R2R Lifecycle

2019 Conference Programme 

The full Programme for the 2019 Researcher to Reader Conference that took place on 25-26 February 2019 is listed below.  Links are provided to copies of slides from the presentations and to video-recordings, where available.

The the Call for Proposals for the 2020 Conference is open from 1 July to 23 August 2019, and the 2020 Programme will be published in October 2019.

The Programme

Monday 25 February 2019

8.30    Registration & Networking                                                                       

9.30     Welcome and Introduction < slides >  < video >
Mark Carden
– Managing Consultant at Mosaic Search & Selection
– Member of the 2019 Researcher to Reader Advisory Board
The Conference Chairman welcomes the delegates and introduces the event.

9.40    Opening Keynote                                                                                            
Plan S and European Research < slides >  < video >
Dr Marc Schiltz
– President at Science Europe
– Secretary General & Executive Head at the Luxembourg National Research Fund

10.20  Workshops: Introduction & First Meeting < no slides >  < video >
Laura Cox
– Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Ringgold
– Member of the 2019 Researcher to Reader Advisory Board
The workshop manager will describe the workshop process, and then the workshop organisers will briefly introduce each of the workshop topics.

Workshop A – Open Access Books
How do we increase take up for Open Access books and chapters?  What are the challenges and opportunities?
Ros Pyne
– Director, Open Access Books at Springer Nature
Valerie McCutcheon
– Research Information Manager at the University of Glasgow
Mithu Lucraft
– Marketing Director, Outreach and Open Research at Springer Nature
OA books are starting to gain traction, with more than 12,000 titles now listed in the Directory of Open Access Books, increasing attention from European funders, and a number of new university presses focusing on OA monographs.  However, only a very small proportion of scholarly books are published open access, and significant challenges remain, from funding and models to rights, disciplinary, and cultural issues. Participants will be invited to consider some of these challenges and to think broadly to suggest solutions and opportunities for the future.

Workshop B – Automating Funder & Researcher Workflows
How can machine learning and artificial intelligence be used to optimise scholarly endeavours?
Dr Mario Malički
– Postdoc Researcher at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Professor Gerben ter Riet
– Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam
Scholarly communication has gone through many changes. From unstructured abstract and manuscript format to formal structuring, increase in the number of authors, and development of different distribution methods and impact measurements. And lately, towards prospective study registration, publishing on pre-print servers, use of reporting guidelines, data sharing, and conducting of replication studies. Additionally, different strategies and practices are used to asses study proposals and allocate funding. The goal of this workshop is to explore benefits, barriers, and possible impact of the use of automated systems (both those existing and emerging) on research assessment and scholarly communication.

Workshop C – Levelling the Playing Field
How can the global scholarly communications community address international economic and infrastructure imbalances that prevent researchers from the Global South achieving equality?
Andrea Powell
– STM Outreach Director
– Publisher Coordinator at Research4Life
Rob Johnson
– Founder and Director at Research Consulting
– Member of the 2019 Researcher to Reader Advisory Board
Thanks to a number of collaborative efforts, there has been good progress in ensuring that researchers in the Global South have access to the same scholarly information as their colleagues in the North, but the amount of published research coming from less developed countries has barely increased over the past decade.   This workshop will explore the challenges that need to be addressed by all the players in the global scholarly communications ecosystem, so that all researchers worldwide can benefit from the same equality of opportunity at all times.

Workshop D – Supporting Early-Career Scholarship
How can librarians, technologists and publishers better support early career scholars as they write and publish their work?
Bec  Evans
– Founder at Prolifiko
Dee Watchorn
– Product Engagement Manager at De Gruyter
Dr Christine Tulley
– Professor of English at The University of Findlay
A new study reveals that early career researchers experience the highest levels of external pressure to write and publish, and lowest levels of satisfaction with their writing, than at any other point in their career. Why is this and what impact does it have on publishers, EdTech and libraries? Using principles of design thinking, this workshop will draw on unique data and insights to co-create solutions to benefit the individual – and the wider community. Participants will explore how the scholarly communications community can better support academic talent at an early stage.

Workshop E – Citation by Identifier
How can we best minimise laborious bibliographic tasks for authors by using persistent identifiers to automatically create citations in manuscripts?
Dr Daniel Himmelstein
– Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Pennsylvania
Rick Anderson
– Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication at the University of Utah Library
Member of the 2019 Researcher to Reader Advisory Board
Rather than require authors/journals to manually collect bibliographic details and format references, authors can cite persistent identifiers, while automated systems do the rest. While citation-by-identifier is now technically possible, it is not widespread in manuscript authoring and publishing workflows. What barriers stand in the way of wider adoption and what can we do about them? This workshop will explore how to leverage the rise of open bibliographic catalogues — such as CrossRef and PubMed — to revolutionize the ease and accuracy of scholarly citation.

11.20  Break

11.50  Presentations: Writing and Formats   < video >

How Faculty Write for Publication < slides >   
Examining the academic lifecycle of faculty research using interview and survey data
Dr Christine Tulley
– Professor of English at the University of Findlay
This presentation draws on interviews with faculty about how they move from an idea, to research, to writing, and to publication, as well as survey data with academics about their writing habits, to make the case that four key trends are emerging in how faculty approach the lifecycle of publication. These trends have direct implications for how academic institutions partner with commercial tools and non-academic organizations as well as how both traditional and non-traditional publication outlets for faculty research are affected. The presentation concludes with suggestions for realistic directions the Researcher to Reader community might take based on these findings.

Overcoming the Book–Journal Dichotomy < slides > 
Navigating the complexities of publishing a book–journal hybrid, using Cambridge Elements as a case study
Nisha Doshi
– Senior Digital Development Publisher at Cambridge University Press
In the publishing industry we often talk about moving beyond the traditional boxes of ‘journals’, ‘articles’, ‘books’ and ‘chapters’, but how do we go about that in practice? Using Cambridge Elements as a case study, this presentation will discuss the complexities of setting up a genuine book–journal hybrid, including editorial and production workflows, sales models, product design and metadata, and will present practical insights into how to overcome these challenges.

1.00   Lunch

1.50    Panel Discussion: Artificial Intelligence

Machine Learning in the International Knowledge Chain < no slides >  < video >
AI disruption, adaptation and change in the current content flow between researchers, intermediaries and publishers
Jon White (chair)
– Global VP, Sales & Marketing at Pagemajik
Daniel Ebneter
– CEO at Karger Publishers
Isabel Thompson
– Senior Strategy Analyst at Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
Dr Phill Jones
– Member of the 2019 Researcher to Reader Advisory Board
Jennifer Schivas
– Head of Strategy and Industry Engagement at 67 Bricks
Automation and its impact on the job market, our livelihoods and our way of life has been a hot topic for several years now. Research from leading IT analysts Gartner and Forrester, consultancies and auditors such as McKinsey and PwC, as well as renowned global economic organisations such as the OECD and the World Economic Forum points towards great societal change as new efficiencies take over. What could be the end-to-end effects of AI on the knowledge supply chain? What might be the consequences on how researchers, universities, librarians, data managers, publishers and all other intermediaries act and interact?

3.00   Break

3.30   Presentations: Scholarly Communications in the Global South  < video >

Challenges for Emerging Economies < slides >  
Professor Siva Umapathy
– Director of the Indian Institute of Science Education

Journal Publishing in Bangladesh < slides > 
What can Bangladesh tell us about research communication?
Dr Haseeb Irfanullah
– Member, Editorial Board at Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy
Bangladesh has seen remarkable transformations in terms of making local research available globally and developing the researchers’ and journal editors’ understanding of international publishing. The experience of Bangladeshi journals shows that while many are doing well in certain vital publishing standards and practices, most are struggling. Despite being a part of the global scholarly ecosystem, Bangladesh’s journal publishing has developed ways to thrive in relative isolation. Since international mechanisms for journal quality have limited influence on such isolation, a national system is crucial to oversee and guide southern journals’ quality and standard, backed by strong political and policy support.

4.40   Workshops: Second Meeting
The workshop groups reconvene in their breakout rooms to continue their discussions.

5.30   Drinks Reception
An hour of relaxation and networking at the end of the first day of the Conference.

Tuesday 26 February 2019

8.30   Registration & Networking

9.30   Debate: Sci-Hub

Sci-Hub and Scholarly Communication < no slides >   < video >
The proposition to be debated: “Resolved: Sci-Hub is doing more good than harm to scholarly communication”
Rick Anderson (chair)
– Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication at the University of Utah Library
Member of the 2019 Researcher to Reader Advisory Board
Dr Daniel Himmelstein
– Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania
Justin Spence
– Partner and Co-Founder at Publisher Solutions International
Sci-Hub represents the most comprehensive clearinghouse of illegally-obtained intellectual property in the scholarly world at the moment. It clearly represents an assault on the traditional journal publishing enterprise–but on balance, does it represent a net good or a net bad for the world of scholarship and science writ large? This program presents the proposition that Sci-Hub does, in fact, benefit scholarly communication on balance, and subjects that proposition to formal debate, the winner to be determined by the conference attendees.

10.30 Workshops: Third Meeting
The workshop groups reconvene to complete their discussions and problem-solving, and to prepare a presentation to provide feedback to all the delegates.

11.20  Break

11.50  Presentations: Open Access Books & Journals   < video >

Embedding Good RDM Practice in RDM Workflows < slides >   
Effective research data management is one of the biggest challenges facing researchers in sharing their research data.
Rebecca Grant
– Research Data Manager at Springer Nature
In 2018, a white paper identified the key challenges faced by researchers in sharing their data: these included organising their data in a useful way, understanding copyright and licensing and finding appropriate repositories. This session will discuss these challenges and explore practical approaches to support and encourage good data management practice as part of journal publishing workflows. We will cover a number of projects and initiatives including the standardisation of journal data policies and the provision of an online support Helpdesk, as well as the impacts of a third-party curation service and an analysis of article data availability statements.

Towards a Librarian-led RDM Academy < slides > 
Understanding the role librarians can play in training researchers about research data management.
Jean P Shipman
– Vice President, Global Library Relations at Elsevier
Several librarians recently partnered with Elsevier to study the need for a Research Data Management Librarian Academy to offer online training. The team includes Harvard Medical School, Tufts Health Sciences, MCPHS University, Boston University School of Medicine and Simmons University. This presentation reports on a needs assessment and inventory, as well as the RDM Librarian Academy training program under development.

1.00   Lunch

1.50    Presentation

Estimating Confidence < slides not available > < video >
Using scientific and scholarly literature to estimate robust and replicable findings
Professor James Evans
– Professor, Department of Sociology at University of Chicago
Growing concern that published results may lack replicability is rarely empirically examined. This presentation discusses a novel, high-throughput replication strategy that uses computational reading and expert annotation to align tens of thousands of findings to data from high-throughput experiments. The findings reveal that while single papers replicate only modestly more frequently than what might be expected at random, those widely agreed upon across multiple papers replicate much more frequently, manifesting collective correction in science. This highlights the importance of policies that foster decentralized collaboration to promote robust scientific advance.

2.20   Workshop Feedback < slides >   < video >


3.00   Break

3.30   Conference Summary < slides >   < video >
Mark Carden
– Managing Consultant, Mosaic Search & Selection
Amongst the challenges facing a conference delegate is their capacity to both recall and make sense of the variety of presentations and discussions that have taken place over the duration of the event. This regular (and surprisingly popular) short recap attempts to condense the entire content of this year’s R2R Conference into an informal but coherent summary.

3.45   Closing Keynote <no slides >  < video >
The UK Research Environment
The Rt Hon the Lord Willetts, FRS
– Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation
– Former UK Minister for Universities and Science

4.30   End of Conference