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Research Dissemination Committee

The committee champions sustainable and equitable practices in the circulation and curation of research outputs, seeking to represent the voice of the Royal Society of Biology’s individual members and membership organisations.

Dissemination of research results is an integral part of biological research; access to published research findings, data sharing and use, and the environment for research communication is influenced by a range of stakeholders, and novel initiatives including varying forms of Open Access, repositories, and overlay journals are being developed.


Dr Laura Bellingan FRSB
Leighton Chipperfield
Dr Serin Dabb
Dr Irene Hames FRSB
Dr Niamh O'Connor
Professor Carol Ann Phillips FRSB
Dr Susan Sanchez FRSB
Professor Ken Wilson

Terms of Reference

  1. To represent the Society and its Membership in internal and external discussions about the sharing of scientific research findings including, but not limited to, publication of data and scientific research papers.
  2. To promote and ensure the highest standards of publication ethics and practice in relation to biological research.
  3. To act as a single voice for researchers and readers of published scientific data and research among the Society's stakeholders.
  4. To ensure that approaches that aim to extend access to research findings for all research are fit for purpose and sustainable in the long term.
  5. To consider the public communication of research findings involving members of the Society.
  6. To report to and inform the Membership, Marketing and Communication Committee.


  • Scholarly publications in the form of journal articles, conference proceedings and monographs
  • Editorials, press releases and organisational briefing papers in the official press of the Society and its Member Organisations
  • Official public research data sets and other outputs

Society Stakeholders

  • Individual Members who are readers, authors, editors and peer reviewers of research outputs
  • Member Organisations
  • Learned Society publishers who support the Society or its Member Organisations

Initial Tasks

  • To identify the key goals and guiding principles that should underlie the Society’s policy on publication of and access to research findings
  • To scope likely technological and other relevant developments, costs, risks and benefits which will be relevant to stakeholders in the coming five years
  • To actively engage with stakeholders

Committee Support

The Committee is supported by a wider Advisory Group, made up of representatives from across the spectrum of our membership and the sector as a whole, and on whom the Committee calls for specific expertise and advice. Advisory Group members have a broad range of viewpoints and expertise on open access, including but not limited to representatives from Member Organisations, learned society publishers, commercial publishers, research funders, academics and other users.

The Group will provide critical challenge to the Committee as well as able assistance and their independence will be valued and preserved.

Advisory group members will be a virtual group, offering comment and expertise via email on Committee outputs, not limited to but including:

  • Position statements
  • Consultation responses
  • Briefing documents
  • External meetings and seminars

The Chair retains the right to invite individuals from the Advisory Group or others to Committee meetings where they can contribute relevant expertise.

For general information on Open Access policies and implementation, please visit the Research Dissemination page.

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