Every year St George’s Library welcomes our new undergraduates and postgraduates with a Library induction: this year we’re changing things up… we’re moving our Library Inductions online!
As well as meeting your Liaison Librarians at your welcome lectures, all new starters will be enrolled onto the SGUL Library module in Canvas, your VLE at St George’s. Here you’ll be able to access course-specific information about Library resources, teaching and learning materials and most importantly for now, your Online Library Induction. You can also find a link to it here (SGUL Login required).
As keen new St George’s students, we hope you’ll be interested in exploring the Library module regardless, but appreciate that an incentive or two might entice you! Therefore, any student who completes their online induction will be automatically entered into a very generous prize draw…
Local businesses have come out in force to show their support for St George’s, so you could be in with a chance of winning the following:
The open research movement is about disseminating scientific outputs widely and openly as soon as possible. One of the ways that researchers can rapidly share their work with a wide audience is by posting a preprint to a preprint server. The practice of sharing and commenting on preprints has recently been described as ‘science in real time’1
The preprint is the original version of your work, before peer review and before acceptance by a journal.
Why post preprints
Publishing your research as a preprint means that you can get your work out fast. From 2021, the Wellcome Trust2 will require that any research they fund that is relevant to a public health emergency be published as a preprint, in order to disseminate findings on such important areas as quickly as possible3,4.
Your work will be citeable and shareable as soon as it’s posted, allowing you to demonstrate the work you’re doing to funders, colleagues and potential collaborators.
Immediate feedback from your peers can help you improve your manuscript, as well as opening up potential avenues for follow up work or collaborations.
By publishing your findings as a preprint, you can publically establish priority by date stamping your findings and making your preprint part of the scientific record.
Preprint servers (examples below) allow for disseminating hard-to-publish but important work such as negative/null findings.
In fields where posting preprints to preprint servers is commonplace, these can become a one stop shop for getting a quick overview of the newest developments in the field – a piece in Nature5 highlights how biorXiv can be used to help researchers stay abreast of what their colleagues are working on.
Before you post your preprint, what should
If you are
posting as a step prior to publishing in a journal, check whether your prospective
journal has any rules around preprints – do they consider posting preprints as
What’s the best platform for what you want to achieve? If you want feedback on your paper from a specific group before going more public, you could share it on St George’s data repository via a closed group or a private link.
Are there charges for posting?
Where there are charges, these tend to be much less than open access fees in
more established journals, however you will still need to consider how these
Where can I post preprints?
bioRxiv.org is a preprint server for the biological sciences. Many journals allow you to submit work that has been previously published as a preprint, and preprints posted to bioRxiv can also be directly transferred for submission to a variety of other peer review services (eg Plos, BMC). An analysis6 earlier this year of biorXiv preprints found that “two-thirds of preprints posted before 2017 were later published in peer-reviewed journals”.
medRxiv is a preprint
server using the same software as bioRxiv, and papers on health sciences topics
can be posted there.
BioMed Central have recently launched a new prepublication
option, In Review, for
articles under consideration in four of their journals: BMC Anesthesiology, BMC Neurology,
BMC Ophthalmology and Trials.
All these sites screen contributions for plagiarism and
appropriateness, and to ensure they meet ethical standards.
Where are preprints
bioRxiv and medRxiv preprints are indexed by Google, Google
Scholar, CrossRef and other search tools. They are not indexed by Web of
Science, however they will be indexed in EPMC as follows:
“To distinguish preprints from peer reviewed articles in Europe PMC,
each preprint is given a PPR ID, and is clearly labelled as a preprint, both on
the abstract view and the search results… When preprints have subsequently
been published as peer-reviewed articles and indexed in Europe PMC they are
crosslinked to each other.”
Preprints are not indexed in PubMed until they have achieved
sufficient peer review.
How do I find out
Preprint platforms have options to set up alerts for subject
categories, recent additions and to track papers when they are revised.
Rxivist combines preprints from bioRxiv with data from Twitter to help find the papers being discussed in a particular field, to help researchers deal with the “avalanche” of research7 they may be faced with.
I’m a SGUL
researcher, can I record and deposit my preprints in SGUL’s CRIS (Current Research Information System), St George’s Research Data Repository or publications repository, SORA
(St George’s Online Research Archive)?
Records for preprints can come into your CRIS profile from CrossREF & EPMC. This is useful as it adds to the completeness of your publication list in CRIS.
As and when a paper from biorXiv or medrXiv goes onto to be published in a journal, then we’d expect to see a record for this in CRIS too.
For the purposes of making full text available via SORA, we have historically only made those versions of an article post peer review (either the final accepted MS or publisher version where possible) publically available.
For REF 2021, while preprints will be eligible for submission8, only outputs which have been ‘accepted for publication’ (such as a journal article or conference contribution with an ISSN) are within the scope of the REF 2021 open access policy. SGUL researchers should continue to follow the deposit on acceptance advice and upload the accepted version of their papers to CRIS for SORA.
The future of
While there has been debate on the pros and cons of
preprints in terms of whether research disseminated in this way will advance
healthcare for patients9, improvements to preprint platforms (such
as medRxiv’s cautionary advice to news media on their homepage) and backing by
funders should mean that as a tool for researchers to quickly share & find
preliminary findings, preprints will be around for the foreseeable future.
As funder mandates and preprint practices develop in the medical and health sciences, we will keep our system capabilities for capturing and promoting researchers’ preprints under active review.
Michelle Harricharan, Research Data Support Manager Jenni Hughes, Research Publications Assistant Jennifer Smith, Research Publications Librarian
Look out for a Library blog post on open peer review during Peer Review Week which is taking place September 16-20 2019.
If you are interested receiving updates from the Library on all things open access, open data and scholarly research communications, you can subscribe to the Library Blog using the Follow button or click here for further posts from us.
Chiarelli, A; Johnson, R; Pinfield, S; Richens, E. Practices, drivers and impediments in the use of preprints: Phase 1 report [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2019 Aug 8]. Available from: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2654832
4. Johansson MA, Reich NG, Meyers LA, Lipsitch M. Preprints: An underutilized mechanism to accelerate outbreak science. PLoS Med [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2019 Aug 8];15(4):e1002549. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002549
6. Abdill, RJ, Blekhman, R. Tracking the popularity and outcomes of all bioRxiv preprints. bioRxiv [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2019 Aug 7];515643. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1101/515643
7. Abdill, RJ; Blekhman R. Rxivist.org: Sorting biology preprints using social media and readership metrics. PLOS Biol [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2019 Aug 8];17(5):e3000269. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000269
This Thursday 18th July, there will be a film crew recording a promotional video in the Library between 9.30am and 5pm.
While we’ll aim to keep disruption to a minimum, please be aware that the film crew and Library staff will be setting up equipment, recording interviews and moving throughout the study spaces and computer rooms throughout the day.
Expected disruption will include the closure of some spaces/services. Please note that:
The smaller Silent Study section will be closed to users between 8am – 10am
Printers in the main computer room will be switched off and unavailable for use between 11am – 12pm
Should you not wish to appear in the photographs or recordings, please ensure you sit in an area that is away from the view of the cameras. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to a member of Library staff on the day, or email Robert Harris, the Head of Digital Services on email@example.com
Through the HSTalks Biomedical and Life Sciences collection, St George’s students and staff have access to 2,500 online, multi-media seminar-style talks, covering the latest research and development as well as the fundamentals of the biomedical and life sciences.
Presented by leading experts, the resource can be easily embedded into virtual learning environments, such as Canvas, as recommended components or additional/supplemental lectures. The lectures are suitable for blended and flipped classroom programmes as well self-motivated additional learning.
For off-site access, log in with your SGUL network login.
There are various ways to search for lectures, including by subject categories and therapeutic areas. Talks have also been organised into series within the subject categories, for example: Cancer Genetics or Stroke Prevention
A session for those new to Twitter, offering a hands-on practical workshop exploring this growing social media platform, with particular focus on how Twitter can be used in a professional context.
Recommended: For anyone wanting to get familiar with Twitter
Wednesday 24th July 11:00-12:30
Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students Sessions available on request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organise a bespoke session please email us at email@example.com