Call for Papers


Call for Proposals for Presentations, Panels and Workshops

The Researcher to Reader Conference is the forum for discussion of the creation and dissemination of international scholarly content. The Conference Advisory Board is inviting proposals for participation in the next Conference, on 20 & 21 February 2017.

Proposals could include topics, presentations, panels and workshops for the event, and nominations for speakers, panellists and facilitators. Speakers, panellists and facilitators are offered a complimentary place at the conference. Please respond by 10 September 2016; although later submissions may be considered.


Proposals should include the following information:

  • What is being proposed:
    (topic / presentation / lightning talk / panel / workshop // speaker / panellist / facilitator)
  • Name and contact details for the proposer
  • Name and contact details for the speaker / panellist / facilitator (if different)
  • Experience or credentials for the speaker / panellist / facilitator
  • The title or subject
  • A description or abstract (about 100-300 words)

We are particularly seeking participation by librarians, researchers, editors and funders, and by people based outside the UK.

Please send suggestions, proposals or any other communications to the Conference Chairman, Mark Carden, at preferably by 10 September 2016, although later submissions may be considered.

Themes & Topics

We would welcome suggestions for themes and topics that would be relevant, and of interest to our delegates, ideally accompanied by suggestions for appropriate speakers. Suggested topics could be covered by a presentation, panel or workshop (see later sections).

Some of the topics that we are keen to include in the 2017 Conference programme are listed below and we would be particularly interested in proposals on these:

  • International Funding
  • International Research Collaboration
  • Metrics in Funding, Discovery and Usage
  • Open Data, Big Data, Data Repositories
  • Marketing and Selling Scholarly Content (Paid or Free)
  • Choosing and Acquiring Scholarly Content (Paid or Free)
  • The Economics of Humanities Publishing
  • The Financial Future of Learned Societies
  • Access, Authentication & Entitlement
  • Implementation and Adoption of New Technologies


Speaker sessions can be in the form of either presentations (lasting approximately 20-40 minutes) or ‘lightning talks’ (where the speaker will have a very brief opportunity to just introduce a topic). Presentations should be relevant to the themes of the Conference, and can be presented by any member of the research, publishing and library community. Presenters employed by intermediaries, publishers or other commercial organisations are encouraged to participate, but their presentations must be of general interest to the community and faithful to the event’s objectives; commercial or product ‘pitches’ will not be acceptable.

Some delegate comments on the 2016 presentations:

“Thought-provoking and engaging.”
“Outside the box.”
“Good to hear of innovation approaches.”
“Speakers and content very high standard.”
“Engaging and amusing speakers.”
“Entertaining and learned a lot.”


The Conference workshops were very well attended and enthusiastically reviewed in 2016. The workshops are intended to be highly interactive, with good levels of delegate participation and engagement, and aimed at creating results that can be presented back to the whole conference, and be of value to the scholarly communication community. Workshops tend to work well when they attempt to discuss and reach resolution on a clearly-defined question or problem.

Delegates will choose to attend just one out of about six possible workshops, and each workshop will have a total duration of about three hours, split across three sessions during the Conference. A workshop topic may be following up on a presentation given at the Conference, or cover other issues of relevance to the creation, supply and consumption of academic research. A workshop could be used to gather scoping or qualitative responses as part of an academic research project.

The role of the workshop facilitator includes setting out the topic under discussion, encouraging broad participation and ensuring that the outcomes are documented and presented back to the Conference as a whole (by the facilitator or another participant). Workshop facilitators should, ideally, be knowledgeable about the topic, but the key skill is in ensuring that all delegates attending the workshop sessions can participate fully in an open and positive discussion.

Some delegate comments on the 2016 workshops:

“The workshop session worked very well, with good interaction.”
“I really liked returning to the same workshop as it allowed ideas to develop.”
“Well facilitated – smaller groups gave everyone a chance to speak.”


Panel discussions are a chance for both experts and general delegates to discuss a key topic of interest to the community. Panels work best where an issue needs discussion amongst knowledgeable pundits, and where the chair is well-prepared and an excellent facilitator.

Some delegate comments on the 2016 panel:

“Controversial and a good debate.”
“Very interesting and informative.”

Delegate Fees

Speakers, chairs and facilitators receive complimentary admission to the conference. Please note that any other expenses of attending the conference (including subsistence, travel and accommodation) will be the responsibility of the speaker or facilitator, although we are occasionally able to offer some support for travel and accommodation costs.

About The Conference

The Researcher to Reader Conference is the premier forum for discussion of the international scholarly content supply chain – exploring how academic knowledge is conveyed from the Researcher to the Reader.

Over 150 delegates attended the 2016 Conference, where we discussed such topics as:

·      The Death of Journals

·      Author Reputations

·      Serendipity in Discovery

·      The Economics of Peer Review

·      Trust in Subscription Agents

·      Payment Model Financial Implications

·      Innovation in Publishing

·      Open Access Institutional Processes

Some delegate comments from the 2016 Conference:

“Great line-up of speakers.”
“The programme was a good mix.”
“It was excellent.”
“One of the best I have been to in the past few years.”
“A good mix of topics and chances for discussion.”
“Very friendly and efficient.
“Very well organised.”

The 2017 Conference will span the complete workflow of creating, validating, publishing, supplying, finding, consuming and storing research information. This gives a wide scope for the exploration of subjects such as funding, research practices, peer review, publishing processes & workflows, commercial models, discovery, delivery, usage and metrics.


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