Lancaster University is already a high-performing research institution. In the UK government's last independent review of research in higher education, 35 percent of Lancaster’s research was classified as world-leading and 48 percent as internationally excellent. The university's research is truly international in focus, with research partnerships in over 60 countries.
Researchers and research leaders at the university are constantly looking at ways to improve on their success. Yvonne Fox, Associate Director of Research Services for Lancaster University, said:
Our vision is to become a university that is globally significant – a leader in higher education that provides the highest quality research and teaching.
To support this ambitious goal, Lancaster University has entered into a unique agreement with Elsevier.
The agreement will see Elsevier deliver a seamless research ecosystem for the university’s researchers that includes online tools for finding articles, managing references and data, and networking. The system will be source neutral and interoperable, bringing in information from third parties and other institutional tools.
Unlike the current fragmented system of databases, different passwords and entry points, the solution under development will be a single online system that will allow researchers to save time and effort in discovering, storing, reading, sharing and using research data and information, while not missing critical insights in their field of research (or adjacent fields of interest). As Ms. Fox explained:
Innovative new partnerships like this one with Elsevier will help us achieve our ambitious aims, as we look to provide individual researchers and staff throughout our institution with the latest online tools to support them.
The agreement will help Lancaster University’s management with the research process at an institutional, departmental, team and individual level. It will also make the university’s research output more visible for future industrial and international collaborators. Olivier Dumon, Chief Product Office at Elsevier, said:
Elsevier sees itself in a supporting role, working jointly with researchers, research institutions and funders to develop tools together that put researchers at the center. We can’t wait to start working with Lancaster University in this way.
Everyone on Lancaster University’s campus will be invited to take part in dedicated training sessions, user testing opportunities and on-campus events.
Ms. Fox concluded:
It’s good to have Elsevier supporting us in our goals to better understand, support and improve research performance. We’re already seeing some interesting elements from the partnership emerging, and we look forward to how this continues.