May 272015

COARDelegatephotoResearch Councils UK (RCUK) and the British Library, on behalf of the Global Research Council (GRC), hosted a workshop entitled Unlocking the future: Open Access communication in a global research environment in April 2015 to bring together publishers, funders, libraries and other stakeholders from across the world to discuss perspectives on open communication in a global research environment.

I was fortunate enough to be asked to prepare a report in advance of the workshop and to present it on the day. The report was based on in-depth interviews with about 20 leading scholarly publishers and dives deep into the future directions in scholarly publishing, looking at the role of publishers and the value they add in an “open research” world; open access business models and ways to improve them; potential challenges to the quality and integrity of research publications; and publishing costs, pricing and value.

Full report: Evolution or revolution? Publishers’ perceptions of future directions in research communications and the publisher role (PDF)