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Publisher of the Month – Oxford University Press

11th March 2015

OUPOur Publisher of the Month is OUP (Oxford University Press). OUP is one of our founding partners providing its high-quality resources for free or at a low cost to eligible countries. In addition, OUP participates in a wide range of developing country initiatives, including INASP and eIFL, extending the reach of academic monographs and journals to more than 5,000 institutions in 100 low-income countries.

“Access to prestigious high quality journals and books from OUP has had a significant and positive impact on our efforts over the last 13 years by providing access to critical scientific research, significantly increasing the prospects of health and education in developing countries.”

Richard Gedye, Director of STM’s Outreach Programmes.

OUP offers access to over 285 prestigious and authoritative journals published in collaboration with some of the world’s most influential and scholarly professional societies. The 2015 Oxford Journals Collection includes cited journals in the fields of Medicine, Life Sciences, Humanities, Law, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Online products are also available including:

You can view the complete list of titles here.

Training

The Librarian Resource Center  provides current librarians with training and technical support, including support in Spanish. Libraries in Sub-Saharan Africa receive training materials by ITOCA (The Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa) a capacity building and training organization. INASP network participants are provided with training workshops and materials of particular relevance to librarians.

Institutions will need an Internet connection of least 56kbps, Internet browsers, and a PDF Reader software.

Application

Librarians  or  staff members at institutions in developing countries can access OUP journals through the Research4Life programmes. If you  want to know more about the Developing Countries Initiative, training, and OUP products visit the OUP Librarian Resource Centre page or contact library.marketing@oup.com.

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New Mendeley Certification Program for Librarians

6th March 2015

With the new program librarians can get certified and obtain a Premium Upgrade for 500 users at their institution for free.

mendeleyMendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help researchers organize their papers, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest news on their field. On the Mendeley platform, researchers can also create an academic profile and upload papers to publicize their research.

Librarians can also benefit from Mendeley. The new Certification Program for librarians is a self-study program that takes 15 – 20 hours to complete with rewards offered at each level. Each year, upon successful completion of the upgrading requirements, librarians get to continue with premium Mendeley access at no additional costs.

cert_rosette-smallI you would like to know more about the benefits of the Mendeley Certification Program for Librarians click here. To learn more about Mendeley check our training material or join the Research4Life/Mendeley group.

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Grey Literature resources

26th February 2015

What is Grey Literature?

Grey literature is defined as ‘that which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers.’[1]   Examples include technical reports from governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies or research groups, working papers from research groups or preprints, thesis/dissertations and conference papers. Here we list some of the most useful tools to find Grey Literature related to science:

OpenDOARwww.opendoar.org

This resource is a directory of over 2600 academic open access repositories. The directory is run by the Centre for Research communications (CRC), University of Nottingham. Links to various resources are listed on the Country and Organizations access page.  Also available is a Search Repository Contents page.  These search results include links to the full-text documents.

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)www.base-search.net

BASE is a search engine primarily for academic open access web resources. A resource of over 2600 academic open access repositories, BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library (Germany). Initial search results are organized by relevancy with tools to further refine searches. The search results citations include links to the full-text documents.

Open Greywww.opengrey.eu

Open Grey, a consortium of numerous academic institutions in Europe, is a database of 700,000 grey literature references in Europe plus links to many full-text documents – technical or research reports, doctoral dissertations, conference papers and official publications. Search results are organized by author, organization, discipline, keyword, year and document type with access to the full-text documents.

WorldWideScience.orgworldwidescience.org

This is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals that, for a keyword search, examines 99 sources. A multilateral partnership, the project was developed and is maintained by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Department of Energy (USA). Search results are organized into papers, multimedia and data sections.   In the Topics section, one of the options is Full Text Articles. Note: search results for this gateway include links to commercially produced material that may be available from the various R4L program portals.

Please open these resources and decide which ones are most useful to your research needs.

 

[1] Grey Literature Report, New York Academy of Medicine, www.greylit.org/about (accessed 02 January 2015)

 


About the author

Lenny Rhine

Lenny Rhine

Since 2006, Lenny has been holding training workshops all over the world for the Research4Life programmes with financial support from various organizations, including WHO, ITOCA and in collaboration with the Librarians Without Borders®/Medical Library Association (LWB/MLA). Lenny has held training workshops all over the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South Pacific, as well as English speaking countries in the Americas and Eastern Europe.

 

 

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Free Science E-books on the Internet

20th January 2015

Today, Research4Life users can find up to 30,000 science related books available from our platform depending on the publishers’ granting access to countries and institutions.  This material can be expanded with free e-books from several Internet sites. In our recent Research4Life workshops some useful sites were reviewed and discussed . They are useful sources for obtaining background research information, upgrading lecture material and assignments for students.

The following resources include two portals, one gateway, a publisher’s site and one health related portal.  All except one are freely accessible without registration.

Google Books

This search tool contains an extensive list of material from the Google Library Project and Partner Programs.  If in the ‘public domain’, the material can be downloaded.  Otherwise, there is online access through the portal.  Google books has a keyword search key plus several search tools (limit) options.  Search results will include full-text e-books and also chapters/sections of a book on that topic.
Links (citations) can be stored in a personal Google Account.

Booksee

This is a portal that claims to have over 2,400,000 downloadable e-books (PDFs).  It has a keyword search engine plus a broad subject category listing.  Search listings are limited to 100 titles so precise keyword searches should be used.
Each title entry notes the language of the e-book and MB size.  Due to the size of the full-text books, downloading can be time consuming especially if there is limited bandwidth.

FreeBookCentre.net

This portal focuses primarily on academic material.  It has a keyword search tool and also a list of broad subject categories.  One of the principal categories is Medicine which is divided into a lengthy list of sub-categories.  Each entry notes the title, language format and many contain a one sentence summary plus the link to the PDF.

National Academy Press

The Academy grants free and downloadable access to all the PDFs of their e-book publications.  Individuals must register for this feature (free).  The initial screen has a key-word search engine plus links to broad categories including Agriculture, Biology and Life Sciences, Energy and Energy Conservation, Food and Nutrition and Health and Medicine.  Each category has a sub-topic list.

NCBI Bookshelf

From the url or by opening the NCBI drop down menu and clicking on Books, access is granted to all the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s publications.  Access is via keyword search or Browse Titles or New Releases.  In the keyword search tool, other access options (limits) include Subjects, Types and Publishers.  Search results contain the PDFs of books, collections, databases, documentations and reports.

 


About the author

Lenny Rhine

Lenny Rhine

Since 2006, Lenny has been holding training workshops all over the world for the Research4Life programmes with financial support from various organizations, including WHO, ITOCA and in collaboration with the Librarians Without Borders®/Medical Library Association (LWB/MLA). Lenny has held training workshops all over the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South Pacific, as well as English speaking countries in the Americas and Eastern Europe.

 

 

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The Mendeley Advisor Program

12th December 2014

In previous posts we have talked about Mendeley, one of the many Research4Life partners. Mendeley is a program to manage and share research papers, and a platform to collaborate and discuss with the research community from all over the world. You can join Mendeley for free and be part of over 160,000 users in Research4Life countries.

If you are already using Mendeley in your institution we would like to invite you to become a Mendeley Advisor. Advisors serve as official Mendeley representatives helping to understand the needs of users, labs or departments.

Here are some of the benefits of joining the Mendeley Advisor program:

Personal benefits:

  • Opportunity to make an impact in researchers lives
  • The program and all involvement is voluntary
  • Member of an exclusive program
  • Connect with other passionate Advisors globally
  • Personal interaction with Community & Product team(s)
  • Access to monthly Advisor Newsletter
  • Mendeley merchandise (T-shirts, pens, stickers, etc.)

Product benefits:

  • Free Mendeley Premium account
  • Access to new features before they’re public
  • Participate in beta testing of new features
  • Invitation to Mendeley Advisor Group (members only)
  • Advisor badge on Mendeley profile

Professional benefits:

  • Recognized credential on email signatures and CVs
  • Invitation(s) to attend and host events

For more information and training check our Reference Management section and the Mendeley/Research4Life group. You can also contact the Community team regarding the Advisor Program at mendeley-community@mendeley.com.

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Free Digital Tools for Researchers

5th November 2014

Could you imagine doing research without internet? Digital tools have made research practices easier for scientists and librarians. Here we have gathered for you some digital resources to help you conduct research more efficiently and creatively. 

1. Social media

Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social media platforms and can be used to share information and network with colleagues. However, they are not a good fit for the academic sector. When it comes to connecting with the academic community, the following two platforms are specifically aimed to network with researchers around the world.

figshareWith Figshare you can connect with other researchers by uploading any file format to be made visualisable in the browser so that your figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets can be disseminated. You can connect your account with your ORCID and have a unique identifier in the web. Mendeley is another option to connect with colleagues in your field. You can join different groups and share information. Join the Mendeley/Research4Life group to connect with researchers in developing countries. 

2. Reference management

mendeleyReference management tools help scholars to create and manage their lists of references for research projects. Most tools are designed to organize citations into specific formats for the preparation of manuscripts and bibliographies. 

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. You can create an academic profile, upload papers and publicize your research. 

Zotero is a another free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials.

If you want to learn about how to install and use reference management tools, check our Training Section with different modules that include free-download tutorials for Mendeley and Zotero.

3. Image editing

SumopaintIf you need to edit images online without installing any software you can use SumoPaint. This photo editor and painting application works directly in your browser. You can open and save images from your hard drive or save it to cloud.

A downloadable option to install is GIMP.  It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. you can use it as a simple paint program, or for photo retouching, image renderer, format converter, etc.

4. Writing

write latexFor those familiar with LaTeX, writeLaTeX  is a free service that lets you create, edit and share your scientific ideas online using LaTeX. There’s no software to install, so you can start writing and collaborating instantly. A nice feature is that every project you create has a secret link to send it to your co-authors, and they can review, comment and edit.

5. Visualizing data

Communicating results through images and graphics is crucial when working on a research paper, poster or for a conference presentation. Making use of digital tools for data visualization can make your research easier to understand. 

gifflyWith Gliffy you can create flowcharts, diagrams, technical drawings and more. It works directly in your browser with the option to share your files with colleagues or save them in your cloud or local drive. It is simple and very easy to use.

draw.io is another alternative for online diagramming but built for speed  and simplicity. It features integration with a variety of collaborative platforms including Google Docs/Apps.

For specific types of graphs with text, try textexture. This interface allows you to visualize any text as a network. The resulting graph can be used to get a quick visual summary of the text you choose.

6. Organization

We all have quick notes, ideas and specific information to organize. As a researcher you can make your workflow more effective by using applications that help you organize your ideas and to-do’s.

A quick and easy online interface is Keep Google. Sticky notes that you can use to make lists and keep your important links and ideas.

trelloTrello is a web-based project management tool where you can organize projects in a dashboard view, containing one or more project-oriented boards. Useful for organized task management, delegation, communication, and collaboration across teams.

workflowyWorkFlowy is another organizational tool to collaborate on large team projects, take notes, write research papers or keep a journal.

Do you use a different digital tool? Share your suggestions in the comments below.


About the author

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez is the Communications Coordinator for Research4Life. She works with different organisations finding innovative ways to communicate science and development.

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Tips for writing a research paper

16th October 2014

Writing a research paper?

Reporting new results in a scientific journal is a process common to all researchers. However, many scientific papers fail to effectively communicate research work to their audience. Focusing on the authors instead of on the readers, including unnecessary details or using complicated jargon are some of the things you should avoid. Effective scientific papers are interesting and useful to a broad audience including non-experts in the field. The following infographic presents some useful tips that will help you get the most out or your writing process.

For more information on reading and writing research papers check our Authorship Skills modules in our Training Section.

writing a research paper

More:

– Writing in the Sciences: An online course by Coursera that teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. http://www.coursera.org/course/sciwrite

– Writing Scientific Research Articles: This book shows scientists how to apply their analysis and synthesis skills to overcoming the challenge of how to write, as well as what to write, to maximise their chances of publishing in international scientific journals. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118570707.html


About the author

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez is the Communications Coordinator for Research4Life. She works with different organisations finding innovative ways to communicate science and development.

 

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Special Collection on the Ebola Virus by AAAS/Science

22nd August 2014
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The Ebola virus (CHRISTOPHER BICKEL/SCIENCE)

Given the current widespread and lethal outbreak of the Ebola virus, AAAS’ journals Science and Science Translational Medicine offer a freely available collection of research and news articles on the viral disease to researchers and the general public.

View the special collection and share with your colleagues:http://www.sciencemag.org/site/extra/ebola

 

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AAAS Science – Publisher of the Month

14th July 2014

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is our first publisher of the month. AAAS publishes three respected peer-reviewed journals that Research4Life users are able to access. Science, the premier global science weekly; Science Signaling, the leading journal of cell signaling and regulatory biology; and Science Translational Medicine, integrating medicine, engineering and science to promote human health.

Registered institutions in group A and B countries are able to access AAAS journals and resources through HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI.

 

Science (1997–Current Issue)

ISSN: 1095-9203
AAAS Science
Science is the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary. The journal publishes high-impact, original, peer-reviewed research and breaking science news. Several million viewers worldwide access Science online, downloading over 24 million full-text articles per year. Science publishes every Friday. Learn more.

 

Science Classic (1880–1996)

ISSN: 1095-9203

AAAS Science ClassicScience Classic provides access to the digital archives of the journal Science from its first issue in 1880 through 1996. Maintained and preserved by AAAS, the e-resource delivers 116 years’ worth of high-impact scientific literature from the annals of the world’s largest general science journal. Readers have access to the high-resolution PDF version of each full-text article, including interactive bibliographic citations, abstracts, and references. Learn more.

 

Science Translational Medicine

ISSN: 1946-6242

SciencTranslational MedicineScience Translational Medicine publishes cutting-edge research that fills the knowledge gaps between research and medical application to improve patient care worldwide. This includes results from animal models that are likely to apply to patients, studies in human tissue that provide new information about therapies or disease, and innovative reports of drug discovery and development. The e-resource publishes every Wednesday. Learn more.

 

Science Signaling

ISSN: 1937-9145

ScienceSignaling_Logo_ForWebScience Signaling offers researchers the most up-to-date resource for groundbreaking research and commentary in the multidisciplinary field of cellular signaling. The journal publishes key findings in cellular and physiological regulation, including research, reviews, and perspectives related to the mechanisms by which cells and organisms communicate and affect each other’s behavior. The e-resource publishes every Tuesday. Learn more.

 

Contact AAAS/Science
+1-202-326-6730
scienceonline@aaas.org
ScienceOnline.org

 

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How to Read a Scientific Paper

20th June 2014

4 steps to follow when reading a scientific paper: Skim, Re-read, Ask yourself questions and summarize.

 


About the author

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez is the Communications Coordinator for Research4Life. She works with different organisations finding innovative ways to communicate science and development.

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Understanding Research4Life

19th June 2014

Check out a quick and easy infographic about Research4Life and its programmes.


About the author

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez

Natalia Rodriguez is the Communications Coordinator for Research4Life. She is a Science Communication Creative working with different organisations to find innovative ways to communicate science and development. @rodrigueznats

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