August 13, 2020

Open Journal Matcher

By Richard Broekman

(This contribution is part of our Spotted series. We appreciate your comments.)

In our search for possibly interesting tools and development, we came across Open Journal Matcher. Its approach is simple: enter an abstract and it returns the five open access journals that are most likely to publish related articles.

Screenshot of Open Journal MatcherWhy use this? Well, perhaps you are looking for an Open Access journal to publish your new article in. This way you have five candidates. Possibly even journals you never heard of before.

You can use it for (literature) research as well. Enter the abstract of a top article in your field of interest and see which Open Access journals it returns. Then check out those journals to see what else they publish in this area.

There are some limitations: Open Journal Matcher works for English language abstracts only, and it searches OA journals that are listed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

The software for Open Journal Matcher is written by Mark Eaton and is open source. If you end up improving or expanding the functionality, we would love to hear about it.

This application searches DOAJ journals only and is not associated with any particular publisher. Several commercial publishers offer a similar service to find matching journals from their portfolio. If you are interested in any of those, check out the journal matching solutions from Elsevier, Springer or Wiley.

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August 3, 2020

Now available: Scopus

By Richard Broekman

Tilburg University staff and students now have access to Scopus, a bibliographic database by Elsevier.

ScopusLogo Scopus contains bibliographic descriptions of over 77 million articles from over 23,000 peer-reviewed journals, 850+ book series and 9.8 million conference papers. It covers all disciplines, with an emphasis on the social sciences. In many cases, you will be able to find the full text for the content by using our TiUfinder button with each title. The usual options to export to reference managers and to get email alerts are included as well.

You can search for documents as well as authors and author affiliations. Because of all this information being available, there are also many ways to analyze the results and to get a broader picture of authors and institutions involved through a number of metrics.

Besides the usual article metadata, article descriptions also contain information about funding, citation impact, and documents that cite the article. To find out what type of articles were funded with grants from a particular sponsor organization, simply search for those publications using the advanced search.

Scopus automatically generates an author profile for authors. These author profiles show the publications by that author, as well as citations and h-index. To change an author profile, you can submit a change request in Scopus. It is also possible to connect an ORCID to the profile which will then allow for automated updating of your ORCID data  using data from Scopus. Check our ORCID LibGuide for more information on how to create an ORCID.

We have set up a connection between Pure and Scopus. If you have a personal profile in Pure, you will automatically see titles from Scopus in your list of import candidates. Given the vast amount of titles in Scopus, this should make it easier to update your publications.

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Scopus is not just about the article metadata. It can be used to analyze institutions as well. As an example of institutions and affiliations data, you could check for everything affiliated with University of Zagreb and see how many documents and authors are affiliated with the institutions and what the main subject areas of publication are. This might be useful if you consider cooperating with that institution.

To use all Scopus features you will need to access Scopus from a Tilburg University computer (on campus, via VPN or using EZproxy via our database list). Alternatively, you can use the institutional log in option to get access with your Tilburg University credentials in Scopus by clicking on ‘Sign In’ and ‘You can also sign in via your institution, organization or OpenAthens’. Type in ‘Tilburg University’ and choose ‘Sign in via your institution’.

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Category: databases
July 29, 2020

E-books bestellen – nog niet zo simpel

By Marian Papavoine

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Je dient een verzoek in bij de bibliotheek om een e-book aan te schaffen. Maar dan … krijg je te horen dat het niet door de bibliotheek gekocht kan worden.

Hindernissen bij de aanschaf van e-books

De bibliotheek schaft veel e-books aan, maar we kunnen niet élk e-book kopen. Een boek kopen uit het aanbod van e-books werkt heel anders dan een papieren boek kopen. Er zijn veel redenen waarom we niet over kunnen gaan tot aanschaf van een e-book. Hieronder een aantal voorbeelden van problemen waarmee we regelmatig worden geconfronteerd.

  • De uitgever verkoopt het e-book alleen aan particulieren (en dus niet aan bibliotheken);
  • De uitgever verkoopt het e-book alleen via een studievereniging aan studenten (en dus niet aan bibliotheken);
  • Het e-book maakt deel uit van een pakket e-books dat bijv. € 6000,- kost; de bibliotheek kan het e-book niet los aanschaffen;
  • Het e-book maakt deel uit van een pakket e-books, de bibliotheek kan het niet aanschaffen, maar moet zich op het pakket abonneren en voortaan een jaarlijkse bijdrage betalen;
  • Het e-book kan gekocht worden door de bibliotheek, maar de prijs is twintig keer de normale prijs voor particulieren omdat het volgens de uitgever een “textbook” is;
  • Het e-book kan gekocht worden door de bibliotheek, maar het kan maar door één gebruiker tegelijk gelezen worden. Een volgende gebruiker kan het boek pas lezen als het weer ‘terugbezorgd’ is. Dat is een probleem als het boek verplichte literatuur is dat door veel studenten tegelijk op het laatste moment nog snel gelezen moet worden!
  • De bibliotheek heeft het e-book in het verleden aangeschaft met een licentie voor 1-gelijktijdige gebruiker. Soms kunnen we het omzetten naar een licentie voor meerdere gelijktijdige gebruikers. Helaas kan het ook gebeuren dat het boek als e-book inmiddels uit de handel is gehaald en dat de bibliotheek daarom alleen dat ene eerder aangeschafte  e-book voor 1-gelijktijdige gebruiker kan aanbieden.
  • Het e-book kan gekocht worden door de bibliotheek, maar mag alleen online gelezen worden; het mag niet geprint of gedownload worden.

 

Conclusie

Het goede nieuws is dat we toch heel veel e-books WEL aan kunnen schaffen: als losse titels, in pakketten of als onderdeel van een licentie.
Mocht je zelf een titel in gedachten hebben die je voor de bibliotheekcollectie aan wilt laten schaffen, geef die dan vooral door via het formulier Aanschafsuggestie.

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July 29, 2020

We’re back!

By Marijke van der Ploeg

We zijn weer terug! We zijn erg blij dat we jullie via ons blog weer kunnen informeren over waar LIS Research Support mee bezig is en over nieuws dat voor jullie relevant is. Helaas hebben we dit een aantal maanden niet kunnen doen vanwege technische problemen bij de toegang van het blog en het plaatsen van berichten. Gelukkig zijn die nu verholpen!

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We’re back! We are very happy to inform you with our blog about what LIS Research Support is doing and about news that is relevant to you. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to do this for a couple of months due to technical problems in accessing the blog and posting messages. The problems have now been fixed and from now on we will post news again.

January 14, 2020

Pure International Conference 2019

By Richard Broekman

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PureSignOp 16 en 17 oktober 2019 vond in Praag de vijfde Pure International Conference plaats. Deze door Elsevier georganiseerde conferentie is de gelegenheid waarbij gebruikers van het Research Informatiesysteem Pure elkaar ontmoeten. Tilburg University gebruikt Pure om de wetenschappelijke output van onderzoekers te registreren en te presenteren. Twee medewerkers van LIS Research Support namen deel aan de conferentie, Frank Diepmaat en Richard Broekman.

Naast algemene informatie over het huidige product en de roadmap voor toekomstige ontwikkelingen, waren er veel presentaties van collega-instellingen die Pure gebruiken. Een conferentie als deze is dan een goede manier om te kijken hoe andere instellingen omgaan met vraagstukken die ook binnen Tilburg University leven.

Een paar interessante ontwikkelingen:

  • Elsevier streeft ernaar Pure volledig Plan S “compliant” te maken. Dit is iets waar wij zeker baat bij hebben, om te voldoen aan de Plan S eisen.
  • Er komen meer mogelijkheden om data te importeren uit andere systemen. Onderzoekers kunnen nu al hun publicaties importeren uit bijvoorbeeld Web of Science. Het aantal bronnen zal toenemen en de kwaliteit van de import zal worden verbeterd. Onderzoekers kunnen meer publicaties van henzelf importeren. Dit betekent minder werk voor de onderzoeker.
  • Pure werkt met API’s om koppelingen met andere systemen mogelijk te maken. Tot nu toe was het alleen mogelijk om ingevoerde data uit Pure te halen. Er wordt nu gewerkt aan een API waarmee we ook bewerkingen op de data kunnen uitvoeren. Dit maakt het eenvoudiger om de kwaliteit van data te verbeteren.
  • Introductie van DataSearch in de nieuwste versie van Pure 5.16. Met deze tool kunnen metadata van datasets uit bijna 40 databases geïmporteerd worden in Pure. Voorwaarde is wel dat de dataset een DOI heeft. In de toekomst wil Elsevier het mogelijk maken dat instellingen ook de import van eigen bronnen kunnen configureren. Dit kan interessant zijn voor een koppeling van Tilburg University DataVerse met Pure.
  • Pure zal doorontwikkeld worden met het oog op de ondersteuning van de hele “research-lifecycle”. Pure moet –in de visie van Elsevier– steeds meer de belangrijkste processen in die cyclus gaan ondersteunen: planning->project->publish->promote->impact
  • Steeds meer instellingen gaan over op hosting van Pure in de cloud. Dit wordt steeds interessanter gezien de dalende kosten, de relatief stabiele implementaties van nieuwe versies en de goede ervaringen bij andere universiteiten.

Naast presentaties over het gebruik van het product zelf, was er ook aandacht voor toepassingen om het gebruik van de Pure portal software te analyseren en te promoten. Dit heeft onze bijzondere aandacht, aangezien we proberen de vindbaarheid van onze wetenschappelijke profielpagina’s in Google te verbeteren.

Alle presentaties zijn hier te vinden:

https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/pure-international-conference-2019#presentations

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December 31, 2019

An eventful year

By Richard Broekman

Calendar showing week numbers

Photo by Behy Studio on Unsplash

At the end of another busy year, we would like to look back at events LIS-RS staff organized or participated in. Where possible, we link to the appropriate blog entry for more information.

If you participated in, or attended any of the events, we hope you found them inspiring and useful. Keep an eye on the intranet events page and our blog for announcements of events in 2020.  We look forward to seeing you at one or more of those. If you are interested in Research Data Management, we already have a couple of events planned.

Our events of 2019

 

December 4, 2019

Where the magic happens: Pre-registration for qualitative research

By Daan Rutten

For anyone who does not think pre-registration could be helpful for qualitative studies, for instance in the fields of Humanities and Law: maybe it is time to reconsider.

As a former researcher in the field of Humanities, I must admit that pre-registration was not a concern at all. Most colleagues and I thought it was only suited for quantitative research projects. In quantitative and empirical projects, it is more likely that scholars use very accurate hypotheses and sharply defined datasets. When this is the case, it definitely makes sense to pre-register your research design. Others will be able to check your preliminary plan, which counters the temptation to manipulate hypotheses during the scientific cycle in such a way they ‘magically’ start to make sense. You do not have to be trained in scientific ethics to understand what happens when scientists reconstruct their hypothesis a posteriori so that it fits seamlessly with the specifically collected dataset, instead of the other way around.

Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

In qualitative studies, it is not so much about verifying or falsifying hypotheses with a simple true (H=1) or false (H=0). Theory is not something to be tested, it functions more like a pair of glasses, a lens highlighting a specific part of data (or ‘corpus’) that is under scrutiny, while inevitably obscuring other parts. In Humanities, we understand theory more in the traditional Greek sense of the word: not a truth that is ‘out there’ and just needs disclosure, but ‘a way of seeing’. A multiplicity of theories can work at the same time and highlight various aspects of the same object. It is a continuous process of interpretation to see which notion or concept will prove to be most informative and appealing to explain what happens in for instance an artwork, an event, a small community or another singular object. I know PhD students who magically ‘found’ their theory in the final couple of weeks and had to do some frenetic revising before handing their dissertation to the committee. This magic is not manipulation here, but the crucial, qualitative step that elevates the collection of ideas and discoveries to a whole that is more than just the sum of its parts, a true thesis that changes the way we look at this certain idiosyncratic part of reality.

One might argue that ‘pre-registration’ makes no sense here, but sociologist Leonie van Grootel (TSB) rebutted this during an Open Science Skills Course held recently in the Library of Tilburg University. She confirms that qualitative research typically is more flexible and subjective and that it is not so much about prediction but postdiction. Nonetheless, she does think that pre-registration also renders qualitative research more credible. Making hypotheses explicit is only one feature of pre-registration, but much more important is that there is a certain track record of the major decisions taken by the researcher along the way. When this log can be found in the open, for instance on the Open Science Framework (OSF), others can tap into the discussion, make suggestions, or learn and (re)consider their own choices for theories and concepts. Pre-registration also prevents others from stealing your ideas, because you can ‘claim’ it in a very early stage of your project. Her arguments for pre-registration in qualitative studies can be found in this article (written together with Tamarinde Haven).

I figured that pre-registering possibly could have disproved the remarks made by a critic of the dissertation I finished a couple of years ago. He argued that the theory I used fitted so neatly that it made him somewhat suspicious. What he did not and could not know, is that I experimented with a whole variety of aesthetical philosophies before getting to this result. If I could do it again, I would have done so with the tailor-made pre-registration form for qualitative studies made by Grootel and Haven.

December 3, 2019

New database: PsycTESTS

By Anja Habraken

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The Tilburg university Library is happy to report that we now have a subscription to a database indispensable to many disciplines including psychology, education, business, nursing, and many others: PsycTESTS.

About PsycTESTS

  • Focuses primarily on unpublished tests, those developed by researchers but not made commercially available.
  • Most records link to a variety of materials describing the test in peer-reviewed literature, technical reports, or dissertations as well as links to related peer-reviewed literature describing test development, review, or use.
  • All records include a summary that describes the test, with its purpose and some history of its development. Most records include the actual test instrument.

Contents

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

To get an impression of the database click on the image below:

PsycTESTS

Where to find PsycTESTS

You can find the link to the database from the main library home page under the ‘All Databases A to Z’ list. Click on the letter ‘P’ and scroll down to the link for PsycTESTS.

Please send your questions or comments about PsycTests to subject librarian Anja Habraken, j.h.m.habraken@tilburguniversity.edu

 

November 7, 2019

World Digital Preservation Day 2019

By Petra Ploeg

Today is World Digital Preservation Day. The aim of World Digital Preservation Day is to create greater awareness of digital preservation. This day is celebrated on the first Thursday of every November. This year’s theme is ‘At-Risk Digital Materials’.

Today, Tilburg University emphasizes the importance for the long-term preservation of research data and calls on researchers to deposit their data in the data archive DataverseNL at the end of their research. How you can do that is explained on the flyer Your 7 Steps to Sustainable Data. (example below).

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Lunch meeting on preserving and sharing data

The Research Data Office (RDO) organizes on December 12 a lunch meeting on preserving and sharing data.

The RDO can help you with research data management. RDO is the virtual one-stop shop for researchers and Schools for all questions about research data management.

We offer support and advice on:

  • Managing, storing and preserving research data.
  • Research data managements plans for funding proposals.
  • Issues related to the university’s Research Data Management Regulations.
  • Processing personal data in research data.

World Digital Preservation Day organizes also festivities in the Netherlands.

October 29, 2019

Get an ORCID and enjoy the benefits!

By Frank Diepmaat

What is an ORCID?

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ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier and is a unique digital personal identifier. An ORCID is an individual ID and thus not connected to an organization. That means an ORCID stays with you throughout your academic career. You are in full control of your personal ORCID-page. Creating an ORCID is easy and free of charge. The organization behind ORCID is an open, research-driven non-profit association.

 

What are the benefits?

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Having an ORCID can save you a lot of time when applying for funding or submitting your manuscripts to an online publication platform. With an ORCID you don’t have to worry about the different ways in which your name is spelled in different journals. During paper submission, your affiliation name is automatically added and if your co-authors have an ORCID their affiliations are also automatically added.

How to create a new ORCID and connect it to Pure

If you still do not have an ORCID you can create one from within Pure. By doing this, you can choose to export your publications from Pure to the Orcid website on a daily basis. For instructions how to create your ORCID and connect it to your Pure user, click here.

How to connect an existing ORCID to Pure

Do you already have an ORCID? Make sure to connect it to your personal profile in Pure; the ORCID is then automatically displayed on your academic profile page. For instructions how to connect your ORCID to your Pure user, click here.

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