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Research Hive Seminars 2016

The Sussex Research Hive Seminar series returned for a seventh year. The popular series brings together the Sussex community to discuss current issues in research. This year's speakers considered a range of topics that included publication quality and the development of publishing strategies, reaching new and expanded audiences, research funding and taking ownership of your research identity.

These lunchtime events, funded by SAGE, are hosted by the Library and open to everyone engaged in, or supporting, the research process at Sussex. Where possible slides and recordings of the sessions have been made available.

Publication quality under pressure: strategies for when, where and how to publish

4th February, 12.00-14.00, The Library Meeting Room

This seminar explored how researchers can optimise their publishing strategies whilst negotiating different – and potentially conflicting - definitions and perceptions of publication quality.

The speakers discussed the varied agendas of disciplines, funders, government, and others seeking to influence the types of research that get published and the outlets used. They considered how researchers can ensure their publications are recognised as high quality by the audiences that matter to them.

Speakers:

Professor Louise Morley - Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)

Dr Mika Peck - Lecturer in Biology

Chair:

Dominic Dean, Research Quality Officer

Audio recording. Professor Morley's slidesDr Peck's slides.

Responsible self-promotion: reaching new and expanded readerships for your research

18th February, 12.00-14.00, The Library Meeting Room

This seminar explored the tactics available to researchers seeking a new or expanded readership or audience for their work, without compromising academic rigour.

The speakers considered how opportunities to reach new audiences can challenge traditional academic practice whilst opening new possibilities for broader and deeper engagement. They also explored the implications of that engagement for the research itself and its impact on society.

Speakers:

Dr Alison Phipps - Reader in Sociology and Co-Director of the Centre for Gender Studies

Professor Tim Hitchcock - Professor of Digital History and Co-Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab

Chair:

Professor Cynthia Weber, Professor of International Relations

Audio recording

Funding your research: scholarships, grants and contracts that enable your research

1st March, 12.00-14.00, The Library Meeting Room

This seminar explored the various mechanisms for funding research. Using his own academic career as a case study, Professor Michael Davies  considered the importance for all researchers of understanding how their research is funded, as well as how actively seeking and winning funding can enhance research activity and enrich its quality. 

Speakers:

Professor Michael Davies - Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Chair:

Kitty Inglis - Librarian

Audio recording

Slides

Maintaining your research identity and streamlining systems

14th March, 12.00-14.00, The Library Meeting Room

This seminar explored how new identifiers for researchers can help you to attach your identity to research objects (from articles to media stories) and distinguish your research activities from those of others with similar names.  Researchers interact with an increasing number of research information systems as part of their work and entering data over and over again can be time-consuming. Find out how services such as ORCiD can save time and effort as you apply for funding, find and cite content and submit and publish a manuscript, and how embedding identifiers has already worked for researchers in medicine.

Speakers:

Josh Brown - Regional Director, Europe - ORCiD 

Professor Jackie Cassell - Chair in Primary Care Epidemiology - BSMS

Chair:

Jane Harvell - Head of Academic Services & Special Collections (Library)

Audio recording

Slides