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Unlock your potential with Elsevier Researcher Academy

On January 29th, Elsevier re-launched their free e-learning platform, Researcher Academy. Formerly known as Publishing Campus, Elsevier’s Researcher Academy is designed for early to mind-career researchers wanting to enhance their academic achievement and professional success. The new platform comes with much more than just a new name, a complete redesign with the researcher at the heart, provides value at every step of the way. The e-resources and training modules take you through the phases of the research cycle, helping to bridge the gap between completing your studies and publishing your research. Topics include:

  • Research Preparation
  • Writing for Research
  • Publication Process
  • Navigating Peer Review
  • Communicating Your Research

So whether you’re just starting out your postgraduate studies or working within academia already, it’s never too early or too late to enhance your research profile.

Read more about Researcher Academy

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.

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