What We Do

We help you thrive in the rapidly changing global research information landscape.

We have extensive experience working with leading funders, libraries, consortia, publishers, subscription agents, vendors, and universities. Coupled with decades of combined management experience, unique networks of influence, and a strategic overview of the rapidly changing information landscape, we help our clients take advantage of the important trends and new opportunities that this change brings. We have been trusted by many organisations in the UK, Europe, USA, and beyond to develop and deliver innovative services and business models and to build positive relationships between stakeholders. We frequently enjoy convening expert groups to develop, pilot, and deploy new strategies, policies, products and services, and to successfully negotiate access to content and services.

All of us have been involved in exciting developments in information services including initiatives in open access, open science, accessibility, digital preservation, consortial licensing, content management, electronic publishing,  standards, and identifiers. Bringing our experience to you, we are able to help you plot a smooth course to navigate the challenges ahead.

Consulting Services for:

Funders

Funders are dynamic and quick-moving, always supporting innovative research and keenly interested…

Publishers

The pace of change right now is a huge challenge for publishers…

Consortia

Consortia can be powerful drivers for change in the way that scholarship…

Libraries

Libraries: the heart of scholarly communities. We enjoy working with librarians because…

Universities

Universities educate and expand knowledge, educating leaders of the future and solving…

Roundtables, Workshops, and Focus Groups

Organising a roundtable or focus group can take the guesswork out of…

Speaking at Your Event

Our directors, Dr. Alicia Wise and Lorraine Estelle, are frequently asked to…

Organising Conferences

Our decades of management experience also make conference organisation one of our…

Transitions to Open Access

  • Society publishers have a crucially important role to play in scholarly communications, and we are delighted to be delivering the Society Publishers Accelerating Open access and Plan S (SPA OPS) project on behalf of the Wellcome Trust, UKRI, and ALPSP.
  • We have investigated the total cost of ownership of journal collections carrying out detailed analysis of data from UK institutions between 2007 to early 2014, mapping the landscape particularly with reference to hybrid journal models and modelling the true cost for institutions of compliance with open access policies.
  • Successful transition requires dialogue and so we were pleased to designed and project managed the workshop and community consultation for the report Open Access Fees and the Hybrid Journal.

Collaborative Solutions

  • For many university libraries, space shortage remains a major challenge, particularly balancing the need for increasing study space whilst some physical collections continue to grow. We were invited by The National Monograph Steering Group (NMSG), comprised of representatives from RLUK, the British Library, Jisc, HEFCE, SCONUL and UKRR to investigate the feasibility of collaborative monograph solutions for UK libraries.
  • Consortia worldwide are struggling to find sustainable and cost-effective business models for purchasing e-books, and so for Jisc we ran the e-book consortia pilot to trial methods for collaborative licensing of individual titles.