Easter Vacation 2016

In order to ensure the Health and Safety of users and to assist in the event of an emergency evacuation, the following arrangements for Library and IT access will be in place during the forthcoming Easter vacation period:

Belfast Closed from 6pm 25 March
Reopen at 8.45am 4 April
26 March to 3 April;
10am – 10pm IT Open Access area within Library – on production of an ID Card when signing in at security
Coleraine Closed from 8pm 25 March
Reopen at 8.45am 4 April
26 March to 3 April:
10am – 10pm IT Open Access area (within Library) & IT Access area G096, ground floor, Science Block – on production of an ID card when signing in at security
Jordanstown Closed from 8pm 25 March
Reopen at 8.00am 4 April
26 March to 3 April;
10am – 10pm IT Open Access area Room 2B11 – on production of an ID Card when signing in at security
Magee Closed from 8pm 25 March
Reopen at 8.45am 4 April
26 March to 3 April;
10am – 10pm IT Open Access area Room MF116 – on production of an ID Card when signing in at security

* Out of Hours IT Support arrangements will be in place during the holiday period.

Twitter: not just for likes and selfies

Student selfies

Researchers have conducted a RCT into using social media to promote the results of their research.

The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group added links to selected Cochrane reviews on Twitter and Weibo and contrasted their uptake with reviews which had not been publicised in this way. Google analytics enabled the reviewers to ascertain the level of engagement gained by each tweet.

The reviewers found that the messages seemed to increase followers’ interest in the publicised reviews – the authors concluded that social media is a valuable source of product placement opportunities.

Read the full report here.

Adams, C.E. Jayaram, M., Bodart, A.Y.M., Sampson, S., Zhao, S. and Montgomery, A.A. (2016) Tweeting links to Cochrane Schizophrenia Group reviews: a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 6 (3), e010509. Available at: http://m.bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/3/e010509.full.pdf [Accessed 14 March 2016].

Publishing with the IEEE


Thinking of publishing your research? You are cordially invited to a one hour seminar on Publishing with the IEEE organisation.

Join Julia Stockdale from Content Online

  • Date:             Thursday 24 March 2016
  • Time:             1.15 – 2.15 pm
  • Venue:           16G42, Jordanstown.

Are you thinking of publishing for the first time, or not sure where best to submit your manuscript? The IEEE has more than 170 journals covering a broad spectrum of engineering and technology areas plus open access options. This session will talk through how to find the right journal to submit to, an overview of the process and some helpful tips to help give your paper the best chance of acceptance. This session will cover:

  • An introduction and why publish with the IEEE
    1. Choosing the best fit periodical or conference for your research
    2. Preparing the manuscript
    3. Submitting the article
    4. Review process
    5. What editors look for
    6. Why a paper may be rejected
  • IEEE Open Access Publishing
  • Common best practices and errors when writing a paper
  • Tools and resources to help authors

If you would like any more information about this talk, please contact your subject librarian.

One Month to HEFCE Open Access Policy!

refHEFCE’s policy for open access outputs in the post-2014 REF will be implemented on the 1st April 2016. The policy states:

  • To be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ outputs must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection. The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number.  The policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.
  • The policy allows repositories to respect embargo periods set by publications. Where a publication specifies an embargo period, authors can comply with the policy by making a ‘closed’ deposit. Closed deposits must be discoverable to anyone with an Internet connection before the full text becomes available for read and download (which will occur after the embargo period has elapsed).
  • There are a number of exceptions to the various requirements that will be allowed by the policy.
  • Some policy adjustments and qualifications were made in July 2015.

The policy will apply to all manuscripts accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 so when you deposit in the Ulster Institutional Repository, make sure you include your final accepted post-print manuscript. Further details and useful information can be found in our Open Access Guide, Please email uiradmin@ulster.ac.uk if you have any queries.


Librarian support contributes to high-quality systematic review

International students at Coleraine. (Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University)
International students at Coleraine. (Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University)

A review published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology has established a link between high-quality systematic reviews and librarian co-authorship (Rethlefsen et al. 2015).

The authors found that where librarians or information specialists formed part of the review team, the resulting SRs achieved significantly better outcomes in respect of these areas:

  • Search reporting and reproducibility
  • Adherence to United States Institute of Medicine systematic review standards (Institute of Medicine 2011)*
  • Definition and input of search terms

The review found that these elements combine to alleviate the problems of bias inherent in many SRs – particularly publication bias, time-lag bias, location bias and language bias. View it here (Ulster login required).

For help with all aspects of the systematic review process, contact your Subject Librarian.

The Library Subject team

* Other systematic review standards are available; see Higgins et al. (2011).


Higgins, J. and Green, S. (2011) Cochrane handbook for systematic reviews of interventions: Version 5.1.0. London: The Cochrane Collaboration. Available at: http://handbook.cochrane.org/. [Accessed 1 March 2016].

Institute of Medicine (2011) Committee on standards for systematic reviews of comparative effectiveness research. In: Eden J. ed. Finding what works in health care : standards for systematic reviews. Washington, D.C: National Academies Press.

Rethlefsen, M. L., Farrell, A. M., Osterhaus Trzasco, L. H. and Brigham, T. J. (2015) Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 68(6), 617 – 626.

Academic Video Online Premium

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Alexander Street Press has offered the Library an extended trial to Academic Video Online Premium, a multi-disciplinary collection of videos. For the Arts, subject areas include news and current events, documentary, history, music, dance, drama & theatre.

Trial ends 30th April 2016. Please forward feedback to myself or any member of the Arts subject team.

As with all trials, access is on-campus only.