Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Open access & research

Open Access Week October 09 is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community. The annual event generates widespreads global interest in the movement toward open, public access to scholarly research results and is supported by SPARC, DOAJ, PLoS, JISC etc. See more info and loads of links at

10 websites to keep you up-to-date with research

Ten free web resources to keep up-to-date with science scholarly journal contents include:

  1. SciFeeds

  2. TicTocs

  3. CiteULike Current Contents

  4. Feed Navigator


  6. Zetoc RSS

  7. Myfavourite Journals

  8. Ebling Library Health Sciences

  9. SunCat

  10. JOPML

For more info see

October Weekend: Kevin Street Library Opening Hours

Kevin Street Library Opening Hours for the October Public Holiday are:

Friday 23rd:
Saturday 24th: Closed
Sunday 25th: Closed
Monday 26th: Closed
Tuesday 27th: 9.30am- 9.30 pm

Monday, 19 October 2009

Irish Health Repository

Lenus is the Irish Health Repository which is an Open Access initiative. It has over 4,500 full-text resources encompassing clinical research, policy evaluation, statistics and official publications and is the only Irish resource of its kind.

The content includes 3 collections :

1. HSE (includes HSE publications categorised by broad subjects, theses, archive of former health board publications and minutes)

2. Other Irish health publications (includes DOHC publications and other Irish health organisations)

3. Research Articles (this is a work in progress with the intention of including up to date articles of interest to Irish health professionals).

This is a broad collection and it is not limited to the HSE; it is a national resource and contributions are most welcome.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

One in the eye....

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have found a way to breach a natural barrier at the back of the eye, in a development that could ultimately help deliver sight-improving drugs for humans.

The inner blood-retina barrier currently blocks the vast majority of clinically validated drugs for treating degenerative eye disease. But the Trinity team has demonstrated a technique in pre-clinical models to open the barrier transiently to small molecules, such as therapeutic drugs, while keeping harmful substances out.

See more info here.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

50 Social Sites for Science Students, Researchers and Professionals

The Online College blog has listed 50 sites for science students researchers and professionals. These networks and blogs and links were created by scientists for scientists. Everything from to ResearchGate to ScienceInsider.