Open research advisory board
The group helps to hone our existing vision for open research and overall direction of the portfolio, and to ensure we are being truly responsive to member needs.
This board is of particular value in helping Jisc to engage with the wider open research landscape beyond OA journal articles in currently under-represented areas, or where future directions are still in the state of flux. For example:
- Research culture, OA books
- Digital humanities
- Post-Plan S publisher practices and commercial relations
- The evolving exploitation of open data
- Long-term non-traditional publications
- Open peer review
- Open lab books, grey literature
- Virtual open research environments etc
The membership of the board is wide ranging and draws from libraries, research administration, institutional OA staff, policy makers, funders, and active researchers.
Jisc open research advisory board membership
|Director of library services and university librarian||Cardiff University|
|Research information manager||University of Glasgow|
|Mark Cox||Head of research information systems||King's College London|
|Claire Knowles||Associate director, research and digital futures||University of Leeds|
|Chris Banks||Director of library services and assistant provost||Imperial College|
|Rachel Beckett||Director of library services||Manchester Metropolitan University|
|Rachel Bruce||Head of open research||UKRI|
|Chris Chambers||Professor of cognitive neuroscience||Cardiff University|
|Liz Bal||Director of open research services||Jisc|
|Bill Hubbard||Head of policy and engagement, digital resources||Jisc|
|Jessica Pitman||Lecturer in the early years education and care department||University of Wales Trinity Saint David|
|Rebekka Kiesewetter||Postgraduate student at Centre for Postdigital Cultures||Coventry University|
Terms of reference
- To help Jisc in bringing about effective and efficient support for the wider development of open research
- To pass back to Jisc horizon scanning, insight and sector intelligence to inform mutual understanding of the open research environment
- To identify and prioritise current and potential future directions for open research within the sector at home and abroad and the support needed in development and operation
- To allow sector needs to be fed back into Jisc strategic planning and to facilitate understanding of researchers' and support organisations' requirements in developing their own use of open research
- To assess and offer guidance on the relative prioritisation of Jisc activities and high level service strategies and development
- To advise and assist with collaborative and partnership working with governmental, NGO, commercial, HE, FE, initiative and start-up organisations
These terms of reference have been put together to align with Jisc’s three strategic focus areas for open research infrastructure: open research workflows; open research data, and open meta-research.
The open research advisory board meets quarterly, with its first meeting having been held in September 2021.
Non-corresponding authors task and finish group
Jisc and the Publishers Association have set up a Task and Finish group that will explore the issue of non-corresponding authorship considering UKRI, and other funders’, stipulations that all outputs resulting from their funding should be made open access irrespective of the role the researcher plays in the publication process.
This group has been convened by Jisc and the Publishers Association for the two sectors of higher education and publishing to find a solution that will enable non-corresponding authors (CAs) that are funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to participate in transitional agreements (TAs) and other open access (OA) agreements in a way that is fair, affordable and inclusive.
Task and finish group membership
|Director of licensing||Jisc|
|Scholarly communications and engagement officer||Jisc|
|Head of open research||UKRI|
|Anna Vernon||Head of portfolio, content licensing||Jisc|
|Louis Coiffat-Gunn||Director of policy and public affairs||Publishers Association|
|Thomas Goldie||Policy and public affairs manager||Publishers Association|
|Niamh Tumelty||Head of open research||University of Liverpool|
|Sarah Thompson||Head of content and open research||University of York|
|Arwen Tapping||Librarian||MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology|
|Chris Banks||Assistant provost (space) & director of library services||Imperial Collage London|
|Martin Wolf||Head of open research||University of Liverpool|
|Jacqueline Proven||Head of open research, libraries & museums||University of St Andrews|
|Annette Ramsden||Scholarly communications & repository manager||University of Central Lancashire|
|Jennifer Bayjoo||Academic support manager (research)||University of Salford|
|Leah Maughan||Scholarly communications librarian||Northumbria University|
|Maria Follett||Researcher engagement and collections manager||Liverpool John Moores University|
|Kathryn Sharples||VP, open research||Wiley|
|Fiona Counsell||Head of open access operations and policy||Taylor & Francis|
|Jessica Monaghan||Director, policy and performance, OA||Springer Nature|
|Matthew Day||Head of open research policy and partnerships||Cambridge University Press|
|Victoria Eva||Vice president, global policy||Elsevier|
|Daniel Keirs||Head of journal strategy and performance||IOP Publishing|
|Rhodri Jackson||Publishing director, open access and Asia Journals||Oxford University Press|
|Tom Hibbard||Director, Production Technology Development||SAGE Publishing|
The group have developed a shared set of principles to guide the Task and Finish group, against which to view and evaluate possible solutions or approaches to support UKRI funded authors.
It was agreed that the shared set of principles to guide the group should be based around:
- Ethics. Any proposed solutions should not result in a situation where authors’ individual academic contributions are misrepresented or distorted in order to publish openly.
- Sustainability. Consideration should be given to the ongoing sustainability of any proposed solutions - to relevant parties and those involved in the research process.
- Bureaucracy. Arrangements should promote efficiency and avoid introducing friction in the workflow, to authors, to institutions, funders and publishers.
- Equity. Arrangements should advance equality of opportunity for all authors.
- Flexibility. Whilst we will seek to harmonise and simplify arrangements, arrangements may need to differ depending on publishing profile and workflows.
- Evidence-based. We will use data to understand the scale of publishing by non-corresponding authors to inform discussions about proposed solutions.
- Scalability. Proposed solutions must be scalable for all parties - regardless of organisation size, publishing profile, or funding profile.
Terms of reference
Recognising that research funders (including UKRI) require that all peer-reviewed research articles, including reviews and conference papers that acknowledge their funding, be published under OA terms, this group focuses on:
- Understanding the issues related to co-authors and their ability to make their research outputs OA under TAs,
- Suggesting solutions that are acceptable to both in a way that minimises additional costs for both sectors where feasible,
- Making recommendations that are sustainable, affordable, and easy to implement for all.
It will consider the technical, ethical, and financial concerns associated with the co-author being the funded author (rather than the CA), and seek to progress the current recommendation that the UKRI-funded research organisation can use its discretion as to whether to pay an Article Process Charge (APC) using its block grant and/or other sources of funding.
- Provide leadership for both sectors,
- Act as a conduit between the higher education and publishing sectors for the agreement, communication, oversight and reporting on objectives and progress,
- Facilitate debate and action to help implement long term solutions to challenges in publication and acquisition of research output.
- Research libraries; representatives from a cross section of institutions with varying research intensity,
- Publishers; representatives from a cross section of publishers,
- Observers from Jisc, UKRI, and the Publishers Association,
In addition, there will occasionally be other members, as follows: extra observers from Jisc, UKRI, and the Publishers Association; Jisc experts, and publishing representatives deputising for colleagues.
Recruitment should ensure that the higher education sector members are representative of a cross section of institutions with varying research intensity, and that the publishing sector members represent companies of all sizes and specialisms, who produce both digital and print books, research journals and educational resources across all genres and subjects.
Applications for membership from the higher education sector are via the following mailing lists and groups:
- RLUK (Research Libraries UK) members
- UKCORR (United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories)
- Jisc Content Expert Group
- Jisc Transitional agreements oversight group
We currently have sufficient members from both sectors and a waiting list for higher education sector members. If a vacancy arises for a higher education sector member, Jisc will contact them directly.
IRUS-UK user group
This group will be focused on the practical aspects of using the IRUS-UK service including reporting, using, and consuming the statistics.
The group will provide a forum for users of IRUS-UK to input their requirements and influence the development of the service. It will allow the IRUS team to request feedback on specific features and functionality in development, and provide a space for users of IRUS-UK to share experiences and examples of how they use and interact with IRUS statistics. This will help Jisc create reports and features that are useful and practical, offer a great user experience, identify areas for improvement, and understand and demonstrate the value and importance of IRUS-UK.
Membership is open to all Jisc member institutions actively participating in IRUS-UK, including higher education and research councils.
Terms of reference
Archives Hub Steering Committee
The key aims of this Committee are to represent the interests of Jisc members and of the Archives Hub contributors, to provide strategic and policy guidance on the operations and development of the service, and to raise and discuss the opportunities and constraints faced by the service. It acts as an advocate for the Archives Hub and the fundamental importance of archives within research and learning.
Jisc Archives Hub Steering Committee membership
Representing East region
|Metadata specialist||University of Cambridge|
Representing South-East region
|Archive director||University of Brighton|
Representing Yorkshire and the Humber region
|University records manager and archivist||University of York, Borthwick Institute|
|Matt Greenhall||Deputy executive director||RLUK|
Representing North-East region
|Collections discovery librarian||Durham University|
Representing North-West region
|Associate director (curatorial practices)||University of Manchester|
|Alan Hughes/Alison Harvey|
|Head of special collections and archives/archivist||Cardiff University|
Representing South-East region
|Senior archivist, special collections||Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford|
|Senior archivist||University of Glasgow|
Representing Northern Ireland
|Head of special collections & archives||Queen's University Belfast|
|Jane Stevenson||Archives hub product manager||Jisc|
|Ben Crabstick||Data specialist||Jisc|
|Jane Ronson (minutes)||Development officer||Jisc|
Terms of reference
Meets twice yearly.