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 …