Provperiod på Statista

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Biblioteket erbjuder provperiod på Statista mellan den 1–31 oktober 2019.

Statista är en plattform som ger tillgång till kvantitativa data och statistik inom en stor mängd områden från mer än 20 000 källor. Förutom marknadsdata, finns också data som är relaterat till media, politik och andra områden.

Materialet kan laddas ner i olika format, till exempel PowerPoint, Excel, PNG eller PDF, och sedan användas i exempelvis presentationer.

Om du testar Statista och vill delge oss synpunkter eller intryck är du välkommen att kontakta oss på

Gå till: Statista


Trial period: Statista

Linköping University Library offers a trial period for Statista between 1st of October and 31th of October 2019.

Statista is an international platform that provides quantitative data and statistics within a great number of areas from more than 20,000 sources.

All data can be downloaded in many different formats, such as PowerPoint, Excel, PNG or PDF.

You are welcome to send us your impressions and comments about Statista to

Go to: Statista


UniSearch setting modified – “Available via LiU” now default


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In the library search service UniSearch, you can search all material types, e.g. journal articles, books, reports etc., in almost all available databases. Previously, the default has been set to search content regardless if LiU users have access to that content or not.

Search results have therefore included material not immediately accessible (but in many cases available through interlibrary loans).

The default setting has now been changed to only include material available via LiU’s print or electronic collections. If you want to expand your search to include material not available via LiU, you can remove the setting “Available via LiU” under Limit search.

The modified default setting will in many cases result in a more manageable search result. Since Linköping University Library’s collections include a wide selection of electronic journals, ebooks and print publications, you will still have plenty to choose from. The possibility to request interlibrary loans of material that is not included in LiU’s collections is unchanged.

A corresponding modification will also be implemented in the search box on the library web, under “Modify”.

Go to UniSearch

By Peter Igelström, librarian, Valla Library


Publish for free in Springer Nature OA-journals. New deal.

LiU-researcher publishing in Springer-Nature OA-journals? Congratulations! APCs are covered via a national deal for close to 600 journals. The deal runs until December 2021.

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The deal covers publications in almost all pure (gold) OA-journals from Springer Nature, including journals such as Nature Communications and Scientific Reports. The deal also includes a number of journals from the imprints BioMed Central, SpringerOpen journals och Nature Research.

This particular deal do not include so-called hybrid publishing (when you pay extra to make an article OA in a subscription journal). That is included in another deal. Are you unsure whether or not your journal is included? Contact us at 

In order to get your APCs paid for, it is crucial that you remember to:
* state your affiliation as Linköping University
* state that you are the corresponding author
* state that you use your @liu email adress

Nature Springer identifies you as a LiU-researcher and the LiU-library verifies it. In other words, you do not have to do anything extra except give the “correct” contact information. Half of the publication fee will be paid by LiU, half by the research funders VR, Formas, Forte and Vinnova.

Open access is growing increasingly important in the publication landscape. States and research funder are backing the principle that access to research is vital from a democracy perspective. The majority of research today is still behind paywalls and thus not accessible for taxpayers without university connections. OA is thus important, but it is hard to change the publication system since it consists of large corporations profitting from  library subscriptions. Deals such as Springer Nature Fully Open Access contributes to a publication system where research get to be read and researchers do not have to  pay APCs.


Written by Johanna Nählinder, co-ordinator of research support, LiUB.


P.S: have you submitted to a non-Springer Nature OA journal? We still have OA- support!
PP.S: OA= open access; APC= author publication charges: a type of publication fees



Valla Library is moving – Q&A

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During summer 2019, Valla Library is moving from D Building to Campus Valla’s new Student Building. The library will therefore be closed throughout July. Here we have collected questions with answers about the move and how library services are affected.

How do I return library books when Valla Library is closed?
You can return books borrowed at Valla Library at the other campus libraries: Medical Library at Campus US and Campus Norrköping Library. It is also possible to return them at Linköping Public Library and at branch libraries in Linköping.
You are also welcome to keep the books throughout July. A book borrowed at Valla Library from 25 May and onwards will get a due date after Valla Library opens on 1 August.

What possibilities are there to borrow books from Linköping University Library’s collections during July?
You can borrow books available at Medical Library and Campus Norrköping Library. Valla Library’s collections are inaccessible during July. It will not be possible to borrow books at Valla or order books located at Valla to the other campus libraries. Delivery from our compact storage in “Bokladan” is also not possible during the same period.

What are the opening hours during the summer?
Medical Library and Campus Norrköping Library are open at special summer hours. Valla Library is closed during all of July.
The opening hours this summer is available at:
Opening hours summer 2019

What about interlibrary loans during the summer?
You will not be able to apply for interlibrary loans from 21 June to 28 July. Other libraries will not be able to borrow books or order article copies from our collections. If you have books on interlibrary loan that you no longer need, please return them before 21 June.

Are there any other ways to get access to articles not available in Linköping University Library’s collections during the period when the interlibrary loan service is closed?
LiU employees can use the interlibrary loan service Get It Now for ordering journal articles. Search an article in UniSearch or another library search service. If you don’t have full text access to an article, click “Find Full Text” and chose Mails Request document from Get It Now. The document will be delivered via email within an hour or so. This is what it looks like in UniSearch:

Where do I turn if I have questions about the move or my library loans?
You are welcome to email us at


A ResearchGate guide for the slightly hesitant

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Many researchers are reluctant to spend time on RG. It is perceived as time-consuming and the return on investment is unclear.

RG certainly requires some time, but time invested in creating and maintaining a RG-profile can be seen as an investment in your professional identity, your research and your publications. RG has, according to a blogpost in the influential Scholarly Kitchen, a significantly higher traffic than Google Scholar. Being visible on RG is thus a good and effective measure to be read (and also, by extension) to be cited.

If you do not have the time to read this blogpost in its entirety – don’t worry. A short checklist is presented at the end.

What is RG?

RG can be described as a social network for researchers – sometimes referred to as an  ASNS (Academic social network site). It provides the (free) opportunity to create a research profile. According to RG more than 125 million members have done so. RG is a commercial enterprise with an unclear business model. It is thus not clear how they make money out of the information on their site. It is also interesting to note that RG is an enterprise focused on its ASNS  in an industry characterized by few actors who have interests throughout the entire research process.

2 reasons why you should spend time on RG

Spending time strategically on creating a research profile meets two important missions:

RG is a visible storefront for your research. Many of the fulltexts linked from Google Scholar comes from RG. This is positive – but also, as I will come back to, highly problematic.

A time-efficient way to network. If you state your research interests and present your research, you provide the opportunity for other researchers to find you and your research . The networking side of RG is thus a good complement to conferences.

3 ways in which RG may increase your visibility

RG contains many functionalities. This blogpost focuses on the functions which I believe are the most important for increasing the visibility of your publications and research.

1. A storefront for your professional identity. Fill in your RG -profile. The profile is found under “my profile” and then “info”. If you have a Twitter-account, make sure to fill in your Twitter name. Extra important is to fill in your ORCID and uploading an image of yourself. This will strengthen your professional identity.

2. A compelling list of publications. Many sites offer researchers to set up a research profile. Usually you enter data about your publications (eg by entering their references). At RG you are asked to upload the publications instead. RG states that you can upload the publications publicly or privately. Think carefully about the potential consequences of uploading your articles!

Researchers often lack copyright of their own articles and are thus often prohibited to upload their own articles. If you are a LiU-researcher you have access to Publication Visibility which helps you to distinguish exactly which of your own articles you are actually allowed to upload publicly on RG. They are rather rare! The flowchart below provides decision support.



3. How do you want to use RG as a networking tool?

Who do you wish would comment upon your research? You can ask peers to comment upon your research.This option can be used strategically, but it is nevertheless important not to spam your peers.

Creating “projects” showcase current research and provide a strategic opportunity to network with followers. Three examples of projects which might inspire are Effective and efficient emergency response at the incident site of tomorrow,GREENFLEET  and Seeing organ function.

If you are a research leader you have yet one opportunity to showcase your research: the lab. A lab consists of a research group and may be created by the research leader. You can only be part of one lab. Use the lab function to showcase the current work of the research group and how it evolves between publications.

How do I get started?

RG is fun. Follow its logic! A checklist may be useful in order to use time wisely and prevent unintentional copyright infringement. The library research support is there for you if you want extra input.

  1. Invest four minutes in the University of the Bahamas clip and ponder on your reason for being on RG.
  2. Fill out your profile. Don´t forget ORCID and an image of yourself.
  3. Take point of departure in your latest list of publications and see how you may showcase your publications. Think carefully before uploading a fulltext on RG! If you are a productive researcher you might want to limit yourselves to showcasing articles. PubVis helps you to decide which fulltexts to upload publicly on RG and it also helps you to create title pages if uploading the fulltext is not advisable. Kudos offers a similar service if you do not have access to PubVis.
  4. Who do you want to follow (and why?) RG, just as social medias in general, builds upon the identification of followers.
  5. Do you have research that you want to showcase in a project? Identify the project collaborators, add a description of the project and the publications it includes. Decide upon the type of content you want to add in the future and how often you want to update your project.

Most importantly…

Dusty storefronts are a cardinal sin. It is easy to make one selective measure and then leave the research profile to its own devices. Make sure to make a plan now outlining when you revise and update your RG-profile. Through doing so you make RG an integral part of your scholarly communication.

This blogpost has focused on one type of publications: articles. It has not even mentioned books, conference papers, chapters in edited books, nor preprints or research data. There is more, lots more, to discover at the commercial ASNS.


Written by  Johanna Nählinder, co-ordinator of research support LiUB