Researcher@Library Blog

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:




UpSkills: Public Access and Your Thesis

Tuesday 16 May 2017, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

The session will cover:

  • overview of the new University policy on public access to graduate research theses;
  • the process explained, including the TES submission system for examination and Minerva-Access deposit for public access;
  • selecting and applying Embargo periods to protect your ability to publish;
  • protect commercial IP, patentability applications, and legally/politically sensitive information;
  • managing 3rd-party Copyright, including Theses-with-Publication.

Presenters: Stephen Cramond, Jenny McKnight, and Mark Shepheard
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock room, ground floor Baillieu Library, Parkville Campus.

Register for a place.

Image: Minerva Access: The University of Melbourne’s Institutional Repository.

Editorial insight ‘Sports Medicine’ journal – 30min. webinar

Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM AEST

Join Steve McMillan, Editor of the journal Sports Medicine for a 30 minute discussion on the journal and its background. Based in Springer Nature’s Auckland office, Steve has been editing the Journal since 2014 and will cover recently published popular & high impact articles and those Australian & New Zealand institutions who contribute on a regular basis

Steve will then discuss current trends, hot topics for the future and new developments in the Sports Medicine area and take any questions.


From big data to bold data: the University’s emerging digital and data strategy.

Monday 1 May 2017, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Professor Liz Sonenberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Digital & Data, and Assyl Haidar, Director, Digital & Data, Chancellery, will open the University of Melbourne’s Information Awareness Month activities with an introduction to the University’s evolving focus in the data and digital domains. The University needs to be bold to gain the greatest advantage from its position as an information rich organisation. Being bold requires clarity of purpose, confidence built on understanding of risk and opportunity, and the capability to act ethically in an increasingly complex technical and social environment. Hear from the team that is leading development of the University’s approach.

More information and registrations.

Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Room 106, Sidney Myer Asia Centre

Image: CC-0

Openness: What are we waiting for?

Tuesday 23 May 2017, 1pm – 2pm
What is the bigger picture around openness? How does this apply to Open Access and research? What are we grappling with on a personal, institutional, national and international level?

Presenters: Dr Lyle Winton (Manager, Digital Scholarship and SCIP Platform Manager) and Stephen Cramond (Manager, Institutional Repository)

More information and registration.

Image: CC-O Public Domain.

Information Awareness Month events in May 2017

Information Awareness Month is an initiative of the Australian Government.This May the University will celebrate Information Awareness Month with a lively program of events. The program will explore privacy, business continuity, data security, research data management and records management at the University. All University staff are encouraged to attend to find out more about the role of information awareness in their work.

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