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Journal Citation Reports 2017 (2016 data)

Clarivate Analytics* has released the 2017 edition of Journal Citation Reports (JCR), which provides a combination of impact and influence metrics for over 11,000 journals from 2016 data. This analysis is based on citation data, impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science database. In 2017 JCR includes:

  • 132 new journals
  • 11,459 journals in total from 81 countries
  • 236 disciplines

The journal with the highest impact factor: CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians

More information in the Clarivate Analytics News item.

A list of the journals included in the 2017 update

Access to JCR is available for University of Melbourne staff and students via the Library online catalogue.

* Clarivate Analytics – formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters.

[Peta Humphreys, Science & Engineering Librarian]

Women’s history

The University of Melbourne Library has recently acquired the Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs database.

Aletta Jacobs was a Dutch physician and feminist who, along with her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting information on women’s issues in the late 1800s. By the time their successors finished their work in 1945, the Gerritsen Collection was the greatest single source for the study of women’s history in the world, with materials spanning four centuries and 15 languages.

The collection contains more than 4,500 publications from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, New Zealand, and continental Europe. Users can trace the evolution of feminism within a single country, as well as the impact of that country’s feminist movement on other countries and their movements.

For other related library resources see our Gender Studies guide.

TVNews for Australian television news, current affairs and selected documentaries

TVNews indexes Australian television news, current affairs and selected documentaries from the free-to-air networks with links to the digitised video content in a compressed format. All individual stories from a particular broadcast are indexed with a detailed synopsis. TVNews can be accessed via the Library catalogue.

TVNews is updated daily, with stories appearing on an evening news broadcast generally being available for access the next morning. Key titles include: Australian Story, Catalyst, Current Affair, Dateline, Foreign Correspondent, Four Corners, Insiders, Insight, Landline, Lateline, Meet the Press, Q and A, Today Tonight, World News Australia, and many more. Coverage commences with September 2007 and is updated daily.

For more information see the Informit TVNews ‘how to’ guide.

Public domain image from Pixabay. (CC-O)

Scholarly Services Review 2017

Students, staff and other members of the University of Melbourne community are invited to contribute to a review of the Scholarly Services portfolio.
The portfolio includes Learning Environments and the Student IT service; Research and Collections; and the full range of Scholarly Information Services provided through the University Library.

In particular the Review Panel will consider:

  • Appropriateness of existing services for supporting academic teaching, management of learning administration platforms, supporting research and engagement programs, and meeting student needs
  • Capacity and capability to achieve the University’s strategic aspirations
  • Sustaining service provision and enhancing programs in priority areas
  • Facilitating cross-workgroup engagement, problem-solving and service integration
  • Positioning staff to respond with agility to evolving customer needs and requirements

Details and how to provide input: visit the Scholarly Services Review webpage. The initial call for input will close on Sunday 18 June 2017.

Apply for the Joyce Thorpe Nicholson Fellowship

The fellowship will be awarded to a scholar or writer to produce work that is based around the Joyce Thorpe Nicholson collection that incorporates her main areas of belief and work, particularly women’s issues and Australian publishing.

It is a $10,000 fellowship with applications closing 6 June 2017.

The daughter of publisher DW Thorpe, Joyce Thorpe Nicholson was born in Melbourne and educated at Methodist Ladies College and the University of Melbourne. She was active in the women’s movement and the Australian publishing industry for many years, and authored over 25 books, many of them dealing with women’s issues. Joyce Thorpe Nicholson was a co-founder of Sisters Publishing in 1979, set up to publish women writers as an alternative to mainstream publishers. She generously donated her major collection of nearly 2000 books by and about Australian women to Special Collections at the University of Melbourne. It includes rare nineteenth-century material, as well as scarce twentieth-century political ephemera.

Fellowship criteria and application form and further information.

Have you received emails regarding Journal Rankings and related topics?

Library staff are interested in hearing from University of Melbourne researchers who have received emails from groups on the subject of journal rankings, and in particular asked to join such groups in order to review scholarly journals. We have received queries from academics who have received such emails and are curious about their bona fides. We are interested in learning how far these emails have spread, the number of different organisations, and the nature of their activities and queries. If you have received such emails, please contact Peta Humphreys, Science & Engineering Librarian,

The Library’s Getting Published guide provides links to tools and information on deciding where to publish your research. It also includes a link to Think. Check. Submit. – a cross-industry initiative led by representatives from groups such as:  Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, Directory of Open Access Journals, INASP, ISSN, LIBER, OASPA, STM, UKSG, and individual publishers.

[Peta Humphreys, Science & Engineering Librarian]

Managing Data@ Melbourne: workshop for STEMM Researchers

Thursday 25th May: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Baillieu Library, Dulcie Hollyock Room.

Researchers accumulate data as part of their research practice. This data can take a variety of forms: biological samples, patient record data, computational data, algorithms, observations, notes, interviews, images, surveys, and much more. Good research data management planning keeps your data secure, allows you to find and access it easily, and can verify research outcomes. It also supports your future research by enabling you and others to share and reuse your data.

In this session, you will learn how you can effectively manage your research data and explore some of the services available at the University that can help. The session provides an opportunity to discuss your project with data management experts.

To get the most out of this workshop we recommend that participants complete the Managing Data @Melbourne program.

Register for a place.

[Contributor: Peta Humpheys, Science & Engineering Librarian]

Public domain image from Pixabay. (CC-O)

Public domain image from Pixabay. (CC-O)

SciVal functionality update

Elsevier have expanded the Overview Module’s functionality:

  • Import an overview of local and international top publications
  • Probe and report on international vs national collaborations
  • Add an “Overall Research Performance” pie chart to visually report on research activity.

SciVal is a web-based strategic analysis tool based on Scopus publication citation data. SciVal offers a view of research performance and collaboration opportunities from a variety of perspectives.

University of Melbourne staff and students can access SciVal via the Library catalogue.

For assistance with SciVal, contact your Faculty and Subject Liaison Librarians.

[Contributor: Peta Humpheys, Science & Engineering Librarian]


Visualise your data for HASS: Information session and workshop


A free introductory session for HASS researchers in communicating elements of research as visualisations. The session includes decision making, demonstration of easy to use tools, and hands-on experience. BYO device.

Presenters: Kristian Causovski, Fransie Naude and Mitchell Harrop
Venue: Giblin Eunson Library, Upper Ground South Studio

Bookings essential:




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