We’re here to support your research, whether you’re just starting out as a postgraduate student, or an established academic and researcher. Find out more about the support we offer you on this page.
We provide free tutorials and workshops for researchers throughout the year:
Our specialist workshops cover topics from ‘Introduction to the Library for researchers’ to more advanced topics such as ‘Advanced literature searching’. We announce the dates of all upcoming workshops well in advance, and you can sign up for workshops through our online booking system.
If we don’t have a copy or we don’t provide online access to the book or journal article you need, we’ll try to obtain access to it for you from other libraries through our Inter-Library Loans service.
More help with inter-library loans for staff
More help with inter-library loans for Research Masters (MPhil, MRes)
SCONUL Access may allow you to visit and borrow from other university libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland. For further details and to check whether the scheme is operating currently, see our SCONUL Access page
RefWorks is a web-based reference-management software package. You can use it to create your own reference database by importing references from text files, online databases and other sources. You can then use these references in writing papers and automatically format your paper and bibliography.
We have signed up to a number of journal deals – many of which are now ‘Read and Publish’ deals which give us discounted or free Open Access publishing in some journals. The University currently does not allocate funding for the purchase of Article Processing Charges (APCs) or vouchers which discount APCs, so if you cannot find a free publication route through these deals, you may need to source funding to cover the difference.
If you wish to apply for discounted open access which could involve any form of payment, you need to complete an Open Access Research funding application form and submit this to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are now participating in a transformative agreement with Cambridge University Press, which offers corresponding authors assocated with Birmingham Newman University open access publishing in CUP's hybrid or fully Gold journals at no cost.
The deal applies to articles accepted between 1st January 2021-31st December 2024.
The following article types are eligible under this agreement: research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports, case reports.
To ensure that you have the correct affiliation you should use your Birmingham Newman University e-mail address when submitting the article.
If you need help checking eligibility to use this deal please contact email@example.com.
We are now part of a 'read and publish' deal with Elsevier which offers Birmingham Newman University corresponding authors open access publishing in participating hybrid journals, also know as core hybrid journals. This includes hybrid titles in the Cell Press and The Lancet journal collections. Research and review articles are covered, but some exceptions apply. You should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not sure that your article type is covered.
The deal covers articles accepted for publication between 1st January 2022-31st December 2024.
In addition Birmingham Newman University corresponding authors publishing in Elsevier's fully Gold open access journals are eligible for a 15% APC discount. It is the authors responsibility to ensure that there are funds to cover the remaining 85% of the APC cost. To do this you need to complete an Open Access Research funding application form and submit this to email@example.com. If funding from the University has not been approved then the article may be rejected and the author will be billed for the full cost of the APC.
If you’re not sure if a journal you want to publish in is eligible you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You now have the following open access publishing routes available through the Sage journals ‘read and publish’ deal:
Hybrid journal route
It is free to publish open access in any of theHybrid publishing title. If you’re not sure if a journal you want to publish in is eligible, contact email@example.com.The following conditions apply:
If you are not the corresponding author but are responsible for submitting your work to Sage, you must correctly identify the corresponding author and the corresponding author’s institution. If you incorrectly identify the corresponding author, then your OA request will be rejected, and Sage are not obliged to publish the article open access.
Gold journal route
You can get a 20% discount off the journal Article Processing Charge for Sage Gold OA journals. To do this you need to complete an Open Access Research funding application form and submit this to firstname.lastname@example.org.Approval must be granted by Research, otherwise we may have to reject your request for publishing as Open Access.
If you’re not sure if a journal you want to publish in is eligible you should contact email@example.com.For journals using the RightsLink platform to manage APC payments:
We have signed up to a ‘read and publish’ transformative deal with Taylor and Francis. The deal is valid from 1st January 2021 – 31st December 2023.
As subscribers we can access a capped number of free APCs to cover the cost of publishing open access in Taylor and Francis Hybrid (Open Select) journals. These APCs will be available to use across all participating institutions and will be made available on a first come first served basis.
Once the free APCs have been used up, an open access publishing fee will be payable. At this point the deal provides a 20% discount compared with the list price, but you will need to secure funding from the University before you opt to pay via this route.
You can request funding by completing the Open Access Research funding application form and submitting this to firstname.lastname@example.org.. If you are successful with your funding application please contact email@example.com who will arrange for the funds to be transferred to the library budget and complete the payment for the discounted APC.
The following conditions apply:
We are now part of a ‘read and publish’ deal with the publisher Wiley which means that all Birmingham Newman affiliated corresponding authors can publish Open Access in any of Wiley’s fully gold Open Access journals, or any of their hybrid (subscription and OA) journals which offer their ‘OnlineOpen’ option, without incurring any additional charges. The deal grants the UK HEI sector a limited number of ‘free’ Article Processing Charge (APC) credits each year, to be assigned across institutions on a first-come-first-served basis. If this limit is reached then open access APCs will be charged for each article until the start of the next calendar year.
In either case, the Library will be asked by Wiley to confirm your affiliation to the University. (Your affiliation needs to be current at the point of acceptance for publication). See the Wiley website for full instructions and a list of eligible journals.
favours the Green model
requires researchers to:
inform the Pro Vice Chancellor – Research and Scholarship if your funder mandates Gold open access
check that journals in which you propose to publish meet the requirements of the Research England mandate
deposit your research outputs in the GuildHE repository (via the library's deposit form)
if they are intended / eligible for REF submission
no later than 3 months after acceptance for publication by your publisher
your own version, rather than the published version - so keep a copy for deposit
Last reviewed: 14 November 2023