In a bold new move, the MRS and the BMRA in the UK have decided to rationalise their directory publications. This is in place of the previous publication of the two separate listings of research suppliers and services.
On the one hand, the MRS Research Buyer's Guide has traditionally been the more established and widely recognised title, covering most UK research suppliers. Editorially, it has reflected the "broad church" of MRS membership, including non-BMRA agencies, viewing facilities agencies, and a significant number of independent research consultants. Whilst it may well have claimed top spot as a reference work, it has never claimed to be a comprehensive list of all research sources.
On the other hand, BMRA's Buying Research (which was published in 2000) has served the primary role of a BMRA members' handbook, listing all BMRA members, providing useful information for research buyers, and providing them with high-value reference material.
Now, according to the joint statement from Ivor Stocker, the BMRA Chair, and Sally Ford-Hutchinson, the MRS Chair, the organisations have agreed a different approach. It is hoped that the merged title will enable the BMRA to have greater prominence in the Research Buyer's Guide, and also to serve its own members directly in a more cost-effective way. In this sense, the guide will ensure that:
All articles 2006-21 written and edited by Mel Crowther and/or Nick Thomas unless otherwise stated.