R2R Call Deadline Extended

Call for Papers logo

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


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)

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:

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