Anna Sharman Joins R2R Board

chris-king-photography_anna-sharman-01 croppedWe are very pleased to announce that Dr Anna Sharman has joined the Advisory Board for the 2021 Researcher to Reader Conference.

Anna is the founder of London-based company Cofactor, which trains and advises STEM researchers in writing and publishing research papers. She has a PhD in biology and has been a journal editor at Trends in Biochemical Sciences, Current Biology and Genome Biology. She has attended all five R2R Conferences to date.

We welcome Anna to the R2R 2021 Board, where her knowledge, expertise and community engagement will be a significant asset to the Conference.

Mark Carden
3 July 2020

Board Member to be BYU Librarian

RickWe are thrilled to hear that long-standing Researcher to Reader Board Member Rick Anderson will be the new University Librarian at BYU from 1 September 2020.  This is a well-deserved promotion for an outstanding member of our community, and we offer hearty congratulations.

Brigham Young University Academic Vice President Shane Reese announced the appointment today (2 July). Rick is currently Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, and will succeed Brian Rennick, who has been interim university librarian since December 2019, following the passing of university librarian Jennifer Paustenbaugh in November.

Mark Carden

2 July 2020

 

Another Researcher to Reader Review

Upshall ReviewVery belatedly, we are able to tell you about another review of the 2020 Researcher to Reader Conference. This is a blog post, by first-time participant (and speaker) Michael Upshall, published very promptly, immediately following the event.  This informative and usefully critical review gives an excellent flavour of the event as a whole.

Review by Michael Upshall (blog)
http://www.consultmu.co.uk/2020/02/25/the-researcher-to-reader-conference/

Mark Carden
2 June 2020

 

R2R Reviews Now Available

Two interesting reviews of the 2020 Researcher to Reader Conference have been published recently.

RI Review logoOne, in the latest edition of Research Information, is by Heather Staines, who attended the Conference for her first time in February, as well as facilitating a workshop. Heather has now joined the R2R Advisory Board for 2021.

Research Information Report (website)

Research Information Report (yudu)

ATG Review logoThe other is published in Against The Grain, and written by Anthony Watkinson, who is a long-standing member of our Board.

ATG Report (website)

R2R would be very pleased to hear about any other reviews out there, and would also welcome anyone, especially someone unaffiliated with R2R, who wanted to write a review, even at this fairly late stage.

Mark Carden
1 June 2020

 

 

 

Heather Staines Joins R2R Board

R2R is delighted to announce that Dr Heather Staines has joined the Advisory Board for the 2021 Researcher to Reader Conference.

Heather is Head of Partnerships for Knowledge Futures Group, building open source infrastructure for publishers and libraries. Her previous roles include positions at Hypothesis, Proquest, SIPX, Springer SBM, and Greenwood Publishing Group/Praeger Publishers. She is a frequent speaker and participant at industry events including the COUNTER Board of Directors, the STM Futurelab, Society for Scholarly Publishing, the NISO Transfer Standing Committee and the NASIG Digital Preservation Task Force. She has a PhD in Military and Diplomatic History from Yale University.

We welcome Heather to the R2R 2021 Board, where she will be a significant asset to the strategy, programme and visibility of the Conference.

Mark Carden
28 May 2020

R2R Interviewed about 2021

The Geyser LogoResearcher to Reader Conference Chairman, Mark Carden, has been interviewed by Kent Anderson of The Geyser about how the Conference just missed the COVID-19 lock-down in 2020, and what the plans are for the 2021 Conference.

“We were extraordinarily lucky with the timing of R2R in 2020. During the Conference, there was almost no mention of the virus or suggestion that people might have had doubts about gathering for the event. Yet only one week later, the London Book Fair was cancelled.”

The interview reports that plans are being formulated for R2R in February 2021, but it might be a ‘hybrid conference’.

“We do have to consider the possibility that the whole event cannot take place physically, or that some people will be unwilling or unable to attend in person. So we are making ‘hybrid conference’ plans, aiming for a physical event, but planning an online offering as well. The online offering may turn out to be a replacement for the physical event, or just persist as an alternative way to participate, depending on how things turn out.”

Read the interview in full at The Geyser here:
https://thegeyser.substack.com/p/interview-mark-carden-r2r-conference

Mark Carden
13 May 2020

R2R Even More Relevant & Valuable

R2R 2020 Logo Full Col v01Analysis of the delegate feedback from the 2020 Researcher to Reader Conference, held in London on 24-25 February, shows increasingly high levels of satisfaction with the event, with delegates rating both the varied sessions and the event overall very positively.

The survey showed 96-98% of respondents agreeing that that the Conference was relevant to them professionally and valuable use of their time.  These sentiments were even more positive than the already encouraging 2019 feedback, with the percentage ‘strongly agreeing’ on relevance growing from 40% to 63% and on value from 32% to 56%.

R2R 2020 Sentiment (2 key)

The presentations at the Conference also received a generally positive response, with a large majority getting an average rating at least 3 out of 4. Only two out of the 11 presentations fell below last year’s minimum rating of 2.8.  Seven of the 11 presentations got over 80% favourable ratings.

R2R 2020 Speaker Ratings (Anon Ranked)The Workshops, Debate and Panel received generally positive feedback, with one workshop (Improving Peer Review Support for Researchers)  getting a perfect 4/4 rating, and two others getting a very strong 3.6.  The Debate received a score of 3.5, with very favourable comments.

R2R 2020 Workshop Ratings (Anon Ranked)The organisation and venue also rated highly, with the event administration narrowly missing out on last year’s 100% positive ratings, with just 2 respondents awarding ‘Fair’.  The temperature of the rooms continued to be a challenge, although only 15% rated it unfavourably –  an improvement on 2019.

R2R 2020 Event Ratings (sel)Delegate comments were also very positive, with responses that included:

  • An enjoyable and interesting two days with a good mix of session topics and styles.
  • Fantastic event.
  • Extremely thought-provoking and relevant across the scholarly landscape.
  • Exceptional standard.
  • Very practical and informative.
  • Excellent, illuminating.
  • This was an excellent venue and a very well managed event.
  • Lively and encouraging presenters.
  • Great conference.
  • Thoroughly interesting and relevant.
  • I will be back next year.
  • Good service from venue staff.
  • I enjoyed hands-on activities and representation from sectors across industry.
  • These are just getting better.
  • I really liked the mix of panels, debates etc; more engaging than straight presentations.
  • Thank you for a very interesting two days.
  • Couldn’t be more ideal.
  • Networking opportunities were good.
  • A really great meeting to learn more about the industry and meet a range of people.
  • Excellent mix of topics, speakers, formats.
  • Good range of insights, good engagement from the audience.
  • The programme was thoughtfully put together.
  • I love this conference.

Overall, the survey results showed yet more positive feedback for the event, and we also received many useful suggestions for improvements and innovations for 2021.

Mark Carden
26 March 2020

Jonathan Adams is New Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Adams 1 (b)Dr Jonathan Adams, Chief Scientist at the Institute for Scientific Information, will be the opening Keynote speaker at the upcoming Researcher to Reader Conference on 24-25 February 2020.  Dr Adams will be speaking on the  dynamics of the research ecosystem, exploring adaptation, evolution and extinction

Previously to his role at ISI, Dr Adams was the Chief Scientist for Digital Science. He is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute at King’s College London, and was awarded an Honorary DSc by the University of Exeter for his work in higher education and research policy.

The announcement of this presentation by Dr Adams completes the R2R 2020 Programme of informative presentations, dynamic panels, collaborative workshops and an exciting debate.  Some places are still available for late registrations.

Mark Carden
5 February 2020

EBSCO Returns as R2R Sponsor

We are very pleased to welcome back EBSCO as a sponsor of the Researcher to Reader Conference. EBSCO generously sponsored R2R in its first two years, helping the launch of the Conference, and now they are returning as a sponsor for our 5th anniversary event.

EBSCO provides discovery services, online research content (databases, archives, e-books, e-journals & e-packages) and subscription management services for all types of libraries. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family-owned company since 1944.

The Conference is less than four weeks away, but we still have a few delegate places available, and we are always happy to welcome additional sponsors.

Mark Carden
28 January 2020

Richard Charkin to be Keynote Speaker

Richard Charkin (HoP)We are delighted to be able to announce that Richard Charkin will be the Closing Keynote speaker at the Researcher to Reader Conference on Tuesday 25 February.  Richard will be speaking on the subject of “Is free information a threat to freedom of information?”

Richard Charkin has been a publisher since 1972, having held senior positions at Oxford University Press, Reed Elsevier, Macmillan, and Bloomsbury. At OUP he commissioned the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, took Grove Music & Art online, and led the team that digitised the OED. He currently serves as President of Bloomsbury China, President of John Wisden, Chair of Common Purpose Charitable Trust, and non-executive director of Institute of Physics Publishing and Liverpool University Press. He is President of The Book Society, on the international advisory board of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and is a regular contributor to Publishing Perspectives.  He is a Senior Advisor to Trillium Partners and is the founder and sole employee of Mensch Publishing.

There is still time to register to attend the Conference in London on 24-25 February.

Mark Carden
22 January 2020