Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service - News from research support services

Month: January 2018

SUNScholar now open for nominations for March 2018 graduation

Submission to SUNScholar

SUNScholar is now open to receive new nominations for the March 2018 graduation period. Guidelines for submission into SUNScholar is available at Library Help-page and General Yearbook 2018 for policy guidelines. To summarise the process:

 1.       The final document has to be submitted in pdf format. This is the copy following examination, and after all corrections have been made.

2.       The supervisor/promoter/admin staff member nominates the candidate via the staff portal.

3.       The thesis/dissertation is uploaded at:

4.       The supervisor/promoter/admin staff member approves the submission via the staff portal.

5.       The thesis/dissertation will be publicly accessible via the Internet following graduation.

 The final date for the submission of theses/dissertations for the March 2018 graduation is 28 February 2018.

Training session

A training opportunity on submitting your thesis or dissertation to SUNScholar will be presented on 8 February 2018.

Please register here for the session.

 Publishing books/chapters in books and copyright

All inquiries related to copyright and the publication of books/chapters in books as a result of a thesis/dissertation can be directed to InnovUS.

 Frequently asked questions regarding theses/dissertations

Signature on declaration page: Please note that the signature is no longer required, and that the student can simply type his/her name below the declaration. The reason for this is that the whole process is recorded electronically, as proof that all parties adhere to the policy etc. 

Crest: If there are students struggling with adding the crest, please submit without the crest, and we will make sure that the crest is added in the end.

Digital Science updates Dimensions

14 January 2018 saw the launch of Digital Science’s updated product – Dimensions. The collaboration of six Digital Science products (Altmetric, Consultancy, FigShare, ReadCube, Symplectic and UberResearch) brings together siloed data for the first time to enhance Dimensions into a rich search experience, providing funding data, publications, almetrics, citations, clinical trials and patents. The Database now offers citation data, analytics and streamlined article discovery and access. The best part, it’s free! Here’s what’s available:

Free access to Dimensions:
Dimensions is freely available to anyone for personal use.

Institutional Subscription:
An institutional subscription of Dimensions (Dimensions Plus) is available at a competitive price. As described by Digital Science CEO, Daniel Hook, their institutional subscription is priced responsibly in that it is consistent with their service and continued innovation. The institutional subscription will offer enhanced features such as article access.

Dimensions badges:
Digital Science is making Dimensions badges freely available for use on digital repositories. The badges allow the extraction of detailed citation information and pre-calculated standard metrics from within any digital repository.

Read what Daniel Hook and Christian Hertzog have to say about Dimensions on the Digital Science Blog.

Try Dimensions for free.

New Research Workshops coming up in 2018

A wide range of workshops on research related topics will be presented by the Library and Information Service during 2018.

Three new workshops have been developed.  The first new workshop, Maximising your research impact, will give an introduction to research impact and how to improve your impact as a researcher. The following topics will be included in three short sessions:

  1. Where to publish (Choosing a journal/predatory journals/journal metrics)
  2. Increase the visibility of your research  (Open Access/ORCID /author profile systems /Social Media)
  3. Track citation metrics for your articles (How to increase citations by making your research more visible / The different citation metrics and where to find it)

All three these topics will also be addressed in more detailed workshops throughout the year.

The second new workshop is Introduction to Research Data Managementwhich is designed to assist you with general background on how to manage your research data, including an overview of the Research Data Management (RDM) lifecycle. It will also give you an introduction to Data Management Planning and some advice on where to deposit your data.

Enhancing the visibility of your research output through self-archiving is a brand new workshop on the Stellenbosch University’s institutional policy on the self-archiving of research output, which asks researchers to deposit copies of their research output in SUNScholar, the institutional repository. This can greatly increase the visibility of your research output and therefore also increase the impact of your research.

Other workshops are presented on topics such as reference managers (Mendeley); how to do your literature search; formatting of your thesis with MS Word; how to track and enhance your citations (and impact); how to distinguish between trustworthy and untrustworthy information; where and how to publish your research; unique author identification with ORCID; how to increase the visibility of your research; useful tools and applications for research; how to find government statistics; how to submit your thesis/dissertation to SUNScholar and the benefits of Open Access publishing.

Please see the full programme here and use the training calendar to book your place!

Web of Science new features

Since the 2016 news that Web of Science had been sold, along with other products, to Clarivate Analytics, we’ve been seeing gradual changes in the Database’s design. In December 2017, Clarivate Analytics announced several changes and additions to the Web of Science design and functionality. Here’s what’s new:

Enhanced Open Access Filters:
In partnership with Impactstory, Clarivate Analytics has added enhanced open access filtering to the Web of Science database. You can now also find verified, legal versions of hybrid and green open access titles. Using oaDOI technology, WoS displays and links to Gold, green and hybrid open access titles. See Clarivate analytics’ Open Access page for more information.

Simpler Navigation:
A redesign in search results and sorting options make Web of Science a lot easier to navigate. More sorting options have been added, with a drop down list of all sorting options. A record display redesign now offers a clear, easily readable view of document information, with bibliometric information displayed prominently.

Early Access Publications:
WoS now accepts early access articles from Publishers. These are articles that have a static DOI and publication date, but no page or issue numbers yet. They are searchable using the early access document type and are updated once the publication details are available.

Daily alerts:
The WoS Core Collection is now updated daily (Mon – Fri) and now allows you to receive daily alerts as well.

Web of Science Chrome extension:
The new WoS extension allows you to conduct a search in WoS Core Collection or All Databases from within chrome while browsing the Internet.

For more information, see Clarivate Analytics’ What’s New LibGuide