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  • Posted: October 27, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #3
    OA Fund Recipient Spotlight: Kate Nooner, Dept of Psychology

    Dr Nooner's article, Retaining Adolescent and Young Adult Participants in Research During a Pandemic: Best Practices From Two Large-Scale Developmental Neuroimaging Studies (NCANDA and ABCD), was published in the open access journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Read it here: https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2020.597902

    Research summary from the authors:

    "The APC fund-supported work focused on keeping adolescents and young adults involved in longitudinal research projects during the pandemic. Unfortunately, alcohol and substance use problems that start in adolescence can continue throughout a lifetime and have serious negative consequences. This paper gave suggestions to researchers working with adolescents and young adults in alcohol and substance use-related research on keeping participants from dropping out of studies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Sadly, during the pandemic, rates of alcohol intoxication and overdose increased. Because of this increase in alcohol and substance use during the pandemic, researchers need to continue to follow participants to understand what is going on and find the best solutions. The paper published with APC funded-support gave specific suggestions for researchers to successfully keep up with adolescent and young adult participants during the pandemic, especially in alcohol and substance use studies. Doing so is our best chance of reducing problematic alcohol and substance use during and after the pandemic. "

    Why did you decide to publish open access?

    "Because this topic was related to the COVID-19 pandemic and could have global implications, it was critical to publish in open access. This open format of publishing allows researchers worldwide to read our paper and benefit from the suggestions, which in turn can help save lives from problematic substance use. Also, a component of the article involves increasing diversity, access, and inclusion. Researchers from less affluent countries often cannot gain access to papers, which was another reason that open access was vital for us. With open access, any researcher could access our article and apply the recommendations."

    What advice do you have for others who want to publish open access?
     
    "If others want to publish in open access journals, they should seek peer-review journals with an impact factor and reputable publishing practices."

    Randall Library will be spotlighting authors who've received our funding to publish in open access journals all week long! Find more information about our full slate of OA Week 2021 events here: https://lib.uncw.edu/OAWeek2021
  • Posted: October 26, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #2

    OA Fund Recipient Spotlight: Brock Ternes, Dept of Sociology and Criminology

    Dr Ternes's article, Technological Spaces in the Semi-Arid High Plains: Examining Well Ownership and Investment in Water-Saving Appliances, was published in the open access journal Water. Read it here: https://doi.org/10.3390/w13030365 

    Research summary from the authors:

    "Around the planet, groundwater supplies face precipitous declines. As global warming intensifies droughts, the diminishment of aquifers (underground reservoirs of freshwater) will continue to create water shortages. In his article, “Technological Spaces in the Semi-Arid High Plains,” Brock Ternes explores how owning a private water well changes the relationships between awareness of water supplies and the use of water-saving devices. He finds that well owners and those with higher awareness of water supplies are more likely own water-saving appliances than non-well owners and those with lower awareness levels.  As climate becomes less predictable, communities prone to drought must acquire a precise understanding of the public’s utilization of water-saving technologies to prepare for a new hydrologic reality defined by more frequent and intense water shortages."

    Why did you decide to publish open access?

    "The journal Water publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts on water science, technology, and water resource management. It is free for readers and offers its authors high visibility and wide recognition across a multitude of fields. When I was writing my manuscript, Water put out a call for manuscripts for a Special Issue, “Advances in Ecohydrology for Water Resources Optimization in Arid and Semi-arid Areas.” I felt that my research would be right at home in that issue, so I immediately got to work. Days later, Randall Library announced its pilot program to reimburse UNCW researchers who publish in Open Access Journals. Water’s special issue deadlines and the availability of Open Access Publishing funds coincided perfectly and the timing simply couldn’t have been better."

    What advice do you have for others who want to publish open access?

    "Many open access journals offer rapid publication. Thanks to the responsiveness of the editors, reviewers, and typesetters, my manuscript was published online five weeks after submitting it. The revise-and-resubmit deadlines were very strict and demanding. Be ready for an intense, brisk R&R stage. If you can clear your calendar and totally prioritize the manuscript, you can get your contributions published and widely distributed with breakneck speed."  

    Randall Library will be spotlighting authors who've received our funding to publish in open access journals all week long! Find more information about our full slate of OA Week 2021 events here: https://lib.uncw.edu/OAWeek2021
  • Posted: October 25, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: ORCID ID Virtual Sign Up

    It's Open Access Week! Take control of your scholarly presence, create a record of your work, and get your very own academic fingerprint by registering for an ORCID ID. Sign up for librarian-assisted registration on Tuesday or Friday at https://lib.uncw.edu/ORCID

  • Posted: October 25, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #1 Remote Sensing

    OA Fund Recipient Spotlight: Frederick Bingham, Dept of Physics and Physical Oceanography

    Dr Bingham's article, Sea Surface Salinity Seasonal Variability in the Tropics from Satellites, Gridded In Situ Products and Mooring Observations, was published in the open access journal Remote Sensing. Read it here: https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13010110 

    Research summary from the authors:

    "Surface salinity in the ocean (SSS) is an essential variable for understanding the climate and the global transport of fresh water. It has been measured by satellite for the past decade by a series of three missions launched by NASA and the European Space Agency. When a variable is measured by satellite like that, it is very important to validate the data it returns. Validation involves comparing the values the satellite measures with some kind of ground truth measurement. This has been done in a variety of ways for these missions. Across the tropical oceans there is deployed a vast array of buoys (123 of them!) that measure SSS on an hourly basis. The record lengths vary, but some of them are longer than 20 years. These buoys have been used as ground truth for SSS validation in a number of studies. What the present study has done is to utilize the length of the records to determine the seasonal ups and downs of SSS, and compare them to what the satellites measure. This involves determining from each measurement system on average which months have the highest or lowest SSS and what the range between highest and lowest is. We then compare these quantities between the buoys and satellites to understand which satellite systems are most accurate on a seasonal time scale."

    Why did you decide to publish open access?

    "I decided to publish this in an open access journal because it gives me the greatest reach, and allows the most people to read it without any barriers."

    What advice do you have for others who want to publish open access?

    "For those who thinking about publishing in an open access journal, I would advise them to go ahead. Depending on the field, it can be more expensive, though, so you may have to budget funds for it."

    Randall Library will be spotlighting authors who've received our funding to publish in open access journals all week long! Find more information about our OA Week 2021 events here: https://lib.uncw.edu/OAWeek2021
  • Posted: October 21, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021 10/25-10/29

    Join us in celebrating Open Access Week 2021 at Randall Library! All week long, we'll be spotlighting UNCW faculty who have used the library's Open Access Fund to help them publish in open journals. You can register for a spot at the ORCID signup tables on Tuesday and Friday at https://lib.uncw.edu/ORCID. And don't forget to register for our Friday talk hosted by Drs Mike Maume and Jake Day, to learn more about open data resources in social science: https://lib.uncw.edu/canon-of-worms-OA2021  Find all the details here: https://lib.uncw.edu/OAWeek2021

  • Posted: October 18, 2021
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  • Posted: October 05, 2021
    The House On Mango Street Big Read Book Discussion October 22, 2021, from 2:00 - 3:00pm

    ​Join Randall Library, the Honors College, and Centro Hispano as we gather to talk about this year’s NEA Big Read text, Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street on October 22, 2021, from 2:00 - 3:00pm, via Zoom.


    ​Zoom Link: https://lib.uncw.edu/house-on-mango-street-book-discussion-2 | Meeting ID: 882 4882 6812|Passcode: 396560
  • Posted: October 05, 2021
    A New Chapter for Associate Professor Gabriel Lugo and UNCW’s Randall Library

    A New Chapter for Associate Professor Gabriel Lugo and UNCW’s Randall Library

    For Gabriel Lugo, associate professor of mathematical sciences, publishing his book Differential Geometry in Physics marked a new chapter for both himself and William Madison Randall Library. Lugo’s book is the first to be published through UNCW.

    While serving as chair of the Faculty Assembly from 2016 to 2018, Lugo was introduced to John Sherer, the director of UNC Press. Sherer provided Lugo with an invaluable opportunity through which he could publish his work (Read More).

  • Posted: October 05, 2021
    IG Halloween Costume Contest 2021 (Students Only)

    Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story! 

    Randall Library invites students to participate in our annual IG Halloween Costume Contest. Share your Halloween costume along with your favorite book to enter for a chance to WIN an Amazon gift card!!!

    The top 3 winners with the most likes will win:

    First Place - $35.00
    Second Place - $30.00
    Third Place - $25.00

    HOW TO ENTER / RULES

    • Follow Randall Library via Instagram @uncwlibrary**
    • Take a photo in your costume**
    • Share your photo and tag @uncwlibrary** anytime on October 31st
    • In the caption section, tell us about your costume, share the title of your favorite book, and use #RLHalloween2021**
    • Tag family, friends, and fellow students to get "likes"
    • The top 3 posts with the most "likes" on Nov. 1st by 11:59 PM EST will win an Amazon gift card
    •  Winners will be notified on Nov. 2nd via DM (direct message) with instructions on how to obtain their winnings
    • Must be a current UNCW student to participate
    • This contest is not affiliated with Instagram
    *all photos submission may be used for marketing and promotion for future Halloween costume contests.
    **if not included, you will be disqualified

     

  • Posted: September 29, 2021
    Introduction to Scalar on October 25th from 1-2pm

    Introduction to Scalar

    This workshop will introduce participants to Scalar, a free, open source platform that supports online, multimedia digital projects of all kinds including digital exhibits and archives, scholarly monographs, critical editions, theses and dissertations, and more.

    Register for this Workshop  

    Find out more about Scholarly Research Services.

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