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Research support

This site contains useful information for faculty and graduate students who wish to use the various library services available to help them conduct research.

Updates

     
  • 2020.12.15   We updated about the AY2020 core database review results. For details click banner "Want to use databases for research" on this page.
  • 2020.10.23   We updated about the AY2020 Purchase Requests for Library Materials for Research after November(Faculty).
  • 2020.10.23   We updated about the AY2020 Library Materials Budget for Graduate Students after November , refer to the list below.
  • 2020.04.21   Updated information about subscription titles for research journals in FY2021.For details, please refer to "Want to subscribe to the journals needed for research".
  • 2020.04.20   We have posted "AY 2021 Core Database Application Guidelines". For details click banner "Want to use databases for research" on this page.
  • 2020.03.18   We posted applications for "Research Common Materials".(We added Submitting Purchase Requests information.updated on May 26)
  • 2019.10.29   We updated about the results of core database review. For details, refer to the list below.
  • 2019.10.29   We updated about , AY2019 Request procedures for the "Individual Library Budget"refer to the list below.
【Outline】

〇 How to execute a book budget for research after November 2020(Japanese only)<Updated on October 23>
〇 How to execute a book budget for research(Japanese only)(2020.04.22)
〇 AY2020 Request procedures for the "Individual Library Budget"<Updated on October 23>

【Web Application】

〇 You can preview and request 860,000 Foreign E-Books!
Mediated DDA Service
User's manual
〇 Purchase Request through MyLibrary

【Importation Information Regarding Requests】

N/A

【Application and Selection Results Information】<Updated on May 26>

〇 Achievement reports of Common-use Research Materials selected in AY2019 (Japanese only) <Updated on September 23 ,2020>
〇 AY2020 Common-use Research Materials selection results <Scheduled to be updated in March,2021>
〇 AY 2020 Common-use Research Materials Application Requirements<We added Submitting Purchase Requests information>
〇 AY 2020 Application for Common-use Research Materials <Category A>
〇 AY 2020 Application for Common-use Research Materials <Category B>
〇 Checklist for AY 2020 Common-use Research Materials

〇 How to execute a book budget for graduate students after November 2020(Japanese only)<Updated on October 23>
〇 AY2020 Library Materials Budget for Graduate Students
〇 AY2020Application Form

【Web Application】

You can preview and request 860,000 Foreign E-Books!
Mediated DDA Service
User's manual
〇 Purchase Request through MyLibrary

【Important Information Regarding Requests】

N/A

【Outline】

〇 FY2021 Regarding maintenance of subscription titles for research journals <Updated on April 21>

【Last year reference materials】

Selection Procedures / Subscription Cancellation and Selection Results
〇 2020年度逐次刊行物の見直し結果について(Japanese only)

【Outline】

〇 About "Big Deal" packages
〇 "Big Deal" packages in Ritsumeikan University

【"Open Access" and "Discontinuance" Information】

〇 Taylor & Francis Online Journal Archive (Backfiles)
We have access to the Taylor & Francis Online journal archive for Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics available until 1996. These backfiles are supported by the National Institute of Informatics (NII).
Back files list

Use databases for research & Apply "Core Database"(Faculty・Graduate Students)

【Outline】

〇 List of Databases available at Ritsumeikan Univ

【Application and Selection Results Information】

〇 AY 2021 Core Database Application Guidelines<Updated on April 20, 2020>(The reception has already closed.)
〇 Application for AY2021 Core Database Purchase Request<Updated on April 20, 2020>(The reception has already closed.)
〇 Application for AY2021 Core Database Purchase Request<Updated on April 20, 2020>(The reception has already closed.)
〇 AY 2021 core database review results(Japanese only)<Updated on December 15, 2020>

Open Access (OA) means publishing scholarly articles on the web and making them available to anyone for free. Due to the issue of e-journals, etc., it is spreading rapidly on a global scale, and according to a survey conducted in 2017, about 30% of global articles have been converted to OA .

OA is roughly divided into two types, called green OA and gold OA. Green OA is an OA method that self-archives contents such as articles in university and national repositories such as R-Cube. The other type of Gold OA is an OA method that allows anyone to access publishers' journals and the like free of charge. A typical gold OA model is the author-payment model, in which the author pays the article processing charge (APC) to turn the paper into an OA.

There are several benefits to making articles OA. (1) The research results are widely returned to society, (2) the possibility of creating various innovations beyond the field of research increases, and (3) the possibility of citing articles also increases for individual researchers.

【Article Processing Charge】

Article Processing Charge (APC) is the cost required to make a article published in a journal accessible to anyone for free. Open access to articles has many advantages, but in the case of author-payment type OA, authors generally need to pay APCs of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of yen to publishers. For faculty members, there are journals where the publication charge is free or discounted.

〇 Information on discounting or free of APCs<Updated on November 8>
〇 Free article processing charge in Cambridge University Press journals(Flyer)<Updated on December 23>
〇 What is the Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP)?

In recent years, there have been journals that publish articles without sufficient peer review in order to obtain an APC. These journals are called predatory journals, etc., and are also a problem in Japan. If a article is published in such a journal, it will not only hurt your career and credibility as a researcher, but also your university's credibility.

Here are some tips to help you determine the quality of your journal. If you have any questions, please contact the reference counter.

(1)Impact Factor

Impact Factor is a measure of how much a journal article has been cited over a period of time. The University has a contract with Web of Science, and you can check the impact factors of about 12,000 titles that have been recorded. A journal that has an impact factor can be judged to be a journal with a certain evaluation, and can be used as a reference when judging the quality of a journal.

(2)PubMed(MEDLINE)

A database of bibliographic information, including the medical bibliographic database "MEDLINE" operated by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM). MEDLINE will include journals that have been reviewed and will be helpful in determining the quality of journals. To find out if a journal has been featured on MEDLINE, search for the journal title or ISSN in the NLM Catalog. If the search result shows "Currently indexed for MEDLINE", it can be determined that the journal has been registered.

(3)DOAJ(Directory of Open Access Journals)

A database managed by Lund University in Sweden, which contains high quality peer-reviewed OA journals. You can search the journal title or ISSN on the DOAJ website to check whether the journal is included in DOAJ.

(4)Publishing industry associations

There are industry associations related to article publishing, such as the COPE(Committee on Publication Ethics), which engages in activities related to the publication standards of articles, and the OASPA(Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association), which promotes open access publishing. Whether or not a publisher is a member of these trade associations can help you determine the quality of your journal.

(5)Others

Publishers who publish predatory journals may post false information on their websites, but we recommend that you review the following before submitting your paper:

  • Are the latest articles found in the journal?
  • Are there any doubts about the publisher's contact information or peer review method?
  • Are there editorial committees and reliable researchers participating?

Research Management Software and Research Tools(Faculty・Graduate Students)

【Research Management Software】

〇 Mendeley
Medeley user's manual movie

【Research Tool】

〇 JSTOR Text Analyzer
~Researchers can search for content on JSTOR just by uploading a document~
Introduction movie(1 min)
User's manual movi(8 min)