Professor David Nicholas

Visiting Research Academic

Personal Profile


  • Director, CIBER Research Ltd,, 2011 –
  • Professor of Information Science. Department of Mathematics and Information Science, Northumbria University, 2013-2015
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee, 2012 -
  • Guest Professor, School of Information Management, Wuhan University 2018 - 2020
  • Professor, Department of Russian History, Tomsk State University, Siberia, 2014 -2017; Senior Research Fellow; 2018 -
  • Director of the Department of Information Studies, UCL and Director and founder of the UCL Centre for Publishing and Director of the research group CIBER. 2004- 2011 
  • Head of Department and Professor of Library and Information Studies. City University, London. 1996 – 2004
  • Research Director, School of Librarianship, London Metropolitan University, 1988-1995


David leads the CIBER research group, which specialises in scholarly communications research and has undertaken 50 research projects and published 400 journal articles. The group is also known for evaluating behaviours in the virtual space, especially in regard to the Google Generation, work which has featured in the media, including BBC TV (Virtual Revolution Series). David is currently a professor at the Universities of Tennessee and Wuhan. 

David’s role at Brookes is to help develop an international scholarly communications research programme at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing.

  • Early career researchers: harbingers of change? Funded by the Publishers Research Consortium, 2015-2018
  • Business strategy for ISSN. Funded by ISSN International Center, Paris, 2015
  • Emerging reputational mechanisms. Funded by EC, 2014-15
  • P-medicine: evaluation of users and usage of e-cancer websites. Funded by EU, 2014-15
  • Beyond downloads: sharing in the digital environment. Funded by Elsevier, 2014-15
  • Trust and authority in scholarly communications in the light of the digital transition. Funded by Sloan Foundation, 2012-2013
  • Europeana: usage evaluation and analysis, 2011-2013. Funded by Europeana, 2012-2013
  • Online Research Communities. Funded by Emerald Publishing, 2012
  • Charleston Observatory study on digital repositories. Funded by Elsevier, IoPP, Emerald and, RIN). 2011-2012 
  • Charleston Observatory study of the impact of social networks on researchers. Funded by Emerald, 2010. 
  • The evolving Generation Y Workforce: implications for information technology and service provision - case study Fujitsu, 2010
  • Information, the elderly and health outcomes: case study preventing falls. Dunhill Trust/Royal College of Physicians, 2010 – 2011
  • Economic challenges facing UK University Libraries. Research Information Network, 2009-2010
  • The digital revolution: information seeking experiments with young people. With BBC Television, 2009 – 2010
  • PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research): usage. Funded by the EC, 2009 – 2011 
  • User driven development for Europeana. Funded by the European Commission, 2009-2010
  • Deep Log Analysis of Houses of Parliament Intranet. Funded by Parliament, 2009
  • Changing attitudes and behaviours in the digital world and their implications for intellectual property. Funded by SABIP, 2009
  • Monographs in the humanities. Funded by UCL Arts and Humanities Faculty. April - October 2008
  • Behaviour of the scholarly researcher. Funded by Taylor & Francis, 2008
  • Evaluating the usage and impact of e-journals in the UK. Funded by the Research Information Network, 2008-2010
  • UK National E-Books Observatory. Funded by JISC, 2008-2009
  • The Impact of Open Access Journal Publishing (Phase III). Funded by Oxford University Press, 2007-2008
  • Digital Lives, (with British Library). Funded by AHRC, 2007-2009

Journal Articles

  • Nicholas, D. New ways of building, showcasing, and measuring scholarly reputation in the digital age. Information services & use 03/2017; 37(1):1-5., DOI:10.3233/ISU-160792
  • Nicholas, D., Boukacem-Zeghmouri, C., Rodríguez-Bravo, B., Xu, J., Watkinson, A., Abdullah, A., Herman, E., ?wigon, M. Where and how early career researchers ?nd scholarly information. Learned Publishing01/2017; 30(1)., DOI:10.1002/leap.1087
  • Nicholas, D., Clark, D., Herman, E. ResearchGate: Reputation uncovered. Learned Publishing 06/2016; 29(3)., DOI:10.1002/leap.1035
  • Nicholas, D. and Herman, E. (2016). Digital networks will transform how academics build reputationsResearch Fortnight, May, 20-21.
  • Nicholas, D., Herman, E. and Clark, D. (2016). Scholarly reputation building: how does ResearchGate fare?  International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology. 6(2):67-92., DOI:10.5865/IJKCT.2016.6.2.067 
  • Nicholas, D., Herman, E. Boukacem-Zeghmouri, C. Rodríguez-Bravo, B. Xu, J., ?wigo?, M., Abdullah, A.ResearchGate was a disruptor... now it’s becoming a mainstay. Research Fortnight, 20, 2016.
  • Nicholas, D., Rodríguez-Bravo, B., Watkinson, A., Boukacem-Zeghmouri, C., Herman, E., Xu, J. Abdullah, A., ?wigon, M. Early career researchers and their publishing and authorship practices. Learned Publishing03/2017; DOI:10.1002/leap.1102
  • Nicholas, D., Watkinson, A., Boukacem-Zeghmouri, C., Rodríguez-Bravo, B., Xu, J., Abdullah A., ?wigo?, M., Herman, E. Early career researchers: Scholarly behaviour and the prospect of change: Early career researchers. Learned Publishing 02/2017; DOI:10.1002/leap.1098
  • Nicholas, D., Watkinson, A., Herman, E., Boukacem-Zeghmouri, C., Rodríguez-Bravo, B., Xu, J., Abdullah, A., Swigon, M. Publish or perish thwarts young researchers’ urge to innovate. Research Europe 6/7, 2016
  • Nicholas, D., Xu, J., Xu, L., Su, J. and Watkinson, A. (2016). Chinese researchers, scholarly communication behaviour and trustLearned PublishingDOI: 10.1002/leap.1003, 31-38
  • Nicholas D. Using, Citing and Publishing Scholarly Content in the Digital Age: Case Study of Humanities Researchers. Zagadnienia Informacji Naukowej. 1, 2015
  • Nicholas, D. Reputation mechanisms and platforms: views of an expert panel on their future use, role and influence. CIBER Working Paper. 2015
  • Nicholas, D and Clark, D. Finding stuff. In Is digital different? London: Facet, 2015
  • Nicholas, D., Clark, D. and Herman, E. (2016). ResearchGate: Reputation uncoveredLearned Publishing 17 June . doi: 10.1002/leap.1035
  • Nicholas, D., Xu, J., Xu, L., Su, J. and Watkinson, A. (2016). Chinese researchers, scholarly communication behaviour and trustLearned Publishingdoi: 10.1002/leap.1003
  • Nicholas, D. and Herman, E. (2016). Digital networks will transform how academics build reputationsResearch Fortnight, 11 May 2016, 20-21.
  • Nicholas, D., Herman, E., and Jamali, H.R. Analysis of emerging reputation mechanisms for scholars. In Vuorikari, R. And Punie, Y. (eds), Analysis of Emerging Reputation and Funding Mechanisms in the Context of Open Science 2.0, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, pp. 3–72. 2015. Http://
  • Nicholas D., Herman E., Jamali HR., Rodríguez-Bravo B., Boukacem-Zeghmouri C., Dobrowolski t., Pouchot S. New ways of building, showcasing, and measuring scholarly reputation Learned Publishing, 28:169–183. July 2015 [doi: 10.1087/20150303] 
  • Nicholas D., Herman E., Jamali, HR., Emerging reputation mechanisms for scholars. European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (Report EUR 27174 EN) 2015 [doi:10.2791/891948]
  • Nicholas, D., Jamali, H.R., Watkinson, A., Herman, E., Tenopir, C., Volentine, R., Allard, S. & Levine, K. Do younger researchers assess trustworthiness differently when deciding what to read and cite and where to publish? International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology 5 (2),  2015
  • Nicholas D, Watkinson A, Jamali HR, Herman E, Tenopir C, Volentine A, Allard S, Levine K. Peer review: Still king in the Digital age. Learned Publishing 28 (1) 2015
  • Nicholas, D., Xu, J., Xu, L., Su, J. and Watkinson, A. Chinese researchers, scholarly communication behaviour and trust. Learned Publishing 28(4) December, 2015