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  • 2014 ABTA Doctoral Researcher Awards

    ABTA (Association of British Turkish Academics) announces the 2014 ABTA Doctoral Researcher Awards to promote and reward academic and scientific excellence among researchers pursuing doctoral degrees in the UK.

    The awards will be given in three categories:
    1. Natural & Life Sciences
    2. Engineering Sciences
    3. Management & Social Sciences

    1st (x3)  : £400
    2nd (x3) : £300
    3rd (x3)  : £200
    Honourable Mentions : Kindle

    Application Deadline            : 31 March 2014
    Awards Ceremony                : 25 May 2014
    Venue                                     : London Business School

    This competition is open to all students regardless of their nationality.

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  • Open access resources for Aquaculture

    Springer are creating an open access article collection on fish welfare in aquaculture in  association with the 1st International Congress on Applied Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment – “HydroMedit”. You can submit your research at choosing the subsection “Article Collection: Fish Welfare in Aquaculture”

    For more information about the conference, please visit their website.
    The peer reviewed journal International Aquatic Research is already available from Springer as open access.
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  • Mass Observation Archive

    The university has now purchased the Mass Observation Archive online.  Mass Observation was a social research organisation collecting information on British society from 1947 to 1965.  The archive covers topics such as old age, crime, shopping, dance, sport, and ethnic minorities, some of which may be of interest to those of you in human geography.

    It can be accessed at or via the Library catalogue. Your university login is needed if you are off campus.

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  • Daily Mirror Archive

    We now have a subscription to the Daily Mirror Archive from 1903 to the present. This may be useful to anyone with an interest in the views of the general public on all kinds of subjects from migration to wind farms.

    • Click on Log In near the top right of the page.
    • Click on UK Federation Log In and select Swansea University in the list of institutions.
    • Enter your usual university login details.
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  • ISS Training for Staff

    Sessions coming up this academic year are:

    • Further EndNote  4th March
    • E Books  20th March
    • Open Access 26th March
    • Research Impact Day 11th April
    • Take charge of your research identity 7th May
    • Finding images for use in teaching 8th May
    • Twitter 15th May
    • Networking online for academics 12th June

    Full details are on our Training web page. Book by emailing

    If you are interested in any of these but unable to come let us know at We can let you know about other possible dates or arrange for someone to talk to you individually.

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  • Free chemistry resources

    The National Chemical Database service have put together a useful list of free chemistry resources. You can find it in the External resources section of their web site. It can be filtered by the categories below.

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  • New look for Science Direct

    Science Direct has been redesigned to have a simpler look. It is possible to do a simple search from the front page. However, one of the features valued by students is the ability to get full text straight away. To make sure you only retrieve articles available at Swansea you need to use the Advanced search.

    This will allow you to see more search options including the ability to select only subscribed publications and freely available open access ones.

    You can also see an option for My Favorites.  If you are interested in searching particular journals you can select them as favorites. To do this you need to login even if you are on campus.  If Swansea University is not showing as below, choose Other Institution login then UK Access Management Federation and select Swansea from the list. You can then login with your usual username and password.

    To make journals into favourites, click Journals in the green bar at the top of the screen. Click on each journal you are interested in and you will see
    You can then choose to search just your favourite journals.

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  • Redesigned Scopus

    Scopus has been redesigned with the aim of redesigning the number of steps you need to take to carry out a search.  Some options will only become active once you have carried out a search – for example export, print, email and create bibliography are only available once an item is selected.  The search history will also only appear after you have carried out a search.

    New features include an export to Mendeley and the ability to search by funder within advanced search.

    The author profile has been redesigned to help authors to give more  prominence to their work. Their H index, citations and number of documents are prominent along with a Follow this author button.

    This is a nice feature. However, many people may find that Scopus has incorrect information about the papers they have written, particularly those with a common surname. If you have papers in Scopus it would be a good idea to carry out an author search for yourself to check your profile and use the Request author detail corrections link under Follow this author if you find mistakes. You may find that papers you wrote have been linked to another author so it is worth while to check.

    More information is available from the Scopus blog.

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  • Environment DigiMap

    DigiMap menu highlighting Environment

    We have free access to Environment DigiMap for a year.  When you go into DigiMap you will find that Environment is now an active option on the menu along with Ordnance Survey.  However, you will need to register for the Environment service even if you have already registered for the Ordnance Survey so expect to be taken to a registration form the first time you try to use it. It can take up to 2 days for your registration to become active.

    Environment DigiMap contains land use datasets from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for the years 1990, 2000 and 2007.  Land is classified into types such as sea and inland waters, bare, suburban and urban areas, arable farmland, pastures and meadows, rough grass, grass heaths and moors, bracken, dwarf shrub heaths and moorland, scrub, deciduous and evergreen woodland and upland and lowland bogs.

    The information in these datasets has been used for various purposes such as considering the environmental impact of new development, planning telecommunication lines and detecting changing land cover. The help pages in the database give more information about the data.

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  • Changes to Web of Science / Web of Knowledge this weekend

    Web of Science will be upgraded this weekend and the interface given a new simpler look. You will still be able to do the same searches but may find that options have moved. We will provide updated guides as soon as possible. One improvement is that it will be easy to spot open access articles which are free for anyone to access.

    The name Web of Knowledge for the collection of databases will be dropped and the whole system will be known as Web of Science. The databases we usually think of as Web of Science will be known as the Core Collection.

    You can find more detail in the release notes at or view a preview of the new features at

    There may be a brief period of disruption on Sunday afternoon / early Monday morning while the upgrade takes place.

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