Library Services Research Support – How we Can Support Research Staff!

Library Services Research Support team provides a range of researcher focused services, including the transition to Open Access for research publications; the management, preservation, and discoverability of research data; as well as support around copyright and bibliometric analysis. Working closely with the rest of Library Services and other professional services departments, support is available for all King’s academics and researchers through a programme of guidance and training activities, offered at individual, departmental and institutional level.

Key areas of expertise:

Open Access (OA)

‘Open Access’ refers to making your research publications accessible to anyone at the point of need. It encourages wider visibility of research, higher potential citations, and greater impact, as well as opening up opportunities for collaboration across disciplines. There are two routes to making your research Open Access: self-archiving the author’s accepted manuscript version of a paper in an institutional repository (aka the ‘Green’ route) or making the final published version freely available immediately upon publication within the publisher website (the ‘Gold’ route). The latter generally requires payment of a fee to the publisher. Importantly, many funders are now mandating Open Access, including HEFCE, the 7 Research Councils, and the Wellcome Trust.

Further details: http://bit.ly/kingsopenaccess

Contact: openaccess@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7298

Pure (King’s institutional repository) and the Research Portal

Pure, the King’s Current Research Information System, also incorporates the institutional repository which holds both details and the full-text of research publications produced by King’s authors. It has individual researcher and departmental profiles, together with information about grants, projects, and related activities. All academics automatically have a Pure profile which they can edit. The Research Portal is the front-end of Pure, showcasing King’s research to the world, and is indexed by Google and other search engines.

Further details: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/researchsupport/openaccess/pure.aspx

Contact: librarypure@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7296

Further details and contact: http://bit.ly/1KzwB3P | theses@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7296

Research Data Management (RDM)

Research data management includes, but is not limited to – planning your data management needs in advance; collecting data that is correctly formatted and legally and ethically compliant; organising data so that it is consistently named and properly described; ensuring that your data is adequately stored and secured and depositing your data for preservation, reuse, publication and citation. Major funders require that, where appropriate, publicly funded research data is accessible and freely available for future reuse.

Further details: http://bit.ly/1iRfsMO

Contact: research.data@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 1030

Copyright and Research

King’s claims ownership of the intellectual property, including copyright in works created using university equipment or facilities including manuscripts for publication in academic journals, monographs, book chapters and books. However, to enable usual scholarly publication the university typically waives its rights in such works. When publishing your research: be aware of the Open Access agenda (see above); utilize Creative Commons licenses or the equivalent; refer to King’s Research Publication Policy and your funders’ Open Access policies; check publishers’ contract terms; and consider how underlying research data will be managed (see above).

Further details and contact: http://bit.ly/2byLGsc | copyright@kcl.ac.uk | +44(0)20 7848 7292

Please come and talk to us at the Inaugural Research Staff Event on 10th October 2016 and find out how you can take advantage of the support available from the Library Services Research Support team. We look forward to meeting you.

Library Services Research Support website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/researchsupport/index.aspx

Timetable & Travel for Take Time Out Event

We’ve checked the weather and so far (fingers crossed) the forecast is looking good for Thursday’s Take Time Out Event. Over 220 research students, supervisors, postdoctoral fellows and King’s staff have already signed up via the Eventbrite page, so make sure you don’t miss out!

King’s Sport and the Graduate School have organised a summer fête-style afternoon with stalls, a BBQ, fun activities, wellness sessions and team sports. Check out the timetable below for details of what will be happening throughout the day:

Come rain or shine the event will be going ahead and there will be plenty to do inside if it does start raining during the course of the afternoon.

How to get there
Honor Oak Park Sportsground is just a short walk from Honor Oak Park Station. The station is served by trains from London Bridge and is also on the London Overground network. Plan your journey to Honor Oak Park station.


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Turn left out of the station and walk down Honor Oak Park Road. Continue over the cross roads with Stondon Park Road a short distance until you reach Brockley Rise. Turn left onto Brockley Rise and walk downhill 200m. The sports ground is located on the right-hand side past the primary school.


We look forward to seeing you all there from 2pm!

Cumberland Lodge King George VI Postdoctoral Fellowship

Cumberland Lodge, the independent educational charity in Windsor Great Park, seeks to appoint a King George VI Postdoctoral Fellow from 1st October 2015.

This two-year Fellowship is open to candidates from academic disciplines relevant to the Cumberland Lodge Programme who have recently completed, or are very close to completing, a doctorate. The Fellowship provides an exciting and unique opportunity for the successful candidate to gain experience in planning and running academic and cross-sector conferences and other events. The Fellow will also play a full part in the residential life of Cumberland Lodge, which has the feel of both a college and a country house conference centre.

The appointment is for 37.5 hours a week plus some residential weekend duties. Continue reading

Why not take part in a Webinar?

Perhaps you are finding it difficult to attend personal, professional and career development training on campus? Maybe you have other commitments which mean that the Researcher Development Unit’s face-to-face courses are sometimes inconvenient? This academic year the RDU will be running several webinars (online seminars). The webinars are designed to offer another method for accessing our training provision, as well as to provide careers advice. This year we’ll be covering topics such as how to develop your online presence, how to create an effective CV, and how to use LinkedIn.

Our webinars are listed on the RDU’s Training and Development web pages. To book a place you will need to click on the webinar title, and then on ‘more details’. This will open a page with details on how to register. You may need to download a desktop application to participate in the webinar, but this is free and details of how to install it are provided upon registering. Headphones or speakers will also be required to hear the webinar.

To view our range of webinars please click here (don’t forget to bookmark this page, and keep checking it throughout the year, as more webinars will be added). And if you have any comments, questions or requests for future webinars, please contact the Researcher Development Unit: gradtrain@kcl.ac.uk

Vitae Research Staff Conference 2014

Vitae are delighted to be opening bookings for the Vitae Research Staff Conference. In its sixth year, the event, run in partnership with the UK Research Staff Association, will explore the recognition and value of research staff. The conference will bring together researchers of various career stages, representatives from research staff associations, and those supporting the development of researchers, to address topics, such as:

  • Taking control of your career – keynote address by Dr Sophia Karagiannis, King’s College London
  • Professional development planning for research staff
  • Doing more with your RSA and engaging with UKRSA
  • Intrapreneurship: What value do you add to your organisation?
  • The recognition of research staff by funders, institutions, and employers
  • Demonstrating your value to others

Vitae are currently opening a call for workshops. Find out about their criteria and email them if you would like to submit your idea.