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Research Communications Strategy

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Willow Fuchs

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Research Communications Strategy Project Briefing Papers These briefing papers about Open Access were authored by experts in the field and writtten for Senior Managers. Authors included: Martin Hall, University of Salford; Paul Ayris, University College London; Susan Ashworth, University of Glasgow; and Jill Russell, University of Birmingham. http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/briefingpapers.php Chemists &
Economists Study Reports Events Social Networking Open Science Blog Consultancy Projects http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/index.php Resources Discussion Papers Data Anaysis Further Exploration http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/reports.php OA & the Research Economy "Gold" OA Publishing Download at: Supporting Research http://rcsproject.wordpress.com/ Visit at: Adding Value & Sharing Research OA & Institutional Benefit THe View from the Academy Beyond the Numbers Embedding Repositories These reports describe some of the significant issues and drivers in relation to research communication and Open Access. These were written quarterly throughout the project. Download at: Download at: http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/reports.php These discussion papers summarise key issues from the reports. One descussion paper was published after each report, two after the fourth report. The RCS blog allowed us to communicate with people outside of the project. Our posts covered all areas of scholarly communication, but often focused on Open Access. We shared information on initiatives, posted news item and discussed ongoing scholarly communication issues. Over the lifetime of the blog we had over 8000 page views. http://misc.jisc.ac.uk/scholarly_communications_handbook/cms/ This was created by a team led by Curtis+Cartwright Consulting on behalf of the JISC Scholarly Communications Working Group. This site provides suggested actions for Researchers, Research managers, Senior Managers and Support staff, in order for them to support a sustainable scholarly communication environment, while embracing positive changes. We maintained this site throughout the project, updating it when necessary and promoting it to relevant stakeholders whenever possible. http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/events/index.php?page=Researchmanagement-2011-01-27/index.php Research Management - Smoothing the Way 27 January 2011, Royal Institute of British Architects - 66 Portland Place London W1B 1AD How can research management be integrated across institutions? How can research management systems exploit new methods of communicating research? How best can systems and workflows respond to the requirements of researchers, institutions and research funders? http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/events/index.php?page=DisseminatingResults-2010/index.php Regional Finance Modelling Events: the Cost of OA Disseminating the results of scholarly research through open access may benefit your institution - but what would it cost?

The Houghton Report identified significant sectoral savings (over £200M pa) possible from the adoption of Open Access, but it was not clear of the implications for individual institutions. What is the balance of cost and benefit for research-led institutions? Does the size of an institution alter the projections? Consultant Alma Swan, from Key Perspectives Ltd, introduced an economic model at this event to help individual institutions identify the costs and savings involved. Individuals were invited to discover how the figures would work out for their particular institution. These workshops were aimed at Research Support Offices and financial modellers, who were asked to collect certain data to bring with them to build their own customised models.

Delegates were guided by consultant Alma Swan through an enhanced version of the model used in the Houghton Report and left with financial projections for their own institution. They heard from representatives of other universities - how open access had been implemented in their institutions, the financial implications, and how valuable they found it to be. examples of strategic changes in institutions in response to funding policies and This free one-day conference, organised by the CRC, ARMA, RLUK and SCONUL, was aimed at senior library and information service managers and at research managers. It offered long-term integration between information services and research support services. The Power of OA OA & Institutional Benefit OA Adding Value Sharing Research View from the Academy Scholarly Communications Action Handbook This work, completed by Duke & Jordan, investigated social networking sites and their role in scholarly communication. It attempted to identify the issues and opportunities presented to the community by relevant sites, indicate current use of these sites, and forecast possible future use and effects, all in relation to the effect these sites could have on Open Access publishing. This study examined relevant social networking sites, looked at behaviour patterns of researchers using these sites for research communications and attempted to predict future trends. Bill Hubbard Amanda Hodgson Willow Fuchs Posters &
Presentations About Us Open Access Answers http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/consultancyprojects.php Download reports at: July 2010, in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and London For more information see: For more information see: We attempted to gather information about academics’ knowledge, beliefs and behaviours surrounding Open Access. This information would support later work (interviews/focus groups), and help us to build a strong advocacy strategy focused on Download a summary at: http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/Chemists&Economists_Survey.pdf a request to complete an online questionnaire to just over 700 academics and we received
130 responses. This work, completed by Steve Davies, focused on the analysis of a survey completed by the RCS. The results should be interpreted with caution due to the small number of participating academics. There are some interesting findings about: academics' knowledge of institutional and funder mandates, and the reasons they give for why they do or do not http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/Chemists&Economists_Analysis-Steve_Davies.pdf http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/Chemists&Economists_Views_on_OA.pdf This work, completed by Seb Schmoller, David Jennings, and Nicky Ferguson, describes the findings from interviews and a focus group that were completed as follow-up from a survey completed by the RCS. This work focused on looking at the culture of academia and the reasons behind researchers' attitudes to Open Access. This report describes these findings and describes key issues that were discussed with acadmics, including: where to publish, awareness of access, repositories, mandates, advocacy, and http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/Social_Networking_Report-Duke&Jordan.pdf The intention of this project, completed by Sarah Currier was to build upon some of the previous work on open science by investigating the strategic and funding implications of current developments in this area, with a particular interest in their relationship with research communications more generally. Interviews with advocates and users of open science and citizen science were completed and the report draws from these.

Film clips of the interviews are available on our YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/CRCNottingham http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/OpenScience_Report-Sarah_Currier.pdf the needs and concerns of academics. Chemists and economists from eleven different institutions were targeted. We sent http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/publications.php A selection of CRC papers, posters, and presentaions are available at: On the blog you can also find our “OA Answers” which are a series of statements about Open Access and Scholarly Communication with relevant citations. One of the things preventing the widespread adoption of OA http://rcsproject.wordpress.com/oa-answers/ and other changes to the scholarly communication system is a lack of knowledge. These statements help to inform those interested in open access – and evidence, links to external resources allow readers to find out more and come to their own conclusions. The Research Communications Strategy (RCS) project was based at the Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham. The project Team consisted of: Bill Hubbard, Head of the CRC,
JISC Research Communications Strategist

Amanda Hodgson, Open Access Advisor

Willow Fuchs, Open Access Advisor Members of the RCS project team attended a variety of events, conferences, and group meetings, and gave a number of presentations to funding bodies and national groups, to researchers and research students, and to support staff.

A selection of RCS and CRC
papers, posters, and
presentations are available
online. http://rcsproject.wordpress.com/ http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/1454/1/RCS_March_2010.pdf http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/1455/1/RCS_July_2010.pdf http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/1480/1/RCS_March_2011.pdf http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/1456/1/RCS_December_2010.pdf make their work Open Access. The motivations for engaging with Open Access tended to be internal, personal reasons. The need to publish in high-impact journals and the peer-review process were major concerns of academics when they choose not to participate in OA. communication. This report also summarises the themes and shared opinions by depicting six typical responses to OA. bill.hubbard@nottingham.ac.uk


willow.fuchs@nottingham.ac.uk Sample videos from the project All videos are available at: http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/CRC-Power_of_OA.pdf http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/CRC-Institutional_Benefit.pdf http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/CRC-Adding_Value.pdf http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/CRC-Sharing_Research.pdf http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/CRC-OA-View_from_the_Academy.pdf http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/OA-In_Support_of_Research.pdf http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/OA-Beyond_the_Numbers.pdf http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/OA-Embedding_Repositories.pdf http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs/Gold_OA_Publishing.pdf
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