Friday, October 31, 2014

Digitisation of the Retreat Archive

The Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York has been invited by the Wellcome Trust to be part of a large digitisation project providing online access to over 800,000 pages of archival material from UK psychiatric hospitals. The Borthwick's contribution will be the digitising of over 430,000 items comprising the archive of the Retreat in York.

Founded by the Society of Friends in 1796, following the death in the York Asylum of Leeds Quaker, Hannah Mills, the Retreat is historically important for its role in the development of a compassionate approach to mental health care. In addition to administrative papers and patient records, its archives include tracts on the York Asylum controversies, 1813-15, in which revelations of mistreatment sparked national public debate and led to reforms in mental health care practice.
The physical collection is one of the most heavily consulted at the Borthwick, and following digitisation it will be available online through a web interface hosted by the Wellcome Trust.
More information on the project can be found via the Borthwick Institute and the Wellcome Trust.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Access to BNF and BNF/C from 7 November 2014

From 7 November 2014, access to the BNF and BNFC will soon no longer be available via Please update any local bookmarks you have to
For those students with an NHS Athens account (Year 1's, you should have received or will shortly receive an email with a link to activate your account) you can also download an app for both BNF/C for use on your mobile device. See for example.

If you receive a message saying “Account not active”, follow these instructions:
Before trying to download the BNF app(s) first activate your account and then access a different resource. Once you have done this you will be able to download the apps.
If the problem continues, contact your local NHS Library in the first instance. Contact details for your local NHS library can be found at The staff will determine whether this issue should be escalated to NICE.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BNF and BNFC "Account not active" message

Our colleagues in the NHS have notified us that when downloading the NICE BNF app(s) if you receive a message saying “Account not active”, follow these instructions:
Before trying to download the BNF app(s) first activate your account and then access a different resource. Once you have done this you will be able to download the apps.
If the problem continues, contact your local NHS Library in the first instance. Contact details for your local NHS library can be found at The staff will determine whether this issue should be escalated to NICE.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Twitter for researchers: hints and tips

Social media, and particularly twitter, can be a powerful tool for researchers, in terms of networking, promotion and current awareness. Twitter particularly can be easily accessed via a variety of devices, meaning that you can follow a conference on the other side of the world via your mobile phone. It also allows you to follow fellow researchers, publishers and projects in your area of interest.

Tweets are up to 140 characters long and can feature links to websites and images. If an event is taking place, such as a conference, often a hashtag will be created that allows people to follow the conversation, such as #HYMS. If you know about a hashtag, you can search for it on twitter and see all the tweets that use that hashtag. You can also use the hashtags yourself to heighten your visibility.

If you would like to start using twitter, go to and sign up for an account. You will be asked to fill out a profile and to start following people.

When you follow someone, you will see their tweets appear in the feed of tweets when you sign in. If you want to reply to a tweet you have an option to click reply under the tweet. You can also re-tweet a tweet if you think it is particularly useful and this will be visible to people following your Twitter account.

If you're unsure who to follow, try looking for the primary investigator on your research project, or for key journals in your research area.

Information is normally tweeted in real-time, so information is up-to-date. Information that is tweeted about includes:

  • Publication of articles
  • Publication of new research
  • Discoveries that have been made in a particular field
  • What is being talked about at a conference or public event
  • Announcements about funding
  • Changes in policy and legislation around research from various bodies

Some suggestions for accounts you might want to follow:

The BMJ @bmj_latest
BMJ_Open @BMJ_Open
The Cochrane Collaboration @cochranecollab
Research Councils UK @research_uk
University of Hull @UniOfHull
University of York @uniofyork
Wellcome Trust @wellcometrust

Don't feel that you have to tweet. It is okay to lurk and follow what is going on. However, the great thing about Twitter is how easy it makes it to connect with people around the world.

You can gather followers through connecting in Twitter, but also through other networks, so don't be afraid to include your twitter account on presentations, in communication via email and on business cards.

METRIC, new medical education journal, inviting submissions from HYMS tutors and students

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust have launched a new quarterly Medical Education Journal and would like to invite submissions from HYMS tutors and students:


Medical Education Training Research Innovation in Clinical Care Journal

Launched October 2014!

METRIC is the first peer reviewed clinical journal which publishes reviews and clinical/educational articles relevant to patient safety and innovative practice, practice guidance and quality improvement.  Themed issues containing articles in important fields of current clinical research and educational activity written by our eminent experts in the field will be produced.
Each issue is published under the guidance of the Editors in Chief who will quality assure the articles prior to publication in addition to the robust peer review process.
The journal will be published quarterly.
The first issue was launched in October 2014 and submissions from authors are now being accepted.

The deadline for these submissions is midnight on Tuesday 30th December 2014.  

 Please submit any article to:

Postgraduate Research: "Searching the Literature" Sessions at University of York in November 2014

The University of York Morrell Library’s Research Support team and Academic Liaison Librarians will soon be delivering Searching the literature sessions as part of the Researcher Development training programme.

These workshops are specifically created for PGR students, particularly new PhD students who have just started undertaking their literature reviews. The workshops include opportunities for practical work using the attendees own topics.

Forthcoming sessions of interest to HYMS researchers include:

  • Friday 7 November 10am - 12 noon - Sciences (including Health Sciences and Medicine)
  • Friday 28 November 10am - 12 noon - Sciences (including Health Sciences and Medicine)

You can find out more, and book your place at:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Brynmor Jones Library Redevelopment News

·         The remainder of the ground floor, excluding the east entrance, gallery and exhibition space, will open week commencing 27 October.  This includes teaching rooms 1 & 2, soft seating, quick print PCs and the remainder of the Welcome Desk turnstiles. 

·         The gallery and exhibition space are due to be handed over week commencing 24 November.  It will then be possible to start moving the University Art Collection into the new gallery.

·         The redevelopment of the original east entrance is due to be completed in the course of December.

External works, excluding the area around the BAM compound and site offices, should be finished by the end of this month, at which point the fences will be removed.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Share Your OA Story for a Full APC Waiver at BioMed Central

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Open access continues to grow and I Open Access celebrates and showcases individuals around the world who support the movement. I Open Access does just what the name suggests – it puts the "I" in open access by highlighting a community of active, enthusiastic, and informed supporters.

For our grand opening we would like to encourage you to share your open access story:
-In one sentence, give us your answer to the question "Why Open Access?"
-Send us an image of you holding up your single "Why Open Access" sentence
-Your entry will be showcased by I Open Access through our website, social media, and events
Visit us online to submit your OA story
Five Grand Prize Winners will receive a voucher that can be used to cover one article processing charge (APC) in any BioMed Central, Chemistry Central, or SpringerOpen journal. The discount can be used personally or gifted to a colleague. Contest ends at the close of OA Week 2014 (Oct. 26th).
If you've thought about publishing in an OA journal, this is the time to do it. Tell us your story today!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New to HYMS? remember to consolidate your email

As a member of HYMS you may receive University of Hull and/or York email accounts as well as one for HYMS. You are strongly encouraged to set up forwards from these accounts to your HYMS email. This will help ensure you do not miss out on any relevant information from the two universities including overdue notices etc. from the two libraries.

Details on how to do this are available from the HYMS it webpages at

RDM workshop for Hull based staff

Many types of data are generated by research across many disciplines; technology now makes it easier for more data to be created by more people. Clear research data management provides the tools, processes and infrastructure to support the management of data, ensures that the data is maintained over time, and demonstrates good research practice and integrity.

Date: Wed 22nd Oct 2014
Time: 9:15-12:00

For more information and to register online see

Monday, October 6, 2014

Research identity: distinguish yourself using ORCID

ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor IDentifier) gives researchers and authors a single unique ID which works across the research landscape.

Good reasons for using ORCID include:
  • Distinguish yourself - An ORCID iD ensures that all your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you.
  • It's quick and easy - It takes as little as 30 seconds to register and the benefits are ongoing. An increasing number of publishers and research funders are using ORCID iDs as a quick and easy way for researchers to identify themselves when submitting publications or bids.
  • Open to all, non-profit and community-driven - ORCID is a non-proprietary standard maintained by the scholarly community for the benefit of research and researchers. It is of value to all disciplines and all career stages, from postgraduate research student to the senior academic.
  • Your ORCID record belongs to you and stays with you - Unlike employer or publisher identifiers, your ORCID profile is managed by you and stays with you throughout your career.
(Information based on that  of the University York at