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November 01
We are launching a new Wi-Fi service, but we don't want you to use it!

In September 2017 Information Services launched Wi-Fi Guest, a free-to-use public Wi-Fi service, primarily to support the British Science Festival. Following this successful trial, we would now like to promote Wi-Fi Guest as a service for visitors, but we have hit a snag.

Due to an unexpected problem with eduroam at the start of term, some staff and students discovered the trial Guest service and started using it. The eduroam problem was resolved within a few days, but anyone that connected to Wi-Fi Guest will find that their device remembers and connects automatically to this service and does not attempt to connect to eduroam. Why is this a problem?

  •  Eduroam has 100 times the capacity of Wi-Fi Guest and offers unlimited connections. If you are connecting to Wi-Fi Guest you won’t have access to the best Wi-Fi service on campus
  • If Wi-Fi Guest is ‘Full’, we have no service to offer visitors. Wi-Fi Guest has a limit of 500 concurrent connections, which is more than enough for our visitors, but not enough if our own staff and students use it. 

What you should do: 

To ensure you and our students get the best Wi-Fi s​ervice through eduroam, we are asking you to Remember to forget Wi-Fi Guest

1.  When you are on campus, we’d like you to check all your wireless devices (phones, tablets, laptops..) to make sure they are connected to eduroam and not Wi-Fi Guest. 

2.  If you find you are connecting to Wi-Fi Guest, you should instruct your device to ‘forget’ this network. If you don’t know how to do this, see instructions here.

3.   Help spread the word. Encourage other staff and students to check their devices and make sure they are getting the best possible Wi-FI service.

4. Try not to select Wi-Fi Guest again. If you do, you may have to forget it again!

When the number of devices connecting to Wi-Fi ​Guest has been reduced, we will be able to promote it as a service to visitors including contractors, conference delegates and your guests.

Meanwhile, here are even more reasons to use eduroam …

  • Eduroam is a global Wi-Fi service available in over 70 countries. 
  • There are 1700 eduroam locations in the United Kingdom. 
  • If you set up your device to use eduroam at Brighton you can enjoy free Wi-Fi at other universities around the world.
  • The bandwidth of eduroam is 10 Gbps (10,000,000 bits per second)
  • The bandwidth of Wi-Fi Guest is 100 Mbps (100,000 bits per second)
For the best Wi-Fi experience on campus, staff and students should use eduroam.
Visitors who don’t have access to eduroam can use Wi-Fi Guest.


When you connect to eduroam, remember that your eduroam username is your university username plus the university’s domain name in this form:

October 27
Day Five : Top Tips for Open Access publishing


Check journal compliance using Sherpa Romeo

Sherpa Romeo is a database of publishers' policies on copyright and self-archiving and is the starting point for finding out the Open Access policy for a journal.  The database lists around 22,000 journals, but if you have trouble locating a specific title be sure to exclude 'The' at the start of the title and alter the search setting to 'starts with' or 'contains' instead of 'exact title' which is the default setting.


Check out the impact factor of the journal using Scopus

It's important to know how journals compare to each other if you're an author looking to submit an article, and Scopus uses journal metrics to help academics, editors and Librarians evaluate the role of specific titles in the context of scholarly publishing.  This article describes how you can easily find out the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) to see the ranking for journals within a certain discipline

"SJR weights citations based on the source they come from.The subject field, quality and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation. SJR also normalizes for differences in citation behavior between subject fields."  - Journal Metrics in Scopus: SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


Use CORE to locate Open Access publications

Core.ac.uk is an aggregator of openly accessible research, drawn from repositories and other sources around the world.  Use the search box to find research articles online, searching across nearly 80 million open access journals from over 6000 journals.


How to spot predatory Open Access journals, don't be fooled!

Predatory Open Access journals are titles that invite authors to submit articles for inclusion, charging a large Article Processing Charge (APC) (in itself not actually unusual) but without any kind of peer-review or even editorial oversight.  Content is acquired often through unsolicited emails to unsuspecting researchers, often early career researchers may be targeted.   

What to look out for if you receive an unsolicited email inviting contributions to a journal you may not have heard of:

  • No publisher address, just an email address on the journal website
  • No evidence of an editorial board
  • An editorial board that seems to be made up of very prominent researchers who would be unlikely to spare their time for an unknown title
  • There may appear to be an excessive number of 'partner' or publisher logos on their website
  • a lack of deatil about the peer review process or editorial guidelines 

This recent article in the Times Higher Education may be of interest.


Sign up for an ORCID ID

Having an ORCID ID enables researchers to have be uniquely identified, the website states

"​ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other contributor and supports automated linkages among all your professional activities."

It integrates with many systems, including some university and funding systems.  Currently researchers are most likely to come into contact with ORCID through the publishing process.  Over 3000 journals collect ORCID IDs through manuscript submission systems.  Registration is free and fast, and available to all researchers, sign up here!

Attend an Open Access workshop at a campus near you

As the REF, the Research Councils and other key funders adopt Open Access publishing requirements, it has become essential for academic authors to understand how to make their work Open Access. Since April 2016, to be eligible for submission to the next REF, journal articles and conference proceedings (with an ISSN) must have been published Open Access and deposited in Converis within 3 months of publisher acceptance.

Information Services are running two workshops as part of the Research and Enterprise Development Programme 2017/18, which will cover the key principles of Open Access publishing and how the Converis system is used to make your research outputs Open Access through the University Repository.

You can view all workshops and sign up to attend them here


And, don't forget the
Open Access pages on the Information Services website. As well as finding lots of resources and tools, there's also a very handy researcher decision chart to guide you through the options when deciding where and how to publish, information on paying APCs and some FAQs for that quick answer when you're just not sure. If you don't find what you're looking for then you can always ask your Information Adviser - contact details here. 


October 26
Day Four : Open Access Myths Exposed

The purpose of Open Access is in itself, quite simple. It is to make the outcome of research freely accessible to all. However, common misconceptions, seemingly complex publishers rules, as well as meeting the requirements of funders and HEFCE, amongst other things, can all make Open Access seem complex. Below we explore some of the common misunderstandings surrounding Open Access and how making your research freely accessible is not as difficult as it first may seem. 

Open Access myths


Myth 1 

Open Access journals are not peer-reviewed

  • OA journals tend to go through the same rigorous peer review process as journals that operate on a subscription based model
  • You can check here: Directory of Open Access Journals

Myth 2

Open Access journals don't benefit the author

  • By publishing OA, authors achieve maximum visibility for their work
  • This often leads to increased citations, and greater impact
  • This can help to increase an author's profile and reputation

Myth 3

Open Access journals are not as prestigious as traditional subscription-based titles

  • Citation metrics indicate that some OA journals rank very highly within their subject areas - see the examples below
  • Some OA journals are run by very prestigious publishers, who are leaders in their fields - again there are examples below

Myth 4

You can only publish Open Access if you pay an Article Processing Charge (APC)

  • The green route to OA (advocated by the UoB OA Policy) allows authors to publish in any journal and then self-archive a version of their article/paper (including changes resulting from peer review).  The self-archived version becomes freely accessible (Open Access) following any embargo periods stipulated by the publisher

Myth 5

It violates copyright to make an article Open Access without paying to do so

  • Many OA journals allow the author to retain copyright of their work by publishing under a Creative Commons licence.  Most publishers also allow authors to self-archive via the green route (see above), which is free and doesn't violate copyright.

Open Access facts

Fact 1

The University of Brighton has a policy on Open Access

You'll find the policy on the University's Open Access pages here

The policy states that:

Staff should deposit all research outputs, including journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and non-text based outputs in the University of Brighton Research repository (UBR), subject to publishers' copyright permissions 


Fact 2

HEFCE now requires research outputs to be made Open Access

  • The policy states that, to be eligible for the next REF, authors' final peer-reviewed manuscripts must be submitted in an institutional or subject repository within 3 months of acceptance.
  • UoB staff use Converis to upload their research outputs to the University of Brighton Repository

Fact 3

It is the author's responsibility to make sure they are compliant

  • Help is available should you need it.  For any questions, or help debunking other OA myths, speak to your Information Adviser


Highly ranked Open Access journals          across disciplines 


Art and Humanities (Language and Linguistics)

Computational Linguistics, published by MIT Press has a Scopus CiteScore* of 3.56 and is the top ranking journal within the Arts and Humanities subject area and is ranked 6th out of 582 journals in the Language and Linguistics subject area (this ranking includes hybrid journals, OA and subscriptions based titles).  All articles in this journal are published under a CC BY 4.0 license


Business, Management and Accounting

BRQ Business Research Quarterly, published by Elsevier is the 6th highest ranking OA journal within the Business, Management and Accounting subject area, with a Scopus CiteScore of 1.40.  The journal offers a rigourous double blind peer review process, and in 2016 journal content was cited 88 times. 


Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (Chemistry)

Nature Communications, published by Nature Publishing Group is the highest ranking OA journal within this discipline and has a citation count of 92,807 for 2016 and a Scopus CiteScore of 11.80.  This title is also ranked 8th within the Chemistry category out of all journal types and not just OA. 



The journal IEEE Access is the 2nd highest ranking journal within the Engineering subject area and is ranked 4th out of 265 journals of all types, within the Engineeringcategory and has a Scopus CiteScore of 5.13.  The submission to publication timeframe is around 4-6 weeks and also operates a peer review process for submissions.


*Scopus CiteScore is a way of measuring the citation impact of journals.  for more information see here


October 25
Day Three : Open Access Week 2017
This short video from the Research Office, takes you through the basic principles of Open Access - what is it, why it's important and what you need to do about it. It's aimed at all research and enterprise active staff at the University of Brighton.

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Note: when prompted enter your University of Brighton username and password.

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And, don't forget the Open Access pages on the Information Services website. As well as finding lots of resources and tools, there's also a very handy researcher decision chart to guide you through the options when deciding where and how to publish, information on paying APCs and some FAQs for that quick answer when you're just not sure. If you don't find what you're looking for then you can always ask your Information Adviser - contact details here. 


October 24
Day Two : Open Access Week 2017

Today we look at some of our researchers and their work in the area of Open Access.pageHeaderLogoImage_en_US.png

Patricia Prieto Blanco, a Lecturer in Photographic Practices at the University of Brighton, is editor of Open Access journal Networking Knowledge. The journal is published by MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association), run exclusively by members of MeCCSA Postgraduate Network and it features content solely from postgraduate and early career researchers. 

Over the 11 years since the journal was first published, it has provided a space for emergent voices to develop and thrive. The journal is fully peer reviewed and free of Article Processing Charges (APCs). The aim of Networking Knowledge is to support postgraduates and early career researchers navigate the world of academic publishing by creating opportunities for dissemination and further engagement: guest issues are published at least twice a year. Patricia and her team are currently working on improving the indexing of the journal by reviewing metadata and incorporating DOI numbers with the aim of increasing the influence of the journal within the academic community.  

Patricia’s research interests include: photography, methods and methodologies, mediation of the everyday and migration. You’ll find Patricia’s research outputs in the University of Brighton’s Repository (UBR). 

Dr Anastasios Georgoulas and Prof Energies.pngMarco Marengo from the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics recently had two articles published in Energies. The journal aims to be a “leading peer-reviewed platform and an authoritative source of information for analyses, reviews and evaluations related to energy engineering and research”. Both articles - An Enhanced VOF Method Coupled with Heat Transfer and Phase Change to Characterise Bubble Detachment in Saturated Pool Boiling (academic editor Kamel Hooman) and Sensible Heat Transfer during Droplet Cooling: Experimental and Numerical Analysis (academic editor Brian Agnew) - can be found in the UBR. The articles belong to a special issue - Advanced Thermal Simulation of Energy Systems - guest edited by Prof Marco Marengo.
Energies isDOAJ.png fully Open Access, peer reviewed and indexed by Web of Science, Scopus and EI Compendex, amongst others. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has awarded Energies the DOAJ Seal – a mark of certification awarded to journals that achieve a high level of openness, adhere to best practice and high publishing standards. On the decision to publish in Energies, Dr Georgoulas said: “we took the decision based on the fact that it is a high quality Open Access journal, with a high impact factor… it also has a very rigorous review process, with two review cycles for each article”. The articles have amassed a combined total of over 1500 downloads since publication.
October 23
New trial - Print Room In Eastbourne

We are trialling a new student print room opening in Eastbourne, Queenwood on 30th October 2017. This is a 12 month pilot which will help us monitor demand and usage.

We will be offering printing (small & large format) and binding with payments by Unicard only. There will be a 5% discount for colour A4 & A3 and 20% discount for Black and White A4 and A3.

We are still recruiting for student helpers so please help us get the word out or email reprographics@brighton.ac.uk if you are interested in a part time job in Eastbourne.

October 23
Day One : Open Access Week 2017

The theme this year is “Open in order to…” SPARC want to explore what openness enables – in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a specific context, and encourage action to realise some of the benefits of openness.

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Open in order to increase the exposure of my work. Open in order to allow practitioners to apply my findings. Open in order for my research to influence policy.  Open in order to be compliant with grant rules.

These are just a few of things we’ll be looking at this week in our blog posts, as well as sharing tips, advice, sources of support, together with Open Access stories from our own research community here at the University of Brighton.
The UBR is 10!
As well as marking International Open Access Week, we are also celebrating 10 years of the University of Brighton Repository (UBR)! The UBR was officially launched back in 2007, however, one of the first Open Access research outputs deposited in 2006 was a journal article in Critical Care – Differentiating midazolam over-sedation from neurological damage in the intensive care unitby Brighton researchers Declan Naughton, Graham Davies & Gary Phillips from the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences.
Since then the UBR has grown enormously and now showcases over 13,000 published research outputs from across a wide variety of subject disciplines. This past month the UBR has seen over 15,000 downloads originating in over 200 countries, of which 43% of outputs were Open Access.

The primary role of the UBR is to provide Open Access to the University’s research, and an important part of this is enabling researchers to meet funder and REF Open Access requirements. Research and academic staff can submit the full-text of their research outputs to the UBR through Converis, the University's Current Research and Information System.
To ensure research outputs are eligible for submission to the next REF all journal articles and conference proceedings published with an ISSN must be deposited in the UBR within 3 months of acceptance. For more information on Open Access please see our Open Access web pages or contact your local Information Adviser.
September 21
#StartConnected campaign

Information Services have been working with colleagues to set up the StartConnected campaign for our new students. The first drop-in was in Cockcroft Hall on Tuesday, connecting with the new arrival of International Students.


Kostya, one of our Student Helpers, joined us to help promote the IS Five Steps to Start Connected.
Look out for eye-catching blue and yellow banners, posters, flyers and bookmarks over the coming weeks.
They shall be popping up in our Libraries and other student events to make sure UoB students are given the best start to accessing our services!
Go to the #StartConnected page to find out more
September 13
Celebrate the launch of the Explore Studio, Falmer

The aim of the Explore Studio is to support staff in changing their teaching practice to
make the most of technology and have a safe, supported space in which to experiment.


You are invited to celebrate the opening of the Falmer Explore Studio and find out
how you can use the space. This is a drop in event allowing to people to see the
range of things on offer in the studio, ask questions and to declare it officially open!

Drop in between 10am and 1pm on Friday 6th October.

The Explore Studio is part of the Teaching and Learning Modernisation programme

Find out more about the Explore Studio

September 11
Windows 10 in teaching rooms

​All Windows computers in student computer rooms and teaching rooms have been upgraded to Windows 10, and some teaching software has been updated to later versions.

You should not notice much difference, but the way you open and save your files has changed. This short document includes instructions for opening and saving your files.

If you are teaching in one of these rooms, we recommend that you go and try out the new set up.

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