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

R2R Debate Teams Announced

DebateFollowing the success of the Researcher to Reader SciHub debate in 2019, the Conference is hosting another debate as part of the 2020 Programme, on Monday 24 February.

This time, the debate is on the subject of Journal Brands and Impact Measures. Teams of debaters will be arguing for and against the controversial proposition:

“The venue of its publication tells us nothing useful about the quality of a paper”.

Speaking for the proposition will be:

  • Dr Mike Taylor, who is a Research Associate at the University of Bristol and a Software Guy at Index Data
  • Toby Green, who is Managing Director at Coherent Digital and Former Head of Publishing at the OECD

Speaking against will be:

  • Pippa Smart, who is a Publishing Consultant, Editor-in-Chief of Learned Publishing and President of the European Association Of Science Editors
  • Dr Niall Boyce, who is Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry and a PhD researcher at Birkbeck

This vigorous clash of ideas will be moderated by Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library.

There is still time to register to attend Researcher to Reader and witness what will certainly be an informative and invigorating debate.

Mark Carden
21 January 2020

Scientific Knowledge Services Sponsors R2R

Scientific Knowledge Services _Final_01102010We are very pleased to announce that Scientific Knowledge Services has become a new sponsor of the Researcher to Reader Conference for 2020. SKS will be sponsoring one of the coffee breaks during the Conference on 24-25 February 2020.

Scientific Knowledge Services works with researchers and their support organizations like publishers and libraries to improve the production and dissemination of knowledge and to make Open Science a sustainable reality that enables higher quality in research. SKS started Focus on Open Science series in 2015. Through discovery trips, SKS cultivates communities of knowledge transfer. SKS offers consultancy for science administration.

We are very grateful for the financial support that Scientific Knowledge Services is providing for R2R, helping to make the Conference affordable for all members of the scholarly communications community.

A few further sponsorship opportunities remain open, and Registrations for the Conference are coming in rapidly after the New Year break, but we do still have space available for the 2020 Conference, which takes place on 25-26 February in London.

Mark Carden
14 January 2020
(edited to correct a typo 28 January 2020)

CCC Returns as R2R Sponsor

CCC rectWe are delighted to be able to announce that Copyright Clearance Center is returning as a Sponsor of the Researcher to Reader Conference for our upcoming event in February 2020.  CCC will once again be the sponsor of our popular Evening Reception.

Copyright Clearance Center tells us that the pace of change in publishing is rapid and dramatic. Publishers, authors, and agents need to reach global markets quickly. When they need innovative licensing and content solutions, powerful open access management tools, and world-class custom solutions created by technology experts, publishers around the globe turn to Copyright Clearance Center.

We are very grateful for CCC’s renewed financial support for R2R, helping to make the Conference affordable for all members of the scholarly communications community.

A few further sponsorship opportunities remain open, and Registrations for the Conference are coming in rapidly after the New Year break, but we do still have space available for the 2020 Conference, which takes place on 25-26 February in London.


Mark Carden
9 January 2020

Free Place at R2R with RI Prize Draw

Research Information (red)Research Information, which – like Researcher to Reader – is the essential link between publishers, librarians and researchers, is offering a free place at R2R 2020 for one lucky subscriber who is a librarian or an academic.  Full details are available on the Research Information website.

Researcher to Reader is probably one of the few ‘publishing’ conferences that would be genuinely attractive to academic editors and researchers (as well as librarians), as the event has an agenda that covers the whole scope of scholarly communications from the Researcher to the Reader.  The programme is also designed to be very friendly, open and interactive, with collaborative workshops and participatory panels.

Research Information is a media partner with the Researcher to Reader Conference.

Mark Carden
13 November 2019

R2R 2020 Programme Announced

Prog fuzzy imageThe Programme for the 2020 Researcher to Reader Conference was announced today, including thought-provoking presentations, debates, panels and workshops, featuring first class international speakers and moderators.  The Programme (which is subject to change) is available on the Conference website: https://r2rconf.com/r2r-conference-programme/

Unusually, the Programme has been announced shortly before the expiry of the special October-only Super Early-Bird registration tariff, allowing potential delegates a brief opportunity to see what they might be signing up for, at a deeply discounted rate. (Although registering early is at no risk, thanks to the generous cancellation terms available.)

Mark Carden
30 October 2019