R2R Lifecycle

2023 Conference Programme 

The current programme for the hybrid Researcher to Reader Conference, on 21-22 February 2023, is shown below. This is a near-complete programme, although there may be one or two additional sessions, yet to be announced. The sessions are listed in no particular order, and a timetable showing days and times for sessions will be published within a few weeks. The programme is subject to change.

Panel: Agents of Change for Inclusivity

How can we all play our part to ensure a more diverse and inclusive sector?

Dr Florence Theberge (Moderator)
♦ Publishing Development Manager (Fairer Society) at Emerald Publishing
Dr Katharina Bader
♦ Associate Professor of International HR Management at Northumbria University
Dr Yaz Osho
♦ Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster
Ana Luíza Rossato Facco
♦ PhD Candidate in Business Management at Unisinos Business School

Recent global attention to issues around equality, diversity and inclusion has prompted organisations to re-examine their activities and look for ways to make their environments fairer and more inclusive. We know that diversity and inclusion benefits individuals, teams, organisations and society; so how can we all play our part and learn from each other? Drawing upon the results from Emerald’s Global Inclusivity Report 2022 and the views of our expert panel, we will discuss the challenges academia faces, what more publishers can do and what opportunities there are to embrace an inclusive ecosystem.

Presentation: Assessing the Value of Open Access Agreements

Essential metrics, metadata, and infrastructure to support consortial evaluation of open access agreements

Laura Wong
♦ Product Manager at Jisc
Tasha Mellins-Cohen
♦ Director at COUNTER
♦ Founder and Director at Mellins-Cohen Consulting

In the transition to open access, the analysis of usage statistics becomes less about the titles to which institutions subscribed, and more about understanding usage of articles that institutions are publishing. This brings new metrics and technical challenges for publishers, institutions and consortia, and new interest from funders. COUNTER, OASB, Royal Society of Chemistry and Jisc are exploring how we work with global and article level usage data through practical application of existing standards, datasets, and infrastructure. In this presentation, we will cover the infrastructure and metadata requirements, use cases, and collaborative projects aiming to ease workflow pain points.

Panel: Innovating To Deliver Open Science

How can we accelerate change and ensure inclusivity?

Jayne Marks (Moderator)
♦ Senior Associate at Maverick Publishing Specialists
Dr Alex Freeman
♦ Director at Octopus CIC
Dr Richard Gallagher

♦ President & Editor-in-Chief at Annual Reviews
Dr Robert Kiley
♦ Head of Strategy at CoalitionS
Wilhelm Widmark
♦ Library Director at Stockholm University
♦ Member of the 2023 Researcher to Reader Advisory Board

The move to open science has started to deliver new and innovative models. This panel will explore what this means for the key stakeholders and what they expect to see in the future. With transformative agreements ending at the end of 2024, what comes next? What will happen to hybrid journals? Is the APC model here to stay and if so how can we make it fair and equitable? Or will new models emerge?

Panel: The Future of OA Funding

Seeking sustainable open access publishing models

Sybille Geisenheyner (Moderator)
♦ Director, Open Science Strategy & Licensing at ACS Publications
Erin Foley
♦ Senior Publishing Solutions Manager at Copyright Clearance Center
Dr Heather Staines
♦ Director of Community Engagement at Delta Think
♦ Member of the 2023 Researcher to Reader Advisory Board
Professor Ben Davis
♦ Science Director of Next Generation Chemistry at Rosalind Franklin Institute
Mat Willmott
♦ Assistant Director for Open Access Agreements at California Digital Library

The open access models that are used to fund publishing activities are evolving to meet rapidly changing funder mandates and the needs of the academic community. Panellists from the research, library, publisher and vendor spaces will discuss examples of new and innovative models that seek to balance supporting a transition to more openness in scholarly communication while maintaining a sustainable ecosystem for all.

Debate: Open Practices Make Science Better

Rick Anderson (Moderator)
♦ University Librarian at Brigham Young University
♦ Member of the 2023 Researcher to Reader Advisory Board
Steven Heffner
♦ Managing Director, Publications at the IEEE
Catriona MacCallum
♦ Director of Open Science at Hindawi Publishing
Dr Malvika Sharan
♦ Senior Researcher, Open Research at The Alan Turing Institute
Dr Karin Wulf
♦ Director and Librarian at the John Carter Brown Library
♦ Professor of History at Brown University    

Presentation: A Changing Tide?

Responsible metrics in Higher Education institutions

Robyn Price
♦ Bibliometrics Manager at Imperial College London
Zosia Beckles
♦ Research Information Analyst at University of Bristol

Since the publication of the Metric Tide Report in 2015, HE institutions have been grappling with the reality of interpreting its recommendations to complex questions of research culture values and reward systems. We will present the summarised findings from the annual Responsible Metrics State of the Art Survey across the years 2015-2021 and contextualise with perspective of the pressures and opportunities of responsible metrics for HE institutions. We will define how the other players in the sector such as data providers/vendors, publishers and funders can help.

Panel: Putting Data in Data-Driven Decision-Making

Asking the transformative question: What can we achieve with quality data?

Christopher Kenneally (Moderator)
♦ Senior Marketing Director at Copyright Clearance Center
Deni Auclair
♦ President at Media Growth Strategies
Sybille Geisenheyner
♦ Director of Open Science Strategy & Licensing at ACS
Catia Laranjeira
♦ Program Manager at the Foundation for Science and Technology
Arjan Schalken
♦ Program Manager at UKBsis at UKB

Like evidence-based medicine, data-driven decision-making in publishing seems a no-brainer. But just as many doctors have long trusted their intuitions, so have scholarly publishers. Doing so in 2023, however, may get your license revoked in both professions. The proposed panel discussion will drive a stakeholder dialogue addressing metadata management and what industry participants see as the solution to managing metadata. The audience will gain an appreciation for how proper application of quality data can open a 360-degree-view of the research ecosystem to address important concerns of sustainability, compliance, and access.

Panel: Is Preservation in a Jam?

What is cooking in the long-term preservation of scholarship?

Alicia Wise (Moderator)
♦ Executive Director at CLOCKSS
Miguel Mardero Arellano
♦ Director at Cariniana
Stephen Marks
♦ Digital Preservation Librarian at University of Toronto
Judy Russell
♦ Dean of Libraries at University of Florida

Researchers require more from librarians, publishers, intermediaries, funders if their scholarly contributions are to be accessed and used in future. Preserving the scholarly record will never be a solved problem: it needs constant reinvention, and is going to become harder over time. The diversification of scholarly outputs means that knowledge exists in a network of contextual metadata, data, software, standards and publications – requiring multilateral management of this complex knowledge graph. We’ll stir up discussion on hot topics including the confiture of collaborative print retention and storage, adding pectin into negotiations and more.

Workshops (subject to change)

Strategies for Improving Sustainability

Open Access Requirements for Books

Supporting Funder Mandates

Diversity Tax and Inclusion

Research Integrity Tools