5 - 6 Dec 2017 business design centre, london

Pre-Conference Day

Challenges in the Scholarly Publishing Cycle

presented by Research Information

10:00 - 10:10

Opening remarks by conference chair and host, Tim Gillett, editor of Research Information

Publishers Session

10:15 - 10:45

Carolyn Kirby, Open Access Manager, Taylor & Francis

What are my authors doing? A library’s visibility of published research

In 2016 Taylor & Francis published over 100,000 research articles, of which almost all had multiple authors, who had affiliations with multiple institutions.

Increasingly, libraries are playing an integral role in the publication process; supporting researchers, managing funding and conducting research output assessment exercises. But how do they know who their authors are, where and when they publish?

As global publisher, how do we link up these relationships? If libraries want their authors to ‘act on acceptance’, to comply with REF policies or funder mandates, a major challenge is visibility of what and when their authors publish.

Taylor & Francis partnered with several libraries in both the UK and Germany to develop an online application which offers the library exactly that – visibility of affiliated article metadata upon acceptance.

This presentation will give an overview of the challenges faced by a global publisher to implement an affiliation-based workflow, and use the newly launched Research Dashboard as one example how we can meet these evolving needs of the scholarly communications community.

10:45 - 11:15

Lyubomir Penev, Managing Director & Founder, Pensoft Publishers

ARPHA Journal Publishing Platform

There are three key challenges to be addressed by journal publishers nowadays: (1) increasing machine-readability and semantic enrichment of the published content to allow text and data mining, aggregation and re-use; (2) adopting open science publishing principles to expand to publication of all research objects through the research cycle and (3) facilitating all of this to authors, reviewers and editors through novel and user-friendly technological solutions.

To answer these needs Pensoft has developed the ARPHA publishing platform. Standing for Authoring, Reviewing, Publishing, Hosting and Archiving, all in one place, ARPHA’s XML-based workflow was specifically developed to create a collaborative working space for all participants in the publishing process – authors, reviewers, editors, publishers and data aggregators.

The flagship journals published on ARPHA are the innovative Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ) and Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO), among many others. In the context of these projects, Pensoft has been actively working with scientists and key initiatives, to be able to provide a rather unique level of integration with industry’s leading services alongside automated workflows that allow direct import of data into a structured article format.

11:15 - 11:45


Librarians Session

11:45 - 12:15

Jessica Clemons, University at Buffalo;

Leading towards sustainable access

To move away from “big deals” but still fulfill their mission to facilitate scholarly communication, many university libraries are rethinking how to support dissemination and provide access. Librarians are looking for approaches that serve their researchers effectively, steward their resources appropriately, and respond to the changing environment strategically. One of the related shifts that we see in research libraries is the shift from simply providing access to serving as university information leaders. The presenters will focus on access, publishing efforts, metrics, and visibility at the University at Buffalo, across the State University of New York, and broadly across higher education in the United States.

Roger Schonfeld, Ithaka S+R

The dramatic changes to the way we all consume media are now increasingly spilling over into other areas of publishing, and it’s changing the way content needs to be delivered and discovered. In this session we’ll discuss how to deliver quality information products that engage users in a world of Spotify, Google and Instagram. Learn how they and others are using deep learning to match users to content in increasingly intelligent ways – and with great results.

12:15 - 12:45

Bernie Folan and Claire Grace, Bernie Folan Consulting

Librarians messages to publishers: how to turn research into practice

In early 2017, a piece of research was carried out via questionnaire asking librarians to share messages to publishers. There was the option of anonymous submission to encourage candour. This research aimed to supplement messages offered to publishers and other organizations via library advisory board meetings, conference talks and other channels. The hope is to facilitate understanding and to progress the library/publisher partnership that is essential for a healthy future for research communication. A lightning talk at the 2017 annual UKSG Conference summarised the key findings. This talk now shares the findings in more depth and delves into the detail of the most recurrent themes. It also features some organizational case studies which illustrate how the findings are being used practically and/or how these organizations ensure they understand the needs of the libraries they work with. These case studies may help other publishers with the implementation of listening programmes.

12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:30

KEYNOTE: Warren Clark and David Stuart, Europa Science (publisher of Research Information)

Challenges in the Scholarly Publishing Cycle

Scholarly publishing requires different organisations to work in harmony to produce and provide access to scholarly works. For scholarly publishing to be effective, efficient and innovative it is essential that there is good communication between publishers, libraries, and research organisations. This can be difficult, however, with organisations in the different sectors having different challenges, cultures, opportunities and objectives.

Focusing on the results of a new research project, undertaken by David Stuart on behalf of Research Information magazine, this presentation will highlight how each key stakeholder group in the scholarly publishing cycle – publishers, librarians and researchers – views problems and challenges when dealing with their counterparts in the other stakeholder groups, and what changes could be made to improve the process.

David Stuart will be on hand to answer questions about the research, and all delegates will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the full market research report at a 40 per cent discount.

Researchers Session

14:30 - 15:00

Anthony Watkinson, CIBER Research

Are early career researchers the harbingers of change?

This presentation is based on research done by CIBER-research an independent, international, academic research organisation for the Publishers Research Consortium in 2016 and in 2017. The results are based on two years of in depth interviews of early career researchers (ECRs) in 7 countries (see www.ciber-research.eu/harbingers.html). ECRs characteristically believe in openness, sharing and transparency but often are looking to an academic career and need to publish the outputs of their research in journals with high impact factors to get recognition. Many of their answers reflect this dilemma. However a year after the first interviews they do have clearer and on the whole more positive views on peer review, metrics, open access, collaboration and their future in the academic environment. In particular many of them are hopeful about a transformation of the scholarly environment particularly with regard to evaluation even though they are not yet sure what the preferred scholarly communication system ought to look like

15:00 - 15:30

Helen Blanchet, Scholarly Communications Subject Specialist, JISC

Rachel Bruce, (Jisc), Andy Turner (University of Leeds)

Researchers’ participation in driving open science

In the move to open access, librarians report that advocacy to researchers is still a challenge that no institution has yet succeeded in fully cracking.

By sharing the experiences of researchers involved in Jisc’s open access and open data projects, this session aims to address questions such as:

• What has motivated researchers to participate in open science and what are the challenges?

• What role has the library played and how have they collaborated with librarians?

• What are the roles of research managers and researcher developers in supporting open science?

• Which systems and technologies can underpin and ease the transition to open science for researchers?

• Are there any good tips for engaging researchers, and for researchers to lead change?

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:45

Discussion panel

17:00 - 18:00

Drinks reception

For more information on the speakers, please visit the “Pre-Conference Speakers Day” page