« Presenting evidence from the Harbingers Study, a three-year longitudinal study of Early Career Researchers (ECRs), David Nicholas assesses the extent to which the new wave of researchers are driving changes in scholarly practices. Finding that innovative practices are often constrained by institutional structures and precarious employment, he suggests that the pace of change in these areas is always going to be slower than might be expected.
Over the past three years, as part of the Harbingers study, we have undertaken a series of deep, long and continuous conversations about scholarly communication with over a hundred international science and social science early career researchers (ECRs). This study has provided a unique insight into the attitudes and scholarly behaviours of an emerging generation of researchers. (…) »