They are always our first port of call when we need a different point of view. Like all the best consultancies, they understand the market and our business and always feel like part of the team.
Renew’s expertise and advice proved to be invaluable and allowed us to avoid many of the pitfalls this process can be fraught with. Engaging Renew ultimately saved us both time and money and I would recommend them without hesitation.
We have always found Renew insightful, responsive and not afraid of telling you what you don’t necessarily want to hear! They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are a pleasure to work with.
It was hugely reassuring to have the support of SIC throughout the development and implementation phases of our new journal and book platforms. At all times Simon & Tracy provided clear, focussed and, crucially, honest advice.
Sam, Tracy and Simon helped us gain a high level of clarity on our requirements right at the start of the process, which was invaluable and key to the whole project running smoothly. We were very pleased with the outcomes of the project, the way they worked with us as a team and fully supported us. And we were on time and to budget throughout!
Occupying an important place in the publishing landscape, Julie and her colleagues are able to provide impartial advice to scholarly societies – advice that could prove to be invaluable.
What I like about working with Simon is that if he knows the answer to your project up front, he’ll tell you, saving time and money. You know you’ll get an honest appraisal of the situation before you even start.
Their understanding of the breadth of research communications means that they’re often the best option for a number of Crossref research projects. There are a number of consultants in our space but no one pushes a client like Tracy and Simon did us, questioning our assumptions and keeping us to deadlines and actions. They’re smart, committed people and a pleasure to work with.
Renew’s contribution to our project was always considered and professional, and they helped us assess the options available to us without sugar-coating their advice. We needed to hear what they had to say, even when it was difficult to hear; and we really valued the way they handled not just the business questions, but also the equally important relationships and sensitivities that surrounded them. They were insightful and supportive, and we simply wouldn’t have navigated the changes so well without their input.
Renew Publishing Consultants were invaluable partners to AIAA as we prepared to renegotiate a contract with our publications platform provider. Their experience and expertise in managing vendor relationships, identifying publisher needs and understanding the publishing industry ensured we would ask the right questions, highlighting the unknowns and risks often missed in these complicated agreements. As a result, we were more confident in our negotiations with the vendor. The outcome was a more informed, fair and transparent agreement. We look forward to working with Renew in the future.
We chose Renew because from the very first time we spoke to them, they had done their research, asked good questions, and listened to our answers. We felt they understood us very quickly, and understood what was important about our project. Even though we worked most closely with Sam and Tracy, it was clear that the whole team was involved in – and interested in – our project, and we found Renew to be both knowledgeable and easy to work with. Most important of all, we were very happy with the outputs of the project and have taken their recommendations and started to implement them
Renew has been a fantastic company to work with, fully understanding our requirements, translating these into their negotiations with our provider, and simplifying the process. Through Renew we attained an excellent result through a proactive, professional and personable partnership. I would not hesitate to recommend them as a scientific publishing consultancy.
Our consultation with Simon was invaluable in providing us an understanding of the current pressures at play in the publishing world, a current assessment of the open-access efforts, and a sense of what to expect in terms of going out to bid or negotiating a renewal.
For the past year or so, I’ve had the pleasure of Sam helping us with FEMS Microbiology Letters (and our other publications) through Renew Consultants which has been SO productive for me as Editor-in-Chief and given me a lot to think about and work on. I work with many consultants in many capacities but few are so easy to work with or fun.
We were greatly pleased with the help that we received from Tracy and Sam when it came to creating a relevant and achievable strategy. As a small, under-resourced organisation with lots to do and not much time, it was so useful for us to have that external viewpoint, to gently push us in the right direction, and to provide honest feedback. Tracy and Sam put together a very attractive proposal which suited our budget and delivered.