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Research support webinars

We trialled a monthly webinar series in 2019 that was so successful we will be repeating it in 2020!
The sessions will cover a range of topics to help support your research and will all run over lunchtime, 1-2pm. Each of the webinars will take the form of a short presentation, followed by time for you to ask any questions you may have on the topic. 
These sessions are open to any Cranfield staff member or student interested in research. You will be able to access them both on and off campus, but you will need to book a place through the DATES system.
Once you have booked, you will be sent a Webex link for your chosen session. We'll also send you a reminder shortly before the session. Look out for the emails!

2020 schedule:

Wednesday 15 January
Journal impact factors: navigating the Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Presenters: Emma Turner and Clare Humphries, Information Specialists at Kings Norton Library.
Come with us on a gentle walk through some of the metrics features in the Journal Citation Reports.
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Wednesday 19 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…
Thursday 19 March
Presenter: Andrew Kirchner
Your opportunity to speak to our REF manager Andrew Kirchner to check you are in good condition for REF2021.
Wednesday 22 April
Study skills: saving time with Mendeley - POSTPONED
Presenters: Mandy Smith, Information Specialist and Research Support Coordinator at Barrington Library and Jessica Goff, Information Specialist 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. 
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Wednesday 20 May
Making your work Open Access 
Presenters: Sharon Hinton, Open Access Information Advisor at Kings Norton Library, and Mary Betts-Gray, Business Information Specialist at MIRC.
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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Thursday 18 June
What you can do with CORD - POSTPONED
Presenter: Greg Simpson, Research Data Manager for Cranfield University Library Service.
Have a quick live tour of different ways you can use CORD: what outputs you can publish and how its features can benefit you. Grill our research data manager on anything CORD - or data-related...
Tuesday 30 June

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.
Tuesday 14 July
Getting more out of 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.