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Archive for September, 2013

UCL Open Access Forum – Ensuring an Open Future. 25 October, 2-4pm

Lisa K Flint30 September 2013

oa-red-lockOpen to all UCL researchers and research support staff, this Open Forum is an opportunity to hear about national and international developments in open access, publisher and funder approaches, and UCL’s support for authors. A recent Report from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills suggests that the UK policy position on open access still requires considerable development. Nonetheless, UCL has developed a service to support researchers who wish to publish Gold open access articles and monographs. This Forum will highlight all of these issues and provide practical guidance for UCL researchers going forward.


Speakers include Phil Sykes, Liz Lyon, Catriona MacCallum and Dr Paul Ayris will host the forum and chair a panel discussion.


The Wilkins Old Refectory is on the ground floor of the Wilkins Building –

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT


Check out the following for more details including the chance to win an iPad with Retina display!!

Welcome to all new students and hello to those returning!

Lisa K Flint26 September 2013

welcomeWelcome to the Biosciences blog! Its been a pretty hectic week all round this week so hope that things are going well. Its great to see the campus buzzing with life again.

For new students there is plenty of help available, to get you started. We’ve created a new library webpage especially called Getting started which will help you with the basics. For new research students and academics there is a useful page on Research support, do have a look at that!

For those returning students we’ve been quite busy over the summer and you’ll notice a few changes. In the Science Library the Psychology/Biology/Botany/Zoology room has had a switch around with a new layout. Now there is a bit more space for books and journals so we’ve spread things out a bit. Other changes have been happening upstairs, on the 3rd and 4th floors, so go and have a look!

Also the Cruciform Library is currently based on the 2nd floor, alongside the Medical Sciences book room. They will be based there whilst the Cruciform building works are continuing and they will be moving to their new hub back in the Cruciform building some time next year.

I hope to update this blog on a regular basis so watch this space! 


Lisa – your Subject Librarian for Biosciences

[Image courtesy of morgueFile]


Confused about Open Access? Help is available!

Lisa K Flint10 September 2013

oa-red-lockThe Open Access Team in the Library can help you to make your research open access. This will increase the visibility of your work, and your citations. It needn’t be difficult: the Team’s goal is to make open access as straightforward as possible for researchers.

UCL has a new open access fund that can be used to pay open access fees on behalf of all UCL authors, and a growing number of publisher memberships to simplify the payment process. RCUK and Wellcome authors may already be aware that there are specific funds available for their articles.

There’s web guidance at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/open-access/

Please contact the friendly Open Access Team with any and all open access queries. The team are also available on Twitter now @UCLOAfunding

Psychology / Biology / Botany / Zoology Reading room

Lisa K Flint6 September 2013

We are currently just rearranging this room in terms of the book collections, so please bear with us whilst things aren’t quite in their usual place! Hopefully all the books will be back on the shelves soon, in a slightly different order, and not so squished as before!!