2017 SCUNC Proposals


The ASERL Scholarly Communications Unconference (SCUNC) builds upon the THAT Camp tradition of unconferences by welcoming and accepting session proposals from all attendees. Proposals will be viewable by all attendees upon submission, with the opportunity for others to share their questions and ideas on the topic in advance of the actual event. This tradition has proven to lead to exciting and productive conversations and facilitate new ideas and collaborations.

Proposals should address one of the many issues arising in the realm of scholarly communications, including:

  • open access,
  • altmetrics,
  • library publishing,
  • fair use of copyrighted works,
  • institutional repositories,
  • alternative peer review
  • data management

Sessions need not be designed as a presentation before an audience, although these types of sessions are certainly welcome. The purpose of the unconference is to stimulate conversations among peers, to explore new ideas, and to tackle hard issues in an open and collaborative environment. Examples of the type of session an attendee could propose:

  • Instruction of how to use a tool or technology relevant to scholarly communication (e.g. how to use ImpactStory or other altmetrics site),
  • Demonstration or display of a project or interface devised at the speaker’s institution (e.g. demonstration of a local system used to track faculty scholarship),
  • Open session during which attendees are invited to discuss a specific question or topic in a small group setting (e.g. how can students be engaged in open access advocacy).

Sessions will be one hour in length with no more than 4 concurrent sessions at one time from which attendees can choose.  On the morning of the event, the schedule of sessions will be set and attendees will be free to attend the sessions of their choosing. Please include in your session proposal what, if any technology, you will need access to during your session.

All registered attendees are encouraged to submit a topic proposal by January 10, 2016.