R2R Full Programme Announced


The Researcher to Reader Conference is pleased to announce the Programme for its annual two-day event on 23-24 February 2021. This event is planned to be a fully-live and highly-interactive hybrid conference, with physical participants in London (where possible) and online participants from all over the world. In keeping with the strong reputation that R2R has for facilitating an interactive dialogue within the whole scholarly communications community, the intensive two-day event will include collaborative hybrid workshops and the opportunity for both online and physical networking.

Early-bird discounts are still available until the end of November.

Mark Carden
25 November 2020

RSC Returns as R2R Silver Sponsor

The Researcher to Reader Conference is delighted to have the Royal Society of Chemistry return as a Silver Sponsor for the 2021 hybrid Conference. RSC provided sponsorship support for R2R 2020, as well as facilitating the participation of researchers from Africa, and we are grateful for their continuing support for the event.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is an international organisation connecting chemical scientists with each other, with other scientists, and with society as a whole. Founded in 1841, the RSC has an international membership. The RSC uses the surplus from their global publishing and knowledge business to give thousands of chemical scientists the support and resources required to make vital advances in chemical knowledge. The RSC is a catalyst for the chemistry that enriches our world.

We are grateful for the support from all of our sponsors, which helps to make the Conference affordable for all members of the scholarly communications community.

Registration for the 2021 Conference, on 23-24 February, is open, and the Programme is on our website.

Mark Carden
16 November 2020

Aries Returns as R2R 2021 Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that Aries has renewed their sponsorship of the Researcher to Reader Conference for the new Hybrid event taking place in London and Online on 23-24 February 2021.

Aries Systems Corporation, the developer of Editorial Manager and ProduXion Manager, is committed to enhancing how publishers and scholars disseminate knowledge on a global scale. Aries’ cloud-based workflow solutions enable the submission, peer review, and content management of high-value documents, and are used by thousands of journals and hundreds of publishers worldwide. Publish faster, publish smarter, with Aries Systems.

We are grateful for the continuing support from Aries – our sponsors help to make the Conference affordable for all members of the scholarly communications community.

Registration for the 2021 Conference, on 23-24 February in London is open.

Mark Carden
13 November 2020

R2R 2021 Launches as Hybrid

The Researcher to Reader Conference has launched as a hybrid event for 23-24 February 2021, with registration now open and and programme highlights announced.

The Conference will offer the full R2R experience both at a London venue and online (subject to the prevailing circumstances).  Participants are able to register now, so that they can take advantage of the October/November early-bird offer, and can look forward to the Conference in February, but without having to choose in advance whether they will attend physically or online. The no-risk booking policy is also repeated this year, with the ability to cancel for a full refund anytime before the end of January.

R2R plans, as usual, offer collaborative workshops, lively Q&A sessions, engaging debate and productive networking, aiming for both online and physical participants to be able to enjoy the full ‘R2R experience’, during an engaging and immersive two-day event. The Conference will be supported by a web-based ‘event platform’, which will help the participants to engage fully with all aspects of the programme, including support for live Q&A and hybrid networking.

Mark Carden
30 October 2020

R2R 2020 To Be Hybrid Event

Researcher to Reader is planning to go ahead on 23-24 February 2021 with a hybrid Conference, offering the full R2R experience both at our London venue and online.  We can’t know what the coronavirus situation will be like in February, so we are planning for a great Conference, but with maximum flexibility for how the R2R community can participate. Delegates will be able to register from mid October, but without having to choose in advance whether they will attend physically or virtually.

Key to the success of R2R is the interactive conversation that we facilitate for all members of the scholarly communications community. We will continue to do this at our hybrid event. We will, as usual, offer our collaborative workshops, lively Q&A sessions, engaging debate and productive networking. Our aim is that both online and physical participants will enjoy the full ‘R2R experience’ during an engaging and immersive two-day event. 

This will be achieved through continuing the high standards we have delivered over the past five years. Researcher to Reader is noted for excellent administration, robust time-keeping, intense programme curation, and focus on participation, so we can be trusted to deliver in a hybrid world. The Conference will be supported by a web-based ‘event platform’, which will help the participants to engage fully with all aspects of the programme, including support for live Q&A and hybrid networking. We will also have a professional audio-visual production team, who will ensure that multi-way communications are highly effective. This will be supported by our experienced facilitators, who will be encouraging full engagement for all participants. We are investing heavily to ensure that everyone gets a really rich and valuable experience.

Our programme is currently being finalised, following an overwhelming response (in both quantity and quality) to our call for papers over the summer.  Topics to be covered will probably include: preprints, diversity, Plan S, research policy in China, transformative agreements, OA books, research integrity and much more.  

Our lively multi-format timetable is likely to be supplemented by interviews, lightning-talks and poster sessions – new ways to communicate which are designed to be particularly engaging for online participants.  We will also be trimming the duration of some items on the programme, in recognition of the challenges of online concentration.

R2R 2021 is going to be a real conference – but available to everyone, whatever travel concerns or restrictions may be in place in February.  You will be able to participate physically or virtually, and the full R2R experience will cost the same either way – if you come to the venue you will get lunch; if you stay home you will save on travel costs!

Members of the scholarly communications community are encouraged to block out February 23-24 in their schedules – ready to be fully engaged in participation in the Researcher to Reader Conference throughout those two days, with no time for other distractions.  The launch of our programme and our registration webpage is expected to be in mid October.

Mark Carden
7 October 2020

R2R Call Deadline Extended

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The Call for Papers for the 2021 Researcher to Reader Conference was scheduled to close on 31 August, but we have received several requests for more time, so we are extending the deadline to Monday 7 September.

We have ambitious plans for a hybrid event, which will offer an engaging and highly interactive experience for both online and physical participants. Speakers, moderators and delegates will all be able to choose whether to participate remotely or at our venue in London on 23-24 February 2021.

You will find information on the planned themes and session formats for the Conference, and can download our Proposal Form, at the Call for Papers page on the Conference website. Please put forward your proposals as soon as possible, and no later than Monday 7 September.

Mark Carden
25 August 2020

UK Allows Events From October

The UK Prime Minister has announced that conferences and similar events will be permitted in England from October, saying “we intend to … allow conferences and other business events to recommence …. in a Covid Secure way.” It has been confirmed, however, that this is dependent on the current infection rates not rising, and on measures to reduce transmission being in place at any event.


The Researcher to Reader Conference is nonetheless making ambitious plans for the October launch of a high-quality hybrid event for February 2021, so that participants can defer until next year any decisions whether to attend physically or online.

The Call for Papers for R2R 2021 has been announced, and will close at the end of August.



Mark Carden
18 July 2020


R2R 2021 Call for Papers Announced

R2R Call for Papers (no year)The Call for Papers for the 2021 Researcher to Reader Conference has been announced, inviting members of the global scholarly communications community to propose contributing to the event’s programme of Presentations, Panels, Debates, Workshops, Poster Sessions and Lightning Talks.  The 6th annual R2R Conference is scheduled to take place as a hybrid event, combining both a physical and an online meeting during the week of 22-26 February 2021.

While the Call for Papers lists some topics that could be of particular interest to delegates, it also notes that the R2R Conference covers the full life-cycle of scholarly communications, from the researcher who creates content to the reader who consumes content.  Potential proposers are reminded that the participants particularly value topics that are of broad interest across the diverse range of people and organisations that are involved in scholarly communication, rather than in subjects that focus on a particular silo.   While all proposals are potentially of interest, some suggested topics include:

  • Preprints and Peer Review 
  • Research Incentives, Behaviours, Integrity & Trust
  • Research Data
  • Funding Sources, Methods & Mandates 
  • Small & Society Publishers 
  • Public Communication of Science

The Advisory Board stated that they are particularly seeking proposals from librarians, researchers, editors and funders, and from people based outside the UK. R2R is also a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, and so actively welcomes proposals from under-represented demographics.

The Call for Papers is open throughout July and August 2020.

Mark Carden
8 July 2020

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