Science research student? Check out these Open Access journals

Have you heard of Open Access? If so, you already know what a marvellous initiative it is. And, if you’re one of our super smart research students, than you should definitely consider submitting your research to some Open Access journals. Share the love, share the knowledge and together we can create amazing things!

Quite a few science Open Access journals were pioneers in the domain of Open Access and are worth considering when searching for places to submit your research article. Some to consider are:

PLOS (Public Library of Service)
All PLOS publications are peer-reviewed, you can even check out a full list of titles of that PLOS publishes. These include:

BioMed Central
BioMed Central have an extensive list of quality journals, including:

Dovepress
Dovepress (a New Zealand-based publisher) also publish a range of open access journals in the biomedical and technical fields. They include:

You can check the peer review status of all of these journals on UlrichsWeb. Don’t forget, we’re always here to help. If you need a touch more guidance, or are confused about finding an appropriate journal to publish in, book an appointment with your Discipline Librarian or attend an HDR workshop.


Get ahead with Earlybird workshops

New to study? We’ve got just the thing for you – some Earlybird workshops on PebblePad, writing university assignments, research and referencing as well as Library orientation tours.

On 26 October 2017, you have a chance to join the workshops on Nathan and Gold Coast campuses. Starting at 8:45am, the three workshops are spread over the day and you can arrange for a Library tour at the front desk of any Library.  In fact, anytime during orientation week, you can ask at your Library’s front desk of a tour!  No need to book the workshops or the tour.

Getting started on an ePortfolio on PebblePad (1hr)

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.  Bring along a device and your login details.

Thursday 26 October 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017
Gold Coast
Nathan
8:45am
8:45am
Lecture Theatre 3 (G17_LT3)
Macrossan (N16_0.06)

Writing university assignments (2hrs)

Covers the basics of getting started on structuring and writing assignments.

Thursday 26 October 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017
Gold Coast
Nathan
1:00pm
10:00am
Lecture Theatre 3 (G17_LT3)
Macrossan (N16_0.06)

Researching and referencing for your assignment (2hrs)

Gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Thursday 26 October 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017
Gold Coast
Nathan
10:00am
1:00pm
Lecture Theatre 3 (G17_LT3)
Macrossan (N16_0.06)

Library orientation

The library is so much more than books on the shelves.

You can take a 15 minute tour of your library during orientation week.  Getting to know your library will make studying at university so much easier.

Get Microsoft Office 365 for free!

Stop right there!

We know Microsoft Office is kinda an essential software package for your uni studies. But before you go paying to download and install Microsoft 365 on your personal device, did you know that as a Griffith University student you get access to Microsoft 365 for Education for free?

Enrolled Griffith students can download Office 365 for Education directly from Microsoft and install it on up to five devices. These include PCs, Macs and mobile devices including Android, iPad and Windows tablets.

Microsoft 365 for Education includes:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote
  • Unlimited OneDrive storage

To download, simply go to the Microsoft Office website, type in your Griffith email address, and click get started. Then follow the prompts to download onto your personal device.

Super enthusiastic about Microsoft Office? Once it’s installed, you can access free training to learn how to use the products or improve your existing skills.

There’s also a handy Student Resources centre where you can access an array of templates to make putting your document together easier. Want a schmick resume, poster or report template? #sorted. The Student Resources centre also has training tutorials and blogs with handy tips.


Using stats and need some last minute help… STAT?

Do you need to analyse stats in your classes this semester? SAGE can help get you over the line with that final assignment or upcoming exam.
With exams just around the corner, you may need all the help you can get (because of course you pre-planned your whole semester and don’t need any extra help… right?).

Even if you’re not currently studying stats, but statistical analysis really floats your boat (no judgement from us), this is a great tool to help you further develop your skills.

SAGE Research Methods Datasets is a collection of datasets to support independent learning of data analysis skills. They are particularly useful for practicing quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences.

The datasets are obtained from real research projects, but edited and cleaned for teaching purposes and usability.

Each dataset is accompanied by a short and clear description of the data, and easy to follow instructions on how to apply the research method.

SAGE also has a range of accompanying tools to support the use of these datasets. Some particularly helpful tools are:

  • Methods Map: you can explore the research methods terrain, read definitions of key terminology, and discover content relevant to your research methods journey.
  • Project Planner: this tool helps you plan out and progress through the stages of your research project. When you click on the link to the stage you are at it will give you a breakdown of the components of the stage, with links to further readings.
  • Which Stats Test: this tool helps you to narrow down the range of options for statistical testing though answering a series of questions, and help you decide on the most pertinent test for to use for your project.

Take a look at the SAGE Research Methods website for further tools and information


Get into Popular Science

National Science Week is now upon us.

Science magazines Cosmos, New Scientist, Popular Science are sponsoring this annual event and you can get them in the Library.

You can find them by searching for their names in the library catalogue. They can provide you with information on the latest and greatest innovations and discoveries in the scientific world.

Cosmos is also a magazine that you can also read from your phone or mobile device by downloading the PressReader app. If you are on-campus and logged into the wi-fi, you should be able to download the magazine through the app. You may need to install and run the VPN Client to access the magazine off-campus.

When searching for a journal that you know the name of, limit your search in the library catalogue with the Journals radio button.

If you want to know how to use the catalogue effectively to find great science resources, book into a Research Consultation to see or Ask a Question of a Librarian today.


Kick start your study success by attending an earlybird workshop

Quick quiz:

  • Are you starting uni this trimester?
  • Did you find last trimester’s study a challenge?
  • Do you want to further develop your learning skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

Prior to Trimester 2, 2017, we are offering the following earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university
Get an overview of university culture and expectations, and learn some helpful strategies for managing your time and studying effectively. Beginning the trimester with a head start on study and time management will make a world of difference, we promise!

Writing university assignments
Does your assignment writing process involve opening a new word document, and staring at an empty page for 30 minutes trying to come up with an opening sentence? Don’t let assignments get the better of you! This workshop will cover the basics of getting started on structuring and writing assignments, and will help prepare you to smash the next assignment you get!

Researching and Referencing for your assignments
Being able to research and reference is a kinda crucial part of uni. If this seems daunting, come along to this workshop. You’ll gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Check out the times, dates, and locations, come along to a workshop, and start trimester two prepared for success!


How to get a head start on #unilyf

earlybird

Want to start your first week prepared and ready to kick some uni goals? We gotcha.

Attend a free Earlybird workshop run by Griffith University library. Starting today, these workshops will help you develop skills in study techniques, academic writing, researching and referencing.

If you are new to university, returning to study or just looking to improve your academic skills, Earlybird workshops are for you.

Earlybird workshops are only available from 14 to 23 February 2017 so get in quick!

Here’s what’s on offer:

  • Strategies for study at university (2 hrs)
    Become aware of university culture and expectations. Strategies for managing your time and studying effectively will be identified.
  • Writing university assignments (2hrs)
    Covers the basics of getting started on, structuring and writing assignments.
  • Researching and Referencing for your assignments (2 hrs)
    Gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Download the Earlybird timetable here.