R2R Lifecycle

2019 Conference Programme 

The full Programme for the 2019 Researcher to Reader Conference is listed below.

The sessions are expected to run from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm on Monday 25 February, and from 9.30 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesday 26 February. The workshop sessions continue over both days. There is no conference dinner, but there is a short reception at the end of the first day.

Programme content and timing may be subject to change.

The Programme


Plan S and European Research

Dr Marc Schiltz — President at Science Europe and Secretary General & Executive Head at the Luxembourg National Research Fund

The Future of UK Universities

The Rt Hon Lord Willetts FRS — Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation, Former UK Minister for Universities and Science and Visiting Professor at King’s College London



How Faculty Write for Publication

Examining the Academic Lifecycle of Faculty Research Using Interview and Survey Data

Dr Christine Tulley —  Professor of English and Director of Academic Career Development 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

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.

Scholarly Communications in the Global South

Dr Haseeb Irfanullah — Programme Coordinator, IUCN, Bangladesh

Professor Siva Umapathy — Director of the Indian Institute of Science Education

Embedding Workflows for RDM

Effective Research Data Management (RDM) is one of the biggest challenge facing researchers in sharing their research data.

Rebecca Grant — Research Data Manager at Springer Nature

With more funders beginning to mandate good data practice, including data management plans and data sharing, and recognising the need for global collaboration on infrastructure and best practice, this presentation will share the main challenges globally identified by our research, and then explore practical approaches for institutions in embedding workflows for good RDM.

Towards a Librarian-led RDM Academy

Understanding the role librarians can play in training researchers about research data management.

Jean Shipman — Vice President, Global Library Relations at Elsevier

Several librarians recently partnered with Elsevier to study the need for a Research Data Management (RDM) Librarian Academy to offer online training.  The team includes Harvard Medical School, Tufts Health Sciences, MCPHS University, Boston University School of Medicine and Simmons College. This presentation reports on a needs assessment and inventory.

Estimating Confidence

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.



Machine Learning in the International Knowledge Chain

A Strategic Panel Discussion: 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 AG
Isabel Thompson — Senior Strategy Analyst at Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
Dr Phill Jones — CTO and Company Director at Emerald Publishing Group

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?

Sci-Hub and Scholarly Communication

The proposition to be debated: “Resolved: Sci-Hub Is Doing More Good Than Harm to Scholarly Communication”

Rick Anderson (chair) — Associate Dean at the University of Utah
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.                                         



A – Open Access Books

How do we increase take up for Open Access books and chapters?  What are the challenges and opportunities?

Ros Pyne — Head of Policy & Development, Open Research 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 and Researcher Workflows

How can machine learning and artificial intelligence be used to optimise scholarly endeavours?

Mario Malički — Postdoc Researcher at ACHIEVE Centre for Applied Research, Faculty of Health, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Gerben ter Riet — Associate Professor at University of Amsterdam, Department of General Practice, Academic Medical Center

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 and Publisher Coordinator at Research4Life
Rob Johnson — Founder and Director at Research Consulting

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 — Facilitator at Prolifiko
Chris Smith — Researcher at Prolifiko
Dr Christine Tulley — Professor of English and Director of Academic Career Development 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?

Daniel Himmelstein — Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania
Rick Anderson — Associate Dean at the University of Utah

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 revolutionise the ease and accuracy of scholarly citation.