Call for Papers

R2R Lifecycle

Call for Proposals for the 2019 Conference

The Call for Papers for the 2019 Researcher to Reader Conference opens in June 2018 and closes on 31 August 2018.

Proposals can be submitted using a Excel form that can be downloaded here:

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Announcement

The annual international scholarly communications conference, Researcher to Reader, will next take place in London on 25-26 February 2019.  The Advisory Board is inviting proposals for presentations, workshops, panels, debates and lightning talks. We are also seeking experienced workshop facilitators.

We are particularly seeking proposals from librarians, researchers, editors & funders, from people based outside the UK, and from under-represented demographics.

Proposers are invited to provide an abstract (50-100 words) and a fuller description (200-500 words) by 31 August 2018.

To make a proposal for participation in the Researcher to Reader 2018, please first explore this website for more information about the Conference, then DOWNLOAD the proposal submission form.

R2R 2019 Call for Papers 01More information is given in the Call for Participation and Guidance for Proposers sections below.

 

Call for Participation

Introduction

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

The Conference takes place annually in London each February and is attended by around 150-200 senior delegates from all parts of the scholarly communications lifecycle, including funders, researchers, research managers, publishers, distributors, technologists and librarians.

 

Participants who are selected will generally receive a complimentary delegate place at the full Conference. Any other costs for attendance will be the responsibility of the participant, although we are occasionally able to offer some support toward travel or accommodation.

A description of the Conference themes and formats is given below, with further  information on these themes, the formats and the submission rules being given in the next section, Guidance for Proposers.

Conference Themes

The Researcher to Reader Conference covers the full life-cycle of scholarly communications, and particularly values topics that are of interest across the diverse range of people and organisations that participate in the event, rather than subjects that focus on a single narrow area. Our delegates are primarily interested in the interactions between the various parts of the scholarly communications supply chain, and how people and organisations can work together more effectively. The Conference also values topics that are practical, informative or supported by evidence – we are interested in understanding and facilitating what could be done, rather than merely discussing what should be done.

Although we are very open to what subjects might be covered within this framework, some topics that could be particularly interesting in the current climate include:

  • International research and publishing, particularly in developing countries
  • Commercial negotiations and the Big Deal
  • Integrity and reproducibility, and the relevance of Open Science
  • Piracy and predation in publishing
  • Non-traditional research outputs and supplemental materials
  • Marketing and selling scholarly content (paid or free)
  • Commercial challenges and opportunities for academic institutions
  • How artificial intelligence could change research and the scholarly discourse

Participation Formats

We welcome proposals for workshops, presentations, panels, debates and lighting talks.

Workshops

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The workshops at the R2R Conference are very interactive, with high levels of delegate participation and engagement. Workshops discuss and attempt to reach resolution on a clearly-defined question or problem. The most effective workshops are created through a partnership between a subject expert and a facilitator, and we have particular focus on the quality of workshop facilitation.

Proposers are invited to offer a complete package of topic, expert & facilitator, or to simply suggest a topic, or a suitable workshop expert, or a facilitator.

Presentations

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Speaker presentations are normally given in plenary sessions comprising 2-3 speakers, with each presentation lasting approximately 20-30 minutes.

Presentations should be relevant to the themes of the Conference, and can be given  by any member of the research, publishing and library community. Presenters who are employed by commercial organisations are encouraged to participate, but their presentations must be of general interest to the community and faithful to the event’s objectives, not merely corporate messages.

Panels

Int & Subs - Q&APanel 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.  Proposers are invited to offer a complete package of topic, chair & panellists, or to simply suggest a topic, or a suitable chair, or panellists.

Debates

We are considering adding a formal debate to our programme, as this can be a very effective way of exploring a challenging or divisive topic. We would be open to proposals for a proposition to be debated, and suggestions for a chairperson and people to speak on the motion.

Lightning Talks

We are considering including some very brief presentations (lightning talks) in the 2019 programme, each taking about five minutes. This does not give time for a complete presentation, but is an opportunity to raise a topic of interest and point the delegates toward further information.  Lightning talks might include announcements of new projects or commercial offerings. A presenter of a lightning talk will not automatically receive a complimentary delegate place at the full Conference.

Proposals

To make a proposal for participation in the Conference, please first explore this website for more information about the Conference.  Then access the submission portal to provide your proposal information.

We are particularly seeking proposals from librarians, researchers, editors & funders, from people based outside the UK, and from under-represented demographics.

Please complete your submission by 31 August 2018 by downloading the submission form using the link at the top of this page.

 

Guidance for Proposers

Introduction

Below we give additional guidance on the success factors for effective participation in the programme for the Researcher to Reader Conference.

Participation Formats

The R2R Conference Programme is typically composed of workshops, presentations and panels. We are also considering including lighting talks and a debate in the 2019 programme. We welcome proposals for each of these formats, and we are particularly interested in proposals for workshop topics and in finding people with the skills to facilitate workshops.

Workshops

The workshops have been central to the Conference experience for several years, being both a productive activity and a great opportunity to meet new people. The workshops are very interactive, with high levels of delegate participation and engagement. They aim to create results that can be presented back to the whole Conference, and be of lasting value to the scholarly communication community.

Delegates choose to attend just one out of about five possible workshops, and each workshop group will (re)convene for a total duration of about 2½ hours, split across three sequential sessions during the two days of Conference.

A workshop topic may build on the content of a Conference presentation, 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, or a standards consultation.

Workshops tend to work well when they attempt to discuss and reach resolution on a clearly-defined question or problem. The workshops are not breakout presentations, but highly interactive discussions. The most effective workshops are created through a partnership between a subject expert and a facilitator, and in 2019 we will have particular focus on the quality of workshop facilitation.

Typically the subject expert will frame the question to be worked on, and provide expert knowledge during the workshop. The facilitator will summarise the topic, lead discussions, encourage broad participation and ensure that the outcomes are documented and presented back to the Conference as a whole (by the facilitator or another participant).

Proposers are invited to offer a complete package of topic, expert & facilitator, or to simply suggest a topic, or a suitable workshop expert, or a facilitator.

Presentations

Speaker presentations are normally given in plenary sessions comprising 2-3 speakers, with each presentation lasting approximately 20-30 minutes.  Each session is normally concluded with a brief but lively Q&A.

Presentations should be relevant to the themes of the Conference, and can be given  by any member of the research, publishing and library community. Presenters who are 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, not corporate messages.

We find that the presentations most appreciated by our delegates are not: product pitches (commercial or otherwise), co-presented by more than one speaker, delivered in an ‘evangelical’ tone, read from a script, or based around slides that appear to be merely the speaker’s notes in bullet-point form.

Panels

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.  We typically allow about 1½ hours for a panel, including some scene-setting by the chair and/or panel members, the panel discussion itself, and contributions from the delegates.

Proposers are invited to offer a complete package of topic, chair & panellists, or to simply suggest a topic, or a suitable chair, or panellists.

Lightning Talks

A lightning talk is a very brief presentation lasting, at R2R, up to four minutes. This does not give time for a complete presentation, but is an opportunity to raise a topic of interest and point the delegates toward further information.  We would be willing to consider as a lightning talk a ‘pitch’ for something like a new standard, collaboration or service.

Proposals

To make a proposal for participation in the Researcher to Reader 2019, please first explore this website for more information about the Conference.  Then download the submission form from the link at the top of this page and email it to us.

If you have any questions or other communications, please contact the Conference Director, Mark Carden, at info@R2RConf.com

Additional Information

Participants who are selected will generally receive a complimentary delegate place at the Conference, although we can only offer a maximum of two complimentary places per workshop, and a presenter of a lightning talk will not automatically qualify for a complimentary place. Any other costs for attendance will be the responsibility of the participant, although we are occasionally able to offer some support toward travel or accommodation.

The Advisory Board has complete discretion regarding which proposals are accepted for the Conference programme and the Board’s decision is final. The Conference accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred in the preparation of proposals, or for any consequences of acceptance or rejection.

Proposers may be invited to modify their proposals to meet the needs of the Conference programme. Proposers may withdraw their proposals up to the point of acceptance, or when invited to make modifications.

Proposers agree that, if accepted, their proposal may form part of the Conference programme and that any presentation and biographical content may be included in Conference materials, including potential distribution of slides, scripts, transcripts or abstracts, and any video, audio or photographic recording.