Research

  • The Library is here to support your research, the communication of your research findings, and the development of your research profile through a variety of specialist help, resources and services.

  • An essential element of your research activities will relate to successfully managing references to the sources, both primary and secondary, that you already have or will need to consult. Developing a systematic approach to this will save you time and heartache when you are writing up.

    • EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies
    • Citation guides: including British Standard and Harvard

    With so much information available, it is vital that you keep up to date with current publications and developments in your research field.

    Oxford Brookes theses

    A copy of every Oxford Brookes PhD and MPhil thesis is deposited with the Library. You can search LibrarySearch by author, title, keyword.

    An increasing number of Oxford Brookes theses are also available on our Research Archive, RADAR. You can search all publications or select the option Student Research and select eTheses. You can browse all theses or browse by faculty / department or publication year.

    If you are a current Oxford Brookes PhD student you may be interested in our webpage which provides details of  resources for dealing with copyright material you want to include in the electronic submission of your thesis: Electronic submission of theses - copyright guidelines.

    Locating theses from other institutions

    • EBSCO Open Dissertations : enables you to search for thousands of open access dissertations
    • ProQuest dissertations & theses : UK & Ireland : a comprehensive listing of theses accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. An increasing number of entries provide abstracts.
    • British Library’s EThOS project: a theses digitisation project. You can search across 500,000+ theses for free and download / order full text where available. You will need to register and log in if you want to download a thesis or to order digitisation of a thesis.
    • CORE : CORE (COnnecting REpositories) is an aggregation of open access content from UK and worldwide repositories and open access journals. It includes access to theses.
    • National Library of Australia Trove Service: a free repository of Australian material, including almost a million Australian theses.
    • Global Electronic Theses and Dissertation Search: a database of open-access electronic theses and dissertations worldwide from the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    You can get access to libraries other than our own, including the Oxford University Bodleian Libraries and British Library. Our Access to other libraries guide provides further details, including joining information. The guide also links to the Catalogues of other libraries so you can check what resources they have.
    • The CRIS is the Current Research Information System (sometimes called by the product name Converis) while RADAR is the Research Archive and Digital Assets Repository.
    • The CRIS is how researchers tell Oxford Brookes what research activity they are taking part in and RADAR is how Oxford Brookes shares that research with the world. 
    • Both the CRIS and RADAR are key systems for us to meet the Open Access requirements of REF 2021, so as soon as you have a new article, chapter or other type of research output accepted for publication please add it to Converis - the key is to Act on Acceptance! - and the Scholarly Communications team will move it to RADAR.
    • Here are two useful links: more information on Open Access Publishing and Research (particularly in relation to REF 2021) and a step-by-step guide and video guide on How to add outputs to Converis for REF 2021.
    • The CRIS also feeds information to your Oxford Brookes web profile and can be used to produce a CV for your Personal Research Plan meeting, so please put the bibliographic details of all your publications onto the CRIS that you would like to appear on your web profile.
    • Does the journal allow you publish your article as Open Access through the Green route or, if you have funds to pay an Article Processing Charge, the Gold route? If not, you may not be able to use the publication in REF 2021 (click here for more information on Open Access and REF 2021).
    • Be careful of 'predatory journals' who require a publishing fee but will not fulfil any publishing services beyond putting the paper online. If you are unsure about a journal consider the principles of Think.Check.Submit or contact Scholarly Communications.
    • Will you be able to keep the copyright of the article? More and more reputable publishers will allow you to keep the copyright of your article and ask you to only give them the licensing rights - if you give the publisher the copyright of the article then they will own content of the article instead of you.
    • Electronic submission of theses - copyright guidelines.
    • Intellectual property is a key concern to researchers as the production of intellectual content is what defines their role as researchers.
    • Oxford Brookes has an 'Intellectual property policy and regulations' document that can be accessed from the Policies and codes of practice webpage.
    • One key aspect of the policy is that Oxford Brookes has waived the intellectual property rights that the institution could exercise over the research publications that Oxford Brookes research staff produce, meaning it belongs to the authors themselves.
    • The Scholarly Communications team recommend that researchers consider the value of their intellectual property before giving the copyright of their publications to a publisher as part of a publishing contract. Some scholarly publishers only request the licensing rights of the publications rather than the copyright, which means that the authors retain ownership of the content of the publications.
    • Bibliometrics are a way to quantify the impact of research publications on the academic community based on the number of times that the publications are referenced in other academic publications.
    • There are many bibliometrics services and each one may have a unique set of propriety metrics. Oxford Brookes has a subscription to Web of Science database which includes a set of bibliometric services at the levels of both the article and journal.
    • Altmetrics are similar to Bibliometrics in that they try to quantify the reach of research publications, but instead of relying on citation information they instead draw upon how often the publication is mentioned on social media, in , in governmental documents, and through other platforms.
    • The leading service for Altmetrics is probably Altmetric.com - we have linked RADAR to Altmetric.com so that any record with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) will display an Altmetric.com badge (e.g. this one) below the Abstract. The information in the Altmetric.com badge may be useful for you as a researcher in demonstrating the impact of your research beyond the academic community (e.g. if it has been cited in news reports or government policy documents).
    • Some researchers argue that bibliometrics and altmetrics could be used in research evaluation exercises like the REF 2021. The Responsible Metrics Forum is a place where these ideas are discussed.
    • ORCID is a persistent and unique identifier for researchers.
    • By signing up for an ORCID number you help to establish your research profile and distinguish yourself from any other researcher with a similar name.
    • ORCID numbers are increasingly important to the workflows of research funders, institutions, and scholarly publishers.

    There are many resources created by external institutions to help you develop your research profile: