Open Access Comes of Age

25 Apr 2014 Slides from my presentation at the UKSG annual conference, with Catherine Sharp of UCL and Helen Dodson of the University of Manchester, are now available to view at http://slidesha.re/1hreLBi.  Well worth a look for anyone interested in how research-intensive universities are going about implementing the RCUK open access policy, plus I shared some thoughts on the potential role for …

Location, Location, Location – or Excellence?

28 Mar 2014 I left the recent Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar on Research and Innovation in the UK with plenty of food of thought.  Several of the contributors rightly questioned whether the UK has been strategic enough in its support for research, and the infrastructure necessary to underpin it.  Never far from the surface was the troubling fact that a nation …

Counting the costs of open access

24 Feb 2014 My presentation, Counting the costs of Open Access, from the Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries Annual Conference on 24 and 25 Feb 2014 is now available on-line. You can also find a copy of my recent webinar for the Copyright Clearance Center, Open Access: The Journey So Far, here.

3 Good Reasons to Start Your Own Business

22 Jan 2014 I realised this week that it’s almost exactly a year since I took the decision to set up my own consultancy company.  Reflecting on the last year, one of the main things that has struck me is just how much help and encouragement I have received along the way, sometimes from unexpected quarters.   Of course you need to have …

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 …