested in the Cultures of counting: Metrics through a critical lens seminar on Tuesday 24th May, 1-3pm.

In this seminar, James Wilsdon, who chaired The Metric Tide, will outline its main findings, and reflect on ongoing efforts to influence debates about UK research policy and funding, including over the design of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), which is currently the focus of a further review by Lord Stern.

Paul Ashwin, in the context of the proposed TEF, will examine the challenges of developing measures of teaching quality that do not simply reflect institutional prestige.

Both speakers will consider what a culture of ‘responsible metrics’ might look like for research and teaching, and the opportunities and obstacles to achieving this.

Read more…

This talk is part of the Designing the Academic Self series, sponsored by the Academics Writing project and the Northwest Doctoral Training Center and is open to early career researchers and doctoral students from Lancaster, Manchester and Liverpool universities.

To book your place, visit Eventbrite. 

Elsevier Author Seminar

The Research Bites blog isn’t normally a vehicle for anything other than Research Bites sessions, but we’re making an exception!

Author seminar on Tuesday 19 January 2016, 2pm – 4.30pm, Management School LT01.

Dr Anthony Newman, Senior Publisher, Life Sciences Department & Michaela Kurschildgen, Customer Consultant, Elsevier, The Netherlands

Here’s your chance to learn from Elsevier, a leading publisher of science, technology and health science journals. Attend this Lancaster University seminar to find out about:

  • Types of scientific publications
  • The different types of research papers published
  • Considerations before writing
  • Choosing the right journal
  • Writing using correct language
  • The structure of the manuscript
  • The submission and review procedure
  • Author responsibilities: publishing ethics and plagiarism
  • How to use Scopus as a tool for authors

These insights into the publishing process will enable the participants to be more confident as an author in the world of science publishing, and so should help them get their papers published more easily.

Book here, while there are still places left.

Social media: Insights from an academic department

It’s taken a while to write up this session from June! Many thanks to Dr Tom Webb for sharing his insights from managing the Law School blog and social media presence of the Law School at Lancaster University.

The staff blog is currently used as a vehicle for writing up short articles (500-1500 words) following conferences, reflections on current topics, and writing articles which can be understood by wider audiences.

Why blog?

  • Raise the profile of the research
  • Speak to a different audience
  • ‘open up pathways to impact’
  • ‘claim an idea’ early on

Twitter broadens the network to other scholars, students, other institutions and beyond to reach a more mixed audience.


Tom has found using Twitter and blog Analytics a useful way to provide feedback to colleagues on how many people are interacting with their social media posts/tweets. Unfortunately,  blog posts aren’t eligible to be included in the REF, though they can/do contribute towards generating broader impact.


  • Quick publication
  • Attention from the media
  • Raise profile
  • Student recruitment


You can now view the slides and listen to Tom’s presentation.


Do author’s have to choose between writing for the Law School blog and writing for The ConversationYes and no. The Conversation uses Creative Commons licences which allows you to reblog their content. The Law School blog offers more editorial freedom than the Conversation (e.g. posts can be in ‘Legalese’).

Is there any editorial control? Authors send copy, and Tom will edit formatting (e.g. inserting paragraph breaks) to make the content more readable online. Otherwise not.

Do you get credit within the department for the work you do with social media? Yes to an extent. This will probably grow as Departments recognise the potential benefits and engagement that can result from taking part. 

Maximising your digital impact


Many thanks to Russell Reader, Head of Media Engagement in the Press Office here at Lancaster University. Russ gave a well informed talk full of good reasons and practical tips on how to make the most of online services to raise your academic profile and reach out to audiences inside and outside academia.

The session focussed mainly on:

  • Twitter
  • Blogs especially The Conversation
  • News and current affairs e.g. BBC Radio 4

Russ has kindly supplied his presentation slides for anyone who wasn’t able to get to the session.

He included a video of PhDs and researchers who had found publishing with The Conversation beneficial.


What amount of time should I commit to Twitter? Initially spend an hour a week building your network, following other accounts and re-tweeting interesting tweets. Over time allow 10 minutes a day to look at it, then gradually when you’re more confident start to engage with others, chip in your thoughts and ideas.

Are there any apps I can use to help me manage Twitter? Yes, there are many apps. A good one to use is Tweetdeck which allows you to create different ‘stacks’ or columns to filter your Twitter stream, conduct and save searches and schedule posts in advance.