Professor Stephen Pinfield
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.
Current PhD Students
Preeyanuch Voravickositt: Understanding the relationship between users' reading attitudes, behaviours and e-books collection management in Thai academic libraries.
Catherine Ebenezer: Access to e-resources within the English NHS: the role and impact of organisational cultures, information governance, and IT strategy.
Meichengzi Du: Formulating a Framework to Support Smart city Change Management.
Xiaoli Chen: Crowdsourcing solutions for metadata quality improvement in large-scale research digital libraries, with an application to a community-based information platform in High-Energy Physics.
Penelope Andrews: The Role and Influence of Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) in UK Higher Education and Scholarly Communication.
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.
Completed PhD Students
Wafaa Al-Motawah: The role of Kuwait University Libraries in supporting graduate students research.
Halima Egberongbe: Quality Management Approaches in Academic Libraries: A Case Study of South-western Nigeria.
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: The Academic Library of the Future
|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 will investigate the influence of mega-journals in the academic community and beyond.
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 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. 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 the Research Information Network, University of Sheffield, Research Consulting and Elsevier.
|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.