The OSC is changing!

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Three years on, and the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) is moving into its next phase. Firstly, a quick look at what will be the same…

  • Firstly, and most importantly, the OSC will continue to provide a crucial link between researchers and the various research support services across the University, to ensure that the new Research & Innovation Services, the restructured Information Services team and the new academic divisions will continue to support researchers with open research, communication, and archiving. We will have a new academic board to ensure that the strategic development of OSC activity is driven by academic need.
  • Support for our publishing offer, including the diamond open access journals hosted on our OJS platform, and all outputs, such as research reports for which Kent is the publisher will continue to be supported through the OSC.
  • Advice and guidance about dissemination planning, choice of publication venue, and all other publishing questions, from copyright to authorship disputes, and responsible use of research metrics will continue to be provided.

…and what is changing?

  • The new Head of Learning and Research resources in Information Services will lead and coordinate a range of teams to more closely take advantage of the synergies between the creation and use of open resources and materials.
  • An explicit, dedicated Research Support team led by a Research Support manager in the new Information Services structure brings together research website development, open research, and scholarly communication to better align our support for research outputs and dissemination.
  • Signature Research Themes will be supported from the newly created Research & Innovation Services.

And finally…

  • Sarah is leaving to take up a new post elsewhere at Kent, but Josie, Matthias, Paul and the wider Information Services, and Research & Innovation Services are still here to help – get in touch with them.

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