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Where to publish – Journal metrics

Elsevier has just released the 2013 edition of Journal Metrics based on data from Scopus. Scopus is the largest citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize research output. The metrics provide alternative, transparent and accurate views of the citation impact a journal makes, and are all available for free download.

Thomson Reuters have just published the 2014 release of their Journal Citation Reports, which includes citations up to 2013. The service is part of ISI Web of Science, which is available on the Electronic Library (select resource type Databases and scroll down) or use the catalogue link. Click on Journal Citation Reports at the top of the screen and select JCR Social Sciences Edition. To find journals in a particular discipline, for instance Economics or Business and Finance, select it from the drop-down list.

We have put together a list of Journal rankings in Business in the Information for postgraduates section on our ELE tutorial. This includes details of the 45 journals used by the Financial Times in compiling the Business School research rank with links to the home pages and details of access at Exeter.

 

Companies House digital data – free from April 2015

All limited companies based in the UK are required to register with Companies House. At the moment, you can see basic details about registered companies via their WebCHeck service or mobile app, while charges are made to see company accounts, annual returns and other documents. In a recent press statement, Companies House have announced that all of their digital data will be made available free of charge from the second quarter of 2015.

Companies House, along with Land Registry, Met Office and Ordnance Survey, are part of the Public Data Group, a group of public sector bodies working to improve public access to data. Their open data statement sets out further commitments over the next year.

In the meantime, University of Exeter staff and students can, of course, download accounts and annual returns for UK companies via the Key Note or Fame databases on the Electronic Library. See our researching companies webpages for more information.

FAME – new features and extra information

The FAME database (available via the electronic library) contains detailed information on UK and Irish Companies – it’s a great place to start if you’re looking for facts and figures (turnover, number of employees), accounts information (profit and loss, balance sheets etc) or who’s who in a company (directors, shareholders etc).

Eagle-eyed regular users will notice some changes this week.

  • The shareholders from annual return section gives more detail breaking the company’s capital structure, breaking it down by share capital, nominal value, number of shares and total value.
  • In the directors reports, you can now see how directors are linked – which companies they have in common – with a choice of list or diagram views.
  • The evolution of stock market values graph now allows you more flexibility to customise your graph – whether you want daily or annual stock prices, or to work with different indices. Helpfully, you can also now see and export the table of the data which underlies your graph. 
  • Additional alerts are now available to show you when a company’s status changes to ‘in administration’, or a shareholder becomes or ceases to be a manager. If you need any more help or information, check our company information webpages, or contact your subject librarian.

Update to e-books

The Library has just bought collections of 2014 publications from several publishers, bringing the total of e-books available on Business-related subjects to over 6,000. If you are logged into the Exeter network you can see lists of titles and get direct access to full content from the links below.

As there are so many different publisher platforms the best way to find which titles are available as e-books is by using Library catalogue, as links are provided for each individual title. To browse you can enter a keyword, e.g.  accounting;  click on Modify search and select ERESOURCE from the list of material types.

You can also get full access to any of these collections via the Electronic Library; select Business as subject area and Electronic books as resource type.

Cambridge Books Onlinebrowse by subject. If the title is marked  P (purchased content)  you can read it online.

Emerald Business, Management and Economics eBook Series Collection These are mainly annual research series. We have access to volumes published up to 2010.

Edward Elgar Publishing  We have recently bought 163 titles in the Elgar Business Handbooks collection. Links will be added to the catalogue shortly.

The Library has a subscription to Oxford Scholarship Online covering monographs in all subject areas relevant to Exeter’s teaching and research. More than 30 new titles relevant to Business have now been added.

Oxford Handbooks continue to publish valuable research works in all subjects; the Library has bought all handbooks in the Business and Management and Economics and Finance collections.

Palgrave Macmillan is a major publisher in this subject area. Over 350 new titles from 2014 have been  added to these collections on Palgrave Connect :

We also have access to the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management

Sage Knowledge  We have bought 349 titles in the Management & Organization Studies collection. Click on Refine by Availability/Available to me to find out which titles are included in our access. We also have access to Sage Research Methods Online

SpringerLink  We have access to 1,500 titles in the Business & Economics collection. The SpringerLink platform includes journal articles and book chapters and allows limited previews of all titles. To limit your browsing to full access just click on Include Preview-Only content at the top left of the screen.

Sustainability Online Library (SOL) is an online library of around 8000 book chapters, case studies and research papers drawn from nearly 600 books and journal issues, focused on sustainability and social responsibility. This collection has already proved very popular and we have now added content published in 2014.

EU and financial regulation

After the financial crisis of 2008 the European Union has been working hard to reform the financial sector and overhaul regulation. Most of the reforms have now been adopted and as the European Commission will shortly end its five-year term, it has published the first comprehensive review of the financial regulation agenda.

Full details are available on the Europa website, including a Communication (A reformed financial sector for Europe; COM(2014) 279) and the accompanying staff working document (Economic Review of the Financial Regulation Agenda; 345 pages; SWD(2014) 158)

Brief summaries of both documents are provides in these press releases IP/14/564  & MEMO/14/352

Looking for a job? The Library can help…

Have you just started looking for a job or are you preparing for a job interview?

Then have a look at our business databases to help you find out more about the companies you apply for. All of them are free for you to use while you are studying at Exeter – just use the Electronic Library link and choose Business as your subject.

You may have used some of these databases for your essays but most of them have far more in them than just academic articles. Whether you need market research to find out about your target companies’ competitors or news archives to see how they have been reported in the press you will find the information here.

Start off with Business Source Complete. If you click on Company information you can find out the business and financial details of any company worldwide and also get other information, like SWOT analyses, market research reports and news items.

Next, try ProQuest Business. If you type in the name of a company you will find news wires, reports, etc. by clicking on the Source Type box on the right of the screen.

If you need the latest news on a company use Factiva, which has major news and trade publications from around the world, or NexisUK, which has all the English-language press around the world.

You can also get market research reports which will show you the leading companies in your chosen field – try Key Note, which covers the UK market and also has detailed company information,  or Passport,  Euromonitor’s global market database.

If you want to find out more about a company’s finances use FAME or Perfect Information (PI Navigator)

Don’t forget that you may also have access to specialist databases like Bloomberg, which can only be used in the Business School. Go to our Business subject pages to find out more about Researching companies and using our databases for Researching Business online .

If you are finishing your studies at Exeter this summer you will no longer be able to use the electronic resources after June 13 because of our licence agreements so get in quickly!

Open access

 

Open Access (OA) is a worldwide movement pushing for unrestricted access to research funded by public bodies.

Although researchers now expect articles and reports to be available to them online anywhere in the world, access is not generally free. Most publishers own the rights to the articles in their journals and readers normally have to pay to read the full text. Universities pay large subscriptions to ensure their members are able to get to the publications they need for their research but inevitably there are always gaps in any library’s collections.

Authors can help more readers to access their work by making it available through open access.

As most researchers are funded in some way by public bodies they need to be aware of their responsibilities. The open access team has put together a set of web pages covering the main Open access options: funding from RCUK, the Wellcome Trust, the EU and other external sources.

There are also sections on Symplectic, which is used to manage staff publications. Symplectic also allows researchers at Exeter to upload the full text of their articles in ORE, the University of Exeter’s repository for all types of research, including working papers, research data and theses. Although most publishers do not allow the published version of an article to be deposited here, they will generally allow the author’s accepted draft to be used. As the bibliographical details on ORE also link to the final published version users can read the text even if they do not have the required subscription to the publisher’s site.

To help answer some of the many questions which open access will always provoke have a look at the Open access survival guide.

Trial access to J. P. Morgan Research

The University now has trial access to J. P. Morgan Research until the 28th May 2014.

ProQuest now provides access to J.P. Morgan Research. The database reports on more than 3,400 companies analysed by 800 expert analysts worldwide, covering all industries and regions. Derived from Morgan Markets – which is J.P. Morgan’s exclusive information for key clients and investors – these reports are made available to academic users for education and research purposes. Coverage is 2011 to current with a one week embargo. Lengthy reports cover equities and company performance, global and regional economics and financial strategy, foreign exchange, commodities, liquidity, and emerging markets.

For full information and links, please visit the Trials section on the Electronic Library homepage

 

Company Profiles from Marketline

Marketline company profiles provide a range of up-to-date information about companies – their history, key employees, SWOT analyses, competitors etc. At the University of Exeter, these are now available, full-text, via the Business Source Complete database.

To access, log in to Business Source Complete (Electronic Library – select subject area: Business from the drop down menu – click Find resources – scroll down, and click on the link through to Business Source Complete). From here, you can find Company Profiles under the More… tab at the top of the screen.

Accessing BSC company profiles

 

To find the company you’re interested in, click the Match any Words button then enter the name of the company you’re looking for. Alternatively, you can browse the alphabetical list but be careful to get the exact company name – Sainsbury’s shows up as J Sainsbury plc, for example.

 

Medtrack Company Profiles, which give key information about biopharmaceutical companies, can be found in the same way.

European business – company law reform and services

The European Commission has just adopted measures to improve the corporate governance of around 10 000 companies listed on Europe’s stock exchanges. This would contribute to the competitiveness and long-term sustainability of these companies. Other proposals would also provide cost-efficient company law solutions for SMEs which operate across borders.  See the press release for more information. Details of the proposals and background documents are on Europa

The Commission is also concerned about the prospects of the service sector in Europe and has set up a High Level Group on business services . The group has just published its final report (169p). More details are available in press releases IP/14/393 & MEMO/14/265