What we do

RIN works with and for representatives of all the key players in the research and information landscapes: researchers, research funders, publishers, universities and libraries. We cover all aspects of the scholarly communications landscape, including research policy, practice and funding;  libraries and their services; scholarly publishing; research data; information skills and training; knowldedge and information management; and social media.

Our methodologies and techniques include both qualitative and quantitative research, surveys, interviews, focus groups, observation, and documentary and statistical analysis.

Our core aims are to:

  • improve accessibility, availability and understanding of research information resources and services;
  • promote the development of effective policies and strategies for the benefit of researchers and all those interested in their findings
  • broker and sustain relationships across all parts of the scholarly communications landscape.

Our portfolio of work has included

  • policy and strategic analysis and development
  • studies of the behaviours and attitudes of authors and users of scholarly information
  • environment and horizon scans
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • project development and specification

Recent clients have included

  • libraries and library organisations including the British Library, Research Libraries UK, and the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER);
  • publishers and publishing bodies including the Publishers Association, the Publishing Research Consortium, the International Network for Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), the Copyright Clearance Center, the BMJ Group, and the Institute of Physics Publishing;
  • universities and related organisations including the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London, the Institute for Development Studies, JISC Collections, and Universities Scotland;
  • research funding bodies such as the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Research Councils UK,  the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Wellcome Trust; and
  • scholarly and professional bodies such as the Institute of Physics and the Royal Institute of British Architects.