HighWire Returns as Gold Sponsor for 2020

HighWire_Logo_RGBWe are delighted to announce that HighWire is returning as the Gold Sponsor for the 2020 Researcher to Reader Conference.  This is a unique position, as we only invite one organisation to be the Gold Sponsor for each Conference.

HighWire is the technology partner of choice for world-leading commercial and academic publishers. With offices globally, HighWire provides digital publishing solutions and platform expertise across all aspects of the publishing life cycle.

We are grateful for HighWires’s continuing support – they were a great Gold Sponsor for the 2019 Conference and also provided the delegate bags for that event, which they will be doing again for 2020. Our sponsors help to make the Conference affordable for all members of the scholarly communications community.

Registration for the 2020 Conference, on 24-25 February in London, will open in October. The Call for Papers closes on 23 August.

Mark Carden
3 July 2019

R2R 2020 Call for Papers Announced

R2R 2020 Call for Papers 02The Call for Papers for the 2020 Researcher to Reader Conference has been announced. Full details are available on the ‘Call for Papers‘ page of the Conference website.

This annual international scholarly communications event will next take place in London on 24 & 25 February 2020. The R2R Conference is attended by around 150-200 senior delegates from all parts of the scholarly communications lifecycle including funders, researchers, research managers, publishers, distributors, technologists and librarians. 

The Advisory Board is inviting proposals for workshops, presentations, panels and debates. We are also seeking experienced facilitators to help lead our workshops. We are particularly seeking proposals from librarians, researchers, editors & funders, from people based outside the UK, and from under-represented demographics.

Proposers are invited to provide an abstract (50-100 words) and a fuller description (100-250 words) by Friday 23 August 2019, using the proposal form available on the ‘Call for Papers‘ page of the website.

Mark Carden
2 July 2019




R2R Debate at Scholarly Kitchen

SK Blog DebateThe controversial debate on Sci-Hub that took place at the Researcher to Reader Conference in February has now been published as a full transcript on the Scholarly Kitchen blog. As well as giving people chance to read the debate, the comments section of the blog contains a well-informed and lively discussion of the issue, with 22 comments posted at the time of writing.

Several other aspects of the Researcher to Reader Conference have also been featured in Scholarly Kitchen blog posts.

The video-recording of the debate is available on the Conference YouTube Channel.

Mark Carden
17 April 2019

100% Say R2R is Relevant & Valuable

Analysis of the delegate feedback from the 2019 Researcher to Reader Conference shows very high levels of satisfaction with the event, with delegates rating both the sessions and the event very positively.

R2R 2019 Sentiment v02Of the 70+ survey respondents, all but two ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that the Conference was relevant to them professionally and was a valuable use of their time.

Survey Form 50

Just one respondent disagreed that the event was ‘valuable’, but they acknowledged that this was because they only attended one day. And just one respondent strongly disagreed on both ‘value’ and ‘relevance’, although since they also said that they “go every year”, we are confident that this response was an error! (Get in touch if you want to change your response.) If we exclude these two anomalies, 100% of the respondents agreed that event was “relevant to me professionally” and “a valuable use of my time”.

The speaker presentations at the event also received consistently positive results, with most getting an average rating at least 3 out of 4, and all presentations getting at least 2.8, which is outstanding for any conference. Five of the 10 presentations got over 80% favourable ratings.

R2R 2019 Speakers (Rnd)

The Workshops and Panels received more mixed feedback, with the comments showing quite polarised opinions on many of these sessions. But two Workshops managed to achieve 100% positive ratings (Supporting Early-Career Scholarship and Levelling the Playing Field), which was excellent, with the former receiving an outstanding 3.8 average rating.

R2R 2019 WorkshopsThe organisation and venue also rated highly, with the event administration getting 100% positive ratings.  The temperature of the rooms continued to be somewhat concerning , with 20% rating it Poor or Fair, despite careful monitoring and frequent checking of the audience comfort level – we will have to keep working on this.

R2R 2019 Event

Delegate comments were also very positive, with responses that included:

  • Audience interaction was great.
  • Altogether a well-run conference.
  • Excellent, interesting to be so interactive.
  • Good conference, I liked the mix of attendees.
  • Brilliant for networking.
  • A well-organised conference.
  • Interesting conference
  • Really enjoyed the programme, good variety and the workshops well facilitated.
  • Great as always.
  • Really good balance of subjects and speakers.
  • Extremely well run.
  • Passionate speakers; great topics.
  • Excellent facilitators, fun and productive
  • Great timing, layout and stage.
  • Workshop format was good for energy levels.
  • Very collaborative event.
  • Brilliant hearing the perspective of librarians and researchers as well as publishing.
  • Very nice venue.
  • Great workshops. helped fuel the creative process and given me lots to take away.

Overall, the survey results showed very positive feedback for the event, and we also received many useful suggestions for improvements and innovations for 2020.

Mark Carden
14 April 2019


Irfanullah has Scholarly Kitchen Article

IranfunallaA presentation given at last month’s Researcher to Reader Conference, by Dr Haseeb Irfanullah, has been the basis of a guest post, ‘How has Bangladesh’s scholarly communication changed in recent decades?’ at the Scholarly Kitchen blog.

The slides for the R2R presentation (in PDF format) are available on our website, and a video-recording of the presentation is available on our YouTube channel.

Mark Carden
29 March 2019

R2R Tulley Presentation on SK Blog

Tulley Book 33A presentation given at last month’s Researcher to Reader Conference, by Dr Christine Tulley, forms the basis of a guest blog post, ‘Emerging Trends in the Academic Publishing Lifecycle’ at the Scholarly Kitchen today.

The slides for the R2R presentation (in PDF format) are available on our website, and a video-recording of the presentation will be available shortly on our YouTube channel.

Mark Carden
27 March 2019