Supporting Research Communications:

a guide



The guidebook for Supporters


We give the name Supporters to parties who enable research communications. This diverse set of parties provide the systems on which the research can be communicated, critiqued, and evaluated. Our aim is to bring together a community that practices shared values in these activities.

Many of us enable the sharing of research either directly or indirectly in our work. We are a diverse set of parties who provide the systems on which the research can be communicated, critiqued, and evaluated. 

We do it in different ways. We do it from any number of places and projects (varying widely in function, size, organizational and business model).

Our commonalities:

  1. Shared problems

  2. Shared language of research communication

  3. Shared values and shared challenges in our work

Too often, another commonality is the experience of frustration with the seeming lack of progress. But above all, what draws us together is the common interest to improve the research enterprise at large. 

Supporters, who?

  • Funders

  • Institutions

  • Publishers

  • Community infrastructure providers

  • Commercial infrastructure providers

  • Institutional libraries

  • Researchers

  • etc.

In our book, we propose a way forward for us as a community to build an ideal future truly supportive of researchers. We believe we can work more effectively together than when alone by drawing on the existing work of others. But more than that, we would be even more powerful as a community based on values that come out of this collective interest. Coordination is difficult, and this is best addressed not by any set of rules, but by working more effectively together. 

We offer a number of current observations: examples of successfully run efforts that support research communications and descriptions of anti-patterns which have an opposite effect. We then delve into core issues plaguing our efforts -- funding, governance, rewarding, and communication -- and provide suggestions based on patterns and opportunities embedded within these issues we have identified. We close with ten shared values that most exemplifies what brings us together as well as how we can work more effectively as a community. The aim of this book is to bring Supporters together as a community. Let us start the conversation about what this means to practice these values in our collective endeavor.

Supporters, unite! 

Q: Another coalition? The latest silver bullet?

A: Nope, Supporters are a self-identified, practicing community of shared values. Read and find out more!

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