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Welcome to the Insights Xchange podcast, brought to you by Cactus Communications (CACTUS). Hosted by Nikesh Gosalia, this podcast is your guide to the world of research and academic publishing. Tune in to hear lively discussions with experts from the academic and publishing realms. 
Earlier known as All Things SciComm, the new series covers a variety of topics, from the latest trends in academic publishing to critical issues faced by researchers in an increasingly AI-driven world. Join us for insightful conversations and expert perspectives that will help you navigate the exciting world of academia. Whether you're a researcher, publisher, or just curious about academic insights, this podcast hopes to be your go-to source for understanding the evolving landscape of academic publishing. Stay ahead, stay informed, and let's explore the fascinating world of research and knowledge together!

Insights Xchange: Conversations Shaping Academic Research Cactus Communications (CACTUS)

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Welcome to the Insights Xchange podcast, brought to you by Cactus Communications (CACTUS). Hosted by Nikesh Gosalia, this podcast is your guide to the world of research and academic publishing. Tune in to hear lively discussions with experts from the academic and publishing realms. 
Earlier known as All Things SciComm, the new series covers a variety of topics, from the latest trends in academic publishing to critical issues faced by researchers in an increasingly AI-driven world. Join us for insightful conversations and expert perspectives that will help you navigate the exciting world of academia. Whether you're a researcher, publisher, or just curious about academic insights, this podcast hopes to be your go-to source for understanding the evolving landscape of academic publishing. Stay ahead, stay informed, and let's explore the fascinating world of research and knowledge together!

    Engaging Diverse Audiences, Building Trust, and Embracing Uncertainty: How Can Scientific Research Be Best Made Accessible in Today's Dynamic Media Landscape?

    Engaging Diverse Audiences, Building Trust, and Embracing Uncertainty: How Can Scientific Research Be Best Made Accessible in Today's Dynamic Media Landscape?

    Meagan Phelan, Communications Director, Science Family Journals,  American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) joins Nikesh Gosalia for an insightful discussion about the myriad challenges in science communication. They explore the balance between media coverage and scientific accuracy, the role of alternate formats in simplifying complex ideas, and the importance of building public trust in the face of rising fraudulent practices. Meagan discusses strategies to improve communication between researchers and policymakers, along with the need to embrace uncertainty in scientific research. She also talks about the importance of authors engaging with global media groups to increase their visibility, and how their expectations are changing in response to the shifting media landscape. The conversation concludes with practical advice for researchers and industry stakeholders.

    Nikesh Gosalia: 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikeshgosalia/
    https://twitter.com/NikeshGo

    Meagan Phelan:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/meagan-phelan-b1860b4/
    https://twitter.com/MeaganPhelan


    Show notes:
    Thank you for listening! Here are links to some of the things that Meagan Phelan and Nikesh discussed in the podcast. We would love to hear from you, so feel free to drop a line at insightsxchange@cactusglobal.com

    American Association for the Advancement of Science | https://www.aaas.org/
    Impact Science | https://www.impact.science/
    Science | https://www.science.org/journal/science
    Science Press Package | https://www.aaas.org/news/science-press-package
    Proofig (image checking tool) | https://www.proofig.com/
    AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship | https://www.aaas.org/programs/science-technology-policy-fellowships
    The Conversation | https://theconversation.com/global
    Fulbright Scholarship | https://fulbrightscholars.org/
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    • 54 min
    Shaping the Future: Technology, Diversity, and Open Access in Scholarly Publishing with Heather Staines

    Shaping the Future: Technology, Diversity, and Open Access in Scholarly Publishing with Heather Staines

    In this episode, Nikesh Gosalia engages in conversation with Heather Staines, Director of Community Engagement and Senior Consultant at Delta Think and a veteran in scholarly communications and academic publishing. They discuss the evolving role of technology in academics, the importance of diversity in academic content, and the challenges and opportunities in the open access space. Heather emphasises the need for supporting nonprofit initiatives and open infrastructure projects, ensuring their continued existence amidst changing funding landscapes. Additionally, the conversation reflects on the challenges faced by underrepresented voices, and explores various open access business models that contribute to a more inclusive academic environment.

    Nikesh Gosalia: 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikeshgosalia/\
    https://twitter.com/NikeshGo

    Heather Staines: 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherstaines/
    https://twitter.com/heatherstaines


    Show notes:
    Thank you for listening! Here are links to some of the things that Heather Staines and Nikesh discussed in the podcast. We would love to hear from you, so feel free to drop a line at insightsxchange@cactusglobal.com

    Delta Think | https://deltathink.com/
    MIT Knowledge Futures Group | https://www.knowledgefutures.org/
    ProQuest | https://www.proquest.com/
    Yale University | https://www.yale.edu/
    Springer Nature | https://www.springernature.com/gp
    SIPX | https://law.stanford.edu/projects/stanford-intellectual-property-exchange/
    Copyright Clearance Center | https://www.copyright.com/
    American Library Association | https://www.ala.org/
    Crossmark Working Group | https://www.crossref.org/working-groups/crossmark/
    Hypothesis | https://web.hypothes.is/
    Public Knowledge Project | https://pkp.sfu.ca/
    Simon Fraser University | https://www.sfu.ca/
    Michigan Publishing | https://www.publishing.umich.edu/
    University of Minnesota Manifold | https://manifold.umn.edu/
    Open Library of Humanities | https://www.openlibhums.org/
    Declaration of Open Research Assessment (DORA) | https://sfdora.org/
    STM Future Lab | https://www.stm-assoc.org/standards-technology/future-lab-committee/n 



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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Higher Education: Remote Learning, AI, Research, and THE University Rankings with Phil Baty

    Higher Education: Remote Learning, AI, Research, and THE University Rankings with Phil Baty

    In this episode, Nikesh Gosalia interviews Times Higher Education's (THE) Chief Knowledge Officer Phil Baty to talk about the importance of transparency in ranking systems, key trends in university rankings, and the consultancy services offered by THE to help universities improve their reputation. They also discuss the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education, including the incorporation of remote learning and AI in education, and the global levelling up of university rankings with representation from less dominant nations. 

    Nikesh Gosalia
    https://twitter.com/NikeshGo
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikeshgosalia/

    Phil Baty 
    https://twitter.com/Phil_Baty
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/philbaty/?originalSubdomain=uk



    Show notes
    We would love to hear from you, so feel free to drop a line at insightsxchange@cactusglobal.com 

    Time Higher Education | https://www.timeshighereducation.com/
    Confederation of British Industries | https://www.cbi.org.uk/
    UK Treasury | https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-treasury
    Lambert Review | https://www.ncub.co.uk/insight/lambert-review-of-business-university-collaboration/ 
    THE Connect | https://www.timeshighereducation.com/our-partners
    The Knowledge Partnership | https://www.theknowledgepartnership.com/
    The World 100 Reputation Network | https://www.theworld100.com/reputation-network/
    Research Excellence Framework | https://www.ref.ac.uk/
    Dual support funding system UK | https://www.ukri.org/publications/explainer-dual-support-funding-for-uk-research-and-innovation/
    OECD | https://www.oecd.org/ 
    World Academic Summit | https://www.timeshighered-events.com/world-academic-summit-2023
    Asia Summit | https://www.timeshighered-events.com/asia-universities-summit-2023
    Leadership Summit | https://www.timeshighereducation.com/hub/leadership-and-management-summit
    Rashtrapati Bhavan | https://rashtrapatibhavan.gov.in/
    Newcastle United | https://www.nufc.co.uk/
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Open Access: Myths, APCs, and Barriers to Adoption with Robyn Mugridge

    Open Access: Myths, APCs, and Barriers to Adoption with Robyn Mugridge

    For journals, the shift to open access can feel like venturing into the great unknown, but is there a way to make this process easier? In this episode, Nikesh Gosalia speaks with Robyn Mugridge about the adoption of open access practices. Robyn debunks some common myths surrounding open access, talks about how paywalls could hold back scientific progress, and suggests what commercial publishers can do if researchers can’t afford the APCs. Robyn also shares her predictions for the future of academic publishing, such as the increasing popularity of short-form content and possibly even a TikTok for science. She thinks that the publishing industry is going to change from the siloed industry it is currently into being more collaborative, encouraging fluid team effort. She acknowledges the role of AI in publishing and how AI can be used to boost publishing quality without replacing human decision-making. 

    Nikesh Gosalia
    https://twitter.com/NikeshGo
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikeshgosalia/
     
    Robyn Mugridge
    https://twitter.com/mugspubs
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/robyn-mugridge-8a461b86/ 
    https://mugspubs.com/



    Show notes
    Thank you for listening! Here are links to some of the things that Robyn Mugridge and Nikesh discussed in the podcast. 
    We would love to hear from you, so feel free to drop a line at insightsxchange@cactusglobal.com 

     NHS      |     https://www.nhs.uk/ 
     NIHR Journals Library     |     https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/#/
     Springer Nature    |     https://www.springernature.com/gp
     Frontiers    |    https://www.frontiersin.org/
     OSTP    |    https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/
     Frontiers for young minds     |     https://kids.frontiersin.org/
     Plan S     |     https://www.coalition-s.org/
     ALPSP     |     https://www.alpsp.org/
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    • 56 min
    Automation, Algorithms, and Research Integrity: What does a Hybrid Human-Machine Future Look Like for Academic Publishing?

    Automation, Algorithms, and Research Integrity: What does a Hybrid Human-Machine Future Look Like for Academic Publishing?

    This episode features Nikesh Gosalia in captivating conversation with Dr. Leslie McIntosh, Vice President of Research Integrity at Digital Science and Founder of Ripeta, a software and services company with a mission to enhance the transparency, reproducibility, and quality of scientific research. Together, they delve into the dynamic intersection of artificial intelligence and research integrity.
    Dr. McIntosh discusses how as AI evolves, distinguishing genuine discoveries from synthetic data becomes increasingly challenging. She urges us to contemplate how AI is transforming the essence of research and our ability to uphold its honesty. Dr. McIntosh also shares her vision for the future, highlighting the significance of recognizing researchers who epitomize meticulous and trustworthy science.
    Talking about her initiative, Dimensions Research Integrity, she underscores the power of leveraging tools for the common good while remaining vigilant against potential biases. Through engaging anecdotes and expert insights, Dr. McIntosh invites us to reflect on how we can ensure the ongoing transparency, trustworthiness, and authenticity of scientific research amid the AI revolution.
    Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the nuanced interplay between AI, research ethics, and the future of scholarly knowledge. 


    Nikesh Gosalia
    https://twitter.com/NikeshGo
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikeshgosalia/

    Leslie McIntosh
    https://twitter.com/mcintold
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/leslie-mcintosh/



    Show notes
    Thank you for listening! Here are links to some of the things that Leslie McIntosh and Nikesh discussed in the podcast. 
    We would love to hear from you, so feel free to drop a line at insightsxchange@cactusglobal.com

    Repata | https://ripeta.com/
    Elisabeth Bik | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_Bik 
    World Conference on Research Integrity | https://www.wcrif.org/ 
    Washington University of Medicine | https://medicine.wustl.edu/ 
    Retraction Watch | https://retractionwatch.com/ 
    Frontiers | https://www.frontiersin.org/ 
    Research Data Alliance | https://www.rd-alliance.org/ 
    Harvard Institute for Policy (Shorenstein Center) | https://shorensteincenter.org/ 
    ORCiD | https://orcid.org/ 
    Archive | https://arxiv.org/ 
    Digital Science | https://www.digital-science.com/ 
    Dimensions | https://www.dimensions.ai/  
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Open Access, Inclusivity, and Pre-Prints: What's the Future of Academic Publishing?

    Open Access, Inclusivity, and Pre-Prints: What's the Future of Academic Publishing?

    In this episode of Insights Xchange, Nikesh Gosalia hosts a compelling conversation with Ashley Farley, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Together Nikesh and Ashley explore the transformative landscape of academic research, delving into open research, the shift towards open access, sustainable publishing models, and the evolving role of AI in academic publishing. Advocating for inclusivity and addressing gaps in academic publishing, they discuss the potential of pre-prints and stress the importance of re-evaluating academic evaluation systems. Ashley shares success stories and emphasizes the need for global collaboration, highlighting the colonial roots of academic publishing. The episode urges researchers to own the distribution of their work and emphasizes a move towards a more collaborative and transparent research world.
     
    Nikesh Gosalia
    https://twitter.com/NikeshGo 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikeshgosalia/
     
    Ashley Farley
    https://twitter.com/ashleydfarley 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleyfarley/ 
     
     
    Show notes
    Thank you for listening! Here are links to some of things that Ashely and Nikesh discussed in the podcast.
     
    We would love to hear from you. So do feel free to drop us a line at insightsxchange@cactusglobal.com
     The Gates Foundation 2023 Report 
    https://www.gatesfoundation.org/goalkeepers/report/2023-report

    Seattle Public Library
    https://www.spl.org/ 

    The Nelson Memo
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/08-2022-OSTP-Public-access-Memo.pdf 

    Coalition-S and Plan S
    https://www.coalition-s.org/ 

    OA Works
    https://oa.works/ 

    F1000
    https://f1000research.com/

    Gates Open Research
    https://gatesopenresearch.org/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=JRF29311&gclid=CjwKCAjwmbqoBhAgEiwACIjzEA8ggZj6RdFS-QrXfGFxbeDzTFuP7demO9AZL8m8xHYzsQ2DJIRUjRoCCv4QAvD_BwE 

    SPARC – Open Con Community Calls
    https://sparcopen.org/event/coapi-community-call/ 

    Open Research Funders Group
    https://www.orfg.org/  
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    • 58 min

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