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2021 Annual Meeting Session | Lessons and Silver Linings in Research Dissemination: Should COVID-19 Provide a Push Toward Lasting Change?

In April 2020, a group of researchers posted a thought-provoking preprint entitled "Evaluating features of scientific conferences: A call for improvements." Although this research was begun well before COVID-19 hit pandemic proportions, the researchers' findings are more relevant than ever, as content providers struggle to make content available via virtual venues. Even under normal circumstances, when travel to conferences is common, it isn't common for all, which leaves a community of researchers excluded from scientific discourse. Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in particular face a number of issues, including travel restrictions, funds, as well as gender- and career-stage inequity. Access is even harder in developing countries. These researchers need to decide between funds for travel versus funds for their laboratories. And if they have the opportunity to attend a conference, attempting to share information with others afterward is difficult due to a lack of recorded sessions and digital posters. What can the lessons of pandemic-born virtual conferences teach us about making content more accessible and distribution more equitable well after the pandemic is over? In this session, the original preprint authors discuss their personal experiences as ECRs and the difficulties they face in accessing content, as well as the changes publishers and societies need to make permanent if scientific research is to be disseminated more broadly and equitably. || Speakers: Lori Carlin, Humberto Debat, Tomislav Meštrovic, Sarvenaz Sarabipour
SSP Annual Meeting Session Learning Level
Applied
Session ID
4A
Publication Date
05/25/2021
Without dwelling on the tumultuous events of the past year, our 43rd Annual Meeting aimed to recognize their impact, igniting—and sometimes forcing—innovation to meet changing demands. We explored the many new paths that materialize if we are willing to embrace the unexpected. What new insights and strategies have been discovered and implemented? What are the possibilities that have yet to be realized? As we move from reacting to adapting, how will our responses change the future of scholarly communications? And how should our responsibility to the larger academic ecosystem during this extraordinary time shape those responses? If you missed the SSP Annual Meeting, you can purchase individual keynote, plenary, and educational sessions on demand in the SSP OnDemand Video Content Library. You can also purchase an All Access Pass to the content on the Pathable platform through November 1.