Thing 15: Open Access and Surrey Research Insight


“Delicious Access…”

In the last few Things, we looked at alternative ways of sharing your research. In order to give your research proper academic credibility, it is important to provide readers with links to peer-reviewed, published articles. However, this presents the reader with a problem: Access.

(If your research is not yet published, there is also the problem of copyright, which we talked about in Thing 8.)

Traditionally, research is written up into articles, which are submitted to a publisher, peer reviewed, and then published in an academic journal (if you want to know more about this process come to our publishing workshops). Institutions must pay both to submit the article, and to buy the access to the article (called a journal subscription).

This limits the availability of academic papers to subscribing institutions, journal members, and one-off fee-payers.

Open Access is about making research papers freely available to anyone who is interested.

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Thing 14: Sharing research online

“That’s lovely, Keith, but do you have a PowerPoint version?”
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Videos and podcasts are a growing part of sharing information, and sharing research through presentations. In Thing 12 we introduced some of the tools for making and sharing media. Now we’re going to look at applying those tools to research. We’ll explore some new tools for creating presentations, and you can experiment with sites such as Slideshare that let you share your research and presentations online.

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Thing 12: Making and sharing media

cello“This is how I start all my lectures”
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You will not need to make or upload a podcast or video to complete this thing, but this post should give you some idea of the tools available. Please take some time to explore these tools and think about how they might be useful to you. If you’re feeling brave, we do encourage you to try them out – even if it’s only for a brief screen capture or a video to introduce yourself. Increasingly, universities and other employers are asking for short videos by applicants, especially for teaching roles, so it’s good to have had some practice.

For inspiration see these examples from past 23 Things participants seeking neverneverland and Iloveclassicalukelele.

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Thing 7: Reference management tools


“Everything my eye touches populates straight into my bibliography”
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Reference management tools are one of the single most useful digital tools for a researcher today. Gone are the days of painstakingly changing each of your in-text citations to a footnote, or changing each full stop in a reference to a comma because a journal required it. Online reference management tools allow you to:

  • import references from different sources (e.g. websites, library catalogues, bibliographic databases)
  • manage and/or edit the references once they are in the system, and add manually any references that you cannot find online
  • export references into a document, either as a single bibliography, or individually (often called ‘cite while you write’) which generates a list of references.
  • format the bibliography according the referencing style of your choice, and re-format if/when necessary

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Thing 6: Networks –, ResearchGate and Google Scholar



“If only I knew someone else researching the effects of Teflon on the physics of cartoon cat-and-mouse capers…”
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Increasingly, researchers are expected to be part of online networks. If you can’t be found through a search engine, you’re severely limiting opportunities for others to find you and your work, and online presence can be a significant part of research impact (as we’ll discuss in Thing 16). What’s more, if you know how to search and exploit these networks, you gain access to thousands of researchers around the world. Who knows who you’ll meet?

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Thing 5: Professional Networks – LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, and it allows you to build an online profile that features your experience and skills. It also allows you to network with other users in a professional environment, so it provides a great way to connect with contacts from your current work world, and connect with people from worlds you’d like to work in. LinkedIn profiles tend to feature highly in Google searches (though not as high as profile pages with suffixes).

A well-constructed LinkedIn profile can be a great way to:

  • Develop your professional on-line presence
  • Build your networks and make connections
  • Increase your visibility
  • Actively look for jobs, companies or career opportunities

and above all enhance your professional profile, Research from Elsevier suggests that 65% of researchers are on LinkedIn

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Thing 2: Register your blog with the RDP


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Congratulations on your new blog. We hope choosing your title and pseudonym didn’t keep you up all night. Perhaps you have made your first post already, pondering pressing issues over an artisan coffee.

Please provide us with some details so we can check out your blog posts over the coming weeks. We’re eager readers.

You can do this by emailing us at with your name and faculty, your blog name and your blog’s URL. Please register your blog with us by noon on the 4th of May. You blog will then be added to our ‘blogroll’ on the right-hand side of the blog.

Participants who register their blogs and complete all the Things will receive a completion certificate.


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