A new librarian with focus on research support

A month ago Signe Wulund started at the university library. Signe’s focus will be on research support, and it is very possible that you will meet her in the future. In Forskningsrelaterat’s sister blog (Biblioteksbloggen), a staff portrait of Signe was published today, just click and read if you want to find out who she is.

Text: Katharina Nordling

How is the University working with research data today?

This week is Open Access Week, and we are highlighting the open access to research data. This entry is written by Library Director Svante Kristensson and describes the situation at the University of Borås when it comes to open access and research data. The Library is also arranging a Library breakfast focused on the subject this Wednesday morning, October 25th.

How is the University working with research data today?

As more and more funders require not just the publication of final results, but that all research data those results are based on should be made publically available and archived, Swedish higher education institutions must prepare for how to support researchers with this process. At the University of Borås, we are doing the following to prepare:

The University will be a part of the newly restructured Swedish National Data service (Svensk Nationell Datatjänst, SND)(linked) which is a consortium under the auspice of the Swedish Research Council. About twenty Swedish higher education institutions with closer connections to the consortia have taken on the responsibility to create Data Access Units which will work as local, distributed, supporting parts of SND. The idea is that the University of Borås, like other participating institutions, will coordinate the research support for research data. For our part this means that the research support from e.g. library, archive, legal services and research advisors will be coordinated in a more efficient way than it is today.

The University is also working within Konstex (a national network for higher education institutions with degree-awarding powers in the arts) to disseminate information about the particularities of what is to be considered as research data within this field.

As part of the recently approved Horizon 2020 project SUITCEYES (Smart, User-friendly, Interactive, Tactual, Cognition-Enhancer that Yields Extended Sensosphere) work has already commenced on formulating a data management plan. All Horizon 2020 projects must present initial documentation demonstrating how they will handle the question of making available and archiving the research data relevant for the project. Representatives from the library and GIO have supported the research group in setting up a data management plan.

The University of Borås works closely with University West and the University of Skövde in the area of open access to research data. Staff members at the three institutions have received relevant training together, and a network for the participants has been created. Right now recruitment is also ongoing for a new research coordinator who will develop the work with research data at the three institutions.

Text: Svante Kristensson

Översättning: Signe Wulund

Emerald removes embargoes across all journals

Emerald Publishing launches an initiative for Open Access – Emerald Reach – a program designed to deliver rigorous high-quality open access content and increase the contents visibility. With this launch, Emerald drops all embargoes on articles. This means authors are allowed parallel publish (also known as post-print publishing or self-archiving) their article, for example in DiVA, free of charge (so-called Green Open Access).

Effective from 27 September 2017, Emerald has removed embargoes across all journals, providing authors with the option to make their accepted manuscript openly available, free from payment and embargo periods.

Read more at Emerald Publishing’s webpage.

Text: Katharina Nordling

Last week today

Last week was peer review week which we didn’t pay attention to in any way. Our sister blog, however, did. They wrote a post about peer review form the student perspective and why it is important for them. Peer review week is sort of like Open Access week at the end of October each year. The point is to emphasize the central role peer review plays in scientific communication, shine light on the work reserchers (reviewers) and editors at journals do, share best practice and even highlight the latest innovation in peer review; it has been under a lot of critique. Nevertheless, peer review is an important part of maintaining scientific quality.

Althouh we didn’t celebrate the week many others did, among others the blog Impact of Social Science from London School of Economics and Political Science. They wrote a number of posts on the topic which are linked from here. Maybe you find one or two or all interesting to read.

Peer review processes risk stifling creativity and limiting opportunities for game-changing scientific discoveries

Amidst criticism of the peer review process, the valuable contributions of reviewers should be defended

What are researchers’ expectations and experiences of the peer review process? Findings from recent research

Open peer review: bringing transparency, accountability, and inclusivity to the peer review process

Addressing ethical issues in peer review – new guidelines available from COPE

We have the technology to save peer review – now it is up to our communities to implement it

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