Monday, 29 April 2013

Etheses: Uncovering Buried Treasure

As mentioned in our birthday blog post last week we now have an E-theses collection area within LSHTM Research Online. The earliest thesis we have deposited so far dates back to 1951 

Willmott, S. M; (1951) Studies on the morphology and development of some members of the family Paramphistomidae, Fischoeder, 1901’
The availability of these e-theses is due to them being requested via the British Library’s Ethos service, which lists theses from across the UK and will arrange the digitisation of a particular thesis if a user requests it. This means that the e-theses we have are often the most popular theses.
Links to the e-theses will also appear in the library catalogue if you are searching for a specific thesis.
Copyright in a thesis always rests with the author unless they have specifically chosen to transfer the copyright to another person, publisher or institution.  All our e-theses’ copyright belongs to the author and can only be used for personal study or research. If any author is unhappy about their thesis being online please contact us and we will remove the full text.

The experience of other institutions is that e-theses are a very popular resource and often accounts for many of their downloads. We are planning that all future LSHTM theses are deposited electronically into LSHTM Research Online with the full text freely available where possible. In certain situations this may not be possible due to the thesis having being selected for publication and in such case there would be an embargo on the full text. 

We hope to have uploaded over 250 e-theses by the end of May with new ones being added each week. Finally the research that was often locked away in a University basement is available for all to read.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

World Malaria Day

Sir Ronald Ross
Today is World Malaria Day, this gives us the opportunity to highlight some the historical malaria collections that we have in the LSHTM archives. We hold the papers of Sir Ronald Ross, discoverer of the mosquito transmission of malaria and the first Briton to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine, this collection comprises of his notebook where he made his discovery on 20th August 1897, photographs, reports, publications, correspondence and a microscope. Ross corresponded with Sir Patrick Manson, founder of the School and so-called
Mosquito box
Father of Tropical Medicine; his collection includes a mosquito box, used to transport mosquitoes from Italy to London which were feed on volunteers who then developed malaria. Other collections include the papers of Professor Leeson who led a School expedition to East Africa in 1936 to study malaria, we have a film of the trip, photos and documents including camping lists and expenses; the papers of Christopher Draper who worked at the School  for much of his career from the 1950s to 1980s; and we also have a large collection of maps relating to malaria.

For further information, please go the archives website

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Last few days! LAS Student Survey 2013

The LAS Student Survey closes on Sunday.

The Library & Archives Service Student Survey 2013, which takes just 7 to 10 minutes to complete, is available at until this Sunday (28th April).
Your views about the Library & Archives Service are important. Please share them with us.

Monday, 22 April 2013

1st birthday of LSHTM Research Online

 Happy Birthday by ArtisticZen (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

It is one year since we launched LSHTM Research Online and in that time we have imported 21,927 records of which 3245 have full text papers.

We have also created research collections for various Research Centres and Groups including:

ACT Consortium, Cancer Survival Group, Centre for Evaluation, Centre for Global Mental Health, Centre for History in Public Health, Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH), Centre for Statistical Methodology, ECOHOST, IDEAS, Malaria Centre, Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group, STRIVE, Sigma Research, Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME), TB Centre, Tropical Epidemiology Group

If your Research Centre or Group is not included and you would like it to be then please get in touch.

Individual academics and students can set up email alerts based on their interests and will be informed when a new article appears in Research Online. Faculty, Department, Research Centre/Group, individual academics publication lists can be embedded on websites by using our RSS feeds or exported to Excel spreadsheets using the export function.

To further promote your research we have Twitter and Facebook buttons on each record that you can use to share your papers, proceedings, book chapters, reports, posters and presentations.

Our download statistics show that we have visitors from all over the globe, with the highest number of downloads from the United States. Total number of downloads last month was over 2,000 across a wide range of articles and it is increasing monthly. The top three most downloaded papers since our launch last year are:

  1.     Perel, P; Salman, RAS; Kawahara, T; Morris, Z; Prieto-Merino, D; Roberts, I; Sandercock, P; Shakur, H; Wardlaw, J; (2012) CRASH-2 (Clinical Randomisation of an Antifibrinolytic in Significant Haemorrhage) intracranial bleeding study: the effect of tranexamic acid in traumatic brain injury - a nested, randomised, placebo-controlled trial Health technology assessment (Winchester, England), 16 (13). 1-+
  2.     Ederle, J; Dobson, J; Featherstone, RL; Bonati, LH; van der Worp, HB; de Borst, GJ; lo, TH; Gaines, P; Dorman, PJ; MacDonald, S; +337 more... (2010) Carotid artery stenting compared with endarterectomy in patients with symptomatic carotid stenosis (International Carotid Stenting Study): an interim analysis of a randomised controlled trial Lancet, 375 (9719). pp. 985-997.
  3.    CRASH-2 collaborators; Roberts, I; Shakur, H; Afolabi, A; Brohi, K; Coats, T; Dewan, Y; Gando, S; Guyatt, G; Hunt, BJ; +4 more... (2011) The importance of early treatment with tranexamic acid in bleeding trauma patients: an exploratory analysis of the CRASH-2 randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 377 (9771). 1096-101, 1101.e1-2.

We are also pleased to announce that we have an eTheses area which is currently being populated with pre2013 theses that have been digitized by the British Library’s Ethos project. At present we have over 50 full text theses open access with more being added weekly.

As we move forward we will be looking at further areas of development including Altmetrics and the embedding of multimedia research outputs and direct links from staff pages to Research Online

Research Online is one of over 2170 repositories world-wide which contributes to the growing Open Access movement to facilitate the open exchange of scholarly research. Increasing access to research will result in greater impact and promote LSHTM, our research and principles globally.

To contribute to the further success of Research Online we need researchers to send through to us their author accepted manuscript (version after peer review but before publisher pagination).

To learn more, to create a specific collection for your Research Centre or Group, to add your full text or just give feedback please contact

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Just 12 days left to complete Library & Archives Service Student Survey 2013!

Studying at LSHTM? Tell us how we’re doing.

A reminder that the Library & Archives Service is inviting all current MSc, Diploma and Research Degree students studying at the School to give us their views on the services and facilities we provide to support their study, and for suggestions on how we might develop these services for the future.

The Library & Archives Service Student Survey 2013, which takes just 7 to 10 minutes to complete, is available at, and will be open until Sunday 28th April.

We’ll also be holding some follow-up focus groups with students over the next few months where we’ll be exploring some of the themes raised in the survey. Students interested in participating can register their interest via the survey, or by emailing David Archer, Reader Services Librarian.

Your views about the Library & Archives Service are important. Please share them with us.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

New Library videos on effective literature searching

I've just published a series of short videos on the Library's Vimeo channel, taking you through the six steps to an effective literature search.
The videos are designed to viewed in order, but can also be viewed independently. The videos are available at, or via the links below.
I hope you find the vidoes useful, please leave feedback either on Vimeo or in the comments below. This is the first time the Library have tried to create videos on literature searching so we would be really interested in your feedback.

CC-BY license for all Wellcome Trust funded open access articles

Since the 1st April Wellcome Trust have updated their requirements for articles published as a result of their funding. Previously Wellcome Trust allowed researchers and publishers to assign any creative commons license to an article this has now changed and the licence that must be selected is CC-BY . This license allow anyone to reuse, host, distribute, adapt the research for commercial or non-commercial use. Publishers such as PLoS, BioMed Central already apply this license. Elsevier, Wiley and Nature Publishing Group will also automatically apply this license where it is indicated that Wellcome Trust have funded the paper and an article processing charge (open access fee) is paid.

With other publishers you will need to specify to them that if an article processing charge is paid then the CC-BY license must be applied. If a publisher does not want to apply this license then no article processing fee can be paid, in such cases the publisher should instead allow the posting/deposit of the author accepted manuscript into Europe PubMed Central with an embargo date of no longer than 6 months. If the publisher cannot agree to this then the researcher should not publish with them since the article will be discounted from their list of publications to submit to Wellcome Trust and could have an impact on future funding.

Why CC-BY?

This license allows the greatest reuse of the research. Under different licenses the use of the paper or figures in a blog is not allowed since often they contain advertising, translations of papers are not allowed without further payments to publishers. CC-BY will allow the reuse and hosting of papers on blogs, enable translations and text mining. CC-BY does not affect

  •  User’s fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations
  •  The author's moral rights
  •   Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights
Work that is licensed CC-BY must be attributed to the author and cannot be used to endore views or opinions that the author does not support.

To check different journal positions you can look at Wellcome's list of frequently used journals

There is also now Sherpa Fact which is tool for researchers to find out whether or not a particular journal is compliant with Wellcome Trust of any other RCUK funder.

This position does not affect any articles published prior to April 1st 2013.

If you have any questions please contact Andrew Gray