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Research support webinars

Our webinars cover a range of topics to help support your research and all run over lunchtime, 1-2pm. They take the form of a short presentation, followed by time for you to ask any questions you may have on the topic. 
They are open to any Cranfield staff member or student interested in research. You will be able to access them both on and off campus via a Teams session, but you will need to book a place through the DATES system. Once you have booked, you will be sent an invite and we'll also send you a reminder shortly before the session. Look out for the emails!

Please note these sessions may be recorded.

2021 schedule:


Thursday 4 February  
Using DMPonline to write an effective Data Management Plan

Presenter: Greg Simpson, Research Data Manager

All researchers produce data in the course of their investigations and good data management is vital in underpinning research excellence and integrity. The UK Research Councils (such as EPSRC or BBSRC) also require universities and researchers to follow certain procedures about how their research data is managed if they receive research council funding. If you’re starting a new research project or expect to soon, join us to discover the best way to start managing your research data effectively – by creating a dynamic plan using DMPonline.

Thursday 18 February

Predatory publishing - what is it and how can you avoid it?
Presenter: Mandy Smith, Information Specialist and Research Support Coordinator at Barrington Library

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…
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Tuesday 16 March
Presenter: Mandy Smith, Information Specialist and Research Support Coordinator at Barrington Library
Have you ever located papers that have been attributed to the wrong author or wish you could have an online page of your research outputs that you manage? This session will introduce you to the benefits of having an ORCID, how to register for an account and how to link your ID to the CRIS and indexes such as Scopus.
Wednesday 21 April
Study Skills: saving time with Mendeley
Presenter: Mandy Smith, Information Specialist and Research Support Coordinator at 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. 


Tuesday 18 May
Making your work Open Access
Presenters: Sharon Hinton, Open Access Information Advisor at Kings Norton Library, and Emma Turner, Information Specialist at KNL.
What's the point of Open Access? What are the common issues of making work accessible to everyone? What is AAM and what 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.

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Tuesday 15 June
New developments and what you can do with CORD

Presenter: Greg Simpson, Research Data Manager

Find out about the latest developments with CORD and how its features can benefit your research. Put your questions to our RDM manager about CORD or any research data-related issue.
Thursday 15 July
Secret Scopus
Presenter: Emma Turner, Information Specialist at Kings Norton Library
Scopus is one of our top recommended databases to search for publications in your subject area. Did you know that it has several really useful features that many people don’t ever notice? This webinar will show you what some of them are and how to use them.