SAGE Best QUT Higher Degree Research Paper Award 2015

Photo courtesy of QUT Library

SAGE is offering a $1,500 prize to the best paper submitted for publication by a QUT Higher Degree Research (HDR) student.

The award will go to the QUT HDR student who is the lead author on a manuscript judged the best paper, and submitted to a SAGE peer reviewed journal. You have until 30 June 2015 to enter, so sharpen those pencils!

To be eligible to enter, you must:

  • be a current QUT Higher Degree Research Student (QUT MOPP: D/5.3 Higher degree research candidates)
  • be the lead author on a manuscript submitted for publication in a refereed (peer-reviewed) SAGE journal between 21 October 2014 and 30 June 2015, whether or not the manuscript is accepted for publication or published in the relevant journal
  • have played a significant role in data collection, data analysis, and preparation of the manuscript

Please note that submission of the manuscript does not guarantee publication. See the full terms and conditions and if you’d like more information contact

Print vs ebook showdown

Here's something print books can do that eBooks can't! "Book Sculptures" by  Paradasos  (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Well you can’t do this with an eBook! “Book Sculptures” by Paradasos (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Here in the QUT Library we don’t believe that print books and ebooks should be pitted against each other and held up to be mortal enemies forevermore. There are pros and cons to each and the new book smell is only a small plus for print after all.

But we’re reasonable like that. The rest of the world seems intent on the print versus electronic battle continuing on as evidenced last week by the Huffington Post article ‘Sorry ebooks. These 9 studies show why print is better’.

Among the nine pro-print reasons was an interesting point about the high ‘distractability’ of an ebook. In a blog for The Huffington Post, Naomi S. Baron noted that in “studies I have done with university students in several countries confirm what I bet you’ll find yourself observing,” she writes. ‘When reading either for (school) work or pleasure, the preponderance of students found it easiest to concentrate when reading in print. They also reported multitasking almost three times as much when reading onscreen as when reading in hard copy.”

It’s an interesting observation regarding the ability of the reader to hone concentration when reading the written word as opposed to digital and is something this Blog has discussed before. However, the benefits and convenience of ebooks can’t be denied and for those who want print – ebooks do have capacity for printing portions to allow for the best of both worlds!

So there’s no need to be Team Print or Team Ebook but if you have an preference for one over the other in different situations, let us know in the comments below!


Just Youtube it

 Thanks Youtube          "Bieber_Scene2" by Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Thanks Youtube
“Bieber_Scene2” by Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Since its launch in 2005, Youtube has bought us hundreds of viral sensations, launched Justin Bieber and is now the go-to place when you need to know how to fix it, use it, review it or understand how ‘it’ works.

Nestled amongst video gems such as cat in a shark costume riding a roomba is the QUT Library’s Youtube channel – full of instructional videos and how-tos. From the very basic library survival skills such as How to find a book on the shelf and Meet Studywell to our newest video on Social Media Data Collection, the QUT Library is full of videos relating to study at university so check it out, subscribe and add us to your playlist.

We acknowledged that we’re not (yet?) viral but we’re definitely helpful!

Altmetrics… measuring the broader impact of research

"Naptime" by  Alec Couros (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

“Naptime” by Alec Couros (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) The research simultaneously striking fear and/or relief into the hearts of preschooler’s parents

Altmetrics are “alternative metrics”. Traditionally, research quality has been judged by the prestige of the journal it is published in, or by the number of citations to a paper. About 2010, the term Altmetrics was coined to refer to broader demonstrations of impact, such as mentions in newspapers or web pages, article downloads, twitter mentions, etc. These can be seen as measures of attention that articles are receiving online.

Various projects and websites (such as or ImpactStory) now calculate the altmetrics of research papers. QUT ePrints gives the score for journal articles as well as the traditional citation measures.

Recently, a QUT authored article has been racing up the altmetrics charts. The article, “Napping, development and health from 0 to 5 year : a systematic review” in Archives of Disease in Childhood is gaining a lot of online attention and has been frequently mentioned in newspapers, tweets, web pages and blogs. As of 27 February, 2015, it has an com score of 164 (pretty fine).

It is a systematic review of the evidence and was written by Karen Thorpe, Sally Staton, Emily Sawyer, Cassandra Pattinson, Simon Smith, and QUT Library’s own Health Liaison Librarian, Catherine Haden. There is more about altmetrics here, or you can read more about the research or the eprint of the article.

Welcome to Semester 1

Think of the Library as your floaties... 'Flafloaties' by  shankool007 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Think of the Library as your floaties… ‘Flafloaties’ by shankool007 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

So – you’ve found the library; worked out your preferred coffee shop; eaten some free pancakes; toga-ed up and perhaps even deciphered the campus map  to find your lecture locations. You’re feeling on top of things!

It’s time to get serious. Keeping on top of your coursework and managing your time to balance your study, working and, well,  life is no easy task but the QUT Library can definitely help! In February and March across the QUT, the library holds workshops to help any and all students with their researching, writing and study. These are free and open to any student. You don’t have to be new, just eager for some strategies and assistance! Sign up HERE

As the semester progresses, Study Solutions individual appointments can troubleshoot your assessment woes, or advise on how to get started. Free to attend and scheduled across the day at all library branches, sign up early for an appointment or attend a drop-in session to get your assessment off to the right start. Starting in Week 3, appointments can be booked HERE

If you’re not sure what you need to know, or don’t know what you don’t know, completing the Study Smart tutorials is a great way to learn some new skills and increase your understanding of university-level research and study requirements. They’re online, self-paced and easy to navigate. You can complete all six or just those where you think you need some help.

And lastly, but definitely not least, there are a variety of ways you can Ask a Librarian! for help: Chat to a Librarian operates during semester; you can phone or come to a Library Helpdesk at each library branch; you can Email a Librarian or perhaps check out the FAQs where others have come before you and already asked what you need to know!

There’s no such thing as a silly question and we are here to help!




You’re invited to Open Data Day

Open data Day

This year, 21 February is International Open Data day.

Practical ways you can participate in Open Data Day are listed on the Australian activities on Open Data Day webpage.

At QUT, we recognise that research data is one of an institution’s greatest and most valuable assets. Our Research Data Finder contains records of research datasets that have been produced by our researchers, some of which are available for you to use!

Sharing research data or information about data (metadata) can unlock opportunities that drive innovation and promote positive change for the benefit of businesses, the economy and the community, and QUT wants to be a part of the data revolution.

QUT’s Management of Research Data policy (currently under review) encourages open data at QUT, where possible, as there are many benefits to researchers and universities.

In partnership with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and the Queensland Government, QUT’s Major Open Data Collections project is capturing and describing research datasets. Typically, these datasets range from geospatial reference sources related to simple geometric objects, through to more complex structures which, when rendered with the appropriate application, produce visualisations of topographical elements such as waterways, road networks and a variety of other infrastructure types such as electricity pylons or poles. Records are available in Spatial Data Finder.



Make resolutions you can stick to

 BazaarBizarreSF "New Year's Resolution Coasters by Lucky Bee Press" By  BazaarBizarreSF (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

“New Year’s Resolution Coasters by Lucky Bee Press” By BazaarBizarreSF
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

So it’s a brand new year, all shiny and full of hope and good intentions.

Setting New Year’s goals is a tradition supported by academic research on independent learning (see Harvey & Chickie-Wolfe, 2007, Ch.1). Setting goals and maintaining goal-directed behaviour can improve study effectiveness (Harvey & Chickie-Wolfe, 2007).

If you are thinking of setting goals for 2015, Here are eight ways to make goals stick (modified from Wilson and Dobson, 2008, Ch.1):

  1. Write down your goals.
  2. Make goals achievable.
  3. Describe your goals in specific, measurable terms.
  4. Visualise both the pathway to your goals and the goals themselves.
  5. Look for potential problems that might keep you from achieving your goals.
  6. Take action to remove or minimise potential problems.
  7. Regularly review progress towards achieving your goals.
  8. Know the personal rewards of achieving your goals.

For more advice, QUT Library has a great range of videos and books on how to set effective goals.


Harvey, V. S., & Chickie-Wolfe, L. A. (2007). Fostering independent learning: Practical strategies to promote student success. New York: Guilford Publications. Retrieved from

Wilson, S. B., & Dobson, M. S. (2008). Goal setting: How to create an action plan and achieve your goals. New York: American Management Association. Retrieved from

What are your selfies saying about you?

Sign in Ms. Speer's classroom by  Tim Lauer  (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sign in Ms. Speer’s classroom by Tim Lauer (CC BY-NC 2.0)

So it seems that too many selfies on your Facebook feed are linked to higher than normal levels of psychopathy. Probably not the impression you’re aiming for.

A new study, published online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences*, showed that men who posted more online photos of themselves than others scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy, neither of which are desirable attributes. In addition, men who were more likely to edit their selfies before posting scored higher in narcissism and self-objectification, which measures how much they prioritise their appearance.

‘It’s not surprising that men who post a lot of selfies and spend more time editing them are more narcissistic, but this is the first time it has actually been confirmed in a study’, said Jesse Fox, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University.

So before you snap yet another selfie, maybe it’s time for some personal reflection?

* Fox, J. & Rooney, M. C. (2015). The Dark Triad and trait self-objectification as predictors of men’s use and self-presentation behaviors on social networking sites. Personality and Individual Differences, 76, 161 doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.12.017

Summer Series Five – Music

I'm a one man band by  Ian Parkes (CC BY-ND 2.0)

I’m a one man band by Ian Parkes (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Every summer has to have a soundtrack – what is your 2014/2015 sounding like? Perhaps we can help. The QUT Library gives you access to music in all its forms – CDs, DVDs, scores, online music and more!

The Library’s Sound CD collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library, Level 4, near the lifts. The Sound CD Collection is a collection of music CDs that primarily support Music and Sound programs at QUT, however all students and staff are welcome to use and borrow from the collection.

Music DVDs can be found throughout the collection – artists in concert such as Leonard CohenU2 and 1D as well as compilations such as Triple J Hottest 100 Vol 21.

And for the budding  musicians amongst us, did you know QUT Library has a whole collection of sheet music and scores for you to borrow? Everything from Mozart to Game of Thrones, so now is the time to get the band together. The Music Score Collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library, Level 4, near the D Block link.

If you’re interested in reading more about music – history, trends, bands, the Industry – the Library also provides access to thousands on articles and books online through its databases. Check out:

Music IndexIndex of journals covering music, musicians and the music industry   

Oxford Music Online: Collection of music dictionaries and reference books

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online: A resource for music research providing essays, images and audio examples. Plus many more.

Happy listening!

The lighter side of health research

Magazine stand by  Manoj Jacob (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Magazine stand by Manoj Jacob (CC BY-SA 2.0)

One of the great health-related puzzles of our time has been answered. New Zealand researchers have published a cohort study in the eminent journal BMJ’s satirical December edition addressing the question that puzzles those who frequent doctors’ waiting rooms: Why are the available magazines always so old?

And it seems petty thievery is to blame. Professor Bruce Arroll, Stowe Alrutz and Simon Moyes set out to seek answers and tracked 87 magazines placed in the practice waiting room. This included non-gossipy magazines (Time magazine, the Economist, Australian Women’s Weekly, National Geographic, BBC History) and gossipy ones (not identified for fear of litigation). Gossipy was defined as having five or more photographs of celebrities on the front cover and most gossipy as having up to 10 such images.

After 31 days, 41 of the 87 (47%, 95% confidence interval 37% to 58%) magazines had disappeared. None of the 19 non-gossipy magazines (the Economist and Time magazine) had disappeared compared with 26 of the 27 (96%) gossipy magazines (P<0.001). All 15 of the most gossipy magazines and all 19 of the non-gossipy magazines had disappeared by 31 days. The study was terminated at this point.

It seems some just can’t resist the allure of finding out whether celebrity A is REALLY pregnant or let their appointment interrupt them reading until the end of ‘Stars without make-up’.

Full results of the study can be read in ‘An exploration of the basis for patient complaints about the oldness of magazines in practice waiting rooms: cohort study’,  which is available open access at

So it seems you can’t blame practice staff for not supplying the latest gossip mags for you to indulge in while you wait – your fellow patients are to blame!