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Resource discovery is an essential step in researchers and learners journey to quality, peer reviewed content. But user journeys to this content can be very complex and researchers often come up against barriers to access. The process to get relevant, accurate and recent research in front of the right person, at the right time, is a miracle of collaboration across organisations and technical platforms. Jon Bentley, commercial director at OpenAthens, discusses some of the barriers to access and how federated single sign-on can simplify resource discovery.

Forthcoming events

Considering a career in Scholarly Communications? EARLL is hosting a free, in person expert introduction and panel event
The theme of this year's conference is: diversity, equity, and inclusion through multiple lenses. Inclusion is a core part of the UKSG strategy, but we know that diversity is more than protected characteristics, and that the barriers to inclusion vary depending on one's perspective. Our goal was therefore to bring together speakers from across the UKSG community, from early careerists speaking about innovative new projects to more familiar faces bringing experience to bear on knotty challenges. Split over two half days this event brings together voices from across our sector through a programme of presentations, Q&A and facilitated panel sessions.

Industry news

Brill’s main distributor, Turpin, has informed Brill today that it has filed a notice of intent to appoint an administrator. Turpin provides fulfilment services to part of Brill's journal and book portfolio.
BMJ and Overton are well suited to deliver an innovative impact solution: BMJ has been at the heart of the research community, publishing research for over 180 years, and is known for its innovation and user-centered product development.
Aix-Marseille Université, cOAlition S, and Science Europe have announced that they are participating in a Horizon Europe project called ‘Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication’ (DIAMAS). The 3-year project, launched on the 1st of September 2022, receives funding in the context of the Horizon Europe call on Capacity-building for institutional open access publishing across Europe.
The final version of the Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment, co-created with over 350+ organisations from 40 countries and published on 20 July this year, was presented and officially opened for signature on 28 September, during a plenary session of the European Research and Innovation Days 2022.
Elsevier’s Geofacets and data science expertise will help drive energy transition projects and support the shift to renewable energy sources
The Library of Congress has awarded a major contract to further develop and implement a new, open-source IT platform that will revolutionize how the Library’s vast physical and digital collections are managed and made accessible for the public, Congress, Library employees and other institutions.


Revised Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing have been released by four key scholarly publishing organizations today. These guiding principles are intended as a foundation for best practice in scholarly publishing to help existing and new journals reach the best possible standards.