Research seminar with Tony Roche of Emerald Publishing: 'Open research and impact'

Date Monday 1 April 2019
Time 10am - 11am
Where MSB.4.02, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Presenter Tony Roche, Director and EVP of Emerald Publishing, UK
Admission Cost Free

Waikato Management School's Research Office invites all academic staff and postgraduate students to attend a research seminar by Tony Roche, Director/EVP for Publishing and Strategic Relationship at Emerald Publishing.

The seminar will be held on Monday, 1 April, starting at 10am, in room MSB.4.02.

Based in Yorkshire, England, Roche leads Emerald's publishing group. He works in partnership with the research community in more than 180 countries, with a portfolio of over 330 journals, 3,000 bookos and 1,500 teaching case studies.

The publishing of academic research is increasingly becoming a controversial issue as the date for the commencement of the European Plan S in January 2020 gets nearer.

The conventional journal subscription model is being challenged by well-endowed universities. For example the University of California has announced it will cease subscribing to Elsevier and will go open access with a series of its own journals. A consortia of Finnish universities has commenced similar action and no longer subscribes to Taylor and Francis.

Researchers point to concerns over quality assurance and peer review processes, and predatory journals continue to offer publication to the unwary.

Another issue is to what extent will the conventional metrics of research impacts have value if the research assessment exercises stress impacts on actual policy making and decision taking? Will such an emphasis favour incremental research projects rather the more conceptual endeavours with their greater risk of failure?

How might publishers create new models to publishing to respond to these pressures, and should academics come to regard publishers as data analysts and research disseminators, rather than simple purveyors of text bound material?