The Witty Review – 5 Implications for Universities

20 Oct 2013 Encouraging a British Invention Revolution: Sir Andrew Witty’s Review of Universities and Growth, was released last week to a broadly warm welcome from the sector.  Anyone familiar with Mariana Mazzucato’s recent book The Entrepreneurial State, which makes a compelling case for state investment in new technology, will see the logic in Witty’s proposals for ‘Arrow projects to …

Clear approaches help publishers deliver good OA experience

9 Oct 2013 Publishers developing or refining their open-access (OA) strategies need to explore what they can do to differentiate themselves in the academic market by aiding authors, librarians and researchers. As authors and their institutions become increasingly astute in their decisions about where to publish in OA form there are some important things that publishers should consider in order …

How students pay for our ‘world class’ universities

10 Sep 2013 I was interested to read UUK’s recently released report on Where student fees go.  Having spent much of the summer visiting universities up and down the country,  I can testify first hand to the number of shiny new buildings and facilities that are springing up across campuses nationwide.   Indeed I had an interesting conversation recently with a former colleague …

To share or not to share

10 Jun 2013 The challenge of ‘sharing’ has been on my mind a lot recently.  The general consensus is that sharing is a good thing, especially in the area of research, and every day seems to bring more initiatives to increase it.  In just the last few weeks we’ve seen the launch of the first UK-wide database for sharing University …

Helpsheet for academic institutions on managing open access

16 May 2013 My new helpsheet for academic institutions on managing the transition to open access publishing is now available.  This takes the form of a series of questions which can be used by institutions to inform their planning in this area, or to complete a self-assessment of their readiness for open access publishing. Please click here for a pdf copy, or contact me to request …

One hour to save the world

29 Apr 2013 ‘If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.’  I came across this quote from Einstein the other day, and thought what a great reminder it is to really think about the decisions that we make before rushing into them.  The downside is …

What does it mean to work for free?

22 Apr 2013 Jeff Haden’s post on Linkedin about why you should always do a little work for free got me thinking.  Generally I agree with his suggestion that working for free may give you opportunities to stretch yourself and be scared in a way that paid work may not.  I also think he has a point that ‘doing the …

A new tool for navigating the world of OA publishing, and RCUK changes its guidance – again…

11 Apr 2013 Things continue to move apace in the world of open access publishing.  The ‘Funders and Authors Compliance Tool’ (FACT) is now available in beta at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/fact/, and allows authors to check whether a particular journal meets the requirements of their research funder – provided the latter is one of the UK Research Councils of the Wellcome Trust. Good …

Open Access Publishing – Standing out in the Academic Market

9 Apr 2013 I’ve been speaking to a lot of academic publishers recently on how they can adapt their business models, systems and processes to take account of open access.  For those with an interest in the topic, do check out a webinar I contributed to for the Copyright Clearance Centre and these slides on Standing out in the Academic Market, which set out …

Changes, transitions and April fools

8 Apr 2013 It feels like this April holds a lot of changes for many people.  For me personally it’s been a big change as I leave the higher education sector to work as a freelance consultant, but many of the people and organisations I work with are also facing a significant time of transition. 1 April was a key date for all those with an …