Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, and Outsell, Inc., the voice of the data, information and analytics economy, recently hosted an interactive, strategic discussion with senior industry executives on ‘The Future of Science’ and what it means for all stakeholders, at the Royal Society of the Arts in London.
The program featured senior policy makers, scholarly and society publishers, funders, institutions and researchers focused on the value chain, implicit and explicit reward systems, and what may need to shift to improve scientific research and the scholarly ecosystem.
To guide the discussion, CCC and Outsell collaborated to produce a detailed map of the research ecosystem and accompanying report highlighting stakeholders, contributions and rewards, and suggesting areas of opportunity. The map does not construct a new, ideal process but rather reflects today’s common language and understanding of the ecosystem from the perspective of each stakeholder.
Last March, CCC and Outsell hosted an event during the London Book Fair, ‘Open Dialogue: The Key to Advancing Scholarly communications,’ to facilitate a conversation among publishers, institutions, funders, policymakers, authors, researchers and service providers across the globe about emerging models to advance scholarly communications in an environment fraught with confusion.
One outcome of the program was a shared sense that attendees lacked a common understanding of one another’s participation in that environment: the investments, activities, challenges, and opportunities faced by key stakeholders. In particular, there was a feeling that if the reward systems, both implicit and explicit, that underpinned the scholarly communications, weren’t understood, it would be harder to create the fundamental change necessary to thrive longer-term. The March program was the catalyst to create the Scientific Communications Ecosystem map and the October Future of Science meeting.
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