Griffith staff join the Literati

Emerald Literati Award

Congratulations to Joanna Richardson and Malcolm Wolski for receiving an Emerald Literati Award for a research paper they co-authored with international librarian, Muhammad Yousuf Ali.

Joanna and Malcolm received a Highly Commended award for their 2017 research paper, Strategies for using ResearchGate to improve institutional research outcomesThe paper investigates how to use existing resources and research outputs to help improve a higher education institution’s research profile.

Joanna and Malcolm worked with Yousuf, an early career librarian at Aga Khan University in Pakistan, to look at this issue from a developing country perspective and to particularly highlight the role of librarians. While they’ve never met Yousuf in real life, they were thrilled to work with, and mentor, a professional colleague in a developing country.

Their paper was judged on internationality, diversity, support for scholarly research, encouragement of applied research (impact), commitment to high quality scholarship and ensuring an excellent reader, author and customer experience.

The trio’s award-winning article will be freely available for six months only, so make sure you check out their globally-recognised work and share it with your friends.

The Emerald Literati Awards have been celebrating high quality scholarly research internationally for over 25 years.

Research better with the Embase database

Embase – what is it?

Embase is a highly versatile and up-to-date database that covers the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to present. It has over 31 million indexed records and more than 8,500 peer-reviewed journals.

Embase provides daily updates, international coverage and drug indexing, allowing for tracking and retrieval of drug information from published literature.

The database has intuitive search tools allowing for systematic searches, with the choice of Emtree Searching, PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparator/Control, Outcome) searching or PV Wizard searching.

Research better with access to support webinars and videos

Once you register, you’ll have access to the Embase Support Centre, which is full of helpful webinars, guides and videos.

For example, you may like to view that February 2018 webinar recording on the popular PICO technique: Systematic Searching in Embase: Using PICO to identify relevant results.

The PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparator/Control, Outcome) process is a technique used in evidence-based practice to both develop literature search strategies, and frame and answer a clinical question.

This webinar introduces you to:

  • the basics of systematic review and guideline making
  • the concepts that form a PICO search strategy
  • using PICO search form in Embase to build effective searches.

So take a look, and let us know if you discover any helpful gems in the Embase Support Centre!

Tech Assist bars have launched at Griffith

Always wished you could get help with your device from a specialist in person? Well, now you can—with Tech Assist!

Tech Assist bars were introduced on Monday (2 July) and have Tech Specialists ready to support you!

What can Tech Assist help with?

Tech Assist bars provide free face-to-face support for installing and accessing new Griffith technology from your devices, such as Office 365 and assisting students involved in the trial.

Where can I find Tech Assist?

There is a Tech Assist bar at every campus:

  • Gold Coast: Health Sciences Building (G05 3.42)
  • Logan: Library (L03)
  • Mt Gravatt: Library (M13)
  • Nathan: Library (N53)
  • South Bank (QCA): Library (S03)
  • South Bank (QCGU): Library (S01 1.23)

Do I need to book?

Online bookings are available but not essential.

Book a 15-minute session with a Tech Specialist or just walk in for assistance.  Bookings are given priority, so if the Tech Specialists are busy they will book a session for you at a time that’s convenient.

Find more information at the Tech Assist webpage.

ResBaz 2018: A massive success!

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Research Bazaar (ResBaz) is a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy and tools emerging at the centre of modern research.

This year, Griffith University hosted ResBaz at its South Bank Campus, over 6 – 8 June. The event brought together 257 attendees from various fields including 11 different universities, two research institutes, Government and State Library.

The three-day event comprised seventeen workshops, as well as information stalls, catered morning tea and lunch daily, local groups and presentations from eight engaging and innovative speakers.

One of the highlights of the conference was the Knowledge for All event—read all about it here.

ResBaz 2018 helped empower researchers from all career stages and disciplines with the digital skills required to do their research easier, faster and smarter.

The attendees enjoyed the food, collaboration, location and new knowledge they gained over the course of the event. Some comments include:

  • ‘One of the best things I’ve seen and experienced at #ResBazBris is that while there are experts and helpers, there is a lot of collaboration and helping between attendees, too. It’s great to see the building of community, with everyone helping support the learning of others!’  – Kylie Burgess
  • ‘I’ve learnt so much today at #ResBazBris and what a perfect way to finish than to enjoy the view from Southbank’s colourful lit up dome.’ – Maria Nguyen
  • ‘My kind of festival! Attending the #ResBazBris and building my knowledge bank for research!’ – Kat Campbell

If you missed out on attending ResBaz 2018, you can catch up on all the action through the ResBaz Twitter story (ResBaz, start to finish, as it rolled throughout the three days on Twitter). Then watch out for the 2019 event!

ResBazBris 2018 was proudly sponsored by Griffith University, Office of Digital Solutions. All photographs by Dr Nick Hamilton CC BY 3.0 AU.

Changes in copyright responsibility for HDR theses

The Board of Graduate Research has recently approved a change in responsibility for copyright compliance in theses.

What does this mean?

Previously, the Library checked all digital copies of HDR theses submitted for publication on Griffith Research Online (GRO) and redacted any non-compliant copyright material (and candidate signatures).

However, from 1 July 2018 onwards, HDR candidates will be responsible for redacting any material they don’t have the copyright rights for (as well as their signatures) from GRO.

Alternatively, they can seek an embargo on the publication of these theses on GRO until they have secured all the rights.

The Code of Practice for the Supervision of Higher Degree Research Candidates will be amended accordingly (Section 10.4).

This change of responsibility and process reflects the changing nature of HDR research, where candidates are now required to publish at least one peer review article and their journal publishing agreements hold them legally responsible for the copyright content.

Need further help?

Candidates and their supervisors can get assistance from the following guides on the Copyright web page:

The Library’s Information Officer Policy, Antony Ley, will continue to offer copyright training as part of HDR inductions, as well as more detailed copyright training.

Candidates and their supervisors can consult Antony, where more complex advice is required.

What can you do in July to become a better researcher?


You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Week 1 (9 – 15 July)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 09/07 10.00 am EndNote N53 1.50 Nathan

Week 2 (16 – 22 July)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 17/07 10.00 am Publishing trap G11 3.60 Gold Coast
Thu 19/07 1.00 pm Online research survey tool N53 1.50 Nathan
Fri 20/07 1.00 pm Managing information resources and literature review strategies S07 2.16 South Bank

Week 3 (23 – 29 July)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Wed 25/07 10.00 am Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Fri 27/07 10.00 am Publishing trap N53 1.51 Nathan

Week 4 (30 July – 5 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 31/07 10.00 am University expectations for HDR writers N53 1.51 Nathan
Tue 31/07 11.15 am What writing skills do you have for a thesis? N53 1.51 Nathan
Fri 03/08 10.00 am Managing your research data G10 2.04 Gold Coast

Knowledge for all: our open access event was a massive success

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Last month, on Friday 8 June, researchers and university staff from across Brisbane gathered at the Ship Inn, South Bank to listen attentively to five early researchers talk about Knowledge for All: Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.

This is the topic for Open Access Week 2018, which will be held in October—as we are in the Southern Hemisphere, we decided to get the discussion rolling earlier.

Professor Ginny Barbour from the Australasian Open Access Support Group facilitated the speakers and panel discussion.

Antony Ley, our university Information Policy Officer, told us that the biggest take away for him was the passion these speakers had for the open sharing of research and knowledge. He provided us with brief snapshots of the speakers’ presentations:

University of Queensland’s Dr Loic Yengo Dimbou (Postdoctoral ResearchFellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience)
Dr Dimbou examined the interesting practice of posting of pre-prints online for open peer review before publication.  Watch this space, as I think we will see more of this happening.

University of Queensland and Griffith University’s Dr Jo Pauls (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Prince Charles Hospital Northside Clinical Unit Faculty of Medicine)
It was interesting to see how this Open Heart project (which has been supported by Griffith) for open research into a Heart Pump for use across developing nations has progressed and morphed.  Dr Pauls is now moving to the idea of open educational resources to upskill the knowledge of researchers in this area, so they can better communicate to each other about the research across the globe.

Griffith University’s Dr Eric Cavalcanti (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Quantum Dynamics, School of Natural Sciences)
Dr Cavalcanti spoke about the OA journal Quantum of which he is an editor.  It is interesting that the journal holds only the metadata of the articles which are linked to from elsewhere.

QUT’s Jessica Stevens (PhD candidate, Faculty of Law)
Jessica is a passionate researcher and advocate of open educational resources as a means of facilitating change. Interestingly, in comparison to other countries, Australia is lagging behind in the government support of these.

QUT’s Anisa Rowhani-Farid (PhD student at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation)
Anisa is passionate about data publication and sharing.  She shared her research into the incentives (such as Badges) that encourage the sharing of data, particularly in the health and medical areas.

This event was part of Research Bazaar 2018 (ResBaz), which was hosted by Griffith University. Many thanks for Jenny Jo who, supported by Antony Ley, did much of the organisation.