New Subscriptions: Science Express and Nature Communications

6 03 2014

Nature Communications
A lot of people have been asking about access to these journals and we are pleased to announce that we have been able to respond by taking out subscriptions to both.
Articles from Nature Communications can already be accessed directly from the website and access to Science Express will be coming soon. You will also be able to discover them through the library’s catalogues in the near future. Don’t forget to set up alerts from the journal homepage if either of these titles are particularly relevant to your work.

Barbara – Liaison Librarian, Physics & Astronomy and ORC

Free Trial for some Royal Society publications

26 02 2014

We have a 60 day trial starting today for these journals:

  Journal of the Royal Society Interface

  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface is the Society’s cross-disciplinary publication promoting research at the interface between the physical and life sciences. It offers rapidity, visibility and high-quality peer review and is ranked fourth in JCR’s multidisciplinary category.

  Interface Focus

  • Each Interface Focus issue is devoted to a particular subject at the interface of the physical and life sciences. Formed of high-quality articles, they aim to facilitate cross-disciplinary research across this traditional divide by acting as a forum accessible to all

  Open Biology *NEW*

  • The Royal Society’s fast, open access journal covering biology at the molecular and cellular level. This selective, online journal publishes original, high quality research in cell and developmental biology, molecular and structural

This means that you can download copies of interesting papers for free!

Let us know what you think

Scirus will be sadly missed

21 02 2014

The specialty search site Scirus owned by science publisher Elsevier, closed sometime at the beginning of this year.

Scirus was a science-specific research service which indexed journal content, scientists’ webpages, institutional repositories, and patents. Scirus had effective filtering aids and users were able to restrict searches by subject area, author, journal, article, or date range.

This was a particularly useful search engine and it will be sadly missed by the science community.

If you would like to find out about alternatives to Scirus including DelphiS and subject databases that you can use in its place, please contact your Liaison Librarians in Engineering & Computing, Life Sciences, Oceanography and the Sciences, our details are available on your subject page



Ocean and Earth Science Librarian 

Web of Science has changed …

7 02 2014

Web of Science now has a new interface that hopefully is easier to use, with generally the same features as before.

One of the most significant changes is the name!

  • The whole database site is now called Web of Science – by default you search the Core Collection (see below) plus Medline (key medical database), Inspec (key physics, computing, electronics and electrical engineering database), Biosis and Zoological Record (key biology databases). We have recently gained access to the Data Citation Index (research data) and Derwent Innovations Index (patents).
  • The Web of Science Core Collection includes the Arts & Humanities, Social Science and Science Science Barnstar HiresCitation Indexes. This is the most important part, and drives the Impact Factor and most of the Citation metrics associated with Web of Science.
  • You can easily search all of the databases together (as before) – though some options only appear when searching a specific database.

One of the other changes is when searching the Web of Science Core Collection you can now refine by whether the article is Open Access.

We have a listing of the key Web of Science tutorials and a guide on Open Access.

Interesting article on recording data in Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELN)

8 01 2014

See for links to a paper by Chemistry Researchers  at the UofS – Zooming into their lab notebook: Opening up supplementary information.

Picture of a Notepad

Image by Obinoobie (CC by -nc-nd)

Readers are invited to explore this electronic laboratory notebook where experimental and analytical data has been recorded using the LabTrove system. Each major data set within the ELN is assigned a digital object identifier (DOI) which means it can be referenced from other journal articles.

DON’T FORGET … As part of the UoS research offer, if you havent got an ELN you can deposit your data into ePrints soton. A DOI can be assigned for data in ePrints which makes it easier to be cited in publications.  For further information on refistering a DOE, see

Fiona Nichols
ECS Liaison Librarian

Invitation to Workshops on Thursday 16 January 2014 on the new search interface for Web of Science.

6 01 2014

An updated user interface for Web of Science (formerly known as Web of Knowledge) will be launched in January 2014. Come along to one of our workshop sessions to get an early introduction to the new features.

You can come and discover more about the changes to Web of Science at the workshop sessions which will be led by a member of the Web of Science Customer Education team and National Oceanographic Library staff. Each session will include:-

  • Live demonstration of the features and functionality of the improved research discovery interface.
  • An opportunity for hands on experience at navigating this new search and discovery environment.
  • Time for questions and answers.

Two Workshops will be run on Thursday 16 January at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton at:-

·         10:00 – 11:30

·         13:30 – 15:00

Limited spaces, please book your place:

(If you require car parking please contact Karen Rolfe: in advance.)

You can read more about the changes being made to Web of Science at

Horizon 2020 – support for open access and data sharing

20 12 2013
open access buttons

Open Access Buttons by H Pampel (CC BY-SA)

The new European Union funding program, Horizon 2020 has recently been launched:

Open access

  • All peer reviewed scientific publications need to be open access (there is strongly encouragement to include other publications too, e.g. books and conferences).
  • This can be via self archiving (‘Green’) – e.g. depositing a postprint in ePrints-soton – within 6 months of publication (12 months in Social Sciences and Humanities).
  • Alternatively publishing in an open access journal is possible as long as a copy is also placed in a repository (e.g. ePrints-soton). This usually requires an Article Publication Charge (APC), which potentially can be paid from the grant.
  • The record in the repository needs to include details of the funding, grant number, etc.
  • Use of Creative Commons Licenses etc. is encouraged.

For more details see the Horizon 2020 factsheets and the Open Access LibGuide.

Research Data

  • Making research data available (e.g. via a repository like ePrints-soton) is strongly encouraged
  • This should include details of tool and instruments (e.g. software, code, algorithms, etc.) needed to validate the results. Where possible they should be provided directly.
  • Allowing reuse, data mining, etc. by using Creative Commons Licenses (CC0 or CC-BY) is encouraged.
  • There is also a pilot requiring Open Research Data on some projects, which includes Data Management Plans.

For more details see the Horizon 2020 factsheets and the Research Data Management LibGuide



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