Social Sciences Week 9-15 September

The aim of Social Sciences week is to showcase the diversity and relevance of social science research and increase the reach of cutting-edge social science research.

Join an online Webinar: Social Justice for all on September 11, 12pm to 2pm

Explore current Social science research topics in NOVA our open access repository which showcases the research outputs of the staff and postgraduate students of the University of Newcastle.

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Open Access Week- 10 Year Anniversary

Open Access Week is 22-28 October 2018. This event is celebrating its 10 year anniversary! The goal of Open Access week is to highlight and share the importance and benefits of Open Access. The UON Library supports this by celebrating and promoting the ways in which researchers and academics make their work open access.

Want to contribute to Open Access Week and receive a free coffee? Submit a full-text copy of your peer reviewed manuscript (Final Accepted Version) to NOVA before midnight on 28th October 2018 and have a coffee on us!

Need more information?

Why choose open access?

This short video will explain the benefits of open access to you and the wider research community:








Unsure if you can make your publications open access? Neither was Rita, but watch the video and she can help explain the process to you:


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Open Access Week 2018

22nd – 28th October 2018

Open Access … anyone …anywhere …anytime

It’s International Open Access Week and the Library is inviting all UON authors to get involved. You can submit a full-text copy of your peer-reviewed manuscript (Final Accepted Version) to NOVA before midnight on 28th October 2018 and you will receive a coffee voucher which can be redeemed at Fast Fuel Cafés (Auchmuty, Huxley, and NeW Space). We can also arrange for you to have a voucher at a cafe at another University of Newcastle Campus.


Open Access Week provides an opportunity to promote broader access to academic research outputs for scholars, students, professionals and the general public.
Open Access is immediate, free of charge, online access to research articles via the internet.  One significant way in which authors can participate is to self-archive copies of their peer-reviewed manuscripts (Final Accepted Version) into the University’s institutional open access repository, NOVA.  The Library would like to encourage more UON authors to self-archive copies of their publications to make available via open access.


DIMENSIONS: A powerful citation and analytics tool

Introducing you to a new citation database and research analytics tool

Dimensions is a new linked research knowledge system that allows users to find and analyse the most relevant research information, uncover evidence of impact, reach and engagement, and gather insights to inform future research activity.

The free version of Dimensions brings together over 94 million publications, and 63 million Altmetric mentions. It offers an alternative to Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar metrics; combining a citation database, research analytics and article discovery and access.


Dimensions includes unique metrics, including its own citation count and the Altmetric attention score. Metrics are contextualised within the field and the time period.

Traditional citation-based metrics are slow to accrue, usually only for journal articles and tend to accrue for certain disciplines only. Inclusion of altmetrics gives a broader view of the interest in research outputs and researchers.

Dimensions integrates with the ORCID researcher identification system. All publication records include an ‘Add to ORCID’ button, allowing you to add works to your ORCID record with one click (once you have connected your ORCID in the Dimensions system).

The Dimensions Badge


Total citations
Citation Count is the number of times that the paper has been cited by other published papers in the Dimensions database.

Recent Citations
The recent citations value is the number of citations that were received in the last two years. It is currently reset at the beginning of each calendar year.

Field Citation Ratio (FCR)
The Field Citation Ratio (FCR) is an article-level metric that indicates the relative citation performance of an article, when compared to similarly-aged articles in its subject area. A value of more than 1.0 indicates higher than average citation, when defined by FCR Subject Code, publishing year and age. The FCR is calculated for articles published in 2000 and later.

Relative Citation Ratio (RCR)
The Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) indicates the relative citation performance of an article when comparing its citation rate to that of other articles in its area of research. A value of more than 1.0 shows a citation rate above average. The article’s area of research is defined by the articles that have been cited alongside it. The RCR is normalized to 1.0 for all articles.

The Altmetric Donut


The Altmetric Attention Score is a weighted count of all of the online attention Altmetric have found for an individual research output. This includes mentions in public policy documents and references in Wikipedia, the mainstream news, social networks, blogs and more. Users can click on the coloured ‘donut’ to view the tweets, news stories, policy documents etc. that have mentioned the research output.

Try it out – Get started with Dimensions
Access to the basic Dimensions search interface is free and anyone can create a login to access the publications data. Start investigating your impact here.

Need more information or help?
Senior Research Librarians are available to assist you with the use of Dimensions and with any citation analysis and metrics you need for grant applications or promotions.

Lisa Ogle – Senior Research Librarian


ORCIDS Everywhere!

Congratulations and thank you to all UON researchers and HRD students who registered for an ORCID or connected their existing ORCID to their NURO publication profile.

Since April, Research Support in the University Library have been facilitating a 2018 ORCID promotional campaign with Research and Innovation Services and we are pleased to announce a significant uptake of ORCIDs, as well as researchers connecting their ORCIDs in NURO.

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So what is ORCID?
ORCID is an Open Researcher and Contributor ID providing researchers with a unique identifier and enabling you to distinguish yourself and your research activity.  The global use of ORCID as an identifier in the research workflow is rapidly increasing with uptake by publishers, funding bodies and professional associations around the world.  The inclusion of ORCID within publication and grant submission workflows is growing and will ultimately support recognition of your work as well as create connections to your research and professional activities.

Don’t have an ORCID? Register now!
It only takes a few minutes to register for an ORCID in the NURO publications system. Login in now.

More information on ORCID

Or contact us
Telephone: (02) 4921 6688

Here to keep you on track with your studies

The Library is here to help you from the start of the term through to the finish.

We can point you in the right direction for resources whether you are at the:



If in doubt Ask the Library in person or online

Online resources to guide you

No matter what year of University you’re in, our online Library Guides can help with study, research and assessments.

Subject resource guides provide subject-specific help from Accounting to Tourism. Each guide contains targeted resources, links to ‘best-bet’ subject databases and database tutorials.

Research guides focus on academic research related topics such as literature and systematic reviews, referencing and research impact and citation analysis.

Foundation studies guides provide academic skills, strategies and tips to apply across all subjects.  Topics range from how to plan your study time,  top ten writing tips to an introduction to referencing styles in a referencing quick guide.

To view a list of all of our guides go to our Guide index 

Need help? Ask the Library

Humanities, Arts & Culture Data Summit

Humanities, Arts & Culture Data Summit will progress the humanities, arts and culture research infrastructure agenda and will be held 14-15 March 2018, Canberra.

Date: 14-15 March, 2018

Location:  National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, Canberra.

Registrations are now open.

Overview:  Digital and ‘big data’ developments are transforming possibilities for research into Australian society and culture, enabling at-scale research into our history and heritage, our place in the region, and the way we live now and into the future. Yet Australia’s unique ‘data’ and source material required for this research – artefacts, field notes, film, oral recordings – are largely unconnected and locked away in individual projects, collections and institutions.

Themes include:

  • Visions for a national strategic collaborative agenda for humanities, arts and culture research
  • Current and future possibilities for sharing, mining, and analysing humanities, arts and cultural data
  • Critical and ethical approaches to research data management
  • Digital infrastructures and tools we need now and over next 5-10 years
  • Building next-generation platforms

Click here for more information on confirmed speakers and program highlights.