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Phil 'Futurology' Ward breaks out the crystal ball once again

This was the year that wrongfooted us all. In December 2019 I confidently predicted that the year ahead in research would all be about the Research Excellence Framework, open access and due diligence, with a possible long-term comprehensive spending review.

Instead, we’ve had the explosion of a global pandemic that has concentrated all of our attention, both within the world of research and outside it. Unsurprisingly, open access and due diligence are no longer top of the agenda for many research leaders and policymakers. 

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