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Scholarly Communication


How to manage your research data well: Recap

Do you have an automated back up set? Got your file naming convention nailed? Thought you knew your funder’s requirements for sharing your data but have now got doubts? This whistle-stop tour of good data management practices covers all the things you should already know about managing your data well in a succinct way and points to further University support for data management. If you already know the basics of data management – backing up your work, how to share files, why and how you should be working reproducibly – but you need a refresher, then this course is for you!

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The Publishing Trap (for PhD students and researchers)

The Publishing Trap is a board game designed to introduce researchers to scholarly publishing. Looking at the world of scholarly communication this interactive game aims to offer researchers a better understanding of the implications of copyright on the publication process. Players will be guided through the different stages of a researchers career from PhD submission to Professorship, making decisions on a range of scenarios. The aim of the game is to develop an understanding of how money, copyright and publishing models will impact an academic career.

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**Postponed** Academic Social Networking sites: a user's guide

Please be aware that this session has been postponed until a later date.

Introductory digital methods training from Cambridge Digital Humanities

Led by Katie Hughes (Office of Scholarly Communication, University Library) and Dr Anne Alexander (Cambridge Digital Humanities)

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Metrics: the good, the bad, the ugly

This session, suitable for all STEM graduate students, aims to help you navigate your way through the metrics maze. It will enable you to discover research by using metrics and how metrics can determine online impact.
It will introduce article metrics, personal indicators such as the H-index, and altmetrics. Various tools including Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar and Altmetric will be demonstrated. Please bring your own device if you wish to follow along with the session.

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Software Licensing Workshop

Have you produced your own software? Did you know you can decide how others can reuse and share it? Do you know that there are a range of licences that you could apply to your work that determine how it can be used?

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Social Media Data and Research Ethics: challenges and opportunities

A digital methods workshop organised by Cambridge Digital Humanities


Guest speakers:

•             Peter Bath, Professor of Health Informatics, University of Sheffield

•             Lindsay Unwin, Secretary to the University Research Ethics Committee, University of Sheffield

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Books: Publishing your Research Effectively (For PhD Students in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)


  • Where should you publish your monograph or book chapter?
  • How do you assess the appropriateness of a publisher for your work?

Picking where to publish your research and in what format is an important decision to make.
This session looks at the things you need to consider in order to reach your audience effectively, including:

  • Turning your thesis into a monograph
  • Choosing a publisher
  • Understanding the publication process
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An introduction to Open Research (for PhD students in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)


  • Would you like to share your research findings with the international academic community, without paywall restrictions?
  • Would you like to boost citations of your work?
  • Did you know that funders recognise the benefits of Open Access and most now require it as a condition of their grants?

These are questions for postgraduate students at all stages of their research.

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