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Alma Swan


Alma Swan is a consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. She is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd, Director of Advocacy Programmes for SPARC Europe and Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship, the organisation of universities promoting the principles of open scholarship in the academic community. She holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School.


Her work covers market research and business modelling, project management and evaluation, research communication practices and behaviours, and the study and promotion of new forms of scholarly communication in the age of the Web. She writes and makes frequent presentations on scholarly communication issues.

Alma has BSc (zoology) and PhD (cell biology) degrees from the University of Southampton and an MBA from Warwick Business School. She is a Fellow of the Society of Biology (UK) and a Chartered Biologist, and has just completed three terms as an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science & Technology) and is the former editor of its online magazine, The Euroscientist.



Curriculum vitae

Interview about Open Access (2005) (text)

Interview about European developments on Open Access (January 2008) (text)

Interview about scholarly communication developments (June 2009) (audio)

Demonstration of OASIS for librarians wishing to use it for Open Access Week (audio and slides) (a SPARC webcast which features the advocacy activities of the Library at Duke University)



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