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Learned societies and open access

By Rob Johnson, 18 Oct 2017 Since 2015, the Universities’ UK Open Access Co-ordination Group has commissioned a bi-annual exercise to monitor the UK’s transition to open access, including the financial health of learned societies. As part of this exercise, I have been working with Professor Robert Dingwall to assess how 30 UK learned societies have fared between 2011 and …

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 …

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 …