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Research support

Helping you to undertake and publish your research, and maximise its impact.

Research support webinars

Our webinars cover a range of topics to help support your research and all run over lunchtime, 1-2pm on Teams. 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.

2021-2022 schedule:

All sessions take place 1-2pm on Teams.

Friday 3 December 2021
Making your work Open Access
Presenters: Sharon Hinton, Senior Information Advisor at Kings Norton Library, and Clare Humphries, Research Information Specialist at KNL.
What's the point of Open Access? What are the common issues of making work accessible to everyone? What is an AAM and what does 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.

Tuesday 18 January 2022
Secret Scopus

Presenter: Emma Turner, Research 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.

Tuesday 15 February 2022
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.

Tuesday 1 March 2022
Creative Commons

Presenters: Clare Humphries, Research Information Specialist at KNL and Mandy Smith, Research Information Specialist at Barrington Library

Have you ever been confused by the choice of CC licenses when making your publications and data open access? What difference does a CC BY-NC licence compared to a CC-BY mean for how your work can be used? Also, if your work is funded, this can affect which licence you can select. During the webinar we will discuss the various licences available and there will be time at the end for your questions.

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Thursday 17 March 2022
Predatory publishing - what is it and how can you avoid it?

Presenter: Mandy Smith, Research Information Specialist 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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Thursday 28 April 2022

Presenter: Mandy Smith, Research Information Specialist 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.

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Recording of the session 
How to set up the VPN to link your ORCID and CRIS from off-campus

Thursday 26 May 2022
Study skills: saving time with Mendeley

Presenter: Mandy Smith, Research Information Specialist at Barrington Library
During this webinar you will be provided with an overview of Mendeley, its key functions, some time-saving tips to better organise your literature and a demonstration of how to produce reference lists in official Cranfield or journal specific citation styles, with time at the end for questions. Following this overview, you may wish to sign up for a hands-on, step-by-step session through the DRCD or with your Research Information Specialist.

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Wednesday 15 June 2022
Open Data

Presenter: Greg Simpson, Research Data Manager

Open Data is data that is available for everyone to access, use and share. For researchers, this refers to any information or materials that have been collected or created as part of your research project – such as survey results, gene sequences, software, code, neuro-images, even audio and video files. In research, open data practices are also known as ‘data sharing’.

Working within an open data policy, the FAIR Data Principles act as a framework to promote the broadest reuse of research data, providing credibility and recognition for authors, and leading to increased public trust in research. Join us to learn more about the 4 steps to Open Data and ‘FAIRness’ in your research.

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