Starting in February, the Library Service will be running a trial series of monthly webinars covering a range of topics to help support your research.

They will be run over lunchtimes, 1-2pm.

Each of the five sessions – outlined below – will consist of a short presentation, followed by discussion and your questions on the topic. There will also be time for you to ask us any burning research support-related questions you might have!

These sessions are open to any Cranfield staff member or student interested in research. As they will run as webinars you can access them both on and off campus, but you will need to book a place through the DATES system on the intranet.

The webinars

Thursday 21 March: Predatory Publishing – what is it and how can you avoid it?
Presenters: Mandy Smith (Information Specialist and Research Support Coordinator, Barrington Library) and Rachel Daniels (Education and Research Support Manager, Cranfield University Library Service)
Have you ever been approached to submit an article to a journal you are unsure of? Or submit your thesis to a publisher you have never heard of? Or even been invited to join an editorial board? Join us for a brief guide to predatory publishing, why you need to know, and how to avoid being caught out by it…

Monday 25 March: Are you ready for REF? (Postponed from February)
Presenters: Andrew Kirchner (REF Delivery Manager, Research and Innovation Office) and Emma Turner (Information Specialist, Kings Norton Library)
Your opportunity to speak to our REF manager Andrew Kirchner about any aspect of REF2021.

Tuesday 30 April: More than journal impact factors: navigating the new features in the JCR
Presenters: Emma Turner and Clare Humphries (Information Specialists, Kings Norton Library)
Come with us on a gentle walk through some of the new metrics features in the Journal Citation Reports.

Wednesday 22 May: Making your work Open Access
Presenters: Sharon Hinton Gallardo (Open Access Information Advisor, Kings Norton Library) and Mary Betts-Gray (Business Information Specialist, MIRC)
Interviewer: Rachel Daniels (Education and Research Support Manager, Barrington Library)
What’s the point of Open Access? What are the common issues of making work accessible to everyone? What is an AAM and what does it look like? Here’s your chance to learn from our library experts on the most effective hassle-free way to make your research open access.

Thursday 20 June: Study Skills: saving time with Mendeley
Presenters: Mandy Smith (Information Specialist and Research Support Coordinator, Barrington Library) and Jessica Goff (Information Specialist, Barrington Library)
Is time valuable to you? As Mendeley advisors and users, we’ll introduce you to Mendeley, some time-saving tips to better organise your literature and how to produce reference lists in official Cranfield or journal specific citation styles.

How to book your place

Go to the “Ask a research support expert” page on the intranet and then follow the links to book your place via DATES. You will need to log in if you are off campus, but if you are on campus you should be able to link directly.

Remember – you can attend the webinar regardless of whether you are on or off campus – all you need is internet access!

When your booking has been accepted, look out for an email containing the Webex link which will be sent to you shortly before the event.

Tell us what you think

This is a trial so we would love to hear your comments and ideas after the sessions have taken place. Send your feedback to Rachel Daniels, Education and Research Support Manager.

We hope you find the webinars useful.

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