10 years

It's our birthday!


talent implosion

…in the pandemic-incurred new realities of the research undertaking… the current cohort of neophyte researchers might even turn out to be a lost generation, with an ensuing danger of talent implosion

Herman, Eti; Nicholas, David; Watkinson, Anthony; Rodríguez-Bravo, Blanca; Abrizah, Abdullah; Boukacem- Zeghmouri, Chérifa; Jamali, Hamid R.; Sims, David; Allard, Suzie; Tenopir, Carol; Xu, Jie; Świgoń, Marzena; Serbina, Galina; Cannon, Leah Parke (2021). “The impact of the pandemic on early career researchers: what we already know from the internationally published literature”. Profesional de la información, v. 30, n. 2, e300208.

taking the pulse

With the first round of study interviews for Harbingers-2 complete we present our first impressions:

A resilient community. ECRs show less negativity than we might have supposed, but this could be because they are strivers, doing everything they can to adapt and succeed. Most US ECRs reported no substantive changes were expected to their research career due to the pandemic. 'Delay, but not change' seems to be a recurring theme; they felt relatively secure in their current situation —maybe helped by the 1-year extension of tenure requirements by universities in US and France.


Harbingers-2, three months in to a 24 month study. We find that the pandemic has not created brand-new challenges for the scholarly communication system; it has amplified and accelerated problems that have long been lurking. The ECRs we are interviewing remotely are cognisant of this and telling us about their scholarly concerns, beliefs and behaviours. Their interest and attention on the ways and means of academic communication has intensified since our original Harbingers study.


From 1. January 2021 our .eu domain will no longer function; please amend any bookmarked links to

Impact and legacy

David Nicholas discusses the challenges facing early career researchers as a result of the pandemic and outlines how a new longitudinal, qualitative study involving 160 Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from 8 countries will seek to understand how they fare over the next two years. LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog

CIBER news — January–December 2020

CIBER Research Ltd.

1 Westwood Farmhouse



RG14 7RU

tel: +44 (0)1635 42719

Office @