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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 …

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Managing University-Industry Engagement and Partnerships for Research

By Dan King, 21/11/2018 Dan King, who leads Research Consulting’s work on partnerships and knowledge exchange, reflects on partnerships and industry engagement, in advance of a new benchmarking study planned for 2019. Following Research Consulting’s benchmarking study of research contract management, we are planning a similar approach to a study on partnerships and industry engagement.  Our plans are driven by …

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Stories from the front line: managing research contracts in 2018

By Dan King, 20/07/2018 In the complex world of academic research and collaborations, research contracts teams in universities play an essential, yet often undervalued role. Their work facilitates ordered collaboration between organisations, the transfer of funds for R&D and due diligence to ensure the inherent risks of collaboration are managed. And when the unexpected happens, we look to the assurance …

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Eight reasons early posting models are taking off in 2018

Guest post by Christine Ferguson, 06/03/2018 Momentum continues to grow for early posting initiatives such as preprints and ‘Open Research’ platforms. In a previous post, I provided a recap of early posting models that have attracted buy-in from key stakeholders in the life sciences in recent years. Below, I recount eight reasons why these platforms are likely to be used …

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Adoption of open access is rising – but so too are its costs

By Stephen Pinfield and Rob Johnson, 22 Jan 2018 This post orginally appeared on the LSE impact blog: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/. Options available to authors to make their work open access are on the rise. Adoption of open access itself is also rising, and usage of open-access materials is similarly increasing. However, alongside rising access levels another, less positive rise can also be observed: the …