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Librarians can enhance services for early career researchers with Elsevier’s new Publishing Campus

Free online “campus” supports researchers in their drive to publish | May 27, 2015

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In his October 2014 New York Times editorial, “Young, Brilliant and Underfunded,” Dr. Andy Harris comments that the most innovative thinking in research environments frequently comes from early-career researchers.1 He juxtaposes this observation with the median age of first-time recipients of NIH R01 grants (42) and the median age of all recipients (even higher, at 52). How then does an early-career researcher get a footing in research and publishing?
Librarians play an important role. They help researchers to develop the knowledge and skills they need to do impactful research and publish high-quality papers and books. Librarians work with researchers from their undergraduate to postgraduate studies and beyond to ensure they are effective, efficient and competitive. Now, librarians who teach information literacy or provide research services can draw upon and point researchers to a myriad of resources under one umbrella: Elsevier’s Publishing Campus
The campus brings together many programs for early-career researchers, including Publishing Connect. Publishing Connect has worked with many university libraries to offer on-site programs and webinars, educating around 35,000 researchers annually with more than 350 workshops. However, not every institution is able to offer on-site workshops on topics such as getting published and career development. The new Publishing Campus addresses this limitation.
The six colleges

The Elsevier Publishing Campus provides free training modules and seminars to researchers around the world via an intuitive platform. It covers basic topics (such as the fundamentals of publishing and grant writing) as well as broader issues (such as gender in research and open science) through lectures, interactive training and professional advice. For every module or seminar they complete, researchers will be recognized for their efforts with a certificate from Elsevier.

The “campus” is structured as a series of “colleges” focused on varying topics:
College of Skills Training — writing articles and grant applications, peer review, ethics, funding
College of Big Ideas — debating big themes in academia and publishing
College of Career Planning — starting a research career, choosing academia or industry, finding employment
College of Networking — online and face-to-face networking, getting noticed
College of Research Solutions — free tools for finding, reading, annotating and citing research
College of Recommended Organizations — recommended organizations that support researchers’ careers 
Promotional tools
Within the Media section of the Publishing Campus, librarians can download training and promotional materials, including posters, fliers, Web banners and an email template.
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1 “Young, Brilliant and Underfunded,” The New York Times, Oct. 2, 2014.