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Is scholarly publishing changing for the better? 3 themes to keep on the radar

By Andrea Chiarelli, 20/01/2020 Last week, over 270 scholarly communication professionals from 150+ organisations and 19 countries gathered in Berlin for the Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) conference. The organisers (rightly) describe the conference as “the mecca of scholarly publishing”: indeed, over the course of two days, policymakers, funders, CEOs and other organisational leaders shared their views on the changing …

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Research Consulting appointed to Jisc’s R&D Framework

By Lucia Loffreda, 09/12/2019 We’re delighted to announce that Research Consulting has been appointed as a supplier to Jisc’s Research and Development (R&D) Consultancy Framework. The R&D framework is designed to allow Jisc to work with carefully selected expert suppliers to deliver specialist services across the further and higher education sectors. After a rigorous application process, we were appointed as …

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Research4Life Infrastructure Review and Landscape Analysis

By Victoria Ficarra, 08/10/19 We are delighted to announce that in the coming months Research Consulting will be conducting a landscape analysis and infrastructure review of Research4Life’s operational effectiveness as part of the programme’s regular evaluation process. Research4Life works to provide developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online via its five programmes: Hinari, …

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Openness and integrity: A tale of two papers

By Rob Johnson, 09/09/2019 This is the text of a talk given by Rob Johnson, Director, at the Westminster Higher Education Forum event Next steps for protecting research integrity in the UK (9 September 2019) I’d like to tell you the story of two papers, published in perhaps the two most prestigious academic journals in the world, Nature and Science.  …

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Review of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council

By Victoria Ficarra, 11/07/19 We are pleased to announce that our findings from our review of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) are now publicly available on the Research Grants Council website and on the Reports page of our website*. Over the past year, Research Consulting has been undertaking research to support Phase II of reviewing the Hong Kong …

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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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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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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 …