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New Career, Same Me

April 17th, 2017 | Posted by rmounce in Open Access - (3 Comments)

This is a quick post to announce what I’ll be doing next after my postdoc at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. From June 2017 onwards, I’m delighted to say I’ll be the new Open Access Grants Manager for Arcadia Fund.

About Arcadia Fund

If you haven’t heard of it before here’s what you need to know: Arcadia is a charitable fund, set up by Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing in 2002. So far, it has awarded more than $440 million to cultural, environmental and open access projects. Within the open access funding programme Arcadia have awarded grants to organisations including Creative Commons, Wikimedia Foundation, Authors Alliance, Public.Resource.Org, Internet Archive, Digital Public Library of America and more…

New Career, Same Me

When the job ad came-up I could scarcely believe how good the organisational fit was for me: Arcadia funds brilliant projects in this space. I am genuinely looking forward to developing and advising on Arcadia’s open access policy, to continue engaging with the wider open access community, to manage Arcadia’s existing grants portfolio, and to identify new opportunities for high impact initiatives where funding from Arcadia will make a difference.

I feel extremely grateful to have been chosen for this position against many other talented and experienced applicants (and friends!) and although it’ll take me many months to ‘learn the ropes’ I see this as my new career now, no going back. I’m now part of the 88% majority of UK postdocs who never secure a tenured position in academia; but don’t feel sorry for me – I’m delighted with this new direction. New career, same me.

A lot of passionate, intelligent young people with an academic background have jobs where they can really make a difference (i.e. not in academia). In this regard, I’m inspired by the likes of TJ Bliss at Hewlett Foundation, Carly Strasser at Moore Foundation, Nick Shockey at SPARC, Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem at Impactstory, Joe McArthur at The Right to Research Coalition, and Jonathon Gray at Open Knowledge. Now I’ve turned 30, I’m married, and I have a beautiful baby daughter. Some things have changed, but my passion for open knowledge hasn’t. Doing ‘open’ on the side of research wasn’t enough. Soon it’ll be my full time endeavour!

An Open Letter to Oxford University Press on Publishing

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted by rmounce in Publishing - (Comments Off on An Open Letter to Oxford University Press on Publishing)


From: Ross Mounce <>

Subject: An Open Letter to Oxford University Press on Publishing


Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 16:55:50 +0100
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Dear Oxford University Press,

The problems at Oxford University Press (OUP) journals have been
going-on far too long.

It is affecting our ability to do research.

OUP have known about these problems since mid-January yet so many
critical problems still remain unresolved. Where is all the
supplementary materials for MBE and GBE? Where are the “missing” 16
years worth of full text MBE articles?

Providing access to research is the most basic job of a publisher,
yet OUP are failing to do even this simple task at the moment.

The situation is simply outrageous.

On behalf of over 50 signatories representing postdocs, principal
investigators, professors, and others from institutions around the
world, I attach a formal open letter of complaint about the abysmal
service being provided by OUP, in the hope that OUP might finally
provide adequate responses to the various problems detailed therein.


Dr Ross Mounce

Postdoctoral Research Associate & Software Sustainability Fellow
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge