We have a fantastic community in the Scholarly Communication space. And this is one of the clear themes that emerged from a recent exchange on the UKCORR discussion list. The grandly named UK Council of Research Repositories is a self-organised, volunteer, independent body for repository managers, administrators and staff in the UK.
The main activity for UKCORR is a closed email list which has 570 members and is very active. Questions and discussions range from queries about how to interpret specific points of OA policy through to technical advice about repositories.
Recently, the OSC’s Arthur Smith (the current Secretary of UKCORR), posed the first ‘monthly discussion’ point, asking the group two questions:
- What do you wish you were told before you started your job in repository management/scholarly communication?
- What are your top three tips for someone just starting?
What followed was a flurry of emails full of great advice. Too good not to share – hence this blog. In summary:
- This is a varied and complex area
- Open access is bigger than mandates
- Things change fast in scholarly communication
- Don’t panic
- Work with your academic colleagues
- The OA community is strong and supportive