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Publishing reproducible research outputs: the role of social and technical infrastructures

By Andrea Chiarelli, 08/02/21. We are pleased to announce the beginning of a new, exciting collaboration with Knowledge Exchange (KE), a partnership of national organisations within Europe, tasked with developing infrastructure and digital services to improve research and higher education.  In this context, we are supporting their expert Task & Finish group in investigating the research reproducibility landscape – an …

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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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5 strategies to protect research capacity post-COVID-19

By Lucia Loffreda 04/11/2020. Earlier this week, we shared a blog post outlining three priorities for a research-led recovery from COVID-19. This follows the publication of two new summary and full reports, assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the research enterprise, as part of a series commissioned by Springer Nature. In this week’s post, the second in our four-part series, …

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COVID-19: Three priorities for a research-led recovery

By Rob Johnson and Lucia Loffreda 02/11/2020. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, no aspect of society has been left undisrupted, and university research is no exception. In fact, in recent months, the value of academic research has arguably increased, as the world looks to scientists for answers and eagerly awaits a vaccine to help us control the spread of the …

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Enhancing practice in research contracts

By Lucia Loffreda 19/10/2020. At Research Consulting, we’ve conducted two extensive reviews assessing practices, trends and challenges surrounding university research contracts management. In 2013, we completed a study comparing research contracts functions in a group of research-intensive UK universities, and in 2018 we extended the exercise overseas, reporting on a major study involving 30 UK and Australian universities who had …

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Benchmarking Institutional Research Offices In 2020

By Rob Johnson and Lucia Loffreda 20/07/2020. This article was originally posted on ARMA’s website. Late last year, ARMA launched its first ever nationwide survey of institutional research offices. We and our colleagues at Research Consulting have been working with ARMA over the last few months to analyse the survey findings. Our aim from the outset has been to build a comprehensive …

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Using business as a force for good, and why Research Consulting decided not to become B-Corp certified

By Lucia Loffreda, 04/06/2020. Research Consulting recently participated in the Nottingham Consultancy Challenge – a University of Nottingham initiative partnering Nottingham-based SMEs with undergraduate students to work on bespoke consultancy projects. Our project, which we introduced in a previous blog post, involved working with five students to investigate the potential for Research Consulting to become a certified B-Corporation – a …

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What does COVID-19 mean for scholarly communication? Four areas to consider.

By Lucia Loffreda, 07/04/2020 (links updated 13/04/2020). On 30 January 2020, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. By mid-March, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the outbreak had reached official pandemic status. And today, the coronavirus is directly affecting 203 countries and territories worldwide. In a matter of weeks, the …

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A Q&A with our Senior Consultant, Andrea Chiarelli

By Lucia Loffreda, 02/04/2020. Andrea joined Research Consulting in 2016, when he was completing his engineering PhD at the University of Nottingham, and has been with us ever since. He has recently been promoted to Senior Consultant, and he focuses on projects in the areas of scholarly communication and university management. We thought this would be a good chance to …