Preprint repositories- are they the future of academic publishing?

In the summer we blogged about a new preprint repository, bioRxiv, that openly shares research papers in the Life Sciences  prior to publishing in peer-reviewed journals.  Physicists have been freely posting preprints for many years, but this is a new trend for biologists. Chemists can now also share their preprints on ChemRxiv.  If you’d like to know more, the journal, Science, recently published an editorial (DOI: 10.1126/science.aaq0167) and a News item (DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6358.1344) discussing the pros and cons of posting in preprint servers. [Note- the full texts of these articles are only available on campus via UEA Library’s subscription]


Catalogue and self-service unavailable Tuesday 22 August 08.30-09.00

On Tuesday 22 August, UEA Library Catalogue and its sub-catalogues, and all loans/returning of books etc. including self-service, will be unavailable between 08:30 and 09:00.

UEA Library Search will be available during this time, but for reference only; you will not be able to access your account to view or make renewals, or place requests for books on loan.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. This replaces the normal weekly down-time from 07:45 to 08:00.

Library Search ‘Saved Items’ folder currently unavailable

We are working with the service provider, EBSCO, to investigate the loss of items from the ‘Saved Items’ folder in Library Search

Saved items

While EBSCO are investigating this issue, we have decided to remove the ‘Saved Items’ folder from Library Search.  This is to eliminate the risk of further items being saved to this folder and then lost.

We appreciate the inconvenience that this is causing and are working towards a resolution as soon as possible.

If you have any queries, please contact

Looking for the latest up to date research in Life Sciences? Try bioRxiv

bioarchives CSH

bioRxiv  is an open access repository from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory that contains unpublished preprint (before peer-review) research articles in the Life Sciences.

There was an interesting discussion of this repository earlier on in the year in Nature:

Changes to UEA login screen when accessing library online resources

IT are changing the way in which users access electronic resources at the UEA to deliver an improved sign-on experience.

At present, you will see  the below login screen when you login to library e-resources (databases, e-journals, e-books). You use your UEA username to log in, such as ‘abc13xyz’:


From the evening of Monday 10 July, this screen will be replaced by the login screen below, which you may already see when you log into services such as Office 365:


For this screen, you will need to enter your full user name, as well as at the end. For example, this will look like

The changes may mean that you are asked to login more often if you are using a browser other than Internet Explorer (IE) and sometimes if you are on-campus.

For more information please see Changes to IT login screen or contact the IT Service Desk at


Box of Broadcasts and Internet Explorer

On Friday 23 June, BoB will be implementing a fix to a bug that has caused playback problems for some BoB users due to compatibility issues with some browsers. This should greatly improve load times across affected browsers, including Internet Explorer, Edge and Chrome. The fix will require some downtime for the BoB service on Friday 23rd but is scheduled to take place between 7 am and 9 am so as to keep any inconvenience to an absolute minimum.

In doing this however please note that BoB will be restricting support for Internet Explorer to the most current version, IE 11,  as Microsoft ended its support for all previous versions of the browser after 12 January 2016. For anyone still using older versions of the browser, it will be necessary to upgrade to IE 11 or Edge.

To find out what version of IE you are on: click on the cog icon in the top right of your tool bar and then select “About Internet Explorer”

Click here for more information about getting IE11.

Please contact if you have any queries.

Sage journals – SFX linking problems

We are currently experiencing problems linking out via SFX at article-level to Sage journals.

SFX links to Sage articles via Library Search, Find E-journals and third-party services (e.g. Scopus, EBSCO databases, Google Scholar) are producing the following error message:

Sage error message SFX linking 19Apr2017

This issue is being investigated by the service provider.

In the meantime, please access Sage journal articles by going to the journal homepage via Find E-Journals then navigate to the article you require by year/volume/issue/page no.

Sage - navigate to articles

Apologies for any inconvenience.

If you require further assistance, please contact the E-Services Team at