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Open Science in the cradle of democracy

By Andrea Chiarelli, 11 Sep 2017 From September 6th to 8th, Rob Johnson and I attended the Open Science Fair in Athens. Held in the stunning Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center designed by Renzo Piano, this was the first event of its kind, and drew over 250 delegates from all over the world. An initiative of 4 EU projects (OpenAIRE, OpenUP, …

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Taking the temperature of the open access landscape

By Andrea Chiarelli, 23 Jun 2017 A simple way to measure if a topic is being discussed is to monitor social media. A quick Twitter query showed that the hashtag #OpenAccess was mentioned between 387 and 1017 times in each of the last four weeks. Add in similar terms such as #OA and hashtags associated with specific activities, and the …

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Towards a competitive & sustainable open access market

21 Mar 2017 Today sees the publication of our new report for the EC’s OpenAIRE project, Towards a Sustainable and Competitive Open Access Market in Europe. The report discusses some of the challenges in developing an effective market for academic journal publications, looks at the progress of open access, and considers the current policy environment in Europe and (briefly) the …

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Shaping Jisc services to support open access

29 Feb 2016 Research Consulting has today launched an on-line survey of UK HEIs as part of a study commissioned by Jisc. The primary objective of the study is to help assess the value of the following Jisc open access services: Monitor Local, Monitor UK and Publications Router. These services are designed to help streamline open access processes within institutions …

Reflections on the Researcher to Reader conference

by Rob Johnson, 21 Feb 2016 I was going to do write a summary of last week’s Researcher to Reader conference, following on my previous post in the run up to the conference. Fortunately Danny Kingsley has saved me the trouble – her comprehensive blog post on the topic can be found here! Suffice it to say there was much debate …

Review of Open Access Policy Dependencies

20 Jan 2016 In this blog post from 5 June we announced the beginning of our project for Knowledge Exchange, which looked to establish and demonstrate clearly to policy makers how the implementation and monitoring of their OA policies depends on a set of non-commercial services used by researchers and institutions. Seven months and many meetings later, we are delighted …

Tales from the far North

8 Dec 2015 Last week I had the privilege of attending the 10th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing at the University of Tromsø.  When first invited I confess I had to check the map to find out exactly where Tromsø is – some 200 miles inside the Arctic circle, it turns out, in the far north of Norway. Indeed the …

Are learned societies an endangered species?

Dr Mattia Fosci, Consultant, 16 Oct 2015 Earlier this year, Research Consulting carried out an analysis on the financial health of UK learned societies, and of their reliance on publishing revenues. The analysis was part of a broader study commissioned by Universities UK’s Open Access Co-ordination Group that collected data and generated indicators to better understand how the transition to …

Monitoring the transition to Open Access

16 Sep 2015 16 September saw the release of a major new study of the transition to Open Access (OA) in the United Kingdom and across the world. Our role at Research Consulting was to develop a set of metrics to monitor the impact of OA on learned societies, while our partners at the Research Information Network, Elsevier and the University …

Developing a sustainable infrastructure to support open access

5 Jun 2015 With the rapid growth in open-access policies and mandates across Europe and worldwide, shared infrastructure and services are now critical to the efficiency and effectiveness of open access publication. These services include software, platforms, information and data services, and support and advice, without which it would be difficult or impossible for open-access publication at the scale now …