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2017 Programme and Video-Recordings

The 2017 Conference took take place on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 February 2017.

The Programme covered key topics in the area of scholarly content supply, with a scope that ranged from the creation of content by researchers to the point when the readers access the contact, and beyond into archiving and preservation.  The  Programme included Presentations, Panels and Workshops, and the agenda is given below.

Video-recordings of the conference presentations and panels are available here: http://zeeba.tv/conferences/r2r-2017

Conference Programme

Monday 20 February 2017

9.00     Registration & Networking

9.30      Welcome and Introduction

9.45      Opening Keynote
              Mark Allin – President & CEO, John Wiley & Sons

10.25    Workshops – First Meeting

Workshop A – Outsourcing Challenges
Which aspects of the scholarly communications process can be outsourced, how can risks be mitigated and how can outsourcing be most effectively managed?
Lorraine Ellery Matthews – Proprietor, Ellery Matthews Consulting
Helen King- Digital Strategy Lead at BMJ

Workshop B – Alternative Research Output
How can journal publishers address the challenge of alternative forms of research output, such as prototypes, software, samples and large datasets?
Felix Evert – Managing Director, Sample of Science
Rob Johnson – Director, Research Consulting

Workshop C – Global Research Collaboration
In the current and evolving international political landscape, what are the major challenges for researchers, including those working transnationally, and what is the role of funders, publishers and learned societies?
Richard Fisher – Something Understood Scholarly Communication
Tom Lickiss – Senior Research Consultant, ÜberResearch

Workshop D – Which Standards Matter and Why
How can research libraries, publishers and their intermediaries co-operate to solve some of the ‘pain points’ in rapidly evolving scholarly communications processes?
Anna Clements – Assistant Director Library Services, University of St Andrews
Valerie McCutcheon – Research Information Manager, University of Glasgow

Workshop E – Understanding and Communicating Quality
How do we assess the quality of any component of scholarly communication, whether a publisher, journal, article, author, institution or funder?
Mike Taylor – Head of Metrics Development, Digital Science
Dr Phill Jones – Director of Publishing Innovation, Digital Science

11.20     Break

11.50     Presentations: Intermediaries & Subscriptions

The Forbidden Forecast
Thinking about open access and library subscriptions
Rick Anderson – Associate Dean, University of Utah and President of SSP

Getting Books to Readers
Why is the Supply Chain so Complex?
Dr Michael Jubb – Independent Consultant
Richard Fisher – Something Understood Scholarly Communication

1.00      Lunch

1.50      Panel Discussion

It’s not easy being Green
Expanding access via collaboration between institutional repositories, publishers, and funders
Dr Alicia Wise (chair) – Director of Access & Policy, Elsevier
Judith Russell – Dean of Libraries, University of Florida
Ginger Strader – Smithsonian Institution
Professor Syun Tutiya – Librarian Emeritus at Chiba University
Dr Susan King – Chair, CHORUS and Executive Director, Rockefeller University Press

3.00     Break

3.30      Presentations: Metrics and Discovery

Zen and the Art of Research Assessment
The principles and practicalities of moving to open science
Professor Stephen Curry – Professor of Structural Biology, Imperial College London

Stop, Collaborate and Listen!
Demystifying research behaviours and improving the library user experience
Graham Walton – Honorary Research Fellow, Loughborough University
Laura Montgomery – Communications Manager, Library Relations, Taylor and Francis

4.40     Workshops – Second Meeting

5.30      Drinks Reception

Tuesday 21 February 2016

9.00     Registration & Networking

9.30      Panel Discussion

Friends, Foes or Frenemies?
Copyright and scholarly communication in a rapidly-changing world
Rick Anderson (chair) – Associate Dean, University of Utah and President of SSP
Dr Robert Harington – Associate Executive Director, American Mathematical Society
Dr Danny Kingsley – Head of Scholarly Communication, University of Cambridge
Mark Thorley – Head of Science Information, Natural Environment Research Council (formerly Chair of the RCUK Research Outputs Network)
Alexander Ross – Partner, Wiggin LLP

10.30    Workshops – Third Meeting

11.20     Break

11.50     Presentations: Publishing & Access

The Publishing Cookbook
Discover the 98 ingredients in the publishing recipe, and how to cook up better results in communicating research
Kent  Anderson – CEO, Redlink and Founder, The Scholarly Kitchen

Access Management for the 21st Century
Delivering seamless authentication, authorization and entitlement systems for scholarly communications
Tasha Mellins-Cohen – Director of Product Development, HighWire Press

1.00      Lunch

1.50      Presentations: Discovery & Usage

Nature or Nurture?
7 Things Every Publisher Should Know About Marketing Content
Jacob Wilcock – Director of Publishing and Business Development, Atypon

The Rise of the User
Jan Reichelt – Co-founder, Mendeley

3.00     Break

3.30      Workshop Feedback

4.10      Summary & Closing

4.30      End of Conference


Testimonials (2016 and 2017)

This is what delegates have said about the 2016 & 2017 Conferences:

  • It was excellent, one of the best I have been to in the past few years.
  • Great will definitely attend again.
  • I really enjoyed the conference; many thanks.
  • Great conference, really enjoyed as a first time attendee.
  • Will recommend to colleagues.
  • Some real nuggets of informational gold.
  • Good range of topics.
  • Appreciate the special rates for Librarians.
  • The delegates were great – lots of ideas.
  • Good overall, some valuable discussions.
  • Well done.
  • Congratulations on a very successful event.
  • The programme was a good mix.
  • A good mix of topics and chances for discussion.
  • Great networking opportunities, good range of speakers and participants.
  • Great to meet library professionals.
  • Good conference.
  • Good that there is a mix of publishers and libraries.
  • Very worthwhile, good size.
  • Will definitely attend next year.

Presentations & Panels

  • Great line-up of speakers.
  • Speakers and content very high standard.
  • Excellent content & delivery.
  • Great speaker.
  • Given me a lot to look at later.
  • Identified issues for research assessment.
  • Very erudite.
  • Controversial and good debate.
  • Excellent talk.
  • Great to have feedback from students.
  • Interesting findings.
  • Excellent diverse set of views from panel.
  • Good range of views and discussion.
  • Superb, could have been longer.
  • Very good.
  • Really informative.
  • Beautifully controversial!
  • Outside the box and good to hear of innovation approaches.
  • Engaging and amusing speakers.
  • Very interesting, with much to think about.
  • Refreshingly challenging.
  • Very professional.
  • Thought-provoking and engaging.
  • Entertaining and learned a lot.
  • Very interesting and informative.
  • Brilliant.


  • The workshops were fantastic. 
  • Good collaborative work.
  • The workshop session worked very well, with good interaction and structure.
  • Very clever workshops!
  • Structure of workshops was great.
  • I really liked returning to the same workshop as it allowed ideas to develop.
  • Well facilitated – breaking into smaller groups gave everyone a chance to speak.


  • Well managed – excellent overall.
  • Very well organised.
  • Helpful communications in advance.
  • Very friendly and efficient.
  • Really well organised and executed.
  • Organisers helpful.
  • Thank you for a really well-run conference.


  • Lovely venue.
  • Best free venue wifi ever.
  • Easy to get to.
  • Excellent food.
  • Very convenient.
  • Fast Wi-Fi that didn’t get clogged with lots of users.
  • Spectacular.
  • Really lovely.
  • Great audio and AV.
  • Lovely size, AV worked perfectly.
  • Good not to be cramped like some events.
  • Delicious food.
  • Tasty and plenty.
  • Love it.
  • Always a good location and venue, friendly staff.

2017 Sponsors

Silver Sponsors:

Atypon CyanAtypon is a technology partner to the scholarly publishing industry. Its content hosting and management platform, Literatum, improves publishers’ site traction and revenues by giving them direct control over how their content is displayed, promoted, and monetized.

digital_science_cmyk_(w)bg (1)Digital Science provides a portfolio of tools that work to make scientific research more efficient.

Bronze Sponsors:

logo_casalini_webCasalini Libri is a leading supplier of European publications to libraries and aggregator of scholarly e-content in the Romance languages.

Springer Nature 02Springer Nature is a new force in research, professional and educational publishing.

EClick to visit the EBSCO websiteBSCO Information Services
is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries.

els_wordmark_1c_151_rgb-with-spaceElsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals.

turnitin-unofficialTurnitin actively partners with educational organisations and content producers, to enhance academic integrity and research excellence. 

eo-logo_whiteEditorial Office provides professional, flexible and cost effective peer review services to scholarly publishers and societies.

rilogoResearch Information is a bimonthly full-colour magazine, sent six times a year at no cost to publishing and information professionals.

river-valley-logo-new-officialRiver Valley Technologies helps streamline the scholarly publishing process through its easy-to-use cloud-based platforms. 

Mosaic Logo (banner MTJC)Mosaic Search & Selection is an executive search firm, specialising in publishing and media in the UK and internationally.

Break Sponsors:

hindawi-long-unofficialHindawi Publishing Corporation is one of the world’s largest publishers of peer-reviewed, fully Open Access journals.

Wiley_Wordmark_black 02Wiley is a publisher of award-winning journals, encyclopedias, books and online products.

O’Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences, and is the provider of the scholarly publishing platform, PubFactory.

WiFi Sponsor:

Click to visit the Ringgold websiteRinggold believes clean data is the foundation of good decisions and the basis for clear communication.


2017 Registration

The registration fees for the 2017 Conference are shown below.


Although it was possible to register for just one day, we recommended that delegates attended for two days, particularly as the workshops spanned both days.  

Discounted tickets were available for Returning Delegates who attended the R2R Conference in 2016 or the ASA Conference in 2011-2015. Discounted prices were also offered to Librarians and Academics.  These tickets were even more heavily discounted than the previous, to make it easier for librarians and academics to attend. Conference Sponsors also benefited from free or discounted places, depending on the sponsorship package selected.

Hotel Accommodation

Accommodation was not included in the Conference Fee, and needed to be booked independently by delegates for themselves. There was no recommended Conference Hotel, although hotels which received generally positive reviews from two more delegates in 2016 included: Bloomsbury Town House, Megaro, Thistle Euston and Hilton Euston.

2017 Venue

The venue for the 2017 Conference was the British Medical Association, in central London, the same venue as the 2016 Conference.

BMA House has a magnificent Great Hall for the main presentations, and excellent spaces for workshops and breaks. Since the 2016 Conference, BMA House improved the sound system in the Great Hall, which enhanced the audibility of presenters and questioners.

2017 Advisory Board

  • Sam Bruinsma, Vice-President Business Development, Brill
  • Laura Cox, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Ringgold
  • Mark Carden, Director, Scholarly & Academic Services
  • Bernie Folan, Owner, Bernie Folan Research & Consulting
  • Nawin Gupta, Principal, Informed Publishing Solutions
  • Rob Johnson, Director, Research Consulting
  • Phill Jones, Head of Publisher Outreach, Digital Science
  • Danny Kingsley, Head of Scholarly Communication, University of Cambridge
  • Arend Küster, Senior Associate, Maverick Publishing Specialists
  • Peter Lawson, International Sales Director, Karger
  • Sid McNeal, Executive Vice President Publisher Relations, EBSCO
  • Anthony Watkinson, Principal Consultant, CIBER Research