September 17, 2019

Join the Big Do-it-Yourself Publishing Event, October 22, 2019

By Marijke van der Ploeg

Some rogues and rebels among our Tilburg University researchers decided to circumvent the power of the established scientific system of truth-finding, publishing and reviewing, and to make a radical move towards ‘Open Science’ and ‘Open Access’. They started publishing their scientific papers by themselves. What can we learn from them? How can you join in? What does this all mean for the quality and truthfulness of academic publishing?

Join this do-it-your-self publishing event with a panel of self-publishing scholars who will share with the audience their views on self-publishing, open access, and the future of academic books, articles, and education.

  • Michiel de Jong helps scholars publish their own open textbooks at TU Delft.
  • Jan Blommaert and Ico Maly (both TSHD) will talk about their project focused on writing and producing Open Books.
  • Aaron Martin is a postdoc (TLS) and managing director of TechReg, a brand-new full OA-journal founded at Tilburg University.
  • Rima Rahal is  a psychologist (TSB) experimenting with a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
  • Marino van Zelst and Hans van Dijk (both TSB) are venturing to establish a completely new publishing system that radically puts power back in the hands of the scientific community.

This event is an initiative of the Open Science Community of Tilburg UniversityLibrary Research Support and Academic Forum.

Visit the event web page for more details.

September 12, 2019

Training & lunch meetings on research data management

By Petra Ploeg

In the academic year 2019/2020 a new series of Lunch Meetings on research data management will take place. Also an introductory training for PhD candidates will be organized on November 12, 2019 and on May 14, 2020.

Target group: PhD students and (senior) researchers of Tilburg University.

Training ‘Introduction to Research Data Management’

By the Research Data Office and data representative Pam Dupont. Time: 2 to 4 pm (tentative). Location: lecture room L 104.

- November 12, 2019

- May 14, 2020

Lunch Meetings

By the Research Data Office and various guest speakers. Time: 12 to 1 pm. Location: lecture room L 104.

- October 7, 2019 – Data security

- December 12, 2019 – Preserving and sharing data

- January 21, 2020 – Data management planning

- February 13, 2020 – Data storage during research

- March 10, 2020 – Privacy and research data (GDPR)

- April 16, 2020 – tentative

- June 16, 2020 – tentative

Practical information

- Target group: PhD candidates & (senior) researchers of Tilburg University

- Attendance is free of charge, however registration is required

- Registration: please sign up by e-mailing The Research Data Office at

- Lunch is included

- Language: English

Research Data Office (RDO)

The Research Data Office (RDO) is the virtual one-stop shop for researchers and Schools for all questions about research data management. The RDO offers support and advice on managing, storing and preserving research data, research data management plans, and processing personal data in research data. The RDO organizes workshops and Lunch Meetings on research data management on a regular basis. Go to for more information.

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September 11, 2019

October is Cybersecurity Month, learn how to work safely online

By Petra Ploeg

Photo by Shahadat Shemul on Unsplash

Photo by Shahadat Shemul on Unsplash

You have probably received one yourself, a phishing mail. Online criminals try to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. In this way, they “phish” for your data or spread viruses to gain access to your data. But did you know that a hacker can also take over your computer without you noticing?

Lunch meeting on October 7, 2019

During a lunch meeting we will show you how a hacker works. We also give tips & tricks on how to work safely online. Curious? Then come to our meeting on October 7 in the Library.

This lunch meeting is organized by the Research Data Office, in collaboration with CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team). The guest speaker at this meeting is Jeffeny Hoogervorst, IT Security Officer of Tilburg University.

When: 7 October from 12.00 – 13.00 hrs.
Where: Library Lecture Room L104
Target group: PhD candidates and (senior) researchers
Sign up: Send an email to the Research Data Office:
Note: Lunch will be provided. The official language for this meeting is English.

European Cybersecurity Month

The European Cybersecurity Month is the European Union’s annual cybersecurity awareness campaign, which takes place throughout Europe in October each year. The aim is to raise awareness of cyber security threats and to promote cyber security among citizens and organizations.

Computer Emercency Response Team (CERT)

Tilburg University CERT is a Computer Emergency Response Team at Tilburg University. CERT teams handle IT security issues. Whenever Tilburg University is involved in a hacking incident (as a target or as a suspect), Tilburg University CERT tries to solve the problem. Tilburg University CERT also prevents security problems, for example by auditing the security of websites. Two times a year CERT organizes an awareness campaign on campus in cooperation with Tips on how to stay safe online are available on the university’s intranet.

Research Data Office (RDO)

The Research Data Office (RDO) is the virtual one-stop shop for researchers and Schools for all questions about research data management. The RDO offers support and advice on managing, storing and preserving research data, research data management plans, and processing personal data in research data. The RDO organizes workshops and Lunch Meetings on research data management on a regular basis. Go to for more information.

August 5, 2019

New in Library Access: search via context menu

By Richard Broekman

(No idea what the Library Access extension is? Read about it on our site, then go and install it and discover how useful it is.)

The latest version of the Library Access extension brings something new to your browser: Highlight text on a webpage and Search one of our selected databases using the highlight text as a search term. This option is available in the context menu of your browser, i.e. by right-clicking on a web page.

Consider the example in the screenshot below. While reading about an article in PubMED, this user selected the terms Tilburg Frailty Indicator and send this directly to Tilburg University’s Research Portal to see which articles on this topic have been published by Tilburg University researchers.

Screenshot of Highlight & Search example

Highlight & Search example


There is a limit of 5 possible sources for Highlight & Search. We currently offer WorldCat Discovery (our catalog), Tilburg University Research Portal, and Google Scholar. As time goes by, sources may be added or removed, based on user input. Want to add your vote? Just pick your favorite sites in our survey. (Sign in to the Google form with your mail address. We do not log your address, we just want to make sure the survey is answered by Tilburg University respondents.)

Category: databases
July 24, 2019

New York Times now available!

By Marijke van der Ploeg

From now on the Tilburg University library offers online access to The New York Times. The decision to subscribe to the newspaper and its website follows a successful trial that ran from April through May.

Where to find The NYT

You will have full access to The NYT by visiting from any device located within the university campus network. When you are outside the university network, you will have to use VPN. No user registration or log in is required. To read in a format optimized for your smartphone or tablet, visit Our subscription does not include use of the NY Times app.

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Content and key features is a multi-platform news tool that provides full access to The NYT and International NYT content, including breaking news, multimedia, reviews and opinion, blogs, videos and more.

Times articles from 1851 to the present are available, with the exception of articles within the date range 1923-1980. The famous New York Times crossword puzzle is not part of our subscription. features a single search box with result-filtering that includes date range, result type (article vs. blog), section, author and the ability to search on images only.

Enjoy reading!

[Photo by David Smooke on Unsplash]

July 18, 2019

Tips for working from home (or the beach)

By Richard Broekman

Do you need access to library resources while away from campus? We have a few tips on making this easy, no matter where you are.

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Most library resources are available from anywhere in the world. So if you regularly work from home, or if you happen to be on the road to attend a conference, you always have access to our resources. You can even work during your summer vacation if you really want to. We will not judge you.

A couple of tips on how to make your experience as smooth and efficient as possible.

Install the Library Access browser extension

This will help you in several ways: it will alert you to the existence of library subscribed digital content such as e-books, e-journal articles, and online databases and services, and it will direct you to Open Access versions of articles when available.

Install and run Tilburg University’s VPN connection

With VPN you can access the same content that is available to you on campus. Note that you only have to install the software once, but you need to run and log in to VPN each time before starting your browser.

Look for and connect to library databases using our A-Z list of databases

Bookmark the page for easy access. When you connect via our A-Z list, all databases that support the ‘EZproxy’ access method will allow you to get access via Single Sign-On login. This means you do not need VPN. This option is especially useful when you use someone else’s device or when you cannot install VPN. The A-Z list also contains important news regarding maintenance and availability of databases.

Use online storage for files

Found an interesting pdf but don’t want to store it on your phone because you need space for your vacation pictures? Upload the pdf to SURFdrive (employees only) or Google Drive to store it online. You can download it to your own computer later. Of course you can also use your personal cloud storage account if you have one of those.

Need print publications? Prepare for a future library visit

Unfortunately, if you need any of our paper books, you still need to visit the physical library. You can, however, place a hold on books or add them to your personal list in WorldCat Discovery, so you can easily look for the books once you are on campus again.

If you need any help with remotely accessing our library services, our Library Support staff is available all summer.

Category: databases
June 19, 2019

Plan S: what it means for you

By Marijke van der Ploeg

Coalition S (including funders NWO and ZonMw) recently released the final and definitive version of Plan S. It aims to change the culture of scientific publishing significantly.

What does it mean for you as a researcher? On Wednesday July 10, a lunch meeting on Plan S will be held in the Zwijsen building, campus Tilburg University.


Plan S intends to make ‘full and immediate Open Access’ a reality in the next couple of years, and forces researchers to publish their output in journals supporting full open access from 2021 onwards. The European Commission, the European Research Council (ERC) and a broad coalition of European research funders are backing the plan, so every European scholar will need to deal with the principles of Plan S one way or another in the near future.

Information meeting

To stay ahead of the curve, the library of Tilburg University planned an information meeting on Plan S. What is in the plan, and what are your options for publishing when the plan will turn into policy? Two speakers will address these questions. Max Haring (University of Amsterdam) will give a view on new possibilities and chances of scholarly publishing once Plan S has come into effect. Haring started his career as a researcher and became a publisher (Springer and AUP). He now works at the University of Amsterdam as project manager for the national ‘University Journals’-project. Daan Rutten will explain the principles of Plan S, and the requirements it sets for researchers. Rutten is the Open Science Coordinator of Tilburg University.


Please let us know if you are planning to attend (

  • Date: 1oth July 2019
  • Time: 12.00 h
  • Location: Zwijsen building


Category: open access
May 14, 2019

EZproxy and Library Access – one year later

By Richard Broekman

In 2018 we introduced two new services: EZproxy, as an alternative to VPN for off-campus access, and the Library Access browser extension that will help you find content Tilburg University subscribes too, both on and off campus. (See last year’s blog post for more information.)

Both services were introduced with minimal communication, yet both have been picked up by students and staff. This post presents a brief overview of current usage and plans for the future.


EZproxy is a product that provides access to library subscribed databases while you are off campus, without VPN. Currently, 96 databases require the use of VPN for off campus access. Of these, 77 also support EZproxy. For those databases we see an almost 50:50 ratio of access via EZproxy vs VPN. This is also true for access to our online journals and e-books, where the ratio is also 50:50.

In total, 10% of databases provided by the library are only accessible on campus or using VPN. Although we aim  to decrease this percentage even further, there will always be some databases that are only accessible on campus or by VPN.

Library Access extension

The Library Access extension is useful both on and off campus. On campus it will point out alternative copies of online journal articles, both subscribed content and open access. Off campus it will also help you access our subscription databases, without the use of VPN. This access is done using EZproxy and therefore it works for the same set of databases mentioned earlier. If you visit one of the other databases without VPN, Library Access will show a pop-up to let you know you need to run VPN.

Over the past years, Library Access has redirected people to subscription databases over 46.000 times. It also improved Google Scholar searches over 14.000 times. And it did all this for over 700 active users.






We are convinced the Library Access extension is a very useful for all staff and students who regularly look for books, articles, or information in general. By improving our communication about the extension we hope to increase the number of active users so it can help even more of our staff and students.

Your feedback

Have you tried the Library Access extension? We would like to hear about your experience and get your feedback, no matter whether positive or negative. If you would like to share your feedback about the extension, please send me an email. Your feedback on EZproxy is also appreciated.

Category: databases
May 8, 2019

Tips for writing a data management plan

By Petra Ploeg

Since the Research Data Management regulations came into force in 2018, researchers are asked to draw up a data management plan before the start of their research. The Research Data Office (RDO) provides a manual full of tips on how to draw up such a plan and how to address the different topics.

<<Download the manual>>

Training on May 14

On Tuesday May 14, the RDO is also organizing the training course “Introduction to Research Data Management” for researchers.

In the training we will use the CESSDA checklist for data management planning, part of the CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide. You can view and download the checklist as pdf (CESSDA, 2018a) or editable form (CESSDA, 2018b), and keep them as a reference while you are attending the training.

May 6, 2019

PsycTESTS on trial from May 6th until June 6th, 2019

By Anja Habraken

logo APAWhat is PsycTESTS?

PsycTESTS is a database providing the full content of psychological tests and measures developed for research but not made commercially available, full bibliographic records and descriptive summaries of tests in each record, and descriptive summaries of commercially available tests with links to the publisher. All of the measurement tools included in PsycTESTS are compiled through a systematic review of peer-reviewed journals published by the American Association of Psychology (APA) and other large publishers.


The following are just some examples of the types of measures, scales, inventories, questionnaires, and tests included:

  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Educational measures
  • Intelligence tests
  • Developmental measures
  • Scales for beliefs, relationships, or expectancies
  • Personality assessment
  • Aggression, coping, or functional status questionnaires
  • Occupational measures
  • Resilience, anger response, or substance abuse inventories.

There are currently 56,000+ records in PsycTESTS.

Where to find PsycTESTS

You can access the database from this link. Access is available on the TiU campus, and via VPN if you are not on campus.

Let us know what you think!

We welcome any comments you may have about PsycTESTS, either here on the blog or by email:

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