Ben Johnson is a policy adviser in the research policy unit at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). He has responsibility for policy on open access, open data, research metrics, technical infrastructure and research sector efficiency within universities in England. In recent years, he co-authored The Metric Tide (a report on research metrics), developed and implemented a policy for open access in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), and supported Professor Geoffrey Crossick’s project and report to HEFCE on monographs and open access. He is a member of the UK’s open data forum and co-authored the forthcoming UK Open Research Data Concordat. He is secretary to the UK Forum for Responsible Research Metrics and a member of the G7 expert group on open science. He is currently part-seconded to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to work on reforming the research and innovation landscape

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