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Library Research Support & Services: Help & Support

Help & Support

Library & Digital Support: research support

Hello!  We are library staff from across the teams within Library & Digital Support working in a variety of areas to support the university with Open Access and related matters.  Meet the team:

Bespoke support for academic staff

Your information specialist is able to advise individuals and provide bespoke sessions for research groups and centres on any of the following research matters: Open Access publishing, Symplectic Elements, Pearl, ORCiD, research data and bibliometrics.  Information Specialists can help you to identify ways to promote your research outputs.  They will also be able to help interpret any funder policies on Open Access e.g. REF or RCUK.

A Senior Information Specialist has an additional remit to develop library research support services.  This role includes keeping a watching brief on sector policy developments and interpreting policy to support Plymouth academics and inform system and process development. 

The Academic Engagement Manager, Julie Luxton, has strategic oversight for research advocacy matters.

Research Repositories and Systems development

Symplectic Elements, Pearl and related systems are functionally managed by Dr Elena Menendez-Alonso, Research Repository and Curation Manager.  This is a strategic and operational role to ensure systems and processes continue to develop to improve efficiencies in the workflows.  This role involves close working with TIS and R&I.  

Elena is supported by Carly Seller (Open Access & Repository Support Officer - part time) and Louise Woolland (Informaton Advisor, Open Access - part time)

Carly and Louise oversee Symplectic Elements and Pearl data, configuring the system for reporting and correcting and tidying records according to funder policies.

The Content Strategy Manager, Jason Harper, has strategic oversight of systems activity in this area.

Copyright and Licencing

Information Specialists can advise on copyright and licencing regarding publishing and making publications and data openly available.  

In addition, a part of Saskia van Elburg's (Content & Digital Resources Officer) role involves administering payments from the RCUK blockgrant to publishers to facilitate open access publishing via the Gold route.  This involves checking licences and recording details for compliance reports required by RCUK.


Contact details

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01752 588588 (TIS Service Desk: report issues)

01752 588114 (Information Specialists: ask advice)

cercle, email, envelope, letter, mail, messages icon (any research query) (or contact your Information Specialist direct for 1:1 advice)

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