Posts Tagged ‘journals’

Nature Journals Online

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by Paul Stainthorp

The Library now has access to the following three e-journals from

  1. Nature (issn:0028-0836)
  2. Nature biotechnology (issn:1087-0156)
  3. Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery (issn:1474-1776)

Access for all three titles is currently 2009-present. (Older articles are available in some of our databases.) Content from Nature Journals Online is available to search within Find it at Lincoln, and the site can be accessed (on or off campus) via our Databases guide under “N“.

Bookmark articles on to Reading Lists directly from Find it at Lincoln

Posted on June 18th, 2013 by Paul Stainthorp

Academic staff at the University of Lincoln – it’s now possible to use the reading list “bookmarklet” to add books, journal articles, etc. to your reading listsdirectly from Find it at Lincoln.

(Until recently this hasn’t been possible; to add books to reading lists you would have had to use the library catalogue; to bookmark journal articles you’d have had to visit the published article on the web. Both of those existing methods will still work fine!)

To add a resource to a reading list from Find it at Lincoln:

  1. First install the reading list bookmarklet in your web browser.
  2. Then, search Find it at Lincoln for the resource you want to add.
  3. When you’ve located the book/article (here’s an example), click on the “Add to my Bookmarks” button in your browser toolbar.
    Screenshot from Find it at Lincoln Screenshot of the bookmarklet
  4. This will launch the reading list system and show the citation information for the book/article. You will be asked to log in if you haven’t done so already.
  5. You can then choose either to “Create” the bookmark (and save it in your bookmarks area for later), or “Create & Add to List” – you will then be given the option of which list(s) to add it to. If you are certain that the article is available in full text within the University of Lincoln’s collections, you can also tick the “Online Resource” option which will make it obvious to students that the full text of the article is available online.
    Screenshot from the reading list systemScreenshot from the reading list system
  6. For help & support with the above process please contact your Academic Subject Librarian.

Better authentication and linking to Factiva

Posted on November 27th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

The University of Lincoln provides access to Factiva Academic, a “business intelligence” database of more than 8,800 international sources including major newspapers, newswires and a wide selection of journals. Factiva is especially useful for finding company/industry information and business news.

For the past eight years, we have used a kind of ‘form capture‘ authentication to log in to the Factiva homepage. This created a ‘faked’ URL for Factiva, hiding the username and password (in effect, it pasted the Factiva login details into an HTML login form on the user’s behalf and hid the authentication from public view). This meant it was impossible to link directly to a specific Factiva journal/newspaper from the e-journals A-to-Z, or from a search in Find it at Lincoln.

Factiva now uses a more standard login tool, which means that links from the A-to-Z/Find it at Lincoln will take you directly to articles within a specific title. (Example: the Lincolnshire Echo). This new method of access uses EZproxy. You can log in to Factiva via the new method using your University of Lincoln accountID and password.
Screenshot from EZproxy login

For help with using Factiva, please contact your subject librarian.

New avenues for gold Open Access

Posted on June 14th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

There seems to be a little spate this week of new electronic publishing platforms offering routes for gold Open Access. I’ve spotted three just in the last couple of days:

  1. The Social Sciences Directorya “monthly-updated, international database of contemporary scholarship relating to the social sciences”. Author fees are a waivable “article processing charge” of £100+VAT per article, or by institutional subscription. Eduserv are asking for expressions of interest from institutions for wrapping up the institutional subscription in a Chest Agreement. Link:
  2. PeerJ, a peer-reviewed academic journal (plus a pre-prints service) focused on the Biological and Medical Sciences. PeerJ promises a “new model” of author fees – instead of a charge for each article submitted, there is a single one-off lifetime “membership plan” of (USD) $99 upwards. (Article in Times Higher Ed.) Link:
  3. Closer to home, Alluviuma new monthly OA journal of “21st century literary criticism” has been launched by Dr Caroline Edwards of the University of Lincoln, along with Martin Paul Eve (University of Sussex). Link:

Access to full text articles on Brand Republic

Posted on November 4th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

We’re experiencing some problems with library access to full text articles from the Brand Republic website. For the time being, links to Brand Republic titles have been removed from the e-journals A-to-Z.

Until the problem is resolved, you can choose to register for access to “a limited number of articles per month” (currently 20 full-text articles every 30 days) from Brand Republic titles, by completing the form at:

Please be aware that this will involve submitting your name and contact details to Brand Republic.

The Brand Republic website provides access to full-text content from the following magazine titles:

  • Brand Republic
  • Campaign
  • Campaign Asia-Pacific
  • CampaignLive
  • Conference and Incentive Travel
  • Event
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Direct
  • Media Week
  • PR Week (UK)
  • PR Week USA
  • PR Week Worldwire
  • RSVP (Haymarket)

QR codes AWAY!

Posted on July 7th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

It was the annual University of Lincoln Library staff away day on Tuesday. I performed my turn: a 20-minute presentation on QR codes in academic libraries: the culmination of our (JB, PC, CL, MN, PS, EV) little internal mini-project. (There were two other mini research projects which reported on Tuesday: one group looked at improving the student experience; the other at the best ways of promoting new library resources.)

Then we broke off into groups to consider various questions arising out of the work of the project groups. My question was this:

How could we support and encourage the use of mobile devices in the Library?

We talked around this for a while: should we be supporting their use? (We certainly support and encourage the use of desktop PCs as tools for accessing library resources and services: so why not mobiles? Part of the problem, I think, is that we’ve not reconciled our historic library-y attitude to mobile phones with the possibilities of mobile computing. Whatever: we need to come to terms with them once and for all, decide on a position, and stick to it!)

Even given that we should be prepared to support mobile devices: do we need to encourage people to use them in the Library? (People seem to be adopting smartphones perfectly readily without the need for encouragement from libraries…) Perhaps what we need to encourage is not the use of mobile devices per se, but for students and academic staff to re-consider the use of them as valid devices for learning.

We also need to remember that ‘mobile devices’ ≠ just phones, but also mp3 players, tablets (e.g. iPads), e-book readers, netbooks, etc. etc.

After a while, we narrowed it down to six recommendations for the Library: three things we could do now, with no additional money, to support the use of mobile devices – three further things that we can plan to do in the future, which would require a bit of funding.

Do now with no extra money:

  1. Add QR codes to print journal box labels, to link our print holdings to the corresponding e-journal record (c.f. this photo);
  2. ‘Soft launch’ the mobile version of RefWorks (RefMobile) to our users;
  3. Ask colleagues within the Library who are already smartphone enthusiasts (they know who they are!) to demonstrate their toys to the rest of us.

Do in the future with a bit of funding:

  1. Run a marketing campaign to encourage people to re-consider their mobile phone as a useful academic tool (“the classroom in your pocket“?);
  2. Systems development – make sure as many of our systems as possible have a valid mobile user interface, and target development at those systems which are lagging behind;
  3. Purchase tablet devices for library staff to use when ‘roving': providing support to students away from the help desk (“…you don’t need to log in, I can show you on this!“).

2010 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) now available

Posted on July 1st, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports for 2010 are now available on the ISI Web of Knowledge platform. The 2010 JCR covers more than 1,000 “highly cited, peer reviewed journals in 238 disciplines”.

According to the ISI Web of Knowledge website, JCR’s “Journal performance metrics offer a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world’s leading journals and determine a publication’s place in the global research community.

University of Lincoln researchers can log into the JCR via the University Portal, at:

The University’s JCR access includes both the JCR Social Sciences Edition (2004-2010), and the JCR Science Edition (2008-2010). It’s possible to view lists of journals for each edition: by subject, publisher, and country/territory of publication; also to search for individual journals by title (full, abbreviated, or keyword) and ISSN.

Thomson Reuters are running a number of webinars (online training sessions) on using the 2010 Journal Citation Reports, between 6–21 July. There’s also a JCR help guide.

If you have any questions about the Journal Citation Reports (or about any of the other databases available through the ISI Web of Knowledge), please contact your subject librarian.

highly cited, peer reviewed journals

We got print journals in your electronic journals! We got electronic journals in your print journals!!

Posted on September 14th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp

While my colleagues are busy adding 856 $u tags to MARC records, I’ve been using our Library’s list of current subscriptions to update information about print journal holdings on our e-journals website.

I first did this in May 2009: I wasn’t even sure if it was a job worth doing until I discovered that links to current print holdings wers accounting for one in every fifteen links followed out from the University’s [supposedly "electronic"] journals A-to-Z site.

Photo - me, "reading" a "journal", "yesterday"

(Photo – me, “reading” a “journal”, “yesterday”.)

The Library has only recently transferred many of its print-only (or print+”e”) journal subscriptions to electronic-only, so a freshly-dumped file of our print holdings data was needed. (The shift in subscription format aside, dozens of minor title changes had left confusing, semi-orphaned records in the A-to-Z.)

Screenshot of print holdings on the University of Lincoln's e-journals A-to-Z websiteIt turns out that, from 600 print+”e” titles in May 2009, the University now has 319: the rest, presumably, having gone “e”-only or having been cancelled outright.

The custom ‘package’ of data for our e-journals A-to-Z site was created by taking a list of the ISSNs, plus holdings, for all of our current subscriptions; filtering out those ISSNs which don’t appear in our A-to-Z (i.e. those which are print-only); then using a =LOOKUP() function in Microsoft Excel to pull across a matching title from our e-journals knowledgebase.

Next: to see if usage of this package, as a percentage of total e-journal usage at the University of Lincoln, changes [from 7% last year] over the coming academic year, now that—presumably—the relative demands for electronic vs. print journals have themselves changed at the University …and now that there are only half the print+”e” titles to choose from.