R2R 2020 To Be Hybrid Event

Researcher to Reader is planning to go ahead on 23-24 February 2021 with a hybrid Conference, offering the full R2R experience both at our London venue and online.  We can’t know what the coronavirus situation will be like in February, so we are planning for a great Conference, but with maximum flexibility for how the R2R community can participate. Delegates will be able to register from mid October, but without having to choose in advance whether they will attend physically or virtually.

Key to the success of R2R is the interactive conversation that we facilitate for all members of the scholarly communications community. We will continue to do this at our hybrid event. We will, as usual, offer our collaborative workshops, lively Q&A sessions, engaging debate and productive networking. Our aim is that both online and physical participants will enjoy the full ‘R2R experience’ during an engaging and immersive two-day event. 

This will be achieved through continuing the high standards we have delivered over the past five years. Researcher to Reader is noted for excellent administration, robust time-keeping, intense programme curation, and focus on participation, so we can be trusted to deliver in a hybrid world. The Conference will be supported by a web-based ‘event platform’, which will help the participants to engage fully with all aspects of the programme, including support for live Q&A and hybrid networking. We will also have a professional audio-visual production team, who will ensure that multi-way communications are highly effective. This will be supported by our experienced facilitators, who will be encouraging full engagement for all participants. We are investing heavily to ensure that everyone gets a really rich and valuable experience.

Our programme is currently being finalised, following an overwhelming response (in both quantity and quality) to our call for papers over the summer.  Topics to be covered will probably include: preprints, diversity, Plan S, research policy in China, transformative agreements, OA books, research integrity and much more.  

Our lively multi-format timetable is likely to be supplemented by interviews, lightning-talks and poster sessions – new ways to communicate which are designed to be particularly engaging for online participants.  We will also be trimming the duration of some items on the programme, in recognition of the challenges of online concentration.

R2R 2021 is going to be a real conference – but available to everyone, whatever travel concerns or restrictions may be in place in February.  You will be able to participate physically or virtually, and the full R2R experience will cost the same either way – if you come to the venue you will get lunch; if you stay home you will save on travel costs!

Members of the scholarly communications community are encouraged to block out February 23-24 in their schedules – ready to be fully engaged in participation in the Researcher to Reader Conference throughout those two days, with no time for other distractions.  The launch of our programme and our registration webpage is expected to be in mid October.

Mark Carden
7 October 2020

R2R Call Deadline Extended

Call for Papers logo

The Call for Papers for the 2021 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 to Monday 7 September.

We have ambitious plans for a 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 23-24 February 2021.

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 Monday 7 September.

Mark Carden
25 August 2020

UK Allows Events From October

The UK Prime Minister has announced that conferences and similar events will be permitted in England from October, saying “we intend to … allow conferences and other business events to recommence …. in a Covid Secure way.” It has been confirmed, however, that this is dependent on the current infection rates not rising, and on measures to reduce transmission being in place at any event.


The Researcher to Reader Conference is nonetheless making ambitious plans for the October launch of a high-quality hybrid event for February 2021, so that participants can defer until next year any decisions whether to attend physically or online.

The Call for Papers for R2R 2021 has been announced, and will close at the end of August.



Mark Carden
18 July 2020


R2R 2021 Call for Papers Announced

R2R Call for Papers (no year)The Call for Papers for the 2021 Researcher to Reader Conference has been announced, inviting members of the global scholarly communications community to propose contributing to the event’s programme of Presentations, Panels, Debates, Workshops, Poster Sessions and Lightning Talks.  The 6th annual R2R Conference is scheduled to take place as a hybrid event, combining both a physical and an online meeting during the week of 22-26 February 2021.

While the Call for Papers lists some topics that could be of particular interest to delegates, it also notes that the R2R Conference covers the full life-cycle of scholarly communications, from the researcher who creates content to the reader who consumes content.  Potential proposers are reminded that the participants particularly value topics that are of broad interest across the diverse range of people and organisations that are involved in scholarly communication, rather than in subjects that focus on a particular silo.   While all proposals are potentially of interest, some suggested topics include:

  • Preprints and Peer Review 
  • Research Incentives, Behaviours, Integrity & Trust
  • Research Data
  • Funding Sources, Methods & Mandates 
  • Small & Society Publishers 
  • Public Communication of Science

The Advisory Board stated that they are particularly seeking proposals from librarians, researchers, editors and funders, and from people based outside the UK. R2R is also a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, and so actively welcomes proposals from under-represented demographics.

The Call for Papers is open throughout July and August 2020.

Mark Carden
8 July 2020

Anna Sharman Joins R2R Board

chris-king-photography_anna-sharman-01 croppedWe are very pleased to announce that Dr Anna Sharman has joined the Advisory Board for the 2021 Researcher to Reader Conference.

Anna is the founder of London-based company Cofactor, which trains and advises STEM researchers in writing and publishing research papers. She has a PhD in biology and has been a journal editor at Trends in Biochemical Sciences, Current Biology and Genome Biology. She has attended all five R2R Conferences to date.

We welcome Anna to the R2R 2021 Board, where her knowledge, expertise and community engagement will be a significant asset to the Conference.

Mark Carden
3 July 2020

Board Member to be BYU Librarian

RickWe are thrilled to hear that long-standing Researcher to Reader Board Member Rick Anderson will be the new University Librarian at BYU from 1 September 2020.  This is a well-deserved promotion for an outstanding member of our community, and we offer hearty congratulations.

Brigham Young University Academic Vice President Shane Reese announced the appointment today (2 July). Rick is currently Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, and will succeed Brian Rennick, who has been interim university librarian since December 2019, following the passing of university librarian Jennifer Paustenbaugh in November.

Mark Carden

2 July 2020


Another Researcher to Reader Review

Upshall ReviewVery belatedly, we are able to tell you about another review of the 2020 Researcher to Reader Conference. This is a blog post, by first-time participant (and speaker) Michael Upshall, published very promptly, immediately following the event.  This informative and usefully critical review gives an excellent flavour of the event as a whole.

Review by Michael Upshall (blog)

Mark Carden
2 June 2020


R2R Reviews Now Available

Two interesting reviews of the 2020 Researcher to Reader Conference have been published recently.

RI Review logoOne, in the latest edition of Research Information, is by Heather Staines, who attended the Conference for her first time in February, as well as facilitating a workshop. Heather has now joined the R2R Advisory Board for 2021.

Research Information Report (website)

Research Information Report (yudu)

ATG Review logoThe other is published in Against The Grain, and written by Anthony Watkinson, who is a long-standing member of our Board.

ATG Report (website)

R2R would be very pleased to hear about any other reviews out there, and would also welcome anyone, especially someone unaffiliated with R2R, who wanted to write a review, even at this fairly late stage.

Mark Carden
1 June 2020




Heather Staines Joins R2R Board

R2R is delighted to announce that Dr Heather Staines has joined the Advisory Board for the 2021 Researcher to Reader Conference.

Heather is Head of Partnerships for Knowledge Futures Group, building open source infrastructure for publishers and libraries. Her previous roles include positions at Hypothesis, Proquest, SIPX, Springer SBM, and Greenwood Publishing Group/Praeger Publishers. She is a frequent speaker and participant at industry events including the COUNTER Board of Directors, the STM Futurelab, Society for Scholarly Publishing, the NISO Transfer Standing Committee and the NASIG Digital Preservation Task Force. She has a PhD in Military and Diplomatic History from Yale University.

We welcome Heather to the R2R 2021 Board, where she will be a significant asset to the strategy, programme and visibility of the Conference.

Mark Carden
28 May 2020

R2R Interviewed about 2021

The Geyser LogoResearcher to Reader Conference Chairman, Mark Carden, has been interviewed by Kent Anderson of The Geyser about how the Conference just missed the COVID-19 lock-down in 2020, and what the plans are for the 2021 Conference.

“We were extraordinarily lucky with the timing of R2R in 2020. During the Conference, there was almost no mention of the virus or suggestion that people might have had doubts about gathering for the event. Yet only one week later, the London Book Fair was cancelled.”

The interview reports that plans are being formulated for R2R in February 2021, but it might be a ‘hybrid conference’.

“We do have to consider the possibility that the whole event cannot take place physically, or that some people will be unwilling or unable to attend in person. So we are making ‘hybrid conference’ plans, aiming for a physical event, but planning an online offering as well. The online offering may turn out to be a replacement for the physical event, or just persist as an alternative way to participate, depending on how things turn out.”

Read the interview in full at The Geyser here:

Mark Carden
13 May 2020