Across UHSussex there are countless colleagues carrying out and publishing research, but until now we have not been able to say how much is being published, or by who.
Now, the Knowledge and Libraries team is working alongside colleagues in Research & Innovation to systematically identify and record publications authored by UHSussex staff members. These publications are found by searching a range of healthcare databases and compiled into a quarterly report. This lists bibliographic data for each publication, as well as which UHSussex staff were the authors, their department and division, and whether they are a ‘primary author’ (listed as one of the first two or last two authors).
The project is in its early stages, but ultimately R&I plan to use these reports to track research activity across the Trust over time.
The first quarterly report (April-June 2023) found:
- 210 publications with at least one UHSussex author.
- Surgery and Critical Care was the most research-active division.
- Publication types were hugely varied, and included research articles, study protocols, conference abstracts, letters, and editorials.
The Knowledge and Libraries team has also been working with R&I on other projects, such as joint teaching sessions on systematic reviews and working on the introduction of a research repository to capture and publicise our research even more effectively. Three clinical librarians from Knowledge and Libraires also recently attended the Sussex Clinical Academic Conference (see photo).