In its ninth year running, Open Access Week promotes the opportunities and benefits of open access research. This year’s theme is Open in Action, looking at how individuals and groups can move open access forward.
Publishing open access (OA) means anyone, anywhere is able to read your research, creating potential for OA articles to have an impact beyond academia and be ‘acted’ upon by key groups within society, whether by policy makers, practitioners, non-governmental organizations, the media, educators or clinicians (or anyone else). But what do you need to consider if you would like your research to be picked up and used in this practical way? What can you do to help make your research actionable? Tune in to our Twitter discussion on Wednesday 26th October, 2-30 – 3.30pm (GMT) to hear tips and insights from our panel of experts.
“I have been particularly delighted with the feedback I have received from outside of academia, demonstrating that our work can and should be promoted to all.” How can the media benefit your research and how should you go about engaging with them? In this latest research story, Dr Gary James tells us about his work on… Read more »
Historically, the relationship between researchers and the mass media has been troubled. According to a 2007 study by the European Commission, many scientists fear that the media may prioritize the publication of what is immediate, controversial and attention-grabbing above what is true, and lament that 10 years of research can be trivialized in a two-line… Read more »
At Sense about Science, we strongly believe that scientists should trust the public with their research, and that key audiences should be involved, and involved early. Over the last few years, we have helped several groups of scientists to communicate their research findings simply and accurately through public engagement projects. Our role in these partnerships… Read more »
“Public scholarship re-envisions the roles and purposes of scholarship, and it is closely aligned to the ethos of the open movement wherein knowledge is not only shared broadly but is also co-constructed…” George Veletsianos is the author of the book Social Media in Academia: Networked Scholars, which examines the day-to-day realities of social media and online… Read more »
What difference can research findings make in real life? PsychCrunch is the regular and hugely popular podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, which aims to get to the heart of this question for psychology research. Presented by Dr. Christian Jarrett, each episode features interviews with psychologists, discussing their research and whether they apply… Read more »
How can research be highlighted and shared after publication, especially when it is Open Access (OA) and available for anyone to read? In this latest research story, Rob Kitchin tells us about his work on smart cities, and how publishing through a learned society journal helped to extend the reach of his research. “Knowing and governing… Read more »
“Higher Education has the capacity to shape public opinion and government policy, but it’s not fully reaching that potential at present. The devastating impact of emotional, sensationalist tabloid coverage of research findings are having a damaging effect on higher education. We should be aiming for a more intelligent media, boosting the offering of higher education… Read more »