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Open Research Conversations 

Open Research, the idea that both the research process and outputs should be
made publicly available as soon as possible, is prompting lots of changes in how
research is conducted and communicated.

This brings many opportunities as well as some challenges and so the Library is
facilitating a series of conversations focusing on different aspects of open research.

These will include talks from researchers who have made their research open and
other experts sharing their experiences, promoting best practices and discussing the
challenges they are facing.

Preprints across the disciplines - 9th December

Sharing research articles prior to peer review has long been standard practice in
some subjects, whilst in others it is a new development. Join us for a discussion of
the pros and cons of preprints and how they are shaping publishing in different
disciplines.

Responsible Metrics - 18th January

The University of Sheffield was an early signatory to DORA (San Francisco
Declaration on Research Assessment), meaning it has committed to supporting a
responsible approach to research assessment and ending reliance on journal-based
metrics. In this conversation, we will look at the future of metrics and how they can
be used responsibly, to increase robustness, transparency, equality and diversity in
the academic community with talks from Research Services and James Wilsdon,
Information School.


Mediated Literature Searches - trial service

The Library is offering to conduct mediated literature searches or scoping searches on behalf of academic staff. A Librarian will meet with you to discuss your research and develop your search strategy. They will conduct your search across multiple academic databases and share the results with you in the format of your choice.

Feedback on the service from academics (Faculty of Social Sciences)

"It has been a tremendous addition, saving me a lot of time and energy comprehensively searching various databases I was not aware of. In addition to providing a timely and thorough search, staff expertise has been developed through working with skilled librarians."

Please complete the request form to get started.

Please note that this service is only available to academic members of staff.

Learn more about the Library's support for literature searching here.


Publishing and Open Access

Publishing and open access

REF open access policy, funder requirements, gold & green open access…


Managing data and information

Research data management

Managing research data, university and funder policies…


Research students

Student Researcher

Copyright for eTheses, thesis embargoes, Doctoral Development Programme (DDP)…


Citation impact

Tracking citations and online mentions

Using bibliometrics and altmetrics to gauge how much attention research outputs have received...


Discovering information

Discovering research

Search for eTheses, requesting material from other libraries, information skills…


Help and support

Training and support

Contact us to find out about our training…