R2R Speaker on Cover of Nature

James Evans 03We are excited to announce that Professor James Evans, who will be speaking at the Researcher to Reader Conference, 25-26 February, has been featured on the cover of the latest issue of Nature (Vol 566 No 7744), in relation to his research (with Lingfei Wu and Dashun Wang) into the impact of team size on research outcomes.  The abstract is below.  We look forward to hearing Professor Evans speak about this and other aspects of his work on 26 February.

Although the Conference is only just over a week away, and we are already at 120% of last year’s total delegates, it is not too late to register. As of today we have about 10 spaces left.

Mark Carden
16 February 2019

Abstract

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One of the most universal trends in science and technology today is the growth of large teams in all areas, as solitary researchers and small teams diminish in prevalence. Increases in team size have been attributed to the specialization of scientific activities, improvements in communication technology, or the complexity of modern problems that require interdisciplinary solutions. This shift in team size raises the question of whether and how the character of the science and technology produced by large teams differs from that of small teams. Here we analyse more than 65 million papers, patents and software products that span the period 1954–2014, and demonstrate that across this period smaller teams have tended to disrupt science and technology with new ideas and opportunities, whereas larger teams have tended to develop existing ones. Work from larger teams builds on more-recent and popular developments, and attention to their work comes immediately. By contrast, contributions by smaller teams search more deeply into the past, are viewed as disruptive to science and technology and succeed further into the future—if at all. Observed differences between small and large teams are magnified for higher-impact work, with small teams known for disruptive work and large teams for developing work. Differences in topic and research design account for a small part of the relationship between team size and disruption; most of the effect occurs at the level of the individual, as people move between smaller and larger teams. These results demonstrate that both small and large teams are essential to a flourishing ecology of science and technology, and suggest that, to achieve this, science policies should aim to support a diversity of team sizes.

Karger Publishers Becomes R2R Sponsor

karger28hi-res29We are delighted to announce that Karger Publishers has become a Bronze Sponsor of the Researcher to Reader Conference.

Karger Publishers is the largest medical and scientific publishing company in Switzerland. Karger has 250 employees in 15 countries, and is dedicated to serving the information needs of the scientific community with publications of high-quality content, covering all fields of medical science. The publishing program comprises 50 new books per year and over 100 peer-reviewed journals, with a growing number of open-access publications.

We are very grateful for Karger’s support, helping to keep the R2R Conference affordable for all members of the scholarly communications community.

Although current registrations now exceed the 2018 total, we have made some additional space available, so registration is still open for the 2019 Conference, which takes place on 25-26 February in London.

Mark Carden
31 January 2019

Wiley Returns as R2R 2019 Sponsor

Wiley_Wordmark_black 02We are delighted to announce that John Wiley & Sons (Wiley) will returning as a sponsor of the Researcher to Reader Conference. Wiley has sponsored all 4 years of R2R, and was also a regular sponsor of the precursor event, the ASA Conference, and we are grateful for their continuing support.

Wiley, a global research and learning company, partners with learned societies and supports researchers to communicate discoveries that make a difference. Wiley’s digital content, books and journals build on a 200-year heritage of quality publishing.

A few further sponsorship opportunities remain open – contact the organisers.

Registrations are currently at 105% of last year’s total attendance, but we have made more space available, and so have a few delegate places left for the 2019 Conference, which takes place on 25-26 February in London.

Mark Carden
25 January 2019

CCC Returns as Sponsor of R2R

CCC rectWe are very pleased to be able to announce that Copyright Clearance Center is returning as a Sponsor of the Researcher to Reader ConferenceCCC will be the sponsor of the popular Evening Reception.

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is a global leader in content management, discovery and delivery solutions. Through its relationships with those who use and create content, CCC, and its subsidiaries RightsDirect and Ixxus, drive market-based solutions that fuel research, power publishing and respect copyright.

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

A few further sponsorship opportunities remain open – contact the organisers. Registrations are currently at 102% of last year’s total attendance, but we still made more space available, and so have a few delegate places left for the 2019 Conference, which takes place on 25-26 February in London.

Mark Carden
24 January 2019

Current 2019 R2R Registrations Exceed 2018 Total

Registrations 2019 01 22.pngIn a huge milestone for the Researcher to Reader Conference, today our delegate registrations for the 25-26 February 2019 Conference actually exceeded the total number of delegates registered for the event when it was held at the same time last year. (These figures are for paid delegate registrations and do not even include a further 40-50 speakers and staff.)

34 days to goThis means that with over a month still to go before the event, the 2019 Conference, in 2018 terms, is FULL!   But the good news is that we have some additional space at the venue and can comfortably accommodate about another 30 delegates. So register now to be sure to secure your place for 2019.

Mark Carden
22 January 2019

MDPI Returns as Sponsor of R2R

mdpi-logo-with-text-v3We are delighted to be able to announce that MDPI has returned as a Bronze Sponsor of the Researcher to Reader Conference.

MDPI is an open access publisher that has supported open science though journals, conferences and other initiatives for more two decades. Building links with communities and institutions is integral to their work.

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

No-risk registration is open for the 2019 Conference, which takes place on 25-26 February in London.

Mark Carden
4 January 2019

 

Research Information to be R2R Media Partner

Research Information logo 2.pngWe are very pleased to be able to announce that Research Information has once again become a Media Partner and Bronze Sponsor of the 2019 Researcher to Reader Conference.

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

We are grateful for Research Information’s support, helping to keep the Conference visible to all members of the scholarly communications community.

No-risk registration is open for the 2019 Conference, which will be on 25-26 February in London.

Mark Carden
20 December 2018