Dr Simon Wakeling

Research Associate

BA (Durham), MA (Sheffield), MSc (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield)



+44 (0)114 222 2666

I have three main research interests:

• Interactive Information Retrieval

In particular I am interested in better understanding the information seeking and information search behaviour of the users of library systems, and how IR systems can better support these users. I am also interested in how mixed-methods can be best utilised to address IIR related research questions. I have also previously worked on questions relating to relevance assessment for test collection development, including the collection of crowd-sourced relevance judgements.

• Scholarly Communications

My current work investigates the impact of mega-journals on the scholarly landscape, and how such journals and other OA publishing models might evolve in the future. I am also interested in how theoretical models have been used to underpin OA research.

• Graph Literacy

The age of Big Data has led to data visualisations becoming an increasingly common presence in people’s lives. I am interested in better understanding the extent to which people can interpret and use different types of visualisation, and how information creators and providers can ensure that their data is understood.