Publishing and disseminating

Dissemination of research outputs could be seen as the least restrictive areas for the system as the means for dissemination appear to be proliferating, research is being placed on more media platforms, and so is the metadata connected to such research outputs.

However, the speed of the change taking place in several different areas is the challenge for stakeholders as it is important for the UK that stakeholders keep pace with the changes so that the opportunities are exploited to the full. There is an imperative to ensure that the full range of available technologies, techniques and media are being used to make outputs available as widely, rapidly and effectively as possible. Should policy development slip in this area, there is always a possibility that innovation will not flourish and unfair competition may make such innovation harder than ever. So dissemination should be examined with concern for the UK making the most of the opportunities that are being presented.


RIN’s Statement of Principles sets out three key goals for public policy in this area: 

1. Maintain the highest standards of presentation for the benefit of both researchers and other users
2. Invest for innovation in the exploitation of technologies and dissemination models as well as the service-based infrastructure
3. Sustain appropriate markets through fair competition between service providers and effective partnerships across both public and private sectors.

These objectives do require investment, constant review of standards and a pro-active approach to working across sectors as there could be an initiative taking place that a stakeholder might miss if they are not aware of it. There are several issues that can be considered with these requirements in mind for successful policy development for the scholarly communications sector as a whole.

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