Research Information partners with Info International for new conference

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Research Information is to host its first one-day conference, in partnership with London Info International.

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, 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).

‘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 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 will open shortly, priced at £195 for the one-day event, or may be purchased as part of a package with London Info International.

Call for papers - deadline 30 June

Speakers are now invited to submit papers for consideration. Organisers are looking for one from each of the following:

  • A PUBLISHER that has undertaken an author engagement project that has demonstrably changed the way it deals with research authors.
  • A PUBLISHER that has worked with librarians/information professionals to overcome issues.
  • An INSTITUTION/INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL that has taken an initiative to a publisher(s) that has resulted in significant changes to the way the two stakeholders work together.
  • An INSTITUTION/INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL that has engaged its researchers and redeveloped the way it provides access to scholarly research as a result.
  • An AUTHOR/RESEARCHER that has worked with a publisher(s) to change/improve a particular aspect of the submission process for the benefit of the author.
  • An AUTHOR/RESEARCHER that has driven change within an institution by working with the librarian/information professional department.

Those interested should submit a short abstract (max 500 words) for consideration to Tim Gillett ( by 30 June.