David Tempest

Deputy Director of Universal Sustainable Research Access

David Tempest

Areas of Expertise: Peer review, impact factors, usage, and knowledge management.

David Tempest has worked in several different positions for Elsevier including Journals Editorial and Marketing, but has spent the majority of his career specialising in Scientometrics - (the study of science, economics and bibliometrics) and knowledge management. This has given him a unique opportunity to study the scholarly community and to work on the strategy of journals in many different fields. David has published research on impact factors and on the history of Scientometrics and is a contributor to the ResearchTrends bibliometric newsletter. He serves as a frequent presenter at events around the world and often speaks about the STM industry, impact factors and bibliometrics, peer review and the changing nature of scholarly communication.

David is currently Deputy Director of Universal Sustainable Research Access within the Strategy group at Elsevier, focussing on the new developments and key issues facing both the company and the industry as a whole. These include ‘open access’ and alternative scientific publishing models, e-Health information delivery strategies and new areas of industry research.
David has a degree in Pharmacology from the University of Sunderland and an MBA with distinction from Oxford Brookes University.

"The work I do is all about investigating the world of science and studying how authors relate to each other through their citation activity - it can tell us so much about the world of scientific communication. Scientometrics is an important discipline which has a huge role to play in the future of publishing and is something that we are passionate about."