Dr Danny Kingsley

Visiting Fellow
BSc (Hons), PhD (Sci Comm)

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Danny is an expert in developing strategy and policy in the higher education and research sector with extensive international experience, most recently in Europe and the UK. She is available for consultancy work with a particular focus on Open Research and research communication. Her work involves aspects of advocacy, professional development, research and communication through developing relationships with all levels of the scholarly communication landscape, from the individual researcher, to editors and publishers of journals and monographs, funding bodies, research institutions and government. She has written extensively and presented all over the world in this area. She is a member of the Board of Directors for FORCE11 and sits on the Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for Data in Science.

Until May 2019 Danny worked as the Deputy Director of Cambridge University Libraries (Scholarly Communication & Research Services). The announcement of Cambridge's Position Statement on Open Research in February 2019 was the culmination of four years' work in this area. Danny took up the position of Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge in January 2015 and oversaw all aspects of scholarly communication at the University, including compliance with funder open access policies, research data management, intellectual property, copyright and other areas.

Her research centres on scholarly communication with interests in the academic reward structure, scholarly infrastructure and open access advocacy. She sits on multiple committees. From 2013 to the end of 2015, Danny was the Executive Officer of the Australasian Open Access Support (now Strategy) Group which aims to inform the discussions around open access at a time of great change in this area. She cestablished the AOASG after four years as the Manager, Scholarly Communication and ePublishing at the Australian National University. She was responsible for developing policies relating to scholarly communication and open access, and rebuilt the DSpace repository prior to its July 2011 relaunch. She also worked as an Associate Lecturer (part-time) in science communication. She lectured in undergraduate and masters courses and for the Questacon Science Circus Graduate Diploma at CPAS from 2006-2013. She completed her PhD looking at the barriers to opening up access to science publications in 2008.

Danny has worked as a science communicator since 1996, including two years with ABC Science Online as a journalist for News in Science, and was also a co-producer of Health Matters. She has worked in TV, radio and print, including a period as researcher for the ABC TV science program FAQ. She has also presented and reported for Talking Science, the Australian Museum Society's radio program. Her publishing work includes a project writing science activities for Japanese children. She has also presented 'Forensic Frenzy' a CSIRO education program in schools.




  • 2008 PhD Thesis - Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University The effect of scholarly communication practices on engagement with open access: An Australian study of three disciplines http://hdl.handle.net/1885/49304
  • 1995 Honours thesis (First Class) Science & Technology Studies, University of New South Wales Science online? A contextual analysis of the debate on electronic journals in science communication http://hdl.handle.net/10440/1023

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Invited workshop and conference papers 2022

Invited workshop and conference papers 2021

Invited workshop and conference papers 2020

Invited workshop and conference papers 2019

Invited workshop and conference papers 2018

Invited workshop and conference papers 2017

Invited workshop and conference papers 2016

Keynote – “Reward, reproducibility and recognition in research - the case for going Open” Eleventh Annual Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing, 21 November 2016 http://www.slideshare.net/DannyKingsley/reward-reproducibility-and-recog... VIDEO - http://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/SCS/article/view/4036

Keynote - “What’s it all about then? Why we share research data”, Jisc Research data Network workshop, Cambridge University, 6 September 2016 - http://www.slideshare.net/DannyKingsley/so-whats-it-all-about-then-why-w...

Keynote - “The challenges of Open Access – An Institutional Perspective”, Working towards an Open Research Future, Cambridge Union Society, 23 June 2016 – http://www.slideshare.net/DannyKingsley/working-towards-an-open-research...

Masterclass - “Stop Press: Libraries’ role in the future of publishing” Special Libraries Association, Philadelphia, USA, 14 June 2016 - http://www.slideshare.net/DannyKingsley/stop-press-libraries-role-in-the...

Presentation - “The value of embracing unknown unknowns’’ Research Libraries UK 2016, London, UK, 9 March 2016 - Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/DannyKingsley/the-value-of-embracing-unknown-u...
Blog: https://unlockingresearch.blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=594

Presentation - “Getting an octopus into a string bag: the complexity of communicating with the research community across a higher education institution” Researcher to Reader Conference, British Library, London, 15 February 2016 - Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/DannyKingsley/getting-an-octopus-into-a-string… Blog: https://unlockingresearch.blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=539

Presentation - “Watch out, it's behind you: publishers' tactics and the challenge they pose for librarians”
libraries@cambridge conference, Cambridge, UK, 7 January 2016 - http://www.slideshare.net/DannyKingsley/watch-out-its-behind-you-publish...

Invited workshop and conference papers 2015

Invited workshop and conference papers pre-2014

  • “Open access and the impact advantage”, 3rd Annual Towards Research Excellence Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 9-10 December 2013 http://hdl.handle.net/1885/11075
  • “Open access developments in Australia”, Open Access and Research, Brisbane, Australia, 31 October – 1 November 2013 http://hdl.handle.net/1885/10793
  • Workshop: “Advocacy – what works”, Open Access and Research Pre Conference Workshop, Brisbane, Australia, 30 October 2013 http://hdl.handle.net/1885/10792
  • “Australian & international developments in Open Access”, ARMS 2013 Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 12 September 2013 http://hdl.handle.net/1885/10787
  • “Open Access in the humanities and social sciences: Australian Developments”, National Scholarly Communications Forum, Canberra, Australia, 3 May 2013 http://hdl.handle.net/1885/10794
  • “National and international development in Open Access: implications, opportunities and local initiatives” (with Paula Callan and Lisa Kruesi), ALIA Information Online 2013, Brisbane, Australia, 12 February 2013 http://hdl.handle.net/1885/10788
  • “Ownership and copyright of scholarly works”, Intelligent Information Symposium 2012, Sydney, Australia, 3-4 May 2012 http://hdl.handle.net/1885/9011
  • “The changing nature of scholarly communication”, Digital Humanities Australasia 2012: Building, Mapping, Connecting, Australian National University, 27-30 March 2012 http://hdl.handle.net/1885/8958
  • “Future Publishing Metrics – The Way Forward?”. Research Assessment and Publication Metrics – the Beginning or End of an ERA? Emeritus Faculty Seminar, Australian National University, 18 October 2010. Audio and write-up of talk here: http://www.anu.edu.au/emeritus/events/event-101018.html
  • “Rights and reward: Why Authorship is Unique in Scientific Publishing and how it relates to integrity” and “They’re Digital Rights but not as You Know Them” The Curious Case of Open Access and Copyright. Copyright 2010: A decade of Moral Rights and the Digital Agenda. ANU College of Law, 21-22 June 2010. 
  • “Diffusing your repository into the academic community” CAIRSS Community Day 2009. Innovations Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, 1 December 2009.
  • “Diffusing Open Access into the Academy”, Open Access Publishing. Holme Building, University of Sydney, 4-5 December 2008. 
  • “The institutional/disciplinary divide, a barrier to open access”, Open Accesss Collections. Customs House, Brisbane, 14 February 2008.
  • “Selling your repository to academics: the open access message”, The Adaptable Repository. Holme Building, University of Sydney, 3 May 2007.
  • “Readiness and Responsibilities for Managing Research Data: The Institutional Perspective”(with Margaret Henty), EduCause Australasia 2007. Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 May 2007. 


  • “Open access: policies, practices & challenges” (with Paula Callan), CAIRSS Research Repository Community Days, Griffith University, 29 October 2013 http://hdl.handle.net/1885/10791
  • “Insights from a German OA Conference”, CAIRSS Community Day, Melbourne University, 11 November 2011 
  • “Access to scholarly information, current developments in open access” (with Vicki Picasso), CAUL Think Tank, Macquarie University 14 September 2011, http://www.caul.edu.au/about-caul/caul-meetings/think-tanks
  • “Developing policies, Recruiting material, sample proceedings” (with Katy Watson), CAIRSS Community Day, RMIT Melbourne 23 November 2010
  • “They’re digital rights but not as you know them: the curious case of open access and copyright”. Invited talk to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) University Research Library group. National Library of Australia, 26 July 2010.
  • “Those who don’t look don’t find: The disciplinary information-seeking factor in determining the success of open-access publishing policies.”. Invited talk presented to the History and Philosophy of Science Department at UNSW, 2 October 2007.
  • Chair, National Science Week talk: “The Parallel Bang” presented by Dr Jack Bacon, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU, 26 August 2007.
  • “Open Access and Digital Repositories” Presented as an Ad Hoc Series seminar to UNSW Library, 13 April 2007. Audio and slides available at: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/45159
  • “Scientific publishing and the Open Access movement”. Presented to the Australian Science Communicators at CPAS, ANU, 27 October 2005.
  • “The 'What, Why and Who' of Institutional Repositories”. Presented to the Digital Resource Services Information Group at Menzies Library, ANU, 27 October 2005.
  • “Freelance Writer’s Workshop”, Brisbane Science Writer’s Festival, 4 October 2003.

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