CISPC 2020 – call for speakers

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Our 2020 conference will build on the success of last year’s event by providing librarians and information professionals with deeper knowledge and understanding of communication strategies for open research.

In an increasingly open world – encompassing open research, open science and open data – some of the biggest challenges are around educating researchers about the changes they have to make to their working practices.

We'll also be reflecting on the research landscape in a post-Covid world - the changes we've had to make this year, the medium-term outlook, and long-lasting - if not permanent - ways in which the scholarly publishing cycle will have to adjust in future years.

At CISPC 2020, we will be bringing together speakers from around the world that have developed effective scholarly communication strategies within their own institutions, and who will share their experiences and expertise with fellow scholarly communication professionals.

We’re also increasing the time available for table discussions, enabling delegates to share and learn from each other in an informal environment.


*Covid contingency plans*

It is our intention to deliver a full, live 'in person' event at London Art House at the end of November, as past events have shown that's the best way to encourage interaction and shared best practice among the scholarly communications community.

However, recognising that circumstances may prevent us from doing so, we - like any other event organiser - have back-up plans in place either for a hybrid live/virtual event (in case social distancing limits capacity at the venue) or a fully virtual event.

Whatever happens, CISPC will take place in one form or another, once again providing an environment for librarians and information professionals to learn from and engage with their peers about how to overcome challenges in the scholarly publishing cycle.


Conference themes

  • Best practice changes post-Covid
  • Streamlining the process of open submissions
  • Best practice in submitting, storing and accessing open and FAIR data
  • Implementing software/browser tools to aid open research processes
  • Effective communication of approaches to open research


Call for speakers

We are currently accepting applications from the following:

  • Librarians/information professionals able to provide a working example of a successful communication strategy for open research policies within their institution.
  • Representatives from funding bodies fuelling the move to open research
  • Researchers/academics able to demonstrate changes in departmental/faculty approaches that have raised the profile of open research within an institution.
  • Publishers/vendors that have developed tools aimed specifically at the open research/open data movement, and that can present a working case study with a librarian/information professional.
  • Representatives from any institution that has innovated changes in working practices within scholarly communications in light of Covid restrictions.

To apply, please send a 150-word summary of your proposed presentation to Tim Gillett (, conference chair, by 30 June.


Who should attend?

Librarians/information professionals wanting to improve researcher support and communication in the open research era;

Researchers/academics wanting to understand the benefits and challenges of delivering open research;

Publishers who want to develop platforms and submission channels that support the open research agenda;

Vendors/service providers of tools that serve open research; and

Any of the above that wants to know what the research landscape will look like in a post-Covid world.

• CISPC is being organised in partnership with Info International. Visit for more details

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