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

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.

Do you know any research staff who have moved out of academia?

The Vitae ‘What do research staff do next?’ project explores what research staff (postdoctoral researchers, research fellows, etc.) do after they leave university and how they make this transition.

This European project explores the career transitions of former research staff who have moved into other occupations. It will reveal the tipping points in their careers, understand their decision-making processes and explore their experiences and reflections of their career paths. The survey results will provide an invaluable insight into potential employment opportunities for researchers who are considering moving out of higher education. Continue reading