9.30-10.00     Registration


10.00-10.10     Welcome and introduction

        Tim Gillett, Conference Chair, and Editor, Research Information


10.10-10.40    Keynote: Survey results from Challenges in the Scholarly Publishing Cycle 2018

        Warren Clark, Publisher, Research Information

        David Stuart, Research Consultant, Stuart Information Research


Building on the success of the first survey report, published in 2017, this follow-up will reveal what’s changed for the stakeholder groups in the past 12 months. Has any progress been made on the issues raised in last year’s report? What new issues have emerged? Have priorities changed for any of the stakeholders? Delegates will receive a full copy of the report in advance of the day, and it will be used throughout the event to provide stimulus for discussion.


10.40-11.10    Workshop Session: Your perspective on the scholarly publishing landscape (Part 1)

Session leader and Librarian moderator: Helen Blanchett, Scholarly Communications Subject Specialist, JISC

Researcher moderator: Alastair Horne, Doctoral researcher, Bath Spa University and the British Library

Publisher moderator: Tasha Mellins-CohenDirector of Publishing, Microbiology Society


How do you view the scholarly publishing landscape from your perspective as either a researcher, librarian or publisher? Dividing up into stakeholder groups, delegates will be encouraged to share what they feel are their greatest concerns in the cycle as it stands, and how they think the other stakeholders can help overcome them.


11.10-11.30    Morning Networking Refreshments


11.30-12.00    Workshop Session: Your perspective on the scholarly publishing landscape (Part 2)


Our moderators will share the views of the group discussions from Part 1 of the workshop, enabling delegates to understand and focus on challenges raised by colleagues working in other stakeholder areas.


12.00-12.25    Case study: Researcher Perspective – Implementing the open access agenda

       Jeremy G. Frey, Professor of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Southampton

Science Ajar Revisited: impact, compliance, networks and technology 

A few years ago, in a presentation on Science Ajar, I looked at how e-Science and Web 2.0 could in principle provide new tools for the communication of scientific discoveries. In this talk, I look back to this presentation, to relate some of my recent experiences as seen from several sides of the discovery communication process: first, as a researcher trying to maximise the impact of my research and comply with the new initiatives on openness (e.g. Open Access), transparency, and reproducibility (Open Data); secondly, as the lead of a network promoting new ideas for researchers and finally as a researcher and developer of aspects of the technology to support the dissemination of the very research I undertake.


12.25-12.50    Case study: Librarian Perspective – Funder-compliance

        Helen Dobson, Scholarly Communications Manager, University of Manchester       

Navigating Open Access policy requirements

Open Access support is firmly embedding as a core service in universities and is often, but not always, provided by library staff. A key driver for the development of such services has been that institutions need to meet funder requirements to safeguard future funding, and staff roles have emerged or numbers of posts increased in recent years. This presentation will describe the challenges of working within the framework of multiple funder policies, highlighting particular pain points and tensions, discussing solutions to date and outlining areas in which other scholarly communication stakeholders could help to minimise the burden.


12.50-13.15    Case study: Publisher Perspective – Investment for open access

       Bill Kasdorf, Kasdorf and Associates

How open standards and technologies are helping publishers and their partners address the demands of our open research ecosystem

While the move to open – open access and open science – is front and centre today, the importance of open standards and open technologies has been something of a quiet revolution. And the two sides are often conflated. Open standards and technologies are of course fundamental to open access and open science, but they’re equally important – and available – for commercial solutions and hybrid solutions. Publishers have been slow to realise how much they can benefit from open standards and technologies.


13.15-14.15     Networking Lunch Break


14.15-14.30    Introduction to Afternoon Workshops


Conference chair Tim Gillett will explain how the afternoon workshops will work, as delegates will be split up into three mixed groups – each containing representatives from all three stakeholders – to debate the issues raised by the survey, the morning workshop and the case studies. Each delegate will attend three sessions in turn, and each session will focus on the perspectives and issues of one stakeholder group. Be vocal and participate – raise issues and suggest solutions!


Researcher Perspectives

Moderated by Alastair Horne and Jeremy Frey


Librarian Perspectives

Moderated by Helen Blanchett and Helen Dobson


Publisher Perspectives

Moderated by Tasha Mellins-Cohen and Bill Kasdorf


14.30-15.00 Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
15.00-15.30 Group 2 Group 3 Group 1
15.30-16.00 Group 3 Group 1 Group 2


16.00-16.20    Afternoon Networking Refreshments


16.20-17.00    Q&A and Afternoon Workshop Wrap-up

Join our moderators and keynote speakers for a final summary of the issues raised during the day, highlighting some pointers and actions to take away with you back to your workplaces and fellow stakeholders.

17.00-18.00     Networking Drinks Reception and Close, Sponsored by Clarivate Analytics


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