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About the Research Communications Strategy

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The Research Communications Strategy is based around strategic investigation, advocacy to institutional stakeholders and advisory services.


The Research Communications Strategy work is a JISC funded 2 year activity to investigate and coordinate many of the emerging themes, ideas and developments in the field of research communications. JISC has funded substantial activity that has contributed towards the establishment of an infrastructure to support scholarly communication, in particular the setting up of digital repositories and associated supporting services. Alongside the infrastructure there a need was identified for policy development in order to ensure the conditions are right for the take-up of new forms of scholarly communication. There is an ongoing need to monitor and influence emerging trends, for example, open science, and to provide guidance on innovations made possible by these changes.

JISC has worked with the UK Research Councils and other funding bodies to implement change, as well as forming partnerships with European organizations in order to influence policies. It was realised that there is, however, a need for more work to advocate the benefits of these new models and to influence and support stakeholders as they develop and adopt policies and practices that allow effective models of scholarly communication to thrive.

The Research Communications Strategy work will build upon six years' experience at the University of Nottingham in developing the SHERPA, SHERPA Plus, RSP Phase I and RSP Phase II services, along with the infrastructural developments of OpenDOAR, RoMEO and JULIET and in international collaboration through DRIVER and other cross-border projects.

The work will establish a new point of liaison between JISC and the research community in taking forward important scholarly communication developments. The JISC Research Communications Strategist, Bill Hubbard, will act as a contact point and liaison between key committees, initiatives, organisations and individual stakeholders. As noted above, the work will draw from the wide variety of JISC work in this area and act as a synthesist in identifying and promoting key policies, standards and practice. Bill's role will be to take forward such identified strategic initiatives, policy decisions and best practice and identify ways for these to be adopted and embedded within the wider stakeholder community. This work will entail the identification of practical means of implementation, identification of obstacles and bottlenecks at both strategic and tactical levels, bringing together stakeholders and the identification of common interests in the furtherance of practical development.

In this work, the Strategist will be assisted by an Operations Manager, who will organise outreach and promotional activities to support the work, building on the existing profile and successful outreach activities undertaken by the SHERPA team, most recently and concurrently with the Repositories Support Project. An administrative post will assist in the work, especially with practical details in support of outreach events.

Strategic Objectives

1. To assist JISC in advocating to the UK HE research community the implementation of policies and practices to support more effective scholarly communication.

2. To achieve through collaboration with the JISC IE Team, the JISC Scholarly Communication Consultant, JISC Collections and other JISC staff, a higher level of adoption by the UK HE research community of policies and practices of benefit in scholarly communication.

3. To feed back to JISC emerging issues related to scholarly communication arising within the research community, and to assess emerging models and practices and the potential implications.

4. To draw from work within the SHERPA Consortium in identifying key trends which may be fed into the development of JISC strategy in scholarly communications; and where appropriate the wider community e.g. HEIs/researchers.

5. To contribute to JISC's international initiatives from experience gained within the SHERPA Consortium and any wider consultation undertaken by the Centre for Research Communications.


University of Nottingham, operating through the Centre for Research Communications.

Project Management

The work will be managed within the Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham, under the overall direction of the JISC Research Communications Strategist and Head of the CRC, Bill Hubbard. For the purposes of the CRC, Bill reports to both Christopher Pressler and Stephen Pinfield, Chief Information Officer, Information Services, as co-Directors of SHERPA under the CRC Management Group.


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