In academic publishing, we have all seen the major transitions that have taken place in the industry over the last couple of years. From the need to become more data-oriented to becoming more adaptable with social  media, scholarly publishing is progressing to more personalized as well as efficient approaches. However, many overlook the fact that such trends also have a vital impact on research as well. With research being an immensely important process for academia, we explore some of the trends we have observed.

Increasing Role of Technology

As the number of research facilities increase, various technological trends are consistently present as well. Softwares are becoming a crucial aspect of research. On average, majority research facilities have at least three softwares emphasizing on backroom verbatim note taking and sorting content. In the next couple of years, it is expected that upcoming research software will be efficient enough to code interviews and create transcripts.

The Rise of Research Online Communities

Online research communities are becoming the key to developing studies. Such digital communities include social media, online discussions, and qualitative research to provide detailed research findings. Such communities don’t only facilitate scholarly collaboration, but are easily done at the fraction of the cost of in-person events.

‘Faster’ Expectations

Like everything in life today, expectations from research also requires quick responsiveness and speed. Five years ago, the average time it took to debrief clients was eleven days and providing a conclusion report took at least two months. However, today’s research is far more efficient. Debriefing now on average takes only three days and providing a conclusion report could be done in two weeks!

Research is rapidly becoming a faster, more collaborative, and technical process. Stay tuned for our next post which covers more ways on the advancement of research.