Case study

Exploring the value of QR in supporting researcher-scale activities

Quality Related (QR) funding from Research England provides an important source of support for research in English universities. This report identifies and explores the ways in which QR funding is used, its benefits, and how it complements other types of research income.
Strategy

A roadmap for action: academic community control of data infrastructure

The purpose of this document is to build on the 2019 SPARC Landscape Analysis by offering a roadmap of potential actions that stakeholders can use to chart both individual and collective responses. Recognising that solutions to these complex issues are not 'one size fits all,'...
Report

SPARC landscape analysis and roadmap for action: 2021 update

This publication reviews the impact of the past year on the broader research and education markets, and on key individual firms within these markets.
Report

What’s the big deal?

This study represents the first attempt by a group of libraries to come together to examine user perspectives on 'Big Deal' subscription bundle cancellations across a variety of institutional and cancellation contexts.
Report

The promise of collaboration: collective funding models and the integration of Open Access books into libraries

This report draws on desk research, alongside a combination of interviews, workshop discussions and pre-workshop surveys with librarians and individuals involved in library consortia. The report tackles a simple question - how can open access books be more successfully integrated into scholarly libraries?
Journal article

Ten hot topics around scholarly publishing

The changing world of scholarly communication and the emerging new wave of ‘Open Science’ or ‘Open Research’ has brought to light a number of controversial and hotly debated topics. This article aims to provide a baseline evidence framework for ten of the most contested topics...
Journal article

How reliable and useful is Cabell’s blacklist? A data-driven analysis

As part of this research, the authors tested Cabell’s blacklist to analyse whether or not it could be adopted as a reliable tool by stakeholders in scholarly communication, including their own academic library.
Journal article

A provisional system to evaluate journal publishers based on partnership practices and values shared with academic institutions and libraries

Identifying publishers with similar values may help libraries and institutions make strategic decisions about resource allocation. Publishers, especially non-profit publishers, could use the criteria in this paper to guide practices that align with mission-driven institutions, whilst institutions and libraries could use the system to identify...
Journal article

Drivers of article processing charges in open access

It is no longer readers and libraries paying subscription fees, but scientific organizations and authors themselves who pay for the cost of having their article published to allow unrestricted access. Data shows a tremendous variance in article processing charges (APC) across journals, and this study...
Journal article

Citizen-scholars: social media and the changing nature of scholarship

In this conceptual article, the authors argue that practicing public, social scholarship and increasing the use of social media to promote scholarship are the civic responsibility of citizen-scholars, so that research becomes more widely accessible, shareable, and usable in the public sphere.