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ePubs March 2015 enhancements

06 April 2015

The Library is pleased to announce new enhancements to the STFC’s institutional repository, ePubs: 

• Link to related records. You can now make connections between related records in ePubs (for example between a preprint record and a journal article record).

• New optional fields and sorting options for exporting records. When using the ‘export as citation’ feature, you can now specify the sorting order and select additional fields to customise your list of exported records.

• Search for individual authors when editing a record. When editing a record, you can now search for a specific author by name; this is of particular value when editing records that contain large numbers of authors (e.g. particle physics collaborations).

• Enhancements to the selection and management of departments, groups & collaborations associated with a record. When creating or editing a record, it is now significantly easier to quickly and accurately select the appropriate department(s)/group(s)/collaborations from the list of available options.

ePubs 2.0.14 went live on Monday, March 30th. This release also includes “back office” refinements for library administrators, along with several bug fixes. 

We anticipate carrying out further development work on ePubs during 2015-16.

ePubs February 2015 enhancements

13 February 2015

The Library is pleased to announce further enhancements to ePubs:

• New ‘Patent’ item type. You can now add records of STFC-related patents to the ePubs database.

• User interface improvements for creating/editing records. Users can now perform keyword/character searches for serial titles within the user interface for creating/editing a record; rather than having to scroll through a list of 650+ titles, they can quickly jump straight to the correct one. A new context helper has been added to assist users in identifying the appropriate item type for the work they wish to add to the repository.

• Improved clarity on ePubs content policies. ePubs now includes information on the content policies underpinning the information held within the repository – essentially what should (and should not) be included within the institutional repository of STFC. This information is consistently available at the top of each page within ePubs.
ePubs 2.0.13 went live on Wednesday February 4th. This release also includes “back office” refinements for library administrators, along with several bug fixes.

We aim to roll out a final round of enhancements for 2014-15 in late March.


ePubs December 2014 enhancements

16 December 2014

We’re pleased to announce that a series of enhancements for the STFC’s institutional repository, ePubs, are being launched on Tuesday December 16th.

New ‘AAM’ item type. We can now add records to ePubs for AAMs, or Author Accepted Manuscripts. AAMs are full-text versions of a paper which have undergone peer-review and final content editing. Depositing AAMs in ePubs enables authors to comply with RCUK Open Access policy by meeting the criteria for Green Open Access publishing. Depositing of AAMs in ePubs will be overseen by the Library Team; please contact us if you have any questions about this service.

New ‘Preprint’ item type. You can now add preprints directly to ePubs.

Enhanced record export functionality. Users who export records from ePubs in the CSV format now have access to additional fields in the exported file, including departments and groups (if these have been defined in the actual record(s)).

Improved user interface for disambiguating author records. ePubs users who add records to the database will see a clearer, more user-friendly dialogue box if they choose to disambiguate an author. More information is now provided, making it easier to correctly identify an STFC author from the list of potential candidates.

In addition to the above enhancements, a number of “behind the scenes” enhancements have been implemented, as well as several bug fixes.
We aim to roll out further enhancements early in 2015.

Help page for Publication Types

22 July 2014

We have added a new page in the Help section to describe the different publication types in ePubs, to clarify how to choose a type when adding a new record, and how to filter search results.

New and improved ePubs goes live!

22 September 2013

We are delighted to announce the release of a new version of ePubs, the open archive for STFC research publications.

ePubs is a publications record and management service provided for STFC staff. Anyone with a federal ID can log in to the system to add, edit and manage their publications. ePubs has a public interface available for anyone to search. It is managed and developed by the Chadwick and RAL Libraries on behalf of STFC.

ePubs was first launched in 2004 and since then has grown steadily to include over 36,000 records of publications by STFC staff and facilities users, and nearly 3,000 full-text files that can be freely discovered and accessed online.

What's new in ePubs

  • An improved user interface;
  • Powerful discovery functionality, including options to sort and filter search results;
  • Simplified single-screen interfaces for adding and editing publications quickly and efficiently;
  • URL persistence for direct, stable linking to publications;
  • Record selection and export in standard citation, CSV and RIS reference management formats;
  • A personal area for logged-in users where you can view and manage all your publications;
  • Enhanced functionality for Content Administrators, with additional publications management and reporting capabilities.

What you can do with the new ePubs
  • Manage all your publications in one place and link to or export publications lists for your personal profile or CV;
  • Archive and give free online access to the full text of your publications, whether you need to meet your funder’s Open Access requirements, or you simply want to maximise exposure of your work and increase its impact;
  • As a research manager in your department or group collect and analyse data about the outputs of your research cohort and generate information about these outputs using a variety of selection criteria for purposes of performance review, to demonstrate impact, etc.;
  • View and analyse statistics about the volume and usage of publications deposited in the archive. 

Tell us what you think

Whether you have never used ePubs before or are an old hand, we would like to hear about your experience of the new system. We will use your feedback to inform our ongoing development of the service. Email your feedback to epublications@stfc.ac.uk.