Research 2030 podcast: ‘Breaking up is hard to do’

What do the technological changes in the world of research mean for traditional journals and their articles?

By Giacomo Mancini, PhD and Susannah Beatty-Tucker - December 11, 2019  4 mins

In the new Research 2030 podcast series, Producer Susannah Beatty-Tucker and Lead Host Dr. Giacomo Mancini of Elsevier talk with research leaders about the trends and challenges facing research leadership today — and where the research of tomorrow is headed. Here, he introduces the series and the first two episodes.

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What are the trends, complexities and opportunities shaping tomorrow’s research landscape?

In these first two episodes – titled “Breaking up is hard to do” – we’ve asked our interviewees to consider what many describe as the beating heart of research communities: academic journals. For decades, journals, the peer reviewed content they publish and the metrics we use to measure their impact have been inextricably linked to many aspects of the research ecosystem – funding, researcher careers, and institution rankings to name a few.

But change is afoot. Publications are now largely accessed online via keywords and search. And factors such as open science, collaboration, multi- and interdisciplinary research, and rapid technological advances are driving new publishing formats and channels.

In these podcasts, we set out to discover what these shifts might mean for traditional research journals and their articles. Will they both exist 10 years from now and, if so, in what form? Importantly, will their relationship survive intact?

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Episode 1: Breaking up is hard to do – part 1

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Topic: What is the future of the research journal, and how is content evolving beyond the article?

Guest: Heather Staines, PhD

Heather Staines, PhDDr. Heather Staines is Head of Partnerships at the MIT Knowledge Futures Group, building open source tools for publishers, libraries and researchers. With more than 20 years of experience in scholarly communications, she is active in many industry and standards groups with a particular focus on open infrastructure.

Host: Michiel Kolman, PhD

Michiel Kolman, PhDDr. Michiel Kolman is Senior VP of Information Industry Relations and Academic Ambassador at Elsevier and Immediate Past President of the International Publishers Association (IPA). Michiel serves on the board of the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), which aims to make books available for the visually impaired. He also recently joined the board of the Workplace Pride Foundation, and is now the IPA’s Presidential Envoy for Diversity & Inclusion in the publishing industry.

He holds a degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University in New York, where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship. Since joining Elsevier in 1995, he has held various core publishing roles in Amsterdam and Tokyo. He launched one of the first online journals in the industry in 1996: New Astronomy. Michiel was Managing Director in Frankfurt, and instrumental in the acquisition of the Beilstein Database of organic chemistry. For 10 years, he spearheaded academic relations for Elsevier, building up a global network of ambassadors engaged in strategic discussions with research leaders. Prior to Elsevier, he worked for Wolters Kluwer in a division that is now part of Springer Nature.

Resources: Future-proofing research

Research Futures reportIn the Research Futures report , Elsevier and Ipsos MORI, one of the world’s largest research agencies, joined forces to understand how trends – from advances in technology and funding pressures to political uncertainty and population shifts – might be fueling the changes we’ll see in the coming decade.

The resulting large-scale future-scoping and scenario-planning study raised many questions and sparked interesting conversations – some of which we are capturing in this podcast.

Episode 2: Breaking up is hard to do – part 2

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Topic: What is the future of the research journal and how is content evolving beyond the article?

Guest: Kent Anderson, Caldera Publishing

Kent AndersonKent Anderson is the founder and former editor-in-chief of The Scholarly Kitchen, a former Society for Professional Publishing (SSP) board member, and a past President of SSP. In 2011, he received the SSP’s Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor. He is CEO of RedLink, a startup devoted to helping librarians and publishers “see what they’re missing.” He is the founder of Caldera Publishing Solutions, and has been Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher for the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Publishing Director for the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Host: Michiel Kolman, PhD

Lead host and voice: Giacomo Mancini, PhD

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Giacomo Mancini, PhD

Written by

Giacomo Mancini, PhD

Dr. Giacomo Mancini is a Business Development Manager at Elsevier and lead host of Elsevier’s Research 2030 Podcast Series. He received his PhD in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology from New York University and has a vast amount of research experience, having held positions as a Scientist and Research Associate at Johnson & Johnson and Mount Sinai Innovative Partners. While he’s passionate about analytics and bibliometrics, you may also find him reading the sports section of or tracking MLB player statistics on Go Mets!
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Susannah Beatty-Tucker

Written by

Susannah Beatty-Tucker

Susannah Beatty-Tucker is Manager of Content Marketing Strategy & Development at Elsevier and producer of Elsevier's Research 2030 podcast series. She is based in San Diego, California.

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