A report by Frontier, published today, finds that academic publishing is an important facilitator of innovation, playing a role in all stages of the research and innovation cycle.
Academic excellence is a strength of the UK economy, and the UK’s outstanding science and research base helps drive productivity and economic performance. Our report highlights the role of academic publishing and establishes a framework for the ways it enables innovation.
- Funding: Publishing helps funders assess quality of research and points to emerging research areas.
- Activity: Publishers support and improve research activity through peer review and additional contributions before, during and after publication.
- Outputs: Publishers help make research outputs more useful and ensure clear attribution, which is crucial to maintaining intellectual property.
- Innovation: Publishers create and develop tools and work with industry to improve firms’ ability to absorb and commercialise academic knowledge.
Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association, said:
“This report outlines the huge contribution that the academic publishing industry makes to our world-class research base, a contribution which is not always very well understood.”
Frontier regularly evaluates the impact of government policy on innovation, growth and productivity.
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