2021 Virtual Scholarly Communications Unconference Proposals

SCUNC_Logo_horizontalThe ASERL Scholarly Communications Unconference (SCUNC) is now accepting session proposals. 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 format 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 the following:

  • Open Access
  • Open Science
  • Open Data
  • Open Education
  • Altmetrics
  • Library Publishing
  • Copyright and Fair Use
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Alternative Peer Review
  • Data Management
  • Research Information Management Systems
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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,
  • 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).

Unconference will be virtual and conducted entirely over Zoom. Format of the event (including length of sessions) will be driven by the proposals submitted by the participants. Following the proposal submission deadline and registration, the ASERL SCIG co-chairs will build and distribute an agenda for the event. Participants are encouraged to submit a topic proposal by Friday, February 12, 2021. Participants can also review submitted proposals here.