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Project Euclid Site Redesign

Posted: January 17th, 2014

Project Euclid is an exemplary collaboration between a university library and a university press. A mission-driven organization led by a community of librarians, publishers, and researchers, Project Euclid provides sustainable publishing services for independent, society, and open-access publications.

Project Euclid is pleased to announce the launch of a fully redesigned platform at projecteuclid.org. A joint partnership of Cornell University Library and Duke University Press, Project Euclid is an online platform that hosts high-quality mathematics and statistics content.

Its new website is uniquely designed to meet the research needs of mathematicians and statisticians, and it combines rich functionality with a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. New features include improved searching, citation exports, publisher landing pages, mobile optimization, print-on-demand purchasing, customized e-mail alerts, and access indicators for all content.

The new site implements a powerful new faceted search tool that allows users to navigate over 1.7 million pages of scholarship more efficiently. By applying filters to search results, users can progressively refine their searches, focusing on the content most related to their subject areas. Additionally, users can sign up to receive e-mail alerts when new scholarship is published in their areas of interest.

The Project Euclid redesign meets the changing needs of researchers, who now confront an overload of content on multiple devices. The new site makes it easier to find and access high-quality, curated scholarship, and its responsive design optimizes the site for working and reading on mobile devices. Symbols and formulas are rendered beautifully with the MathJax display engine, and users can quickly and easily export or download citations to e-mail or reference management systems.

2014 Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference – Call for Presenters

Posted: December 23rd, 2013

Present your research or your innovation/experiential learning projects! The 8th Annual Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference will be held in the Queen’s Learning Commons, Stauffer Library, March 6-7, 2014.

The conference is an opportunity for you to share your research while participating in an academic conference. As a presenter you will gain graduate and career skills, such as critical thinking, effective writing and presenting. You will engage in scholarly communication with students and faculty from many disciplines.

For more information and to submit your abstract: Go to http://www.queensu.ca/iatq/conference.html
Submission deadline: Midnight January 31, 2014.

December 2 – 6, Stress Relief Week at Engineering & Science Library

Posted: December 2nd, 2013

Need a break from studying?

*Check out our Question of the Day
*Sign out a game from the Circulation Desk
*Work on a Sudoku, wordsearch, or jigsaw puzzle
*Enjoy a treat on Wednesday, December 4th!

Exambank – past exams from your courses

Posted: November 28th, 2013

Access the Exambank to see past exam questions from your courses. Exambank! Exambank is the official database of past exam questions from courses offered at Queen’s University.

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Library VPN Service

Posted: November 25th, 2013

Queen’s University Library is pleased to announce a new option for accessing library resources from off-campus, the Library VPN Service. VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides a secure and stable method of remotely accessing licensed web-based resources. VPN is not a replacement for EZproxy, which will continue to be the Library’s primary off-campus remote access service.

The main difference between VPN and EZproxy is that VPN is tied to a user’s computer or mobile device. After installing the VPN software, users can connect remotely to library resources with a single login. EZproxy, on the other hand, is a web-based system linked to a user’s web browser session. If a user closes their web browser after logging in to EZproxy, the connection will be lost and the user will have to login again when they launch a new browser session or window. For more information, see the comparison of EZproxy and VPN.

Queen’s Engineering and Science faculty may request a personal VPN account by completing an online form. At this time, VPN service is only available to faculty in Health and Life Sciences, Engineering and Science Departments. For more information about the service, please visit the Library’s VPN guide or contact your liaison librarian.

Cranial Nonmetric Trait Database on the Internet

Posted: November 11th, 2013

A Brief Communication about Dr. Nancy Ossenberg’s Cranial Nonmetric Trait Database has been published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. This database represents Dr. Ossenberg’s life’s work from 1963-2003, in which she took skull measurements at museums around the world. The database is available at the Cranial Nonmetric Trait Database website, Scholars Portal Dataverse, and in QSpace.

Call for Nominations for the Steve Cutway Accessibility Award

Posted: October 28th, 2013

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond?

The Equity and Human Rights offices are calling for nominations for the Steve Cutway Accessibility Award.

The award, established in 2008, recognizes and celebrates the efforts of faculty, staff and students who demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, innovation and commitment to creating a learning and work environment in which persons with disabilities enjoy full participation.

Here are just a few examples of efforts in advancing employment equity:

  • developing and delivering interesting and effective awareness training about disability and accessibility issues
  • demonstrating flexibility, respectfulness and creativity in responding to requests for accommodations in the classroom or in the workplace
  • conveying a welcoming and inclusive attitude towards students and employees with disabilities in one’s department
  • utilizing elements of universal instructional design in one’s curriculum that at the same time enhance accessibility
  • paying particular attention to accessibility when planning projects or events at the University

If you know someone who has made such efforts, they may be eligible for an award!  More information about the award, and access the online application form, can be found on the Equity Office website.

Nomination Deadline: January 17, 2014

Open Access Week – Day 5 (Part 2): “Altmetrics”

Posted: October 25th, 2013

“Altmetrics”, or alternative citation metrics, provide researchers and scholars with new ways to track influence across evolving modes of scholarly communication. In “The Altmetrics Collection,” Jason Priem, Paul Groth, and Dario Taraborelli define altmetrics as follows:

Altmetrics is the study and use of scholarly impact measures based on activity in online tools and environments. The term has also been used to describe the metrics themselves—one could propose in plural a “set of new altmetrics.” Altmetrics is in most cases a subset of both scientometrics and webometrics; it is a subset of the latter in that it focuses more narrowly on scholarly influence as measured in online tools and environments, rather than on the Web more generally.

One example of an altmetrics provider is ImpactStory:

ImpactStory

http://www.impactstory.org/

ImpactStory is an open-source, web-based tool that helps researchers explore and share the diverse impacts of all their research products—from traditional ones like journal articles, to emerging products like blog posts, datasets, and software. Supported by a grant from the Sloan Foundation.

Further Reading:

Bailey, C. (2013). The Altmetrics Bibliography. Digital Scholarship. October 14, 2013.
Accessed October 25, 2013 from http://digital-scholarship.org/alt/altmetrics.htm.

Howard, J. (2013). Rise of ‘Altmetrics’ Revives Questions About How to Measure Impact of Research. The Chronicle of Higher Education. June 3, 2013.
Accessed October 25, 2013 from http://chronicle.com/article/Rise-of-Altmetrics-Revives/139557/

Piwowar, H. (2013). Altmetrics: What, Why and Where?. ASIS&T Bulletin. April/May 2013.
Accessed October 25, 2013 from http://asis.org/Bulletin/Apr-13/AprMay13_Piwowar.html.

Priem, J., Groth, P., Taraborelli, D. (2012), The Altmetrics Collection, PLOS One 7(11): e48753. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048753.
Accessed October 25, 2013 from http://www.ploscollections.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0048753.

Open Access Week: Day 5 – Open Journal Systems and Open-Access Journals at Queen’s

Posted: October 25th, 2013

Every day this week, the Scholarly Communications Working Group in the library will highlight one piece of recent Open Access related news in order to celebrate Open Access week. Don’t forget to visit our Open Access week page for information about events: http://library.queensu.ca/services/scholcomm/OpenAccess2013

One service that the Queen’s University Library provides in order to support Open Access publishing is free access and hosting of Open Journal Systems (OJS) software.  Using OJS, faculty and staff can publish online open-access or subscription-based journals. OJS supports all aspects of scholarly journal publishing including peer review, tracking subscriptions, copy editing, etc.

Some of the journals published through this service at Queen’s include Surveillance and Society, Gender, Education, Music, and Society, and the Queen’s Science Undergraduate Research Journal.

Browse all journals at Queen’s published using OJS:  http://library.queensu.ca/ojs/index.php/index/index

Find out more about hosting your own journal with OJS: http://library.queensu.ca/services/ojs

Open Access Week: Day 4 – Considering Open Access for your Publication

Posted: October 24th, 2013

Every day this week, the Scholarly Communications Working Group in the library will highlight one piece of recent Open Access related news in order to celebrate Open Access week. Don’t forget to visit our Open Access week page for information about events: http://library.queensu.ca/services/scholcomm/OpenAccess2013

Wondering if you can deposit your article in the Queen’s University Institutional Repository, QSpace https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/, without violating your publishers’ copyright rules? Considering publishing in an open access journal but concerned about its’ quality? Here are some resources to assist you:

Publication Rights

RoMEO: www.sherpa.ac.uk.romeo RoMEO summarizes publishers’ conditions and categorizes publishers by colours (Gold and Green OA), indicating level of author rights.

JULIET: www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet JULIET provides summaries of funding agencies’ grant conditions on self-archiving of research publications and data.

The SPARC Canadian Author Addendum http://www.carl-abrc.ca/en/scholarly-communications/resources-for-authors.html#addendum

Traditional publishing agreements often require that authors grant exclusive rights to the publisher. The SPARC Canadian Author Addendum enables authors to secure a more balanced agreement by retaining select rights, such as the rights to reproduce, reuse, and publicly present the articles they publish for non-commercial purposes.

Evaluating Open Access Publishers

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): http://www.doaj.org/ The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA): http://oaspa.org/ The OASPA has produced a Code of Conduct http://oaspa.org/membership/code-of-conduct/ for OA Publishers and maintains a member list.

Beall’s List of Potential, Possible, or Probably Predatory Open-Access Journals:  Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, has developed criteria for determining predatory open access publishers.

Further Reading:

Millard, W.B. (2013) Some research wants to be free, some follows the money. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 62(2), 14A-20A. Accessed October 24, 2013, from http://www.annemergmed.com/article/S0196-0644(13)00547-7/fulltext

Special Libraries Association. (n.d.). Should I publish in, or be an editor for, and Open Access (OA) journal?: A brief guide. Accessed October 24 2013, from http://scitech.sla.org/pr-committee/oaguide/

For  more information please contact Sylvia Andrychuk, Scholarly Communications Specialist at Queen’s Library (andrychs@queensu.ca) or Mark Swartz, Copyright Advisory Office (mark.swartz@queensu.ca ).

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