Research Bites is having a break

It has been a busy year for Research Bites. 165 people have attended the sessions in person, with many more watching online. This year we have added sessions on Research Ethics, and Engagement, and have seen spikes of interest in the following sessions:


Many thanks to all of the fantastic presenters who have delivered such a wide range of informative sessions over the last academic year. Research Bites would be nothing without you! Every single session has provided new information, and a forum for informal Q&As and discussion among the research community here at Lancaster University.


If you have missed any sessions we keep the most recent recording in the Recordings Archive. Unfortunately, not every session has been recorded. Please feel free to contact presenters to ask for any follow up information.

Live stream

This year we have experimented with broadcasting the sessions via live stream. This has been mostly successful, with participants tuning in who would otherwise have missed out. Thanks to everyone for their patience during the technical hitches, and all the support from Stephen Owens, ISS. If you would like to tell us about your live stream experience – good or bad – please get in touch.

Research Bites in 2017-18

Research Bites is going to have a break while we plan how to continue the format. We look forward to returning as soon as we can.

Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian


Change of venue for Research Bites: School University Research Engagement

Research Impact

Research Bites continues on the theme of Research Impact through out July, starting with:

Research Bites: School University Research Engagement

Friday 7th July, 12.00, Bowland North SR 19

Live stream at 12.00 BST

Information about opportunities available for you to engage schools in your research, including Extended Project Qualification Mentoring and Research in a Box.

Dr Jane Taylor and Dr Catherine Baxendale

Please note we have moved this session to a different room – Bowland North SR19.

Live stream

We have been experiencing multiple problems with the live stream recently, so sincere apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced or disappointed.

We’re confident that this will work from now on – but please do stay with us is the stream doesn’t start immediately at 12.00.

Link to the live stream are available from the Library website, and require you to sign in with your University username and password. The links will play a recording shortly after the session has ended.




Research costings and justifications

Many thanks to Andrew Wilkinson, Phil Lewis and Verity Williams for delivering two very informative sessions in December.

Research finance – costs to consider in your proposal

The recording of this session is now available on the Recordings Archive. You can also download the slides.

Unfortunately the questions were not audible on the recording. If you have questions about costings, please contact a member of the Pre-Award Team in Research Services for support.

How to write a good justification of resources (JoR)

Thankfully the questions sound quality was better during this session. The recording of this session is now available and questions are audible from 23 minutes 42. You can also download the slides.

Questions arose on the topics of :

  • Justifying funding of PhD students
  • Justifying working with professors and specialists
  • The different wording of the JoR and Pathways to Impact statements
  • Justifying large equipment
  • Costing
  • Justifying small equipment e.g. laptops
  • Justifying networking events

Next sessions

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

See you there!

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.

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.

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!