Professor Stephen Pinfield

Professor of Information Services Management

MA (Cambridge), MA (London), PhD (Nottingham), PGCert (Sheffield), MCLIP, FHEA

Stephen Pinfield 2014

s.pinfield@sheffield.ac.uk

+44 (0)114 222 2649

My research interests focus on scholarly communication, digital information resources management, and information-related policies in organisations. Recently, this has included work on open-access publishing and dissemination, research data management, and digital repository development. I work at the intersection between technology deployment, organisational policy development, and cultural practices, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Much of this has to date concentrated on applied areas, stemming from my professional background as an information services manager before moving into an academic role. I have, however, combined this with working with a number of theoretical models in order to understand patterns of uptake of innovative approaches to scholarship and communication.

I am a member of the Digital Societies Research Group and the Libraries and Information Society Research Group.

 

Current PhD Students

Meichengzi Du: Formulating a framework to support smart city change management.

Xiaoli Chen: High-energy physics and open science: Supporting the engagement of high-energy physicists in open science practices through research digital libraries

Penelope Andrews: Gatekeepers, values and flows in research sharing infrastructures

Emily Nunn: Open access and the non-academic reader: Investigating the potential impact outside the academic community of open access to medical and education research.

Catherine Hoodless: Subject v. functional: a mixed methods study into the effectiveness of university library structures.

Completed PhD Students

Wafaa Al-Motawah: The role of Kuwait University Libraries in supporting graduate students research.

Catherine Ebenezer: Access to e-resources within the English NHS: The role and impact of organisational cultures, information governance, and IT strategy.

Halima Egberongbe: Quality Management Approaches in Academic Libraries: A Case Study of South-western Nigeria.

Preeyanuch Voravickositt: Understanding the relationship between users' reading attitudes, behaviours and e-books collection management in Thai academic libraries.

Research Projects

Open Access in Theory and Practice

Arts and Humanities Research Council Principal Investigator £161,997 1 January 2018 18 months

Open access in theory and practice is a project investigating the ways in which theory and practice have interacted in the development of open-access approaches to publishing and dissemination of research outputs, and considering what this reveals about the nature of the open-access phenomenon and the relationship between theory and practice. The project is a collaboration with City, University of London.

 

Monitoring the transition to Open Access in the UK 2

Universities UK Investigator £10,100 1 April 2017 8 months

Monitoring the transition to open access in the UK is a project sponsored by Universities UK analysing the various strands of evidence of the take-up of open-access publishing and dissemination by UK researchers, updating and enlarging upon a study undertaken in 2015. The project is investigating the availability of different open-access options, evidence of their take-up, usage of open-access materials, and the financial sustainability of open-access approaches. Partners in the project are Jubb Consulting, University of Sheffield, Research Consulting and Elsevier.

 

SCONUL Transformation Group: Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries

The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Principal Investigator £9,600 1 April 2017 6 months

A study of the future academic library for the next 10 to 15 years, in the context of the decline in importance of the printed book and its repercussions for use of library space, development of services, and deployment of staff.​

 

Open-Access Mega Journals and the Future of Scholarly Communication

Arts and Humanities Research Council Principal Investigator £421,465 2 November 2015 26 months

Open-access 'mega-journals' are an emerging publishing trend which has the potential to reshape the way researchers share their findings, remoulding the academic publishing market and radically changing the nature and reach of scholarship. This project investigated the influence of mega-journals in the academic community and beyond. This project was a collaboration with Loughborough University.

 

Using Big Data to Safeguard Employee Health

Economic and Social Research Council Investigator £28,004 1 October 2015 24 months

The seminar series aims to critically explore the possibilities of Big Data in assessing health and wellbeing risks within organisations and for advancing knowledge on health and wellbeing prediction.

 

Monitoring the transition to Open Access in the UK

Universities UK Investigator £10,800 2 January 2015 5 months

Monitoring the transition to open access in the UK was a project sponsored by Universities UK analysing the various strands of evidence of the take-up of open-access publishing and dissemination by UK researchers. The project investigated the availability of different open-access options, evidence of their take-up, usage of open-access materials, and the financial sustainability of open-access approaches. Partners in the project were the Research Information Network, University of Sheffield, Research Consulting and Elsevier.

  

Investigating Interlending

TCR (The Combined Regions) Investigator £31,070 1 January 2015 6 months

A project investigating current usage and potential future development of inter-lending and document delivery services provided by public libraries.