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Support for Researchers

As well as supporting the educational and clinical practice needs of our users, staff of the Medical Library are also committed to providing support for users involved in health and medical research. In addition to the services of use to all, such as our Inter-Library loans or electronic journals access, we also provide the following services specifically for researchers.


In addition to our regular programme of training sessions, the training team can provide individual training for any Trust or UCL staff or students involved in research, covering search strategies, use of resources and the use of reference management software (Reference Manager/Endnote). Contact for more information.

Support for systematic reviews and large research projects

Staff of the Medical Library have been providing support to members of the Medical School and the Trust undertaking systematic reviews and large research projects for a number of years. If you are considering undertaking a systematic review, the Training team can advise on the following areas:

  • The processes involved in carrying out a systematic review.
  • The costs for library related services such as bulk processing of inter library loan requests.
  • The selection of appropriate electronic and printed resources (published and non-published) to search, including sources of grey literature.
  • Training on searching databases.
  • Training on acquiring and using Reference Manager or EndNote.

If you would like a member of the Medical Library staff to help you plan and submit a research proposal to conduct a systematic review or to undertake literature searching in support of a systematic review, please contact the Training Team for further information and to discuss your requirements.

Support for citation metrics / bibliometric data

Increasingly researchers are required to illustrate the impact of their research by identifying citation metrics (also known as bibliometric data) such as average times cited, or the h-index. Staff of the medical library can provide support in using the major resources for identifying such data: Web of Knowledge (including Web of Science and BIOSIS Citation Index), Journal Citation Reports, Essential Science Indicators and SCOPUS.

We offer support in ResearcherID, a freely available website which enables you to create a personalised online research profile, including a list of your publications, your h-index and other bibliometric data. We produce guidance on creating a ResearcherID profile and offer a ResearcherID proxy administration service, whereby a member of library staff can be given administration rights to your ResearcherID profile and keep it up to date for you.

We also offer support for setting up an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) profile and linking your ORCID record to identifiers in ResearcherID and Scopus.

We run a regular training session on Unravelling bibliometrics: h-index, impact factors, citation counts and more, which covers resources for citation metrics. We can also set up individual or group appointments to help you identify your citation metrics. Please contact the Training Team for further information and to discuss your requirements.

UCL Research Publications Service (RPS) and UCL Discovery

Library services runs UCL Discovery, an open access repository for publications by UCL authors. UCL has an open access mandate with the aim of sharing research outputs with as wide an audience as possible. The UCL Publications Policy provides the framework for this. We can provide support for entering your data into RPS, UCL’s Research Publications Service, which then means it will be publicly searchable in UCL Discovery. We can then advise and help arrange to make the full text freely available via UCL Discovery. You can then use RPS for personal profiles, H-index calculations, grant submissions, promotion applications, research assessments, etc.

If you would like to find out how to make best use of the UCL Discovery and RPS, please contact the Training Team.

Support for current awareness alerts

We can help you to set up current awareness email alerts or RSS feeds to keep you up to date with pubished research in your field of interest. These may be from subject searches saved in bibliographic databases or from journal table of contents alerting services. We can also advise on other modes for keeping up to date, including social media.



This page last modified 18 February, 2013 by Medical Library, Royal Free Hospital

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