Ringgold Returns as R2R Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that Ringgold is returning once again as a sponsor of the Researcher to Reader Conference for 2022. Ringgold was R2R‘s first ever sponsor, and they have supported every single Conference since our opening event in 2016.

Ringgold maintains a global, multi-sector database of organizations complete with relationship hierarchies, multiple standard identifiers, and deep metadata that allows anyone with a need for trustworthy information to simplify, understand, and navigate the complex world of research and scholarly publishing.

We are very grateful for Ringgold’s support, helping to keep the R2R Conference affordable for all members of the scholarly communications community.

Registration is open for the highly interactive hybrid Conference which will take place on 22-23 February in London and Online.

Mark Carden
13 January 2022

R2R Continues Hybrid Plans

The Researcher to Reader Conference has announced that it is continuing to plan on the basis of offering a hybrid event on 22-23 February 2022, at the London venue and online everywhere. Despite rising Covid infection rates in The UK, the event organisers are optimistic that the current wave could be declining by February, and so are continuing to plan to offer the option of having both physical and online participants at the highly-interactive and collaborative 2022 Conference.  

Around this time last year, R2R announced that the planned hybrid 2021 Conference would be switching to a fully online format, in response to rapidly rising infections and hospitalisations. While it was disappointing for the R2R community not to be able to meet in person, the online Conference was very successful, with 100% of survey respondents saying that the event was Relevant them professionally, and 98% saying it was Valuable use of time. The online R2R was still a highly interactive and collaborative conference, not a broadcast webinar like some events, and participants volunteered that:

“the degree of interactivity was truly surprising”

“the production was very professional

“the platforms really helped, and were easy to use”

“this was by far the best conference experience since COVID-19”

The 2022 Conference has been planned from the start to be a hybrid event, aiming to offer the same high-quality experience, and same value to both physical and online participants. Because the event is agnostic about how participants will attend, with a common tariff for online or physical attendance, and a real focus on interactivity for all participants, R2R is able to be confident of delivering a good Conference whatever the pandemic situation is at the time. All registered delegates will be free to choose whether to come to the London venue or not (subject to the prevailing regulations). The event is also helped greatly by the support of the long-term venue, BMA House in Central London. Firstly, the British Medical Association is, of course, providing us with excellent guidance on how to make both the venue and the delegate experience ‘covid conscious‘, and R2R will be following their direction to keep people as safe as possible.  In addition, the venue has been extremely flexible regarding the specific scale and terms of the Conference booking, which allows R2R’s organisers to continue to offer flexibility and choice to the delegates, even at this late stage.

R2R remains very conscious of the continuing pandemic, the recent increase in infections, and the threat that covid still represents for many people. While very optimistic about the possibility of being able to welcome participants to the venue, with appropriate precautions, R2R also recognises that many people may wish to choose the online option, and the Conference aims to continue to offer a hybrid choice.

Registration continues to be open for the Conference, and the Programme is available on the website.

Mark Carden
7 January 2022

MDPI Returns as R2R Silver Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that MDPI has returned to sponsoring the Researcher to Reader Conference and has upgraded to a Silver sponsorship.

MDPI is pioneer in scholarly, open access publishing, that has supported academic communities since 1996. Based in Basel, Switzerland, MDPI has the mission to foster open scientific exchange in all forms, across all disciplines. MDPI’s 379 diverse, peer-reviewed, open access journals are supported by more than 115,000 academic experts who support MDPI’s mission, values, and commitment to providing high-quality service for our authors. MDPI’s articles are freely available and distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

Registration is open for the fully-live and highly interactive hybrid Conference, which will take place on 22-23 February in London and Online.

Mark Carden
6 January 2022

Mosaic Renews as R2R Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that Mosaic Search & Selection have renewed their Bronze Sponsorship of the Researcher to Reader Conference. Mosaic has been a sponsor of R2R since the Conference started in 2016, and we are very grateful for their continuing support, which helps to keep our ticket prices down.

Mosaic has been providing international executive recruitment services for publishers and related organisations for over 20 years.  The Mosaic team uses their many years of sector and recruitment experience, and their professional executive search skills, to enable organisations to hire exceptional new talent cost-effectively and with minimal risk. Whether you are facing a hiring challenge, or looking for a new job opportunity, a Mosaic recruitment consultant would be happy to discuss you needs.

The fully-live and highly-interactive R2R Conference will take place on 22-23 February 2022. Registration is open here: https://r2rconf.com/r2r-registration/

Mark Carden
20 December 2021

(R2R Conference Director, Mark Carden, is a recruitment associate with Mosaic Search & Selection)

CCC Returns as R2R Silver Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that the Copyright Clearance Center will be a Silver Sponsor of the 2022 Researcher to Reader Conference. We are very happy to have CCC back as a sponsor, following a brief break in 2021.

A pioneer in voluntary collective licensing, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) helps organizations integrate, access, and share information through licensing, content, software, and professional services. With expertise in copyright and information management, CCC and its subsidiary RightsDirect collaborate with stakeholders to design and deliver innovative information solutions that power decision-making by helping people integrate and navigate data sources and content assets.

The financial support of our sponsors is a key part of R2R’s funding, allowing us to offer substantial discounts on all of our registration tariffs.

The Researcher to Reader Conference is planned to take place as a ‘covid-aware’ hybrid event on 22-23 February 2022, at BMA House in London and online everywhere. The Programme has been published and Registration is open.

Mark Carden
10 December 2021

Dr Dasapta Erwin Irawan Joins R2R Board

We are delighted to announce that Dr Dasapta Erwin Irawan has joined the Advisory Board for the 2022 Researcher to Reader Conference.

Dr Irawan is assistant professor in hydrogeology at the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Technology at the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. His research focus is on translating hydrochemical data to understand underlying hydrogeological systems. He is also an active participant in promotion of the open science movement and the importance of effective science communication to Indonesia’s research ecosystem. In 2017 he created INArxiv, with colleagues, as the first preprint server of Indonesia with the support of the Center for Open Science. Then, in a collaboration with Indonesia Science Institute and Indonesia Open Science Team, he also led the initiation of RINarxiv. He serves as a member of the advisory board for ON-MERRIT and is a team member of AsapBio.

We welcome Dasapta to the R2R 2022 Board, where his experience in the international research community, and support for the Open Access movement will be a great asset to the Conference.

Mark Carden
16 November 2021

Atypon Renews as Silver Sponsor

atypon_logo_cobalt_highresWe are delighted to announce that Atypon has renewed their Silver Sponsorship of the Researcher to Reader Conference. Atypon has been a Silver Sponsor of all six of our previous events, and we are very grateful for their continuing support into 2022.

Atypon develops publishing technologies for getting mission-critical content into the hands of the practitioners and researchers who need it most. Atypon’s online publishing and website development tools let publishers manage, deliver, and monetize all of the content they distribute—from standards and scholarly articles to online courses and videos. Atypon’s tools for researchers let them easily author, discover, and access the content they need. Founded in 1996, Atypon is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with over 470 staff in 9 offices around the world.

Registration is open for the fully-live and highly interactive hybrid Conference, which will take place on 22-23 February in London and Online.

Mark Carden
27 October 2021

R2R Registration Now Open

Save the dates or register (risk-free) today, for the next Researcher to Reader Conference, which will take place on 22-23 February 2022 as a hybrid event, both at our London venue and online everywhere.

Visit the registration page here.

Earlier this year, R2R 2021 delivered on a promise to provide a real, fully-interactive online conference.  100% of our survey respondents said it was ’relevant to me professionally’, 98% said it was ’valuable use of my time’ and 80% said it was ’good value for money’.

For 2022, we plan to offer yet another real conference experience, but in a hybrid format. We will have our usual interactive sessions and live networking, and all delegates will be able to fully participate in the event, either online or physically.

Our programme will include our usual mix of presentations, panel discussions, workshops and debating, plus networking and optional lightning talks during the breaks in the main programme. Our programme is likely to include:

  • Lisa Hinchliffe on Transformative Agreements
  • Michael Levine-Clark on Research Data Discoverability
  • Kamran Naim on APC-free Open Access
  • Brian Bishop on Intermediation in the Real World
  • Bodo Stern on Preprint Peer Review
  • Alison Mudditt on the Hybrid Workplace
  • Roger Schonfeld on Digital Strategy & Corporate Consolidation

…plus workshops exploring:

  • Implementation of OA standards for libraries and publishers
  • Using the insights from research into ECR behaviours and needs
  • Improving open data transparency and quality
  • Exploring new models for offering OA monographs
  • Enabling greater access for disabled people within scholarly publishing
  • Reducing publishing barriers for researchers in LMICs.

…plus much more.

The core programme will run from 10am to about 5:30pm (UK time) each day, but will be extended earlier and later with networking sessions and recorded material, to support online participants in other time zones. The detailed programme and timetable is currently being finalised, and announcements will be made throughout October and November.

Registration already is open, and participants can register now, taking advantage of our early-bird prices completely risk-free, as we offer a 100% cancellation option until the end of January. Don’t wait – register today!

While it is possible to run an online webinar at minimal cost, offering the full hybrid R2R conference experience requires significant investment in the venue (both as a physical location and an online studio) and in the technology and people required to bring the physical and online components together.  Despite the additional hybrid costs, we are holding our ticket prices to the same level as in 2020 and 2021, with our usual discounts for ‘early birds’, librarians, academics and returning delegates.  There is no need to choose in advance between attending physically or online as the tickets are the same either way.

We expect to be able to welcome physical participants to our usual venue, BMA House in central London; it is possible that some Covid-related restrictions will still be in place in February, and the venue has a range of appropriate measures that they are able to implement. We will provide full details of the precautions that we will be taking nearer the date.

Mark Carden
25 October 2021

R2R Call Deadline Extended

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The Call for Papers for the 2022 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 by one week, to Tuesday 7 September.

We are very grateful to those who have been sending in their proposals on time (and we already have more proposals than this time last year) but we recognise that many people are away during August and have found it hard to meet the deadline, and we think that there may be some excellent draft proposals out there, that just need finishing off.

We have ambitious plans for a fully-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 22-23 February 2022.

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 Tuesday 7 September.

Also, having learned from this experience, we will plan next year’s Call, for the 2023 Conference, to end in mid-September.

Mark Carden
31 August 2021

Dr Haseeb Irfanullah Joins R2R Board

We are delighted to announce that Dr Haseeb Irfanullah has joined the Advisory Board for the 2022 Researcher to Reader Conference.

Dr. Haseeb IrfanullahHaseeb Irfanullah is a biologist-turned-development-facilitator, who often introduces himself as a research enthusiast. Over the past two decades, he has worked for various international development organisations, academic institutions, donors and the Government of Bangladesh, in different capacities. Currently, Haseeb is an independent consultant on environment, climate change, and research systems. He is also a visiting research fellow of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). Haseeb is on the editorial board of ALPSP’s Learned Publishing and is an INASP Associate. He writes articles and thought pieces on scholarly systems and is a Chef at the The Scholarly Kitchen. He was a speaker at the 2019 Researcher to Reader Conference. Haseeb has a PhD in aquatic ecology from the University of Liverpool, UK.

We welcome Haseeb to the R2R 2022 Board, where his wide experience in the global research community will be a great asset to the Conference.

Mark Carden
15 July 2021