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Images of Research competition

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 3:51pm

Are you an undergraduate doing research at UT Austin. If so, you should consider submitting an image that captures the process, outcome, or impact of your research. If your image wins, you will receive $100!

Details about the contest are available on the event page. The deadline for submission is March 23, 2018.

If you work with undergraduates doing research, you can help spread the word with this flyer.

Open access & creativity event

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:59pm

Open access gets discussed a lot as a potential solution to access issues for scholarly research articles. Copyright and open access are not discussed as frequently for creative scholarship. The UT Libraries will be hosting a panel event and hands-on workshop that aims to tackle that very issue. Please come join us!

Title: Can I Use That?: Remix and Creativity
Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 4-6PM
Where: PCL Learning Lab 1
Description: Why is it important to know the rules of copyright when using images, altering literary text, or photographing art pieces? What can be used and reused? Join us for a lively panel discussion about the creative reuse of artistic and scholarly content. Learn about the fascinating (and sometimes troubling) history of copyright and how it affects artists, writers, and scholars today. We’ll also discuss alternatives, like Creative Commons licensing and the Open Access movement and how they can be used in creative work. After the panel, you can bind your own book using Cita Press’ open access content!

Sci-Hub and LibGen in Perspective

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 4:16pm

Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 21st at noon in PCL Learning Lab 4 to hear UT Austin iSchool graduate student, Steven McLaughlin, speak about Sci-Hub and LibGen. There will be plenty of time for discussion, so bring your questions.

Sci-Hub and LibGen in Perspective
Over the past decade, websites offering free, unauthorized copies of books and academic articles have grown rapidly. How are they maintained and used, and what might they mean for the future of scholarly publishing?

Images of Research competition

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 9:13am

UT Libraries will be hosting an Images of Research competition this semester. The competition is designed to celebrate the research contributions of UT undergraduates. Students may submit images that visualize the research they are engaged in here at UT. Details about the competition, including prizes, timelines, eligibility and submission instructions are available here.

Digital scholarship office hours spring semester

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 8:42am

We are offering digital scholarship office hours again this semester. Gilbert Borrego, Allyssa Guzman, Jessica Trelogan and Colleen Lyon will be available to answer any questions you may have about digital scholarship, Texas Data Repository, Texas ScholarWorks, research data services, or scholarly publishing.

Here are the dates –all sessions are in PCL 1.124 (one floor below the entrance level of PCL)

  • Wednesday, Jan. 24th, 10:00-12:00
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 10:00-12:00
  • Wednesday, Mar. 28th, 10:00-12:00
  • Wednesday, Apr. 25th, 10:00-12:00

The office hours are open to anyone at UT Austin – we’re thinking of it as an alternative to booking a consultation. No appointment is needed, you can just stop in during the two hour time frame and chat with us. As a bonus, we’ll have sweet treats or snacks for anyone who stops by.

We are of course still available for consultation at any time via email, phone, or in-person. You can continue to ask questions that way if you prefer.

 

arXiv celebrates 1 billion downloads

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 3:30pm

arXiv has announced they achieved a huge milestone in 2017 – their one billionth download! arXiv is a fantastic example of a successful pre-print repository.

They have information about reaching that download milestone and other updates for 2018 in their January update.

It’s important to remember that much of the work with repositories like this can be invisible to users. Running a successful repository takes a lot of planning, active management, and outreach. Hats off to everyone who supports arXiv!

The Flora of Forfarshire: A publication of historical and botanical value available in modern collections and public platforms.

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 2:57pm

During the spring semester 2017, UT Libraries and the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center worked together to digitize the Flora of Forfarshire and make it available to the public through the Texas ScholarWorks repository.

pic3The Flora of Forfarshire is an emblematic botanical work by the Scottish botanist, William Gardiner (1809-1852), a poet and botanist, well known among the botanical establishment in 19th Century Europe. Published in 1848, The Flora of Forfarshire comprises +300 pages of plants, fungi, lichens, and algae growing in Forfar (Angus) county, Scotland. Since the publication of the book was an ambitious project, Gardiner funded its project by recruiting patrons who were rewarded with folios of pressed samples of representative species listed in thebook, accompanied by taxonomic and geographical information. Most of these folios no longer exist, but one of them, along with the main book, are accessioned at the University of Texas Libraries.pic2
The Flora of Forfarshire has historical and scientific value because of Its age, the adverse economic conditions the author had overcome to publish it, the excellent preservation of the pressed plants in the complementary volume and, the botanical information of a region that has changed a lot since the XIX century, among other reasons. In order to make the book and the folio accessible to the public and providing an accurate and updated version of the information contained in the Flora, The Plant Resources Center and UT Libraries worked in a joint project offering the opportunity to Jessica Wigley, a Museum Studies student to have hands-on experience in digitizing, georeferencing, and updating the taxonomic information of each of the records.pic1 A total of 135 records were digitized and barcoded, 74 required taxonomic update, and 54 localities had their localities georeferenced. Jessica presented her final results in a poster at the conference Botany 2017 in June 2017 and all the products of the project including downloadable versions of the poster, the books, and a spreadsheet with all the information, were uploaded to the Texas ScholarWorks repository during the fall 2017. The Flora of Forfarshire collection can be accessed and consulted here: https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/47236

Post submitted by Amalia Díaz, Ph.D., Assistant Curator, Plant Resources Center.

Evaluating Journal Quality

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:53am

With the proliferation of new journals enabled by online publishing, it can be difficult for researchers to know if a particular journal is worth publishing in. Here are two resources that could help librarians and researchers when looking into an unfamiliar journal.

The first is the Quality Open Access Market (QOAM). The QOAM enlists the help of academics to evaluate a journal’s online presence and the experience of publishing with a particular journal. The journal’s website is evaluated for editorial information, peer review, governance, and workflow. This evaluation results in a Base Score Card. Authors can share their experience publishing with that particular journal, which results in a Valuation Score Card. The journal score cards are combined to give users an indication of whether this is a strong journal, weaker journal, opportunity to the publisher to improve, or a threat to the author. The QOAM measures the quality of service of the journal, not the quality of the research being published.

The other journal evaluation tool is the Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) framework. This project was started to help journals from the global south improve their international reputation. The criteria used to assess the journal include: publication of original research, functional editorial board, verified involvement from editorial & advisory boards, accuracy of the description of the peer review and quality control processes, availability of author and reviewer guidelines, and display of editorial and publishing policies. Assessed journal are assigned to one of six levels: inactive titles, new title, no stars, one star, two stars, three stars.

These tools are not white lists or black lists. They are designed to provide some information about the transparency and quality of the publication services of a given journal. They should be used in conjunction with disciplinary knowledge, consultation with colleagues, and the author’s own professional judgment.