UKCoRR is proud to work with a range of organisations including:
The British Library
As the national library of the United Kingdom, the British Library is an integral part of the national research infrastructure. It is committed to serving both researchers today, and future generations, by collecting, preserving and providing access to scholarly content, including the growing corpus of open access research outputs. The British Library has been a longstanding member of the repository community through its established service, EThOS, which maximises the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral theses, and is now expanding its work in the area through the development of a shared open access repository service. The British Library also works with UK research organisations to ensure their data is findable and citable through its DataCite services.
Dimity Flanagan, Scholarly Communications Lead (OpenAccess@bl.uk)
Jisc is a membership organisation, providing digital solutions for UK education and research. We are working towards global open access, in partnership with the UK’s academic community and its representative bodies, in order to realise the rewards of open access. Our membership overlaps considerably with that of UKCoRR and we work in partnership on many areas including technical developments and exchange of good practice.
Helen Blanchett, Scholarly communications subject specialist (Helen.Blanchett@JISC.AC.UK)
ARMA (UK) is the professional association for research management in the UK. We represent research leaders, managers and administrators, offering professional development and opportunities to build networks, knowledge and skills
Research Libraries UK (RLUK) is a member organisation with 37 member institutions representing the leading research libraries in the UK and Ireland. Our strategy ‘Reshaping Scholarship’ (2018-2021) focuses on two key strands – Open Scholarship and A Collective Approach – and reflects the commitment of our libraries to transformations in research, innovation in collections, and cultural change in our institutions. Through working with our members, external institutions and our partners in the community, both nationally and internationally, we aim to optimise the contribution that research libraries and collections make to the economic, technological and cultural success of the UK and Ireland. Major part of our current work focuses on supporting members to move towards a more open scholarly communications landscape, facilitate innovation in digital scholarship and respond to the challenges associated with the digital shift in research library collections.
For more information on our strategic activities, please visit www.rluk.ac.uk.
Dr. David Prosser, RLUK Executive Director (email@example.com)
The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) promotes awareness of the role of academic libraries in supporting research excellence and student achievement and employability, and represents their views and interests to government, regulators and other stakeholders
Ann Rossiter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are the only independent voice for the UK’s information profession. We are guided by our Royal Charter to develop and improve library and information services, and by being a charity to act in the public good.
Helen Berry (email@example.com)
Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.
Katie Wheat (Katie.Wheat@vitae.ac.uk)
Research teams spend nearly half of their time on administration rather than research. Some administrative burden is expected for good management and compliance but duplication & complexity is on the rise in the administrative information being collected from researchers.
The CASRAI mission is to simplify & harmonize administrative requirements in a way that respects the independence of affected stakeholders so that researchers can “reduce & reuse” their information across multiple processes. Our vision is a highly productive and operationally efficient ecosystem where research teams spend no more than 20% of their time on administration.
Our work is to actively foster networks of collaboration across the key & diverse stakeholders who collect information from researchers in each of the major administration processes in the research lifecycle and to publish standard guidelines that help identify harmonization opportunities for tangible reductions of undue burden.
Applying our unique approach to reducing the administrative burden on researchers brings an added derived benefit to all management stakeholders: improved consistency, utility & comparability of the diverse data needed for analytical insights.
SC3 – Scholarly Communication Competencies Coalition
SC3 was established in 2017 as a working group to identify and map skills and competencies needed by the current and future scholarly communications workforce. The outcomes of this work will greatly benefit the recruitment and shaping of research support roles in open access, repository management, open research, research data management etc. It will also help ensure that core training is available and transferrable for people in these roles. SC3 membership represents library, research management, postgraduate support and other stakeholders. It includes representatives from ARMA, British Library, CILIP, Jisc, RLUK, UKCoRR, UKSG, Vitae, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester and University of Sheffield, many of whom contribute to workshops and conferences which include the skills development of scholarly communication professionals.
Resources about the experience of working in scholarly communications
• So, what is it really like to work in research support and scholarly communication? https://unlockingresearch-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=2180 2 October 2018
• In their own words: working in scholarly communication https://unlockingresearch-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=2204 26 October 2018
• “New to OA? Top tips from the experts” https://unlockingresearch-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=2134 20 August 2018
Blogs about what we have been doing
• “Plans for Scholarly Communication Development” – http://www.ukcorr.org/2017/11/27/plans-for-scholarly-communication-professional-development/ Nov 17, 2017
• Planning scholarly communication training in the UK – https://unlockingresearch-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=1517 15 August 2017
• Shifting sands: notes from UKSG2017 workshop on skills https://unlockingresearch-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=1417 12 April 2017
Research we have done
• Skills in scholarly communication – needs & development https://unlockingresearch-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=1943 23 March 2018
• Where did they come from? Educational background of people in scholarly communication https://unlockingresearch-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=1313 19 March 2017
There are a number of locally organised groups around the UK that can help facilitate your open access mission.
Please get in touch if you know of any more, would like support setting one up or have any other ideas to foster collaboration across our growing community.
- London – coordinated by Helen Cargill (King’s College London), Nancy Graham (London School of Economics), Ruth Harrison (Imperial College London) and Torsten Reimer (British Library) https://wwwf.imperial.ac.uk/blog/openaccess/london-oa-network/
- East Midlands – Grant Denkinson gd41@LEICESTER.AC.UK suggested starting a group and some users have indicated interest.
- North East – Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities. No ‘official’ contact or webpage at present. firstname.lastname@example.org is happy to be contacted.
- North West – https://nowalsite.wordpress.com/
- Scotland – https://oascotland.wordpress.com/ – includes friends from Northern Ireland and open to others to attend.
- South West group http://gw4.ac.uk/ a group of 4 Universities
- Welsh Scholarly Communications Group – contact Hannah Payne email@example.com or Beth Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- White Rose – Leeds, Sheffield, York share some OA structure and collaborate via https://whiteroselibraries.wordpress.com/