R2R Programme Includes an Intermediation Presentation

The Programme for the collaborative hybrid Researcher to Reader Conference, taking place on 22-23 February, will include a presentation on intermediation between the Researcher and the Reader, by a publishing professional who will be bring insights from also working in the food delivery and travel industries. What can publishers and librarians learn from JustEat and Secret Escapes?

Disruption and Innovation Lessons from the Outside World
How organisations outside the scholarly communication sector create and survive changes in intermediary technologies, processes and business models

Brian Bishop - Vice President for Digital Transformation at De Gruyter
Drawing on his senior executive experience at JustEat and Secret Escapes, the speaker will explore changes in intermediation in the food and travel industries, and discuss both how initiators of change have behaved and how the affected organisations have responded. Having also worked at Springer and deGruyter, he will be able to show how these changes have useful parallels in the scholarly communications ecosystem, and how funders, publishers, libraries and other intermediaries between researchers and readers might seek out and implement new approaches.

Registration is still open for this innovative event, with a varied and cross-sectoral Programme, which includes hybrid networking, panels, workshops, presentations, lightning talks and a debate.

Mark Carden
26 January 2022

Prize Draw for Free Place at R2R

The Researcher to Reader media partner, Research Information, is offering a free place, valued at £235, for a librarian or researcher to participate in the fully-hybrid R2R Conference on 22-23 February. The winner of the Research Information ticket can participate in the Conference either online or physically at the venue, and the free place will be drawn on Monday 7 February. For more information, visit the Research Information announcement:

The Researcher to Reader Conference, which is a conversation about scholarly communications, is a particularly attractive event for academics and librarians to join, given the event’s research-focussed name, cross-sectoral programme and collaborative ethos.

While this is a great chance for someone to win a free place at the Conference, this should not discourage people from registering for the Conference today, taking immediate advantage of the great discounts available for librarians and researchers. If you register now, but are then lucky enough to win the draw, R2R will be delighted to refund what you have paid!

Mark Carden
21 January 2022

Aries Returns as R2R 2022 Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that Aries has renewed their sponsorship of the Researcher to Reader Conference for the hybrid event taking place in London and Online on 22-23 February 2022.

Aries Systems Corporation, the developer of Editorial Manager and ProduXion Manager, is committed to enhancing how publishers and scholars disseminate knowledge on a global scale. Aries’ cloud-based workflow solutions enable the submission, peer review, and content management of high-value documents, and are used by thousands of journals and hundreds of publishers worldwide.

We are grateful for the continuing support from Aries – our sponsors help to make the Conference affordable for all members of the scholarly communications community.

Registration is open for the Conference, which is a fully-hybrid event allowing live participation for both physical and online delegates. And the full Programme is available on the website.

Mark Carden
20 January 2022

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