The Intersection of Academia and Entertainment: The Merging of Two Worlds to Increase the Impact of Research.

Acaudio. Research is Told. 

A few days ago, Abigail Bennett, an Assistant Professor of Global Inland Fisheries Ecology and Governance at Michigan State University, tweeted about the need for audio versions of journal articles:

Abigail’s tweet received immense support. What is most exciting is that the answer to it already exists—Acaudio is about to launch, and is the world’s first academic audio library. 

Answering Abigail’s calls, academics download Acaudio, create a profile, and record audio summaries of their research for anyone to listen to. This increases its reach and impact, and means that anyone around the world is able to engage with important academic research.

Entertainment and learning using Acaudio:

Acaudio leverages behaviours that exist in how people are increasingly consuming short bursts of information, and provides authors with insights on who is listening to their work. From the growth of documentaries on platforms such as Netflix, Acaudio is tapping into the world of entertainment that is also informative, and removes the guilt often associated with watching or listening to television or film. People have a desire to learn, and Acaudio is making this possible in new and novel ways. 

In merging entertainment and academia, Acaudio is opening up the world of research and allowing it to be discovered and explored in a variety of ways, increasing the number of people it can reach. It offers a different way to consume academic research in the form of audio. Unique to Acaudio is the type of audio it provides listeners—the audio summaries are recorded by academics themselves and so we are given an insight into their research that would otherwise be impossible. 

Enjoyment and learning should go hand in hand, and Acaudio is providing an effortless way to facilitate this, and therefore having a positive impact on society. 

Acaudio Originals:

Alongside the audio summaries, Acaudio produces its own audio stories that are centred around specific academic research pieces. Academic work is already entertaining, but at Acaudio, we are experts in unlocking this and translating it into something accessible to the general public. Again, taking inspiration from the growth of documentaries, we are explicitly merging entertainment and academia through creating short audio storybooks. These can also be combined with animation and film to create short visual pieces.  

We curate narratives that centre around specific academic research pieces and the academics themselves. They work to guide the listener though an immersive audio journey to really grasp the key elements of the research. This enables listeners to get a feel for the research, and takes away the often laborious and taxing level of concentration needed to follow argumentation in written articles. 

What is exciting here is that the merging of entertainment and academic work is simple. Creating narratives for research is something that can be done in any discipline, and the audience is ready and waiting. All we needed was the space and creativity to let this happen—and it has. The results are set to be groundbreaking. 

The future of learning is in this niche intersection of entertainment and academia, and Acaudio is creating a whole new world of research consumption, discovery and engagement. Watch this space, it’s powerful stuff. 

Acaudio. Research is Told.

UKRI announces new Open Access Policy!

On the 6 th August, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announced a new single policy that requires all peer-reviewed research articles submitted for publication from the 1st April 2022 to be immediately available to everyone, through being Open Access. This policy reflects the momentum and the importance of the Open Access movement. It comes after extensive consultation with the sector and applies to research funding from all UKRI councils. This is a huge announcement that pushes the Open Access movement forward, and we fully support it here at Acaudio. It aligns with our beliefs that are rooted in the desire to make academic accessible to everyone. It disrupts narratives that are readily created, controlled and disseminated in the mainstream media, offering alternative, fascinating and legitimate forms of knowledge that have been locked behind paywalls. Unlocking this repository of knowledge is revolutionary and ever more pertinent in the times we are living in. The impact this will have is massive, and Acaudio will help propel this even further through combining academia with entertainment through our audio summaries.

What does the new UKRI Open Access policy entail?

The new UKRI Open Access policy is aligned with Plan S, supported by cOAlition S. Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing, requiring scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants to be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. cOAlition S is an international consortium of research funding and performing organisations committed to implementing Plan S.

In tandem with Plan S, the new UKRI policy applies to both peer-reviewed research articles, and monographs (Source:

“For peer-reviewed research articles, key requirements of the new policy include:
– immediate open access for research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022
– either via the version of record in a journal or publishing platform, or by depositing the authors accepted manuscript (or if permitted by the publisher the version of record) in an institutional or subject repository
– CC BY licence and CC BY ND by exception, including a requirement to notify publisher of licensing at the point of submission

Key requirements of the new policy for monographs published on or after 1 January 2024 include:
– the final version of a publications or accepted manuscript being made open access via a publisher’s website, platform or repository, within a maximum of 12 months of publication
– CC BY licence preferred, but NC and ND licences are permitted.”

What does Open Access mean for academia?

UKRI announced that they have allocated substantial funds to support the implementation of this
policy. The potential this has for society is so exciting, and enriches the way knowledge can be exchanged and built upon. Open Access completely transforms the impact that academic work can have, and we are pioneering the audio element to this movement. There is no drawback to widening the audiences that can engage with work being produced in academic institutions. This development in the academic work has been necessary for a long time, and we are looking forward to seeing its fruitful results.