Articles by author: Evelyn Smith

  • Open Access in Order to … Gain More Citations

          
    Did you know that open access articles attract more citations than those published in subscription journals? A substantial body of research evidence demonstrates what’s known as the Open Access Citation Advantage. A recent study in the open access journal PLoS ONE found that advantage to be as high as 19% — even when articles had been embargoed (made open access after a certain period). This is because it’s easier for anyone to access a freely available article – meaning that scholars anywhere can cite it in their own papers without worrying if their institution can afford an expensive journal subscription.

    Why does this matter? Higher citations are regarded as a major indicator of research impact – the basis for growth in both individual researchers’ careers and in the profile of their institutions.

    Here at Brock, recipients of funding from the Library Open Access Publishing Fund attest to the benefits of freely sharing their articles:

    “Because it was open, this article received more citations than those I have published the same time period but not open.” —Jian Liu, Professor, Health Sciences

    “Because it was open,  my article attracted higher citations.” — Ping Liang, Associate Professor, Biology.

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  • On Display: Open Access Week Exhibit

    Did you know that open access leads to higher citation counts and raises the profile of Brock research? Scholarly literature made freely available online also enhances collaboration and ensures that the public can access taxpayer-funded research.

    In honour of International Open Access Week, Oct. 23-29, the Library and Learning Commons display cases feature open access resources and statements from Brock researchers on why “open” is important to them.

    The Library will also be celebrating Open Access Week with several other activities, including:

    • Open Access Fact or Fiction Prize Wheel – Oct. 23, 2-3; Oct. 26, 11-12; Library Learning Commons
    • Live stream of Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair, University of Ottawa, discussing the linkages between copyright reform, open access, and open educational resources. Oct. 24, 12:40 pm, Schmon Tower 11th floor, Room 1126
    • Announcement of the recipient of the inaugural Brock University Award for Open Access
    • Library News posts highlighting the impact of open access for Brock researchers

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  • Late Night Hours Resume

    Learning Commons open late

    Learn more about extended hours.

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  • Library Network Upgrade, Sunday, October 1, 2017

    Updates to networking equipment in the Library’s data centre will take place on Sunday, October 1st from 7 to 7:30 a.m.  During this time, no access to any library resources will be available.

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  • On Display: Voyage of Discovery: French, Italian, German, and Hispanic & Latin American Cultures

    Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures display pic

    The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures has mounted a display in the Learning Commons and Thistle hallway showcasing various aspects of French, Italian, German, and Hispanic and Latin American Cultures.

    Come to view the intriguing assortment of items on display and win a prize by successfully answering a skill-testing question each week. The questions will be posted on Facebook and on Twitter, as well as on the MLLC website. Please send your responses to: dbielicki@brocku.ca

    Skill-testing question #2:

    Enter here to take the subway! Name the style in which I was built. The names of both the French and German styles are required!

    Congratulations to Jacob Stickel, winner of week 1’s question.

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  • Welcome to Nicole Nolan, Associate University Librarian

    Nicole Nolan, Associate University Librarian
    A hearty Brock University welcome to Nicole Nolan who joins the leadership team of the James A. Gibson Library this October. Nicole joins us from Western University Libraries.  Read more about Nicole, her passion for libraries and her local roots. Please join us in welcoming Nicole to the Brock Community.

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  • On Display: Science Literacy Week 2017

    Science Literacy Week, September 18-24, 2017
    The James A. Gibson Library is proud to participate in Science Literacy Week, a Canada wide celebration of science and science literature. Learn more.

    Events:

    Exploring Our Geologic Past: a campus rock tour
     led by Dr. Francine McCarthy, Dept. of Earth Science
    When: Tuesday, September 19, from 5 p.m to 6 p.m
    Where: James A. Gibson Library / Learning Commons (meeting location)
    Note: Wear appropriate clothing and footwear as the tour will run rain or shine
    Admission: Free

    Let’s Talk Science … in the Learning Commons
    When: Thursday, September 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Where:  Learning Commons / James A. Gibson Library (main floor)
    Admission: Free

    Focus on Fossils Display
    When: September 18-24, 2017
    Where: Display cases at the Thistle entrance to the Learning Commons and inside the Library, main floor

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  • Scholars Portal E-Journals Milestone

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    This week, the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) announced that the Scholars Portal Journals platform topped 50 million articles – coinciding with the Council’s 50th anniversary. Learn more about the platform and the coveted Trusted Digital Repository status it holds.

    To access Scholars Portal Journals please visit: journals.scholarsportal.info

     

     

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  • E-Reserves: an improvement for students & faculty alike

    Ares, our e-reserve system is making life a whole lot easier for Brock students and faculty alike. Learn more.

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  • On Display: Inuit Carvings from the Pelino Collection

    Bears on a rock by Tommy Takpanie.

    The sculpture of Tommy Takpanie. Pelino Collection

    Through December 15th, the Library is hosting an exhibit of exquisite Inuit soap stone sculptures on loan from the private collection of Brock alumnus Joe Pelino (BSc ’91). Learn more about Pelino, his collection and his connection to Iqlauit in the Brock News.

     

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