Social license, in the context of research, is a form of public ‘approval’ that ensures research is funded, that its results are respected, and that participation is willingly engaged in, where needed. For many reasons, it seems as if researchers’ current social license is in danger of being revoked. Charlie Rapple explores what might be required to ensure it is renewed.
Charlie Rapple is one of the founders of Kudos, which helps researchers and their publishers and institutions to increase the reach and impact of published research. Previously, Charlie was Associate Director of TBI Communications, which offers strategic consultancy and marketing services to scholarly publishers and societies; before that, she held various product management and marketing roles for Publishing Technology, Ingenta and CatchWord. Charlie is actively involved in the scholarly communications organization UKSG; having chaired its marketing subcommittee, founded the KBART initiative, and acted as treasurer and secretary, she is currently on the editorial board for its journal, Insights. She is also Associate Editor of Learned Publishing.