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UKSG has often been at the heart of collaborative research initiatives which have developed solutions to industry-wide issues and promoted standards for best practice.

UKSG aims to:

  • stimulate research and collaborative initiatives
  • encourage innovation
  • promote standards for best practice
  • instigate projects to research or develop new solutions

In particular, the research undertaken should facilitate an efficient information chain and a better information experience. In many cases, the work initiated by UKSG is developed and implemented by other industry bodies.

Proposed activities for 2019

The new Research and Innovation sub-group is developing a series of initiatives for the scholarly communications sector, beginning in 2019. Initial activity will focus on three key areas:

  • Innovation competition/award
  • White paper series
  • Sponsored conference place


Innovation competition/award

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UKSG will be introducing a new annual competition/award targeted at new professionals in the scholarly communications sector. Funding will be provided for individuals to develop ideas and concepts of benefit to our sector. Partner organisations we will be working with include the New Library Professional Network (NLPN) and Society of Young Publishers. This activity will have three main aims:

  • To stimulate innovation and creativity in the scholarly communications sector 
  • To offer a development and career opportunity for new professionals 
  • To demonstrate the tangible UKSG support wishes to offer new career professionals 

Further details on eligibility, how to enter, funding and support on offer will be made available in early 2019.


White paper series

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We intend to fund and launch a new white paper series in 2019. The purpose of this white paper series will be to promote discussion within the field of open scholarship, and scholarly communication.  White papers will be commissioned which take a thoughtful and provocative approach to lifecycle of open scholarship, and to the open dissemination of scholarly outputs for knowledge gain, public awareness, and impact. 

Successful proposals will be aimed beyond UKSG at a wide audience and intended for dissemination across the scholarly and publishing community.

We will make a call for contributors in early 2019 and the successful proposal will be awarded a contract to author the white paper. 


Sponsored conference place

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This place, which is open only to an employee from a UKSG member body, will provide funding for the successful applicant to attend an industry conference in 2019. Funding will include:

  • conference fee 
  • travel 
  • accommodation 
  • receipted expenses 

We anticipate applications to be open from February with candidates asked to submit a 500 word proposal. Full details will be available early 2019.


Past projects

KBART: Knowledge Bases and Related Tools

Standardised formats and best practice for metadata exchange e.g. for OpenURL knowledge bases.

This work is now managed by the NISO KBART Standing Committee. Read the final report "KBART: Knowledge Bases and Related Tools” published in 2010.

Note: updates to this document can be found at the NISO KBART site above. 

The final report, “Link Resolvers and the Supply Chain” published by UKSG in 2007 was the report that led to the creation of KBART by UKSG and NISO in 2008.

Other KBART-related material can be found here.



Ensuring minimum disruption for subscribers when journals are transferred between publishers.

This work is now managed by the NISO Transfer Standing Committee.

UKSG version 1.0

UKSG version 2.0 

Read NISO version 3.0


Usage Factors

Exploring online journal usage statistics as the basis of a new metric of journal value.

This work is now managed by COUNTER.

Read the final report 'The Journal Usage Factor project: results, recommendations and next steps' and 'Appendix A: The Journal Usage Factor: exploratory data analysis'


Assessing the Impact of Library Discovery Technology on Content Usage

The primary objective of this research commissioned by UKSG, with Jisc support, was to provide an evaluation of the impact of library discovery technologies on the usage of academic content. 

Read the report 'Impact of Library Discovery Technologies'