Academic staff – call for reading lists…

Stack of Library BooksReading lists for items for the start of semester 2 should be received by 30th November 2018. We will still purchase any items requested after then but can’t guarantee that they will be available for the start of semester.

Please note that if your reading list has no changes from last year you do not need to submit it again.

Please let us know about new books or editions that you want, or if the number of students on your course has greatly increased (we will then need your reading list and the number of students).  If your course is completely new please submit your full reading list with plenty of time for us to provide all the books.
Please note that we will be giving preference to eBook copies of titles where available as this provides access to all HWU students

How to request recommended reading

Edinburgh or Orkney Campuses

If books are needed at the Edinburgh or Orkney campuses please send your reading lists to with the information above or use the book order form.

Dubai or Malaysia Campuses

If you also need copies of books to be available at the Dubai and/or Malaysia campuses please contact their libraries directly as they place their own orders for stock. They can be contacted at and respectively.

Scottish Borders Campus

If books are for the Scottish Borders Campus please contact

Via email – please send the following information:

  •       Title and code of the course
  •          Details of the items needed (as much information as possible is helpful, e.g., author, title, ISBN, publisher, year, edition)
  •          Number of expected students
  •          If an item is a key text
  •         If the item is to be available as a three hour loan (rather than for week or standard (16 week) loan)
  •          If there is a reason to provide a print rather than an eBook copy. 


IDL students

If books on your course are needed by IDL students please make sure that the books are available as eBooks before your list is given to students. Unfortunately not all titles are available as eBooks and IDL students have previously reported problems reading material recommended by staff. Please let me know if you want more information about this or to find out if a title is available as an eBook as we can check for you.

ALP students

If titles on your course are needed by ALP students please be aware that we do not purchase books for ALP libraries and individual ALP libraries are responsible for their own purchasing. However ALP students do have access to our eResources so will be able to use any eBooks on reading lists.

Via the online form (for Edinburgh and Orkney campuses only currently):

Items on reading lists can also be requested using the book request form which is accessed from the link on the “Suggest a book” page . Please select ‘Yes’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is this book on a reading list?’.

Wider reading

To request books to support students’ wider reading for research, dissertations, theses, projects etc please again use the request form link on the “Suggest a book” page  and select ‘No’ from the drop down menu at the first question ‘Is this book on a reading list?’. These items are automatically forwarded to the School’s Library Representative for approval and will not be purchased until he or she has approved them.

Journal articles and book chapters

If you require online copies of book chapters or journal articles, then this can be done through our digital copies service.

If you have any questions please contact Ellen Peacock, Aquisitions & Metadata Manager ( Ext 3573)

Top ten courses on LinkedIn Learning

Screenshot of a PowerPoint Quick Tips course on LinkedIn Learning.All staff and students at Heriot-Watt now have access to LinkedIn Learning, a collection of 12,000+ digital courses on business, creative and management topics.  LinkedIn Learning provides personalised course recommendations based on your interests, skillset, experience and goals, delivered by industry experts with real-world experience.

The current top ten courses at Heriot-Watt are:

  1. Learning C#
  2. How to use LinkedIn Learning
  3. Learning Java
  4. Learning Python
  5. Python for Data Science Essential Training
  6. Communication within Teams
  7. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  8. Project Management Foundations
  9. Strategic Thinking
  10. Python Essential Training

LinkedIn Learning covers a huge range of topics, such as app development; Microsoft Office; entrepreneurship; social media marketing; photography and many more.  You can access LinkedIn Learning online or via the Heriot-Watt portal.

PC lab availability Edinburgh Campus

Just a quick reminder that it is possible to check PC lab availability online across the Edinburgh Campus.  This will be especially useful in the next few weeks as the PC lab on the top floor of the Library will be closed for refurbishment.

Some of the rooms may be used for teaching, so please check the Edinburgh campus teaching timetable. Some also have restricted access – see the table key for details.

Data is accurate to within ten minutes – please report any PCs in an unusable condition to (x4045).

PC availability within Edinburgh Campus labs

PC lab availability

Printers in the Library (Edinburgh Campus)

The printers / MFDs have been moved from the top floor (Floor 3) in order to prepare that area for refurbishment.

The new locations are:

Ground Floor – Black & white printer – in the new study area immediately as you go in the door on the left.

Floor 1 – Black & white printer and colour printer – in the new print area adjacent to the Service Desk

Floor 2 – Colour printer – in the silent PC lab

If you need any help please ask at the Service Desk

Remember to exit and log out when you have finished printing.

There are also MFDs in Learning Commons 1 and Learning Commons 2




All about… ROS Theses Repository

Heriot-Watt University’s Theses Repository, ROS, has over 30,000 items and contains full-text copies of all Heriot-Watt University PhD theses awarded from 2009 onwards.

The top downloaded thesis was submitted in 2015, and has over 24,000 downloads:

Molwus, Jurbe Joseph (2014) ‘Stakeholder management in construction projects : a life cycle based framework‘, PhD thesis, Heriot-Watt University.

Stats on theses downloaded can be obtained from a service called IRUS-UK, which aggregates statistics from UK repositories.

The visualisation below shows downloads by country in September 2018.  With a large downloads of theses in the areas of construction and energy production, Heriot-Watt’s reputation as a global university with a strong engineering and technical focus is borne out by the usage of our research.  For more information, contact

Download by country

Open Access and the REF

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Its outcomes inform the allocation of approximately £2 billion of public funding per year for universities’ research. The REF is conducted jointly by Research England (RE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland (DfE).

To be eligible for submission to REF 2021 the funding councils mandate that the research outputs specified below must be discoverable, free to read and downloadable by anyone with an internet connection. Researchers can usually access the journals they need via their institution and might think they are Open Access, but in reality this is only made possible by costly subscriptions their institution acquired.

REF Open Access policy applies to journal articles and conference contributions (with an International Standard Serial Number – ISSN) which were accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.


What do I need to do?Dateofacceptance

1. Create a record for your output in Pure (our institutional repository) upon acceptance for publication – full date of acceptance is mandatory.

2. Upload the Accepted Author Manuscript (AAM) to the record you created no later than 3 months after acceptance.

3. The Research Support team will do the rest.


Green Open Access


The route described above is what we call Green Open Access. Once the AAM has been deposited in our Institutional repository it may be subject to a publisher embargo period. The Research Support Team, in the process of validating records, sets embargo periods and licenses. After the embargo period (most commonly 12 months) elapses, the AAM automatically becomes freely available in Heriot-Watt Research Portal for everyone to discover (as seen on the right).


What is an Accepted Author Manuscript (AAM)?

AAM is the version of the paper that has been peer-reviewed and the changes and revisions required by the reviewers have been incorporated, but before any typesetting or formatting has been applied by the publisher. Typically, it is without page numbers, volume and issue information and any publisher’s insignia.


What is Pure?

Pure is the University’s current research information system, highlighting Heriot-Watt University research activity to the wider community.  Pure provides a single location to store information about Heriot-Watt University research staff, publications, research data, activities and collaborations.

For any questions about Open Access or REF contact us at

For further reading, please visit:

What is an ORCID identifier and why should you register for one

ORCID iDs are unique persistent digital identifiers for researchers and scholars. They provide a unique identifier to ensure your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you and avoid any ambiguity with similarly named researchers.

An ORCID iD stays with you throughout your career – no matter if you change employer, funder, name, or field of research. You have control over the information that is held in your ORCID record and whomever it is shared with.

ORCID iDs are increasingly being used by publishers, funders and HEIs in award application systems. In the future, this will make it easier and quicker to share your information about research outputs and activities between systems and services, increasing accuracy and reducing the need to enter the same information multiple times.

Six ways to make your ORCID work for you Alice Meadows

Frequently Asked Questions about ORCID


To celebrate Open Access Week 2018 we are running a prize draw to win one of 10 personalised ORCID mugs


Postgraduate Research Students:

Research Staff:

  • Link your identifier to your Pure profile*
  • Send details of your ORCID iD to us:

Email: or Tweet us @OpenResHWU
All entries by 16th November 2018


*Academic staff can create an ORCID ID from within Pure or synchronise your ORCID and Pure profiles.

Linking your Pure profile to ORCID—New or Existing ORCID
Log into Pure:

  1. From your personal overview click edit profile
  2. Select Create ORCID or Add existing ORCID
  3. New to ORCID?  (you will receive a verification email that must be actioned to complete your registration)
  4. Existing ORCID? – paste in your ORCID and click Check button to confirm then Apply
  5. Remember to save your profile record!

Open access – what you need to know

Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an international celebration of the benefits of Open Access to scholarship.  The theme this year “reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community.”

Although a recent major driver to open access is the requirement for the next REF, that accepted manuscripts should be deposited in an institutional repository (Pure) no more than three months after acceptance, examples of good open access practice can be found in many places:  depositing preprints in repositories such as arXiv;  creating and publishing Open Access journals, such as the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity (IPED) journal, published by the School of Social Sciences and using Open Journal Systems software; and creating and sharing open research data.

The Research Support Team in Information Services provides support to research staff and students on making their research more openly available.  We provide advice via webpages and Power Hours, and individual tailored advice. We can help you:

  • maintain your research profile in Pure, including adding publications
  • publish your research outputs as Open Access, to meet REF Open Access Compliance
  • with advice on article processing charges (APCs) and open access requirements for all funders
  • with research computing solutions
  • manage your research data – data management planning, data storage and sharing
  • publish open data, including obtaining dois for data
  • copyright and licensing

Throughout this week, we will post on different aspects of open access: how to create unique identifiers (ORCID IDs, digital object identifiers (dois)), how to publish open data, meet REF Open Access compliance, and on digital theses.

We are keen to hear your experiences, questions and opinions on what open access means for you and your research.  There will be a competition with a prize!

The first resource we are sharing is the film Paywall: the Business of Scholarship, a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. 

Get in touch

OAThe Research Support team in IS is:

  • Linda Kerr, Research Support Librarian
  • Lesa Ng, Research Support Assistant (pictured)
  • Marko Mlakar, Research Support Assistant (pictured)
  • Jose Manuel Menendez Montes, Research Computing Manager

We can be reached on

For advice on Pure –

For advice on open data –


Power Hours w/c 22 October 2018

The following workshops will be held w/cpowerhours
22nd October in the Edinburgh Campus Library

Endnote Desktop
Date: 22 October 2018
Time: 10:15-11:45
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Literature Searching for MACS Subjects
Date: 22 October 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Citing and Referencing Harvard
Date: 22 October 2018
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Poster Design
Date: 23 October 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Research Data Management
Date: 24 October 2018
Time: 14:15-15:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: Staff and PGR only

Endnote Online 
Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Presentation Skills
Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 15:15-16:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

Finding Patients
Date: 26 October 2018
Time: 12:15-13:15
Location: Anderson Room, Edinburgh Campus Library
Campus: Edinburgh
Audience: All Welcome

All workshop are now bookable at

See our website for further skills development opportunities

How to spot ‘fake news’


Anyone who has been to one of our classes on Literature Searching will be aware of the importance of evaluating information – and its source – for your academic work. This is also important in your day to day life as well, especially if you get most of your information from social media. When reading anything online, take a moment to stop and follow this guide. If the story sounds suspicious, you can also use fact checking sites like Snopes and Full Fact.

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