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5 strategies to protect research funding after COVID-19

By Lucia Loffreda and Rob Johnson 19/11/2020. In the final post of our blog series on the impact of COVID-19 on research, we’ll look at five strategies to protect research funding. The economic consequences of COVID-19 will be long-lasting and unevenly felt, and stakeholders across the research landscape – including researchers, institutions and publishers – will be faced with a …

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Enabling a sustainable transition to open science: 5 strategies for the future

By Lucia Loffreda 10/11/2020. Last week, we shared 5 strategies to protect research capacity as the research enterprise begins its recovery from COVID-19. Today, we’ll discuss 5 ways to enable a sustainable transition to open science – a transition that has arguably been accelerated by the outbreak of coronavirus. It’s widely agreed that COVID-19 has exposed long-standing fault lines in …

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An Open Agenda: European Funder Approaches to Open Science

Written for The Scholarly Kitchen by Rob Johnson and Vanessa Proudman, 26/2/2020.This article was originally posted on the Scholarly Kitchen website. Drawing on our recent survey of European funders commissioned by SPARC Europe, we explored what European funders are doing to drive change in scholarly communication, and argue that funders’ open policies could be backed up more by funders’ own …

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Perspectives on data for knowledge exchange – the review of HE-BCI

By Dan King, first published 21/02/2020, updated 03/03/2020 Prompted by our response to the review consultation, this blog shares some of our thoughts and observations on HE-BCI and the consultation. Dan King has enjoyed a (professional) relationship with this data for nearly 20 years, using the HE-BCI data to inform University performance and now in consultancy work with various UK and overseas clients. Research Consulting …

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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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Open Access Research: A Review of DFID’s Policy and Practice

By Lucia Loffreda, 04/11/19 In late 2018, Research Consulting completed an independent review of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Research Open and Enhanced Access Policy. Now, at a time of rapid development in the open access (OA) and open research data (ORD) landscapes, we’re pleased to share the findings in our latest report. The review stems from the …

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Report on European research funder Open Policies and practices

By Victoria Ficarra, 30/09/19 Research Consulting was commissioned by SPARC Europe to undertake research on European research funder Open policies and practices. The report is now publicly available on the SPARC Europe website and on the Reports page of our website. We supported SPARC Europe in the development and analysis of a survey conducted in spring this year, with responses …

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Four rising areas of concern in research data management

By Andrea Chiarelli, 25/04/19 This post was originally published on the Jisc Research Data blog and discusses what we heard from the Jisc RDM Toolkit working group, at a meeting held in London on April 8th. A recent survey by the European University Association showed that almost 40% of universities in their sample lacked research data management (RDM) policies and were not …