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Sharing knowledge to fight the virus: part 2

This is our second blog post highlighting freely accessible resources related to COVID-19.  If you’ve missed the first one, you can access it here.  As before, the links will direct you to authoritative publications, written by experts and available for anyone with an internet connection to read or download.  Please share the resources as widely as possible.

This time we’re featuring some of the online collections put together by database suppliers and large academic publishers (listed alphabetically), including some resources that have recently been made freely available for the first time.

Cambridge University Press: Coronavirus Free Access Collection
https://tinyurl.com/wk83x7o
Free access to a growing collection of COVID-19 related research for a limited period (until end of May 2020). Articles in the collection are from journals and Research Review series.

EBSCO: free/expanded-access resources and clinical information on COVID-19
https://www.ebsco.com/covid-19-resources#sect1
https://www.ebsco.com/covid-19-resources#sect2

Website aimed at academic library services,  offering links to a variety of relevant resources.  Some are free to access for a limited period (until end of May or end of June 2020).

Elsevier:
COVID-19 Healthcare Hub
https://covid-19.elsevier.health/

Free access to Elsevier’s relevant evidence-based tools and resources.  Also a series of Expert Insights podcasts, presented by front-line clinicians and providers, and clinical guidelines from health authorities worldwide about diagnosis and treatment.
Novel Coronavirus Information Center
https://www.elsevier.com/connect/coronavirus-information-center

Free health and medical research on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19.  Divided into sections: Clinical Information, Chinese Language Resources, Research/Drug Discovery, Public Health and Patient Resources.  Includes a link to Elsevier’s full directory of COVID-19 resources.

Emerald: Coronavirus, the management of epidemics and the wider impact on society
https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/promo/coronavirus.htm
Includes relevant Expert Briefings, journal articles and book chapters, free to access until at least the end of the year.  Emerald has “made research on COVID-19 and the management of epidemics and pandemics free for anyone to access and…also made this available with full text and data mining rights to PubMed Central and the World Health Organization repository”. 

Oxford University Press
https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/coronavirus
https://global.oup.com/about/covid19?cc=gb

Free access to research resources on COVID-19, including journal articles and latest updates on human trials of a possible vaccine developed by Oxford University scientists.

Sage Publishing:
https://journals.sagepub.com/coronavirus
Free medical, social and behavioural science journal articles related to COVID-19.

Springer Nature: SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
https://www.springernature.com/gp/researchers/campaigns/coronavirus
Freely accessible papers on COVID-19 from Springer Nature journals, along with additional commentaries and relevant books.

https://tinyurl.com/u53h95p
Free research data support service for Springer Nature authors with data relevant to the pandemic.
https://www.nature.com/briefing/signup/
Free daily newsletter, Nature Briefing, including a selection of the latest updates on coronavirus.

Taylor & Francis: COVID-19 microsite
https://taylorandfrancis.com/coronavirus/
Free access to T&F’s journal and book resources on COVID-19.

Wiley: COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak resources
https://novel-coronavirus.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Journal articles:
https://tinyurl.com/sd68xat
Book chapters:  
https://tinyurl.com/wddn9me
Freely accessible resources on COVID-19 – most are made available within 24 hours of publication.

More comprehensive lists of publishers with COVID-19 resource collections, including smaller presses, are available via:

International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC):
https://tinyurl.com/tp57d2d

Jisc:
https://subscriptionsmanager.jisc.ac.uk/about/resources-for-coronavirus-crisis
https://tinyurl.com/y7f5muuj

Wellcome Trust:
https://tinyurl.com/tc8j3up

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Sharing knowledge to fight the virus

The Open Research Team at Cardiff University Library Service, which includes Cardiff University Press, is compiling a list of Open Access resources related to COVID-19. All the links in the list refer to authoritative publications written by experts, and are available for anyone with an internet connection to read or download.

We are doing this because information is power: it can save lives, if it gets to the right people who need it.  Please take a look at the resources and share them widely with whoever you think should read them.

We would like to thank our University colleagues at the Specialist Unit for Review Evidence (SURE) for their invaluable help in compiling the list.  This is the first instalment: we are still adding to the list, so look out for our next blog post. 

LitCovid
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/research/coronavirus/
American portal site from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.  “…a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.” Currently over 3,000 relevant articles, all included in the PubMed database.  Data can be downloaded in  TSV or RIS format.

PubMed Central (PMC)
COVID-19 resources:
https://tinyurl.com/wgbx3lb
General coronavirus resources:
https://tinyurl.com/s7ymjvz
Online collections of resources on COVID-19 and other coronaviruses – co-ordinated by the US National Library of Medicine and representing 40 different academic publishers around the world.

World Health Organisation (WHO) – COVID-19 database
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/global-research-on-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
This is updated daily (Monday to Friday) from searches of bibliographic databases, tables of contents of relevant journals, and other relevant scientific articles that come to WHO’s attention.  Articles are searchable by author, keyword (title, author, journal), journal, or general topic, and can be downloaded free of charge. To see the most recently added citations, select “Newest updates”.

Digital Science: Dimensions COVID-19 resources
https://covid-19.dimensions.ai/

Database of relevant resources which can be exported as a spreadsheet and accessed via Google or on Figshare.  Contains research publications, datasets and (via the spreadsheet) clinical trial information.  Updated daily – currently more than 6,600 resources included.  Over two-thirds of resources are Open Access.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM): Evidence Service
https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/
Freely accessible summaries of medical evidence to answer specific questions about COVID-19 – updated regularly.

Cochrane Collaboration
Special Collections:
https://www.cochranelibrary.com/special-collections
COVID-19 – Fertility and Pregnancy:
https://cgf.cochrane.org/news/covid-19-coronavirus-disease-fertility-and-pregnancy
Rapid Reviews:
https://www.cochrane.org/cochranes-work-rapid-reviews-response-covid-19
The Cochrane Library medical database is creating Special Collections of systematic reviews on aspects of COVID-19, including Infection control and prevention measures and Evidence relevant to critical care.  The Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group is also collecting important resources, guidance and advice statements on COVID-19, fertility and pregnancy into a spreadsheet which can be downloaded from the website.  Cochrane is currently working on a number of fast-tracked systematic reviews on COVID-19 related topics for its Rapid Reviews series.

F1000Research: Disease Outbreaks gateway site
https://f1000research.com/gateways/disease_outbreaks/coronavirus

Free access to COVID-19 research papers (before, during and after peer review).
“We welcome all types of publications and documents related to coronavirus, including but not limited to: clinical trials, clinical case reports, epidemiological modelling, transmission dynamics, collaboratively written policies, protocols, and any other information that needs to be shared in a timely manner.”

STAY AT HOME – PROTECT THE NHS – SAVE LIVES

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Cardiff University Press’ review of 2019

Happy New Year everyone!

2019 has been an important year for CardiffUP, with several milestones reached and lots to celebrate.  Here are some highlights of our last twelve months:

  • In January we welcomed a new Student Representative onto our Editorial Board – Laura Sinclair, a PhD student from the School of Journalism, Media and Culture. By the end of the year Laura had also become the Student Representative on our Monograph Commissioning Panel.
  • In March the journal SHARE: Studies in History, Archaeology, Religion and Conservation was officially relaunched after a temporary halt in publication.
  • In May we accepted a research report for publication, Reporting on Poverty by Kerry Moore, which is due to be published in spring 2020; and we approved an application for publication from the established and well-respected journal New Readings, which is about to publish its first CardiffUP issue. Also during May, the Editorial Board formally decided to renew our Partner Press Agreement with Ubiquity Press for two more years.
  • In June, we accepted another book for publication – Like Any Other Woman by Jac Saorsa with Rebecca Phillips. Later in the month we were delighted to announce the online publication of our very first monograph Deconstructing Martial Arts by Paul Bowman, with the paperback version following in early July.
  • Also in July, we accepted another established and well-regarded journal for publication – Assuming Gender. At the end of the month we officially launched the CardiffUP Monograph Awards funding scheme, which provides selected Cardiff University authors and editors with financial support to publish monographs with us.
  • In September, our oldest journal Welsh Economic Review became the first CardiffUP title to be accepted for inclusion in the prestigious online Directory of Open Access Journals, which should greatly increase its visibility to the global research community.
  • In October, one of our Monograph Commissioning Panel members joined our Editorial Board too – Julie Browne from the School of Medicine. One week later, having progressed rapidly through its editing and production stages, our second monograph Like Any Other Woman was published.  This was very timely for the official launch event of our Monograph Publishing Scheme, held in International Open Access Week.  At the event, we and our invited guests celebrated the publication of our first two books, listened to speeches and enjoyed some great conversations along with our buffet lunch.
  • In November, Hélène de Ribaupierre from the School of Computer Science and Informatics joined our Editorial Board, becoming the first Board member from the University’s College of Physical Sciences and Engineering.
  • In December, our Editorial Board and Monograph Commissioning Panel met together for the first time to discuss a five-year plan for CardiffUP – we already have plenty of ideas for the future.

In 2020 we look forward to publishing more monographs and journal issues, and to contributing to Cardiff University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 submissions where we intend to have some of our publications featured.  It looks like we’ll be having another busy year!

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Celebrating Open Access Week 2019 with CardiffUP’s second book

Just in time for International Open Access Week 2019, Cardiff University Press is delighted to announce the publication of the second book in its new Monograph Publishing Programme.

As with all CardiffUP publications, Like Any Other Woman: The Lived Experience Of Gynaecological Cancer is fully Open Access. Written by Cardiff University’s Dr Jac Saorsa with contributions from Rebecca Phillips, the book provides the reader with a powerful and thought-provoking insight into the physical and emotional experiences of women with cancer. You can download it for free to your desktop or to any mobile device, including smartphones and Kindles. Print-on-demand paperback copies are also available to order from the same web address.

Along with our first published book, Deconstructing Martial Arts by Prof Paul Bowman, Like Any Other Woman is being featured at the official launch event of our Monograph Publishing Programme, which takes place at Cardiff University on Wednesday 23rd October. This is the main event in our celebration of Open Access Week 2019. We’re hoping to Tweet some photos from it afterwards, so look out for those.

What’s coming next in the Monograph Publishing Programme? Well, in the next few months we’ll be publishing our first volume of conference proceedings, and our first bilingual research report (English and Welsh editions). If you’re an academic staff member or PhD student, either at Cardiff University or another recognised higher education institution, and would like to find out more about submitting a monograph manuscript to us, please see the guidelines on our website at https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/publish/ . We look forward to hearing from you.

To discover why Open Access is important to us, check out our blog post here: https://cardiffunipress.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/open-access-and-us/

And you can keep up to date with our activities by following our Tweets @CUOpenResearch: we’d be very pleased if you could retweet them!

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A new chapter: CardiffUP gets bookish

Today is CardiffUP’s fourth birthday – the official launch of the Press was on 9th July 2015.  We’ve come a long way since that launch event, when we had 2 journals in our portfolio (there are now 12 of them) and 8 people on our Editorial Board (now 18).  Find out more about these on our website at https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/journals/ and https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/about/ respectively.

Two weeks ago we reached another publishing milestone, when our very first book was published on our website.  Like the CardiffUP journals, this is free to read and download, thanks to our Open Access policy.  You can find it at https://doi.org/10.18573/book1 and download it to your desktop or any mobile device, including smartphones and Kindles.  A print-on-demand paperback edition will also be available to order from our site shortly.

The book, Deconstructing Martial Arts by Cardiff University’s Professor Paul Bowman, examines different definitions of “martial arts” and their place in culture and society.  If you’d like to tell us what you think about this book and its subject matter, please feel free to add your comments at the bottom of the web page, or Tweet them with a mention of us @CUopenresearch .

From the earliest days of CardiffUP, the intention always was for it to become a monograph publisher eventually, as well as a journal publisher.  As we expected, publishing monographs has proved to be rather more complex, so we’ve taken plenty of time to get ready and set it up.  There are currently three more monograph titles going through the publication process, which should all appear by early 2020.  We’re happy to receive further submissions of monograph manuscripts at any time – guidelines and instructions for submitting these are on our website at https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/publish/ .  All academic staff and PhD students are welcome to submit manuscripts to us, whether they’re affiliated to Cardiff University or any other recognised higher education institutions throughout the world.

If you’re a Cardiff University author with a manuscript that needs a publisher, this summer is a particularly good time to submit it to us, as we’re offering a small number of Cardiff University Press Awards.  These Awards, known as “the Diemwnts” after our dragon mascot Diemwnt, will cover most of the publication costs of a limited number of monographs by Cardiff University authors, subject to our approval of the selected monograph manuscripts for publication after peer review. Further details of the Awards will follow later this month, so watch out for those!

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Feature: Martial Arts Studies no. 7

We’re happy to announce that Martial Arts Studies issue 7 is now freely available at https://mas.cardiffuniversitypress.org/9/volume/0/issue/7/ . Martial Arts Studies is the premier scholarly source for interdisciplinary work on a variety of topics surrounding the practice, sociology, history and media representation of the modern combat sports and traditional martial arts. Published twice yearly, it presents the best research written and reviewed by leaders in the field.

This issue contains an editorial, five articles and three short reviews. The editorial starts by discussing what an “open issue,” such as this one, suggests about the current state of martial arts studies.  The editors note that issue 7 stretches the discussion of the Asian martial arts in geographic terms, and contemplates many complex interactions between physical practice and identity formation.

In their article “The creation of Wing Tsun: a German case study,” Swen Koerner, Mario S. Staller and Benjamin N. Judkins take a detailed look at the global spread of Wing Chun, a hand combat style of kung fu from Guangdong Province.

Next, Kristin Behr and Peter Kuhn examine the “Key factors in career development and transitions in German elite combat sport athletes.” The purpose of their study was to identify factors that facilitate and constrain career development and career transitions. They conclude that an athletic career is a highly complex, multi-layered and individual process.

In the third article, “Fighting gender stereotypes: women’s participation in the martial arts, physical feminism and social change“, Maya Maor explores the social conditions that facilitate gender subversive appropriation in full-contact martial arts, in terms of: 1. close and reciprocal bodily contact, 2. learning new embodiment regimes, and 3. effects of male dominance in the field.

Veronika Partikova continues the ongoing discussion of martial arts and identity formation in “Psychological collectivism in traditional martial arts.” Her paper argues that ‘traditional’ martial arts offer physical skills, moral codes, rituals, roles and hierarchical relationships which, taken together, create the perfect environment for psychological collectivism.

Tim Trausch’s paper “Martial arts and media culture in the information era: glocalization, heterotopia, hyperculture” is derived from the Editor’s Introduction to the collection Chinese martial arts and media culture: global perspectives [Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018]. It argues that recent media texts reflect and (re)produce three paradigms of martial arts and media culture in the information age: glocalization, heterotopia, and hyperculture.

In the review section of this issue, Andreas Niehaus, Leo Istas and Martin Meyer report on the 8th Conference of the German Society of Sport Science’s Committee for Martial Arts Studies, for which the theme was “Experiencing, training and thinking the body in martial arts and martial sports.” Then Spencer Bennington reflects on Udo Moening’s volume Taekwondo: from a martial art to a martial sport. Finally, Qays Stetkevych provides a candid review and close reading of the recently-published Martial arts studies reader [Rowman & Littlefield, 2018].

As always, this issue is freely available online. To find the latest calls for papers and learn more about the journal, go to http://masjournal.org.uk
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Open Access and us

Today is the first day of International Open Access Week (http://www.openacessweek.org/ ), an annual celebration of all things “OA”.  We at Cardiff University Press have supported OA Week each year since we launched in 2015.  We’ve always been a 100% OA publisher – it’s part of what we do.  But how do we define the “Open Access” concept, and what does that mean for our readers and authors?

Cardiff University’s OA policy defines OA as “a publishing model that enables peer reviewed articles to be freely available for anyone with access to the internet, rather than limiting readership to subscribers only. It opens up academic research to everyone and is strongly supported by the UK Government as a driver for economic regeneration”.

The most obvious benefits to you as a reader are that OA publications are free of charge. Someone else has paid for the publishing costs, so you don’t have to! But if you’re also an author, publishing your work via OA routes, you have lots of extra advantages. Here are just a few:

  • In addition to making our publications available via the Press website, we deposit all of them in ORCA, Cardiff University’s OA institutional repository – whether they’re by Cardiff University members or not. This means we can help you to get your research noticed: ORCA preserves the publications for the future and makes them easier to find, as well as increasing their citation rate (how often they’re quoted) in many cases.

  • OA publications are openly available for anyone with an internet connection to read, potentially creating a much bigger readership than if they were non-OA. This can strengthen links with external communities and make it easier for the research findings to have an impact in the wider world. Our usage statistics show that CardiffUP publications are read not only in the UK but also in countries around the globe, most frequently in the United States, India, France and Brazil.

  • Many major funders of academic research require OA for any publications based on that research. The next Research Assessment Exercise (REF), which determines how UK Government funding for universities is distributed, will require all journal articles and conference proceedings submitted for assessment to be OA. Authors publishing papers of this type with us can rest assured that the OA requirement has been taken care of.

To celebrate Open Access Week, CardiffUP’s Executive Officer Alice Percival will present a talk entitled “Cardiff University Press: get involved, get published” on Thursday 25 October. Open to all Cardiff University staff and students, the talk includes information on working with and publishing with the Press. It’ll be of particular interest to early career researchers and PhD students. Contact mailto:openaccess@cardiff.ac.uk for more details, or to book a seat.

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CardiffUP on YouTube

We’re very pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new YouTube channel for CardiffUP, featuring a promotional video and some shorter film clips on specific topics. We hope you’ll find these interesting, thought-provoking and informative. To view them, go to https://www.youtube.com/ and search for “Cardiff University Press”, or click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzDMeKIi6SYBKaNzmHrBN4A

The films have been created for us by the very talented Terry Morrell from ARK, a Cardiff-based small business offering technology, media and consultancy services.

If you’ve ever wondered what some of the CardiffUP staff look and sound like, now’s your chance to find out – Prof Damian Walford Davies, Prof Paul Bowman, Janet Peters, Sonja Haerkoenen and Alice Percival all appear in at least one film.

However, it’s been a time of great change for the staffing of CardiffUP: since the films were made, two of our “video stars” have left the Press and moved on to new and exciting things. Sonja, formerly our Scholarly Publications Manager, has moved to a new role at the University of Augsburg in Germany.  And Damian, the former Chair of our Editorial Board, has stepped down from this role after his promotion to Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cardiff University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 

We’re delighted that Paul has recently become our new Board Chair, vacating the role of Editor-in-Chief that he’s held since CardiffUP was first established. With two new University Library Service staff and several PhD students also joining the Board this summer, we have lots of new ideas and renewed energy for the future!  You can keep track of our changing Board membership on our website at https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/about/

Don’t forget to keep up to date with new additions to our YouTube channel as well, by subscribing or by bookmarking the page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzDMeKIi6SYBKaNzmHrBN4A 

Enjoy!

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