As the scholarly communications sector has evolved over the last decade, the areas of open access, repository management, publishing advice, bibliometrics and research data management have become key growth areas within universities. As a result, a skills gap has developed, with many new staff not having previous experience in research support. In response to concerns over this skills gap in the UK, the Scholarly Communications Competencies Coalition (SC3) was formed in 2017. SC3 is working to identify and map the skills and competencies needed by the current and future scholarly communications workforce to improve training and professional development opportunities. SC3 engages heavily with the library and research management communities through active outreach at community workshops and conferences.



Resources about the experience of working in scholarly communications

                      So, what is it really like to work in research support and scholarly communication?

                      In their own words: working in scholarly communication

                      New to OA? Top tips from the experts

                      Repository Professionals: The Next Generation


Blogs about what we have been doing

                      Developing a skilled workforce to support scholarly communication – event report and next steps

                      Developing skills for scholarly communication

                      Plans for Scholarly Communication Development

                      Planning scholarly communication training in the UK

                      Shifting sands: notes from UKSG2017 workshop on skills

Research we have done

                      Skills in scholarly communication – needs & development

                      Where did they come from? Educational background of people in scholarly communication

SC3 members


•             Nancy Pontika, Open Access Aggregation Officer,CORE,

                      Helen Berry, Development Officer (Learning Providers), Cilip

                      Helen Blanchett, Scholarly communication subject specialist, Jisc

                      Dr Andrew Cox, Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield Information School

                      Helen Dobson, Scholarly Communications Manager, University of Manchester

                      Anna Grigson, Head of Content and Discovery, LSE and Education officer for UKSG

                     Dr Christina Kamposiori, Programme Officer, RLUK

                      Dr Danny Kingsley, Scholarly Communication Consultant

                      Valerie McCutcheon, Research Information Manager, University of Glasgow / ARMA

                      Frank Manista, European open science manager, Jisc   

                      Ann Rossiter, Executive Director, SCONUL

                      Claire Sewell, Research Support Skills Coordinator, Cambridge University Library

                      Alison Sutton, Research Publications and Institutional Repository Manager, University of Reading/ UKCoRR

•             Dom Walker, Scholarly communication lead, British Library

                      Dr Katie Wheat, Head of Higher Education Engagement, Vitae

To find out more about many of the organisations from which our SC3 membership is drawn, please see the UKCoRR Partnerships page

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