The library offers support in the areas of publishing and communicating scientific results. Researchers can learn about Open Access, Research Data Policy, Research Data Management, ISTA Research Explorer, Technical Reports, Author Identifier, Data Visualization and Science 2.0 Tools.
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Open Access – unrestricted access to scientific publications – is an ongoing trend in the scientific community. Open Access makes scientific publications and other digital material, such as research data, freely accessible via the world-wide-web. ISTA is committed to provide unrestricted and free online access to scientific publications for all users and researchers as widely as possible. The main goal is to increase the visibility, use, and impact of research output, and thereby generate added value for the scientific community.
Research Data Policy
The President has approved the new Research Data Policy. The main goals of the policy are:
- Avoid data loss
- Define clear responsibilities
- Provide guidance to the researchers on how to publish data
- Ensure that a copy of data generated at the institute should stay at the institute; this copy should be long-term archived
- Provide help to stay compliant with legal, ethical, and research funder requirements and also aim for high standards in general.
Overall, the policy should create a balance between the interests of the researchers and the interest of the institute.
Research Data Management
The relevance of managing and sharing research data has been growing over the years. Several research funders (e.g. EC, FWF) require research data management plans and research data to be as freely available as possible at the end of a project. Besides these requirements, there are many benefits in thinking about data management in advance.
- Make your research easier
- Do not drown in irrelevant stuff
- Save data for later
- Ensure research integrity
- Write a data paper
- Share your data for re-use and/or possible large scale collaborative research
- Increase the impact of research results and get credit for it
- Save research funds and resources by avoiding needless duplication of work
- Enhance data security and minimize the risk of data loss
ISTA Research Explorer
ISTA Research Explorer is the institutional repository at ISTA which combines the former IST PubRep, IST PubList and IST DataRep within one repository.
It contains all publications, published research data and grants from researchers at ISTA and supports the mission to make research at ISTA as accessible as possible to the public. The data sets are provided with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows persistent citation.
The system is based on the software LibreCat, which is developed by the Universities of Bielefeld, Ghent and Lund.
Researchers affiliated with ISTA can add publications via different import functions (e.g. using DOI, ArXiv ID or PubMed ID ) and publish their scholarly papers Open Access under the conditions of the publisher. The ISTA Research Explorer therefore enables researchers to meet the requirements for Open Access to the research cycle as defined by such grants and funders as the ERC Horizon 2020 or FWF.
The metadata records (except the copyright protected abstracts) are available under a CC0 license.
- Create New Entries
This manual guides you through creating a new entry in the institutional repository.
- Upload file to existing entry
This short guide explains how to add a file to an already existing item in the institutional repository.
- Search and Find
This manual explains how to search and find items in the institutional repository.
- Upload Research Data
This manual deals specifically with creating a new research data entry in the institutional repository.
- Create New Thesis Entry
This manual guides you through creating a new entry for a PhD thesis in the institutional repository.
- Upload Technical Reports
This manual describes the procedure for publishing a Technical Report at ISTA.
- Creative Commons Licenses – General Information
Please find here a first insight to Creative Commons Licenses.
- How to create a PDF/A document?
This manual explains how to create a PDF/A document (which is needed to upload your PhD thesis to the repository).
- Mark Publications as Favorites
This manual explains how to create a list of favorite publications additionally to the whole publication list in the institutional repository.
Author Identifiers (ID)
An Author ID is a persistent and unique digital identifier that allows researchers to distinguish themselves from other researchers and to unambiguously link themselves to their research activity.
“Data Visualization” means the graphical illustration of information and data using elements like graphs, charts or maps. It makes connections and relations between certain sets of data visible and, thus, more comprehensible.
Visualization makes research efforts intellectually accessible to the reader and also distinguishes the work from other research projects in the field.
The library has compiled some information and examples for visualization.
Science 2.0 Tools
Social science networks are something very useful. They can help you organize your research, papers, projects and much more. Using these platforms, you can easily coordinate your PDF’s and almost all of them can get the most important metadata to e.g. create citations quicker and easier. That’s not the only thing they can do though, they’re also great for finding people whose research interests you and people interested in yours. With these social features added it makes it much easier finding collaborators. Also, some of these networks even have forums where you can ask and answer each other’s questions and thus helping everybody get one step closer to their publication. With these two things combined, organization and community, projects are much more productive and efficient.