Research Hive Seminars 2013

The highly popular Sussex Research Hive Seminars brought together the research community at Sussex for a fourth year of discussions. The series is open to everyone engaged in, or supporting, the research process at Sussex. Most of the presentations below are now available to watch as a slide show together with audio taken from the seminar.

17 January -  What is an author? Good authorship practices across the disciplines

With the pressure on researchers to demonstrate their impact through publication, scholarly attribution is becoming increasingly important. Authorship is a complex area, with each discipline having its own conventions, and sometimes numerous contributors to just one article. Who decides who should be included as an author and what are the implications? Michael Farthing, founding Chairman of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Advisory Board member of the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), will outline good authorship practice, which will be followed by a discussion of the issues raised.


Michael Farthing, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Sussex [audio and slides for campus users only]

Chaired by Kitty Inglis, Librarian, University of Sussex

31 January – The future of the book in the digital age

The book has long been seen as the gold standard for academic excellence in many disciplines. This session will explore whether the monograph is able to adapt to an electronic and Open Access world, or it will be overtaken by other more flexible methods of scholarly communication.


Kiren Shoman Executive Director, Books Editorial, SAGE [slides and audio]

Ellen Collins - Research Officer, Research Information Network [slides and audio]

Chaired by Andrew Hadfield, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, School of English

14 February – Why share your research data?

Making your research data available to other researchers can increase your research impact and UK Research Councils require that publicly funded research data is made available for reuse. However, the issues around data are complex. When and why should you make your research data available?


Louise Corti, Associate Director, UK Data Archive [slides only]

Janet Boddy, Reader in Child, Youth and Family Studies, School of Education and Social Work [slides only]

Chaired by Brian Hudson, Head of School of Education and Social Work.

28 February - What next for Open Access post Finch?

The UK Government and Research Councils have announced that all research funded by them should be made available online via the Gold or ‘author pays’ Open Access model by 2014. What are the implications of this both for individual researchers and the future of scholarly communication?


Cameron Neylon, Director of Advocacy, PLOS [slides and audio]

Chaired by Caroline Bassett, Senior Lecturer in Media and Film Studies

14 March – Peer pressure: the changing role of peer review

Is the traditional peer review system fit for purpose in an age where researchers can share their findings so quickly and easily online, or does it simply delay publication? What are the alternatives? This session will explore the key issues around the future of peer review across the disciplines, and outline new initiatives and models to make peer review fairer and more transparent.


Maria Kowalczuk – Deputy Biology Editor, BioMed Central [slides and audio]

Martin Eve - Lecturer, University of Lincoln and editor of Orbit: Writing around Pynchon [slides and audio]

Chaired by Imogen Taylor, Professor of Social Care and Social Work