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Adopting artificial intelligence (AI) legal tech in research contracts management?

By Dan King and Rob Johnson, 10th June 2019 There is much commentary on the opportunities and potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to make significant and potentially far reaching changes in HE and education. Recent articles in The Conversation and The Guardian point to opportunities in improved student learning, student experience and service; NESTA reported on the use of AI …

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A Q&A with our Principal Consultant, Mattia Fosci

By Emma Richens, 28/05/19 Mattia joined Research Consulting in 2014 as our very first employee and has been with us ever since. Recently promoted to Principal Consultant, Mattia leads on delivery of some of our largest and most complex projects. We thought it would be a good idea for our readers to get to know him better! What other jobs …

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Are preprints paving the way to science in real time?

Written for Knowledge Exchange (KE) by Andrea Chiarelli, 22/05/2019. This article was originally posted on the KE website and the Jisc Scholarly Communications blog. ArXiv, the most widely known preprint server, has received over 1.5 million preprints since its inception in 1991. BioRxiv, a growing equivalent in the life sciences that was started in 2013, hosts over 40,000 submissions representing …

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A year in the life of Research Consulting

By Rob Johnson, 7 May 2019 The last 12 months have been an exciting time here at Research Consulting HQ. Our team has grown, with the appointment of a new Director, Dr Dan King, one year ago, and two new researchers, Lucia Loffreda and Emma Richens, joining us in autumn 2018. This has enabled us to take on a wider …

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Mighty oaks from little acorns grow – Research Consulting’s work to strengthen research systems in Africa

By Lucia Loffreda and Mattia Fosci, 26/04/19 Introduction In January, Research Consulting started a ten-month project to help the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in assessing the research needs of seven Sub-Saharan African countries and looking at ways to strengthen their research systems. This is Research Consulting’s furthest-reaching project to date, and we are delivering in collaboration with Consort …

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Four rising areas of concern in research data management

By Andrea Chiarelli, 25/04/19 This post was originally published on the Jisc Research Data blog and discusses what we heard from the Jisc RDM Toolkit working group, at a meeting held in London on April 8th. A recent survey by the European University Association showed that almost 40% of universities in their sample lacked research data management (RDM) policies and were not …

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Levelling the playing field in scholarly communications

By Andrea Powell (Research4Life) and Rob Johnson, 04/03/19 Levelling the Playing Field: how can the global scholarly communications community address economic and infrastructure imbalances that prevent researchers from the Global South from achieving equality?  This was the question posed to a group of delegates at this year’s Researcher 2 Reader conference, held at BMA House in London on 25th & …

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Getting to the heart of the Plan S debate

By Rob Johnson, 08/02/2019 Today sees the closure of the public consultation on the implementation guidance for Plan S, an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018.  In a recent article for UKSG Insights, “From coalition to commons: Plan S and the future of scholarly communication“, I sought to provide a theoretical framework for understanding the development, …

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Realising the potential – The final report of the Open Research Data Task Force

Guest post by Michael Jubb, 04/02/2019 Michael Jubb has nearly 30 years’ experience in scholarly communications, strategic planning and research management. He was Director of the Research Information Network (RIN) for eleven years, focusing on the changing needs and behaviours of key players in the scholarly communications landscape, and now leads Jubb Consulting. He has been responsible since 2005 for over 30 …

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Understanding Plan S for scholarly communication: 4 Useful Resources

By Lucia Loffreda, 21/11/2018 On 4 September 2018, a group of national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. The initiative, designed by Robert Jan-Smits, the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission, requires immediate open access to all …