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It’s just two months until Research Information’s first industry event: Challenges in the Scholarly Publishing Cycle

Challenges in the Scholarly Publishing Cycle is an interactive one-day conference for publishers, information professionals and academics, to be held on Monday 4 December at the Business Design Centre, London.

Organised by Research Information magazine, in partnership with London Info International (LII), this one-day event, forming a pre-conference day to London Info International itself, will address the most difficult issues in scholarly publishing from the perspectives of three key stakeholder groups – publishers, information professionals and academics.

Building on a specially-commissioned piece of research, to be outlined in the opening keynote, the day will provide representatives from each of the three sectors an understanding of problems faced by those in the other stakeholder groups, and give an opportunity to strengthen working practices and partnerships among all parties.

Content for the day is being arranged by the team at Research Information, led by Tim Gillett (editor) and Warren Clark (publisher). Confirmed speakers so far include: Anthony Watkinson of CIBER Research; Jessica Clemons, associate university librarian for research, education, and outreach at University at Buffalo, USA; Roger Schonfeld, director of the library and scholarly communication program at Ithaka S+R; Carolyn Kirby, open access sales manager, EMEA at Taylor & Francis Group; and Lyubomir Penev, managing director and founder of Pensoft Publishers.

Research Information is perfectly positioned at the centre of the ever-changing world of scholarly publishing,’ said Gillett. ‘We’re using our experience of year-round coverage of key themes affecting publishers, librarians and researchers – both online at www.researchinformation.info and in the pages of our magazine – together with the numerous personal interactions the team have had at events, conferences and exhibitions around the world, to create a unique forum for all three stakeholder groups to share collaborative ideas.’

Our aim is to get representatives from publishers, librarians and academics to talk about their challenges with each of the other two groups, and include real-world examples of how collaboration has improved processes within the scholarly publishing cycle,’ added Clark.

Delegate booking is open, priced at £195 for the one-day event, or may be purchased as part of a package with London Info International. Visit our booking page at http://info-international.com/book-your-place/ for more details.

London Info International

The programme for this year's London Info International event is fast taking shape. Keynotes and plenaries include:

Valuing truth in the age of fake – Fiona Bradley, deputy executive director, RLUK
In 2017 the word ‘fake’ has entered everyday speech. Although truth and reliability have always been implicit in our industry, issues around verification and reproducibility are now under question across the whole information chain. This session assesses the impact of fake on publishers and information users alike and asks whether it’s time for the information industry to shift its thinking and approach.

Welcome to the New Impact – Ginny Hendricks, community outreach manager, Metadata 2020; Dan Pollock, senior analyst, Delta Think; Dan Filby, CEO, Highwire
How do we evaluate differing notions of impact in the changing research landscape? Impact factors continue to be the primary mark used to evaluate career progression, journal quality and funding outputs, however today’s generation of researchers are also comfortable with alt.metrics and the ability to drive their own impact. How will impact evolve in the near future?

Driving forward the future of innovation through entrepreneurship – Tim Dafforn, chief entrepreneurial advisor, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Tim will talk about driving productivity and growth in the UK economy through increased investment in innovation. Looking beyond Brexit, how can the UK secure involvement in European R&D programmes after 2020, while also catalysing the growth of its entrepreneurial culture?


Take our survey

As part of Challenges in the Scholarly Publishing Cycle, Research Information has commissioned a piece of research looking into the complex relationship between researchers, information professional and the publishing industry.

The research will be partly informed by a reader survey aimed at highlighting YOUR views on the main challenges facing the three distinct groups that make up the scholarly communications industry.

At the time of going to press, we have had a few hundred responses to the survey – but we are looking for as many as possible to ensure that we take in views from across the industry.

Please complete the survey at bit.ly/2jpTB4m  – it will only take a few minutes.