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Overton (policy e-resource) *NEW DATABASE*

Following a successful trial earlier this year, we are now subscribing to Overton, "the world's largest collection of policy documents, parliamentary transcripts, government guidance and think tank research". Overton is an online platform of documents from 188+ countries and territories, indexed with key terms and topics, and connected to the academic literature they cite. Overton’s aim is to help users find, understand, and measure their influence on government policy. Overton can be used both to find where your research is being used to develop policy (as evidence of impact), and during a literature search to find policy documents (a notoriously difficult task). 

You can explore the resource yourself or contact to arrange a demo for yourself or your group. See Overton's help site for an introductory video, more information about Overton, its sources, and other FAQs. 

Access Overton via the A-Z database list.  Please note that you will have to create an account on first use.

Research Cafés

The West Hub, with the STEMM libraries in collaboration with Postdocs of Cambridge Society, are pleased to invite you to our new Research Cafés held throughout the year. In a relaxed environment, they will allow you to meet peers outside your immediate research group or discipline to further understanding, collaboration, and engagement across the West Cambridge site.

Next Café Theme: Climate Change
Date: 24 April 2024

The presentations, on the 24th of April 2024, will accompany a keynote given by Professor Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Co-founder of Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology & Astrophysics, Cambridge University and Fellow and 38th Master of Trinity College.

Planned Schedule:

11:30-12:00 - Research Posters and coffee/tea*

12:00-12:05 - Opening

12:05-12:20 - Keynote

12:20-13:15 - Lightning talks

13:15-13:30 - Q/A Session with presenters

13:30-14:30 - Pizza* and Social

14:00 - Prize Draw

*Refreshments and lunch will be provided

Click here to attend.

Apollo preprint deposit service now available

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Apollo, the University repository has been successfully upgraded. Following a period of system downtime while the upgrade took place, it is now possible to make open access, research data and doctoral thesis deposits into Apollo from Elements.

New preprint service

A new preprints deposit service is now available. You can use Elements to deposit preprints in Apollo:

  • where there is no suitable subject repository/preprint server available
  • instead of depositing them to an external subject repository/preprint server such as ArXiv

Please do not deposit preprints that have already been published on a subject repository/preprint server unless you have concerns about long-term preservation. See the Open access website for guidance on publishing preprints, including a preprint checker tool to help you select a suitable preprint server for your discipline. See the Unlocking Research blog post for more information.

Engineering Careers Drop-in Session

The Engineering Library will be hosting the Careers Service on Tuesday 30 April between 1.00pm and 4.00pm. Between these times, students can drop-in and say hello to Raj in the library and talk about any aspects of Engineering careers in a fully supportive way. No booking necessary.

  • Identify your future career path
  • Get help with your CV and applications
  • Find internships and graduate schemes
  • Prepare for interviews

SpringerMaterials Training Webinar - Wed 17th April 2024 2pm - 3pm

SpringerMaterials is the largest curated materials science database in the world, delivering fast, trusted content at your fingertips with 300,000+ materials and 3,000+ properties in a single platform. SpringerMaterials provides consolidated, multi-source data from all major topics in materials science, chemistry, physics and engineering. 

Join this training session on Wed 17 April at 2pm to see how it can support researchers working in materials science, physics, chemistry, engineering, and other related fields. You'll discover:

  • What SpringerMaterials is and how it can support your research
  • How to find materials' properties data using SpringerMaterials
  • Practical examples of how you can save time finding the exact information you need

During this webinar, you will learn how to use the platform, its visualisation and search functions, and will be shown practical example searches.

And don’t worry if you’re unavailable on the 17th April – all registrants will receive a recording of the session for later viewing. Register now to secure your place! 

  • Save time finding the data you need, with intuitive search functionality and customizable results
  • Export data and citation information in multiple formats for use in other software and applications
  • Engage with interactive graphs, corrosion data sets, phase diagrams, crystal structures and side-by-side comparisons of material properties
  • Access major materials science data sources including the Landolt-Börnstein book series

Self-Archiving Policy – action required by anyone publishing research

Person sat at on floor working from laptop in the libraryThe University launched a Self-Archiving Policy on 1 April 2023, following the year-long Rights Retention Pilot.

The policy gives Cambridge researchers a cost-effective route to make the accepted version of their papers open access without embargo – something that is now required by almost all research funders. It applies to all peer-reviewed research articles submitted after 1 April 2023, including reviews and conference papers.

One key difference between the new Self-Archiving Policy and the previous Rights Retention Pilot is that it is opt-out rather than opt-in.

This means that all researchers must either:

a) Follow the policy

Before submission, ensure that your co-authors agree to apply a CC BY licence to the accepted manuscript. Alternative licences are permitted providing they are in line with funder requirements.

It is advisable to include the following sentence in your article’s financial disclosure or acknowledgements section: “For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission”. This ensures that the publisher is aware of your intention to retain the right to distribute the accepted manuscript.

On acceptance, deposit your article into the repository through Symplectic Elements.

Researchers can include any preference for an alternative Creative Commons licence using the options provided.

b) Opt Out

Email stating your intention to opt out. When depositing papers into the repository through Symplectic Elements, it is your responsibility to inform us that you are opting out by using fields provided in the form.

More information about the new policy can be found at

Guidance and FAQs are available at

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