Platform Build for R2R Completed

The main online event platforms for the Researcher to Reader Conference have now been built and are in final testing. The live interactive online event will be taking place on 23-24 February 2021.

To deliver the interactive online event, R2R will be using four main components:

  • An online event platform (OnAIR)
    For timeline management, plenary session presentation text chat, participant information, one-to-one text or video meetings, and sponsor information.
  • A professional AV studio (Giggabox)
    To manage the plenary sessions, which include a debate, interviews, panels and presentations.
  • A virtual rooms networking platform (Spatial Chat)
    For face-to-face video networking and the interactive workshops.
  • A video-conferencing platform (Zoom)
    For the Orientation meetings and for the Lightning Poster sessions.

The online event platform (OnAir) build is now complete, with the timeline and other components set up to support effective navigation around the whole Conference. Final testing of this robust global online event solution is almost complete.

The Conference moderators and speakers have been briefed by the professional studio production team and are fully prepared to deliver their live and interactive sessions.

The virtual rooms networking environment (SpatialChat) has also been built and tested, and is ready for use both for informal networking, and for the interactive workshops. The workshops will also be supported by other online tools such as Miro and Mentimeter. A backup networking environment, using another platform, has also been prepared as a ‘warm standby’ solution, in case of unforeseen problems.

The Zoom meetings have been set up and tested ready to deliver pre-conference orientation for those participants who want to drop in, and the Lightning Poster sessions that are offered during the breaks in the main programme.

R2R Online is ready to go! Registration for this fully-live and highly interactive online event, with face-to-face online networking, will remain open until the morning of Monday 22 February. https://r2rconf.com/r2r-registration/

Mark Carden
19 February 2021

TrendMD becomes R2R Silver Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that TrendMD has become a Silver Sponsor of the 2021 Researcher to Reader Conference. TrendMD is a brand new sponsor for R2R, and we welcome them to our sponsorship family.

TrendMD is an article discovery platform that generates related articles on journals, blogs, and other sites that academics, doctors, and researchers use in their day-to-day work. Scholarly publishers, authors, and funders use TrendMD to increase site traffic, reach their target audiences, and drive article impact.

The Researcher to Reader Conference is on 23-24 February 2021, and will be a fully-live and highly interactive online event, with face-to-face online networking. Registration is open here: https://r2rconf.com/r2r-registration/

Mark Carden
18 February 2021

Over 100 at R2R Pre-Conference

Over 100 different people registered to join the R2R Pre-Conference sessions that were held over the past three weeks. These were free online sessions, giving the opportunity for registered and potential participants in the Researcher to Reader Conference to meet some of the presenters and discuss their planned topic with them. Each session began with a brief overview of the planned topic, followed by a general discussion amongst those participating the meeting.

Amongst the people registered to attend these sessions were people affiliated with the following organisations: Accucoms, ALPSP, BMJ, Bristol University, British Institute of Radiology, Cabells, Cactus Global, Cambridge University Press, Centers for Disease Control, Company of Biologists, Copyright Clearance Center, Elsevier, Harrassowitz, Imperial College, London, JISC, Karger Publishers, Liverpool University, London School of Economics, National Institutes of Health, Northumbria University, PLOS, Rockefeller University, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, The Open University, The Royal Society, University of Ottawa, University of Pittsburgh, University of Sussex and Wiley.

The Conference topics covered in these pre-sessions included:

Interviews: China Research and Publishing (Nicko Goncharoff)
Panel: COVID-19 Rapid Review & Preprints (Sarah Greaves)
Panel: Inclusivity (Kim Eggleton)
Panel: Research Realities (Heather Staines)
Presentation: Funding OA Books (Martin Eve & Frances Pinter)
Workshop A: New OA Models (Tasha Mellins-Cohen & Stuart Taylor)
Workshop B: Academic Writing (Christine Tulley, Sara Rouhi & Anna Sharman)
Workshop C: Antiracist Framework (Jocelyn Dawson & Sabby Kaur)
Workshop D: Usage Metrics (Lorraine Estelle & Catriona MacCallum)
Workshop E: Peer Review (Iratxe Puebla & Chris Graf)

More information on each of these Conference topics can be found in our Programme. These simple pre-Conference conversations took place using the Zoom video conferencing application; the full R2R Conference will be using an online platform for the main event and a virtual room application for informal networking. Registration is still open for the Conference which will take place on 23-24 February. 

Mark Carden
15 February 2021

R2R Preview by Research Information

Research Information, the “essential link between publishers, librarians and researchers” has published an informative preview of the Researcher to Reader Conference, highlighting the compelling Programme and the event’s plans for online interactivity and networking. Research Information is a media partner of R2R, sharing a common goal to provide a forum for everyone in the scholarly communications ecosystem to communicate with each other.

The article can be accessed here: https://www.researchinformation.info/news/r2r-conversation-goes-online

The Researcher to Reader Conference will be a fully-live and highly interactive online event, with face-to-face online networking. Registration is open here: https://r2rconf.com/r2r-registration/

Mark Carden
12 February 2021

Antiracist Workshop at R2R

The Programme for the Researcher to Reader Conference on 23-24 February 2021 will feature a workshop on an Antiracist Framework for Scholarly Communications. This workshop will be previewed at a free online session on Wednesday 10 February.

The workshop participants will meet three times over the two-day Conference, to discuss how to confront racism and transform workplace culture. The workshop will be facilitated by Jocelyn Dawson and Sabby Kaur.

Registration for the free online preview session, that will discuss plans for this workshop on Wednesday 10 February (and for other Conference previews on other dates), is available via this page:
https://r2rconf.com/2021/01/21/r2r-pre-conference-session-registration-is-open/

The Researcher to Reader Conference will be a fully-live and highly interactive online event, and registration is open here: https://r2rconf.com/r2r-registration/

Mark Carden
9 February 2021

COVID & Preprints Panel at R2R

The Programme for the Researcher to Reader Conference on 23-24 February 2021 will feature a panel on COVID-19 and Preprints. This session will be previewed at a free online session on Thursday 4 February.

The panel will discuss with the Conference participants the COVID-19 Rapid Review initiative and the lessons learned.

Registration for the free online preview session, that will discuss plans for this panel on Thursday 4 February 2021 (and for other Conference previews on other dates) is available via this page:
https://r2rconf.com/2021/01/21/r2r-pre-conference-session-registration-is-open/

The Researcher to Reader Conference will be a fully-live and highly interactive online event, and registration is open here: https://r2rconf.com/r2r-registration/

Mark Carden
4 February 2021

Research4Life Participants Invited

Researcher to Reader partnered with Research4Life in January to offer complimentary invitations for 10 academics or librarians from any of its eligible countries to the R2R Conference on 23-24 February 2021.

The participants have now been selected and invited to join the Conference, and librarians, researchers and lecturers will be joining us online from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Their participation will be a great contribution to the international and cross-sectorial conversation that is the hallmark of this event.

Registration is still open for the fully-live and highly interactive online Conference which will take place on 23-24 February. 

Mark Carden
4 February 2021

New Funding Models at R2R

The Programme for the Researcher to Reader Conference on 23-24 February 2021 will feature a presentation on a new funding model for Open Access books. This workshop will be previewed at a free online session on Wednesday 3 February.

The presentation will describe a partnership between Central European University Press and COPIM to create an innovative business model for OA books.

Registration for the free online preview session, that will discuss plans for this presentation on Wednesday 3 February (and for other Conference previews on other dates) is available via this page:
https://r2rconf.com/2021/01/21/r2r-pre-conference-session-registration-is-open/

The Researcher to Reader Conference will be a fully-live and highly interactive online event, and registration is open here: https://r2rconf.com/r2r-registration/

Mark Carden
25 January 2021

Peer Review Workshop at R2R

The Programme for the Researcher to Reader Conference on 23-24 February 2021 will feature a workshop on Peer Review. This workshop will be previewed at a free online session on Monday 1 February.

The workshop participants will meet three times over the two-day Conference, to discuss the value and visibility of peer review beyond the journal. The workshop will be facilitated by Iratxe Puebla and Chris Graf.

Registration for the free online preview session, that will discuss plans for this workshop on Monday 1 February (and for other Conference previews on other dates), is available via this page:
https://r2rconf.com/2021/01/21/r2r-pre-conference-session-registration-is-open/

The Researcher to Reader Conference will be a fully-live and highly interactive online event, and registration is open here: https://r2rconf.com/r2r-registration/

Mark Carden
29 January 2021

Open Access Models Workshop at R2R

The Programme for the Researcher to Reader Conference on 23-24 February 2021 will feature a workshop on Open Access Models. This workshop will be previewed at a free online session on Wednesday 27 January.

The workshop participants will meet three times over the two-day Conference, to discuss the future of transformative agreements. The workshop will be facilitated by Tasha Mellins-Cohen and Stuart Taylor.

Registration for the free online preview session, that will discuss plans for this workshop on Wednesday 27 January (and for other Conference previews on other dates), is available via this page:
https://r2rconf.com/2021/01/21/r2r-pre-conference-session-registration-is-open/

The Researcher to Reader Conference will be a fully-live and highly interactive online event, and registration is open here: https://r2rconf.com/r2r-registration/

Mark Carden
26 January 2021