How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal

We are pleased to invite research students and academic staff to attend a seminar from Elsevier senior publisher Dr. Anthony Newman on How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal.

The seminar is being run:

Monday 3rd June – 13.00 to  15.30


Attendance is limited so if you would like to attend please sign up at the following page:

Background: Knowing the best way of structuring your paper when writing it, and the most appropriate journal to send it to, really helps in getting your paper accepted. Also understanding how editors and publishers think and what they expect, and knowing how the peer review process works, is invaluable insight into the publishing process.

Results: After attending this free 2 to 2.5 hour workshop, one in the Elsevier Researcher Academy on Campus workshop series, participants will have a clear idea of the steps needed to be taken before starting to write a paper. They will also be able to plan writing manuscripts using the logical step sequence – not the sequence in which the paper will be read. Authors are also made aware of what aspects of their papers Editors, Reviewers, and Publishers look at critically, and to ensure that in taking care of these areas, their papers are much more likely to be accepted. Dealing with referees’ comments and the art of polite rebuttal are also described such that these can be used to improve the submitted paper suitably. Sensitive areas such as publishing ethics, plagiarism, duplicate publishing, etc are also clearly explained such that participants have a clear understanding of what their responsibilities are, what is allowed, and what is not permitted.

Conclusions: These insights into the publishing process will enable the participants to be more confident as an author in the world of science publishing, and so should help them get their papers published more easily.

Information about the speaker: Anthony Newman, who is making the presentation, is a Senior Publisher with Elsevier, and is based in Amsterdam. Currently responsible for fifteen laboratory medicine and biochemistry journals, he joined Elsevier over 30 years ago and has been Publisher for the last 20+ years. Before then he was the marketing communications manager for the biochemistry journals of Elsevier. By training he is a polymer chemist and was active in industry before leaving London and moving to Amsterdam in 1987 to join Elsevier.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.28 – April 2019)

Welcome to the twenty-eighth monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at

Service Updates

The Publications Team are continuing to gradually migrate our internal records and repository records to the Worktribe research information system. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this transition period and we will continue to keep you updated of our progress. If you have any questions, please contact the Publications Team.


The repository currently contains 3,261 links between Schools and outputs (some records are linked to multiple Schools and therefore included in this figure more than once). Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = APOSTOLAKI, S., AKINSETE, E., TSANI, S., KOUNDOURI, P., PITTIS, N. and LEVANTIS, E. 2019. Assessing the effectiveness of the WFD as a tool to address different levels of water scarcity based on two case studies of the Mediterranean region. Water [online], 11(4), article ID 840. Available from:
  • = DOLAN, E., SWINTON, P.A., PAINELLI, V.D.S., HEMINGWAY, B.S., MAZZOLANI, B., SMAIRA, F.I., SAUNDERS, B., ARTIOLI, G.G. and GUALANO, B. 2019. A systematic risk assessment and meta-analysis on the use of oral ß-alanine supplementation. Advances in Nutrition [online], Advanced Articles. Available from:

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):


This month, there have been a total of 16,137 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = CLEVERLEY, P.H. 2017. Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (317 downloads)
  • = CONNON, N.G. 2007. Factors impacting on technology acceptance for the micro/SME electronics retailer. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (257 downloads)
  • = MACKIE, G.E. 2014. The influencing effect of socialization agents on male children’s sportsware choice decisions: a study of 8-11 year old male reactions to mother versus peer. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (238 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (29.04.2019).

24/7 Library Opening

24 hour library opening begins on Monday 15th April and will continue until 8.00pm on Friday 17th May.

Security staff will be on duty from 10.30pm until 8.00am and the self-service kiosks and returns machine will be available as usual. If you have any questions during these times, please email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

From 10.00pm – 7.00am a complimentary drink station with coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available near the SIWB reception area. Microwaves and a kettle will also be available in the Refectory.

Vending machines are available on Level 2a (to the left when exiting the lift).

The usual rules about eating and drinking in the library still apply so we would ask that you don’t bring coffee, tea or snacks into the study areas. Bottled water only please! Free reusable RGU Library water bottles are available from reception.

Please stay safe and make travel plans accordingly –

First Aberdeen will run overnight services from the library on

Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th April

and the following week on

Tuesday 30th April, Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd May

Buses will leave RGU at the following times –

00.30, 01.00, 01.30, 02.00, 02.30, 03.00, 03.30 and 04.00.

This will be a free service and will run between RGU (bus stop outside the Ishbel Gordon Building) and St Machar Drive along the normal 1A route.

For all other bus timetables please see –

We hope you find these extra opening hours useful and look forward to hearing your feedback.

Lexis Middle East Problems Update

We are sorry to report that we are still experiencing problems accessing Lexis Middle East.

While we continue to work with the company they have given us a temporary username and password that will give access if you go to and log in.

Please contact the library if you would like to be sent the temporary username and password.


We will continue to update as we know more.