Thursday, August 11, 2016

CFP: Researcher to Reader Conference (London - February 2017)

Call for Proposals

The Researcher to Reader Conference is the forum for discussion of the creation and dissemination of international scholarly content. The Conference Advisory Board is inviting proposals for participation in the next Conference, on 20 & 21 February 2017.

A proposal could include a topic, presentation, panel or workshop for the event, or a nomination for a speaker, panellist or facilitator. Each speaker, panellist and facilitator is offered a complimentary place at the conference.

Please respond by 31 August 2016; although later submissions may be considered.

Each proposal should include the following information:

  • Title and format of the proposal (presentation / workshop / etc)
  • Name, contact details and credentials for the proposer / speaker / panellist / facilitator
  • A description or abstract of about 100-300 words

We are particularly seeking participation by librarians, researchers, editors and funders, and by people based outside the UK.

Please send suggestions, proposals or any other communications to the Conference Chairman, Mark Carden, at For additional information about the 2017 Conference and Programme, please visit the website at

Themes & Topics
We welcome suggestions for themes and topics that would be relevant, and of interest to our delegates, ideally accompanied by suggestions for appropriate speakers. Although we are open to a wide range of topics, some of the subject we are particularly keen to include in the 2017 programme include:
  • International Funding and International Research Collaboration
  • Metrics in Funding, Discovery and Usage
  • Marketing and Selling Scholarly Content (Paid or Free)
  • The Financial Future of Learned Societies
  • Access, Authentication & Entitlement

Speaker sessions can be in the form of either presentations (lasting approximately 20-40 minutes) or 'lightning talks' (where the speaker will have a very brief opportunity to just introduce a topic).

Delegates attend one out of about six workshop topics, and each has a duration of 2½ hours, split across three sessions during the two days of the Conference. Workshops work best when discussing and resolving a clearly-defined question or problem.

Panel discussions are a chance for both experts and general delegates to discuss a key topic of interest to the community. Panels work best where an issue needs discussion amongst knowledgeable pundits, and where the chair is well-prepared and an excellent facilitator.