Summer holidays affect the processing of dissertations

Is your doctoral defence going to be arranged in August or early September? Are you planning to publish your dissertation in the University’s Acta series? If so, please prepare your manuscript in good time because the summer holidays slow down the handling of doctoral dissertations in the University Library.

In the end of July (weeks 29 and 30), no staff members responsible for the publishing of dissertations will be available. Thus, dissertations to be defended in August or early September should be ready for printing by the beginning of July at the latest. If you use the Library´s paid layout service, you need to allow more time for the layout and printing process. Please contact the layout designer in good time as well.

The University Library is responsible for making the cover and first pages of doctoral dissertations published in the Acta series, reviewing permissions to publish, printing, billing, and publishing the electronic version and the press release. Dissertations must be publicly available online and/or printed 10 to 14 days prior to the public defence.

As soon as the date for your public defence is known, please submit the Acta Application Form on the Library website. See the Library’s guide Publishing a dissertation.

  • For more information on publishing in the Acta series, contact
  • For more information on the Library´s layout service, contact

You can still influence the services of Tampere3 library

User Survey 2018 logoYou still have time to influence the development of your future services in Tampere3 library. User Survey is available until the end of this week. You’ll find the link to the survey also on the Library website.

Don’t forget to participate also the raffle of useful prizes. We’ll raffle off 3 rainproof Rains backpacks, 3 necessary fire blankets, 3 practical frying pans, books, 20 reading lights you can attach to a book, 30 handy & versatile bicycle lamps, 40 movie tickets, 7 gift vouchers for city buses (à 10 €), and small packages of products.

Thank you for your feedback!

More information:
Outi Viitasalo,, and Sonja Mattsson,

Elsevier and discounted APC fees – Webinar for authors on Wednesday 28th March at 1.00pm

The theme of the webinar is publishing in Gold Open Access and hybrid journals by Elsevier.

Further information about the discounted APC fees at the University of Tampere

More information: and


Influence the services of Tampere3 library in User Survey

User Survey 2018 logoThe libraries of Tampere3 universities are now building the services of the common Tampere3 library. Come along and share your opinion about the current services in our User Survey! Respond to the survey by 31 March and participate also in a prize draw.

The User Survey is simultaneously open for the libraries of Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere. The survey is aimed at students, researchers and other staff of the university as well as all the other customers of the library.

You can grade both the importance and functionality of the library services. Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions with us. You’ll find the link to the survey on our website. Answering only takes a few minutes.

Link to the survey

Win prizes

Don’t forget to participate also in the prize draw. After responding to the survey, give your contact information on a separate form.

Among all the respondents of Tampere3 libraries we will raffle off plenty of useful prizes: 3 rainproof Rains backpacks, 3 necessary fire blankets, 3 practical frying pans, books, 20 reading lights you can attach to a book, 30 handy & versatile bicycle lamps, 40 movie tickets, 7 gift vouchers for city buses (à 10 €), and small packages of products.

More information at Tampere University Library:
Outi Viitasalo,, and Sonja Mattsson,

Links to the survey on Library website

Researcher, it’s time to enrol in Research Information Management course

It’s still time to enrol in Managing Research Information online course until 28 February. On this course you can update your information management skills for the benefit of your own research. The themes are information seeking, measuring impact or visibility of research, managing research data and open science.

The course (2 ETCS) can be completed online between 5 March and 8 April 2018 and the teaching language is English. The course, organized by Tampere University Library, is aimed primarily at doctoral researchers but other researchers as well.

More information and enrolment  until 28 February 2018.

Details: Information Specialist Miikka Sipilä,

Services for Researchers at the Library
Library’s Guides for information management

Publish your article Open Access in Elsevier journals with a discount

Corresponding authors of the University of Tampere have now the possibility to publish their articles Open Access with a discount in Elsevier journals. The list of these journals includes over 1500 Elsevier owned hybrid journals and over 100 Gold Open Access journals (“Full Gold OA” on the list). The discount is 50 percent of the journal’s APC list price (APC = article processing charge).

The discount is available when these conditions are met:

  • The corresponding author of the article is affiliated with the University of Tampere.
  • Article is accepted for publishing between 1.1.2018-31.12.2020.
  • The article is accepted to one of the journals on the list.

If you publish in Elsevier´s subscription based journal, you can make your scientific article freely available by self-archiving. You can self-archive a version of your article to an institutional repository (TamPub at the University of Tampere), usually after the embargo period.

You also have a possibility to publish in Taylor & Francis and Sage hybrid journals or BioMed Central and SpringerOpen Gold Open Access journals with a discounted APC fee.

More information on the discounts and instructions for the Open Access publishing process are available on the Library’s Open Access Guide.

If you have further questions please contact Information Specialists Aniita Ahlholm-Kannisto,, or Sari Leppänen,

Online course updates researcher’s information management skills

Researcher, are you interested in open science? Or do you want to know how the impact or visibility of research is measured? What about best tips for information seeking or managing research data?

On Managing Research Information online course (2 ETCS) you can update your information management skills for the benefit of your own research. The course can be completed online between 5 March and 8 April 2018 and the teaching language is English. The course is organized by Tampere University Library and it’s aimed primarily at doctoral researchers but other researchers as well.

More information and enrolment to Managing Research Information (2 ECTS) online course until 28 February 2018.

Details: Information Specialist Miikka Sipilä,

Services for Researchers at the Library
Library’s Guides for information management

On Blog: Recommended by Doctoral Researcher

During 2017 Tampere University Library presented a whole new online course directed to doctoral researchers. Managing Research Information course (2 ECTS) consists of topics such as scientific information retrieval, research data management and Open Access publishing. Also different aspects of visibility and impact, such as bibliometrics and altmetrics are discussed on the course.

The course tries to capture a wide range of issues crucial to researchers’ work. It’s important to acknowledge these issues even though they might not seem so relevant at the beginning of the research career. For example, research funders have started to emphasize the importance of opening the research data. If you aim to open your data, it’s essential to take that into consideration already in the planning phase of data collection.

44 doctoral researchers from various disciplines completed the course during autumn 2017. The Library Blog interviewed one of them.

Tomomi Hisasue. Photo Esa Hakala

Doctoral researcher Tomomi Hisasue enjoys working in Arvo library on Kauppi campus

Please, introduce yourself.

Moi! I am Tomomi Hisasue, and I originally come from Japan. I am a first-year PhD student in nursing science, in the Faculty of Social Sciences. I completed my first master’s degree in public health in the University of Tampere in 2011. Then I completed my second master’s in health economics and management (Norway, the Netherlands, and Austria) in 2017. Finally, I returned to study in Tampere!

My research topic is “Impacts of family violence against women on well-being and costs related to the utilisation of health and social services in Finland”. My research will cover a combination of different disciplines, including not only nursing science, but also health economics and health policy.

What are your impressions on the Managing Research Information course in general? 

The course was well-organised in terms of several types of activities; I liked the balance between readings and viewings.  During the course, we received a specific task every week. It usually started by needing to understand some concepts through watching YouTube videos, then we had discussion with other students, readings, or wrote a short essay. The workload was suitable and didn’t overwhelm me.

Did the course help you tackle some practical or specific problem? 

My answer is a definite “yes”. During the course, I learnt how to write data management plans with good structures and make sure all needed information is included. I am sure my research grant proposal has developed.

In addition, before taking this course I thought that I would conduct my research first and then I choose a relevant journal. But I realised that increasingly a publication plan is required at the beginning of research. After the course I can now make a more appropriate study plan.

Are there some contents that should be included on the course? Or some topics of which you would you like to get a deeper insight?

I think it depends on your previous experience. If you have already published an article, you know something about how to proceed in the process. I found out that Open Access is a huge topic and quite challenging to understand. I would like to continue learning more and get a deeper insight of it.

Have you discussed about the things you learned on the course with your colleagues? 

One of my colleagues took the course during the same period, and we brought some topics up in our regular weekly coffee-break meeting.  It stimulated and promoted our discussion about our data management issues (e.g. Creative Commons licenses, Open Access, etc. in our field).

The course also helped me to discuss possible target journals with my supervisor. Nowadays, the JUFO level seems to impact on some funding decisions in Finland. It is not the only important factor when deciding a target journal, but we likely need to understand, or convince co-authors or funders, why we will choose a particular journal to publish our research.

Would you recommend Managing Research Information course? To whom? 

Yes! My colleague recommended me to take this course at an early stage of my PhD studies. I was very glad to take her advice. I recommend this course for first-year PhD students because the course helps you to understand how to publish a research paper in a journal, from many perspectives, and that is not a simple task.  However, even if you are a second- or a third-year student, it is probably a very useful course to take in order to update your skills and to better understand publication procedures.

The next Managing Research Information course will be held on March 2018. Welcome along, researcher!

Text, interview and more information: Information Specialist Tomi Toikko,
Photo: Esa Hakala

Data Management Plan Workshop for researchers 12 and 13 September

Academy of Finland requires every applicant to provide a data management plan (DMP) as a part of the application for the September 2017 call. University Library offers a workshop where you can get tips and advice about how to create a compact DMP.

The same workshop is available both on the Main campus and on Kauppi kampus:

  • Tue 12 September 14.15-15.45 Arvo library, Kauppi campus, classroom Mauri (B109, 1st floor)
  • Wed 13 September 14.15-15.45 Linna library, Main campus, classroom Elina (3022, 3rd floor)

Each session will have a short introduction to data management and to Academy of Finland guidelines. DMPTuuli data management planning tool will be utilized in the workshops.

In these sessions, you can ask for assistance from the specialists of the library and of Finnish Social Science Data Archive. If you want to get more detailed comments about your DMP, please send it beforehand to

Note that the language (English/Finnish) of the sessions will be determined based on the participants’ wishes.

Enrolment link

More information:

Tampere University Library’s services for researchers
Finnish Social Science Data Archive

On blog: Our response to feedback from the customer survey

To this spring’s customer survey, we received 1305 responses and feedback from all of our user groups. Our degree students were the most active group in voicing their opinions (76%). Thank you for the feedback!

One of the most important functions of the library is supporting studying and research. Both require well-functioning working spaces and the support of library’s information services at the right time. Based on the feedback the customers also think these things are important. The feedback gives us guidance on how to continue to develop both library as a working space and library’s virtual services.

Classrooms are also your working space

Library’s new versatile premises received many thanks in the survey. However the premises are in high demand and especially more room for group work was requested. It seems not all of our space options are well known, so we aim to inform the students about them more effectively.

Some have felt that checking the availability of group work rooms in the Office 365 calendar is difficult. You can view current week’s reservations also on the Group work rooms web page (Facilities and equipment -> Group work rooms) and on the Booking instructions page by clicking the names of the group work rooms.

Opetusluokka Alma Linnassa

In Linna library the classroom Alma is also available outside of teaching hours for students to use with their key card

During last semester, we got one new bookable group work room in Linna (Vanhala, 3016). By opening the classrooms to students with key card, we created common space for both independent study at the computer and group work. Because there were questions regarding the use of the classrooms, we defined the way to use the rooms with colour signs.

In Linna the classrooms Akseli and Alma are red, meaning spaces for quiet work. The third classroom Elina and Arvo library’s Mauri are yellow spaces where even group work is possible as long as you consider the other users also. Additionally the former bookshop space beside the lobby by the Kalevantie entrance in Linna is a space where several groups can work at the same time.

Comfortable chairs are comfortable to sit on and study. On the other hand, students are knowledgeable about good ergonomics. In addition to the existing standing work places, we recently received new adjustable standing desks. Chairs will be acquired if possible. Check all the corners of the library, there you can find many kinds of seating.

Andor assists in finding information

Andor logoThe new and long awaited information search system Andor has been in service since autumn. It has been continually developed within the possibilities of technology listening to customers’ feedback. In the survey feedback, Andor received both thanks and criticism.

It takes time to learn to use a new search tool. We will strengthen Andor’s marketing and continue user-training workshops. Andor guide is there to help the user and we are also here to help through chat, online, email, Andor and Tamcat’s feedback form or in the Library.

Guidance and training flexibly online

Varaa ohjausaika -ikoniWe want to develop flexible services also online. The real time connection to library experts through chat service received many thanks in the survey. From now on we offer the personal Book a Librarian service also online to those customers for whom it is difficult to come to the library. When you are booking your time, choose remote guidance as the meeting place on the form.

Online sections have already been used on information seeking courses integrated into degree programmes. Online teaching will be used also in the future to facilitate flexible studies. The new Managing Research Information online course aimed at researchers was offered for the first time this spring and it turned out to be a good way for researchers’ training. We will continue with online training also in the future.

The survey responses gave us many ideas that we will develop and implement gradually. Follow our newsfeed to keep up to date.

Text and photo: Outi Viitasalo, Development and Administrative Services
Translation: Saija Tapio