News about library publishing agreements

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Linköping University Library has agreements with publishers that give LiU authors a discount on publishing charges when publishing in a number of Open Access journals. For 2022, the Library has signed three new publishing agreements. There have also been modifications in some existing agreements.

The new agreements are with Association for Computer Machinery (ACM), Nature journals, and, from the 1st of February, Public Library of Science (PLoS).

The existing agreements with Taylor & Francis and Oxford University Press have been expanded to include pure Open Access journals (previously, these agreements covered only hybrid journals). The agreements with American institute of Physics (AIP) and Springer now include bigger publishing catalogues than previously. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) agreement now also includes the pure OA journal RSC Advances.

Collected information about existing agreements is available at Library publishing agreements.

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Publishing agreements usually cover a selection of journals from each publisher. Use the search service SciFree to search specific journals to see if they are covered by an agreement. The SciFree search box can be found at the page linked above.

Some agreements cover the whole article processing charge (APC), others give authors a discount. In the latter case, the corresponding author pays the remaining amount.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about library publishing agreements. The Library’s Open Access team can be reached at:

Use the extended opening hours Meröppet to spread out the visits to the library.

What do Norrköping students think of Meröppet, the extended opening hours?

**This post is also available in Swedish**

Wednesday 8 December at 9.30 pm

We visit Campus Norrköping library to see how the new, extended openings hours called Meröppet in Swedish are working out. Meröppet was introduced on November 8th without much ado and now about a month later we want to find out what students, and possibly LiU employees think.

Visiting figures show that about 1100 persons have visited the library in the course of the extended, un-staffed openings hours during evening time. About 130 persons  have been early risers and visited the library between 7 and 8 in the morning, before regular hours.

On this late Wednesday evening, we first meet John and Isak who are just about to leave for the night. John has spent the whole day, since 9 am, in the library and he is a big fan of Meröppet which makes it possible to stay on and study and also to arrange meetings with his fellow students in the environmental science programme. Both John and Isak mean the library is a natural center for their course as they use  a lot of literature. Right now they are preparing for examinations. två studenter

-It’s a lot more comfortable to sit here among the books in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere than to book a impersonal, anonymous group study room in Kopparhammaren. This library is very good for studying and it is nice with the different areas where we can sit.

How did you find out about Meröppet?

We saw a poster and then asked library staff who explained. The first evening we were here the security guard was also very helpful and friendly and explained how it all worked.

Up stairs  in the library, at one of the individual study tables, we find Teodor who is studying construction engineering.

-I got a tip from the library staff about Meröppet and found more information on the web site . Since than I have been here several times during the last two weeks and stayed about two hours each time to prepare for an exam.

Wednesday 15 December at 7.45 pm

One week later, during the week long charity event Musikhjälpen, we visit again to find that all the activities around Musikhjälpen not necessarily competes with the chance to put in some extra hours on one’s course work. Some ten students are still here and we get to chat with four cheerful “decentralized med school students”, as they present themselves, who all live in Norrköping.

To sit here is the best, says Mattias Saliba and John Youssef, Gihan Lafta and Ali Mohsen instantly agree. Nice to be able to stay on late, before we had to move to other places in Kåkenhus, which are OK  but not as study friendly. Here you can sit among books and that creates a good atmosphere which spreads tranquility. 

How did you find out about Meröppet?

-We read a news letter from the medical faculty and since then we have been here many times. 




Close by sits Vivi Malki, who studies industrial engineering and management on Campus Valla, Linköping, but lives in Norrköping.

I was told by friends who study here in Norrköping that you have long opening hours and that it is so nice and peaceful to work here. Now I have been here every night the passed weeks, she says.

In the arm chairs by the terrace exit we find Noreen Hassan and Kelly Usabimana, students of nursing and foundation year in science respectively.

-We saw the posters, and now we have been here several times to study for our January exams. It is very useful to be able to do it this way.

On these two visits we did not identify anyone we recognize as staff or faculty but Meröppet is open for anyone with a LiU card who wants to pick up literature, study or print articles and pieces of work.

Meröppet has also been introduced at the Medical library, Campus US, Linköping.

Read more about the arrangements here.


Written by Britt Omstedt, librarian  Campus Norrköping library

Self-service opening hours at the library

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The library now offers self-service opening hours, Meröppet in Swedish, to LiU students and faculty/staff. This means the libraries at Campus Norrköping and Campus US will be open to LiU students and faculty/staff outside of ordinary openings hours even when the library is un-staffed. Special arrangements for access apply on the Medical library, see under rules below.

To enter the library, visitors must swipe their LiU card and use their pin code at the reader just outside the library entrance. This service applies only to members of the LiU community, the entry is individual, no unauthorized persons should be let in. Campus security guards will do regular rounds and check ID:s. Special arrangements for access apply on the Medical library, see under rules below.

The self-service hours are available at: Library self-service hours

Rules during self-service hours

Of course, all regular library rules apply during self-service hours, with some additions:

  • Visitors use their own LiU-card to enter.
  • You may not let anyone else in.
  • Use the machines to check out and return books.
  • The zoning for noise levels must be observed, as well as the general library rules, which are displayed by the check-out machine.
  • Printing, scanning, and copying service is available.
  • Digimaker and the terrace cannot not be used.
  • Group study rooms are free to use but cannot be booked.
  • To  get entry to the Medical Library during self-service hours you must be a student at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Campus US or registered for a course given there. As employee you must have your work place at Campus US.

What if there is a problem?

When the check-out machine is out of order or loan is denied, books must not be taken out of the library. Leave the book in the library and contact the staff during regular opening hours.

When the book return machine is out of order, books shall be returned in the book drop outside the library. 

Security and safety

Campus security guards can be reached on tel: 013 –  28 58 88

In an emergency like fire, accident or threat contact 112


Written by  Britt Omstedt, Librarian, Campus Norrköping library

Are you writing an essay?

**This blog post is also available in Swedish**

Are you writing an essay/student thesis or are about to? Here are some tips on library resources that will help you in your writing.  

We have books on academic writing, research methods and how to conduct qualitative interviews. We can also offer support regarding citing, referencing and how to avoid plagiarism.

Books about research methods and academic writing

Use the library search service UniSearch to find books and articles. Here are some examples of library books on topics related to academic writing and research methods:

Research interview

Research methods

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Campus Norrköping Library. Photo: Thor Balkhed

Qualitative research

Quantititative research

Statistical methods

Academic writing


Quoting, referencing and plagiarism

It is very important to cite and refer properly when writing an essay or a student thesis. To know how you are allowed to use someone else’s images in your own work is necessesary to avoid violating copyright.

When writing your essay, use a reference management program, such as Zotero or EndNote, to help you organize your references and create bibliographies.



Citation technique and styles

Plagiarism and Copyright

Information searching

To find material for your thesis, such as previous research on your chosen topic, use the Library’s databases. Databases after subject area can be found in the database list:


Book an appointment

If you have problems finding relevant sources for your thesis, you are welcome to book an appointment with a librarian. You can also book an introduction to get started with Zotero or EndNote.

Book an appointment

Publish your thesis

When you have finished your thesis you probably want to publish it online. Learn more:

Publish your essay at LiU E-Press


Good luck with your writing and please contact us if you have any questions!

By: Peter Igelström, librarian, Valla Library

How to create correct links for students´ reading lists

**This blog post is also available in Swedish**

If you are a teacher and use electronic resources as required reading for your students, you might have come across that students have problems accessing articles and e-books even if you gave them a link. Here are some good things to know if you want to provide links in your reading lists.

If you want to provide your students with proper links to material such as e-books, articles etc (accessible for students and employees via LiU-ID) you need to add some information (a proxy link) to the regular link. When trying to access the material, students come to a page where they can log in with their LiU-ID to confirm that they have access to the material.

Nota bene! Students that are on campus and use the Eduroam network won´t have to log in to e-resources to access them.

Check out this video: Accessing the digital library from home.

How to create a proper link to an article, e-book or a database

Add the proxy link ( before the regular link. See the following examples:





Elastic conducting polymer composites in thermoelectric modules:



What We Think about When We Try Not to Think about Global Warming:

Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action:


Open access articles? Please note that you should not use the proxy link if the article is open access.

Don´t forget to try the link to see that it works!

Advise your students to always search for articles and e-books in the library search service UniSearch, since it will provide with the correct link.

If you have questions please contact us at or chat with us!

Read more about off-campus access to e-resources at the webpage Library online.



Written by Maria Svenningsson, librarian, Valla library

Picture: Pixabay