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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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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 …

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How can we boost the impact of Social Sciences and Humanities? A report from Cardiff

By Mattia Fosci, 29 Sep 2017 Last week I attended the AESIS conference on Boosting the impact of Social Sciences and Humanities in Cardiff. It was an event-packed two-day conference with over 150 participants from academia, research funders and social scientists coming from the UK, Europe and North America. As a social science researcher routinely working with practice, the underlying assumption …

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5 tips for a successful researcher survey

By Andrea Chiarelli and Rob Johnson, 28 Nov 2016 Policymakers, university managers and academic publishers all have something in common: they have to work out what researchers want. Sometimes an educated guess is good enough, but in many cases knowing what your stakeholders, staff or authors really think will lead to better decisions. Much of our work at Research Consulting …

Making the Case for Research Data Management : Call for Contributions

by Rob Johnson and Tom Parsons, 16 Feb 2016 Research data management (RDM) can be a controversial subject. From a policy viewpoint it seems a no-brainer that researchers should safeguard their work, avoid any embarrassing data loss and share their data freely. However, from a researcher and institutional perspective, these ambitions are far from straightforward. Cost, complexity and a research …

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Research Consulting announces national survey of KEC professionals for PraxisUnico

28 Oct 2015 On Friday 23 October 2015, PraxisUnico launched two surveys on Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC), prepared by Research Consulting. The surveys will collect data currently not available from thousands of KEC professionals and institutions in order to shape sector-wide recommendations and campaigns on behalf of the KEC profession. PraxisUnico’s main goals are: raise the profile of knowledge …

Research Innovate Grow: a taster of the research environment in the UK

By Mattia Fosci, Consultant, 6 Jul 2015 Last Thursday, for the first time, I attended an event as the sole representative of Research Consulting. Hosted by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Innovate UK, Research Innovate Grow was an interactive showcase that explored whether, to what extent and how the UK research environment stimulates innovation and drives economic growth in the country. …

High-end computing proves its worth for UK researchers

8 Feb 2015 A machine called HECToR was shut down last year. For six years it was one of the most powerful computational ‘brains’ in Britain providing vast processing heft and speed so thousands of researchers could solve vital problems faster and refine new ideas more thoroughly. Now its legacy is helping shape the future. Research teams fed HECToR enormous …