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Join us for the 2023 UKSG November Conference. This year's event will take place online over two consecutive half days. Wednesday 15th November: 9.30am GMT to approx. 1.30pm and Thursday 16th November: 1.30pm GMT to approx 5.15pm.


November 15 2023 - 09:30
November 16 2023 - 17:15


United Kingdom

About the Event






The conference welcomes members and non-members of UKSG alike - Please note that advance registration is required. 

Registration is now open, please register here

Fees (both days):

  • Member - £ 45.00 + £ 9.00 VAT
  • Non-Member - £ 55.00 + £ 11.00 VAT

(A list of members can be found here)

If you are unable to attend -   We will send you a link to a recording after the event. 


The theme of our online November conference for 2023 is “Enriching Scholarship: how libraries and publishers educate, enhance and inform scholarly works”. 

Just as librarianship is a lot more than collection management, publishing is far broader than peer review. In this UKSG November Conference we’ll be exploring all the ways in which our community acts to enrich scholarship, within the following themes:

  • Research integrity. As a community we spend a lot of time talking about research integrity – but what is it, who’s responsible, and how do we get that message out to researchers?
  • Open scholarship. We know that open scholarship can and often does increase the administrative burden on researchers. How can we best mitigate that workload and continue to support the research process while opening up?  It can also add to the workload of the information professionals involved - what does that look like and what are the answers?
  • Information literacy. With the proliferation of fake news, and more recently the hallucinations of artificial intelligence, the ability to find and evaluate information sources is increasingly critical for scholars. Libraries and publishers are key sources of information literacy education, and we’d love to hear about what you are doing in that space. 
  • Digital and blended learning. While Covid-19 pushed many institutions towards digital and blended learning in place of traditional lectures, these tools have remained in place as the world has started to re-open. What kinds of materials and support do lecturers need to deliver these new modalities, and how have they impacted on traditional tools like textbooks? 

Split over two half days this event brings together voices from across our sector through a programme of presentations, Q&A and facilitated panel sessions.

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Programme and Speakers


Introduction & Welcome

*all times in GMT

Tasha Mellins-Cohen
Founder & Executive Director COUNTER

Tasha Mellins-Cohen joined the scholarly publishing industry in 2001. She has held roles within learned societies and commercial publishers across operations, technology, editorial and executive functions. In 2020 she launched Mellins-Cohen Consulting in response to requests for help in developing and implementing learned society-appropriate OA business models. From 2022 she took over the running of COUNTER, the global standard for usage metrics, alongside her consulting work.


Session 1: Carry That Weight: Simple Changes to Help Lessen the Open Scholarship Load

Those that work within and in support of Open Scholarship navigate a plethora of pain when it comes to funder requirements, publisher complexities, research assessments and considering and planning for future change. This ‘burden’ is made heavier by the changing nature of Open Scholarship: this year’s requirements might be next year’s redundant obligations. The words burden/burdensome are mentioned 19 times in the initial decisions for REF 2028. But what are we doing to help carry that weight?

This talk will offer tips and tools that can help publishers, funders and information professionals ‘carry the weight’ of the load of work that comes with supporting, advocating for and working towards open scholarship. We will suggest that by working together, listening to each other’s pain points and stressors, we can help both lighten the load but also, perhaps, make it easier to do better.

Katherine Stephan
Liverpool John Moores University

Katherine Stephan is the research engagement librarian at Liverpool John Moores University. She is responsible for organising library training related to research, outreach, engagement and publishing for all researchers at LJMU. She has a background in children’s librarianship and is a keen advocate of local libraries, open research and responsible research assessment. She is the librarian member of Think, Check, Submit (an initiative to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research); a member of the UKSG’s outreach and engagement committee; and a co-organiser of Open Research Week, a collaboration between LJMU, Edge Hill, Essex and Liverpool Universities.



Cath Dishman
Liverpool John Moores University

Cath is the Open Access and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Liverpool John Moores University. She takes the lead for open access advocacy at LJMU and manages the institutional repository and open journals service. Cath has over 20 years’ experience in libraries in a range of roles from academic services, customer services, user support and most recently research support. Cath is also the Content Officer for CILIP's Library and Information Research Group (LIRG)




Session 2: Research Integrity panel

This panel session will respond to the provocation "If we continue to talk about research integrity, research assessment, research culture and scholarly communication in separate breaths we are frankly wasting our time.” This panel features three experts who are coming to this question from different perspectives:

* Sabina Alam - as a publisher working with Taylor & Francis

* Thomas Evans - an academic at University of Greenwich

* Matt Hodgkinson - working in research integrity at UKRIO. 


The session will be facilitated by Danny Kingsley, OAPEN & DOAB Community Manager (Southern Hemisphere) and Visiting fellow Australian National centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

Danny Kingsley
OAPEN & DOAB Community Manager (Southern Hemisphere) and Visiting Fellow Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

Dr Danny Kingsley is an Australian-based thought leader in the international scholarly communication space. She took up the position of Community Manager for the Southern Hemisphere at OAPEN in August 2023 and is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. Danny has consulted for multiple Australian universities since returning from the UK where she worked as the Deputy Director of Cambridge University Libraries from 2015-2019. She established Open Access Australasia in 2013.

Sabina Alam
Taylor & Francis Group*

Dr Sabina Alam is the Director of Publishing Ethics and Integrity at Taylor and Francis Group. After a research career in neuroscience, Sabina moved into STM publishing in 2008, working on open access journals and a variety of peer review and publishing models at BMC journals (Springer Nature) and later at F1000 Research. Sabina joined Taylor and Francis in 2018, leading the Publishing Ethics and Integrity team on providing investigative support and expert guidance on editorial policies, publishing ethics and research integrity. Sabina also serves on several cross-industry working groups on publishing ethics and research integrity issues, including paper mills.

Thomas Evans
University of Greenwich

Tom (he/him) is an Associate Professor in Occupational Psychology. Tom’s research currently focuses upon using meta-psychology and open science practices to understand the quality of evidence within Occupational Psychology, and research more broadly.

Matt Hodgkinson
Research Integrity Manager UKRIO

Matt is a Research Integrity Manager at the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), supporting the work of the charity including the enquiry service, the development of policies and publications, and social media. He has a BA (Hons) in Biological Science from Oxford and an MSc in Genetics from Cambridge. He worked in open access science journal publishing for 18 years, developing expertise in peer review, critical appraisal, editorial policy, and publication ethics as an editor at BMC and PLOS and then heading the Research Integrity team at Hindawi. He is a council member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Treasurer of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE).




Session 3: Information Literacy & Blended Learning

1. Tackling research integrity issues at a learned society publisher - Bryan Vickery, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Trust in research, and in scholarly communication, is currently under threat. There isn’t a day goes by without news of research integrity cases or new misconduct challenges to overcome. This presentation is an overview of the Deter, Detect and Disclose strategy being implemented at the IET to address these threats by working collaboratively with other stakeholders across scholarly communiation

2. Papermill Problems: Attack AND Defence - Kim Eggleton, IOP Publishing 

The growing prevalence of papermills is demanding new and innovative ways to detect bogus papers and prevent them from entering the scholarly record. Kim will speak about what publishers can do to identify these papers early, as well as lessons learned from dealing with post-publication investigations into papermill activity. Publishers need to work together to address this growing issue.

3. An embedded approach to Library resource provision: removing physical and financial barriers to learning - Jude Wilson & Emily Clark, Arden University

Arden University is a distance and blended learning specialist provider with more than 28,000 globally based students studying primarily online. In-keeping with this model, the Library provision is digital first, purely online and focused on digital only formats such as electronic textbooks and online journals. The session will detail how this digital focus has led to the Library being central to the module development process, providing support for resource acquisition, licensing and copyright in the context of a rapidly expanding and innovative new University provider. 

Bryan Vickery
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Bryan joined the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2022 as Global Head of Research and Academic Markets with responsibility for the IET’s growing number of workflow solutions including open access journals, academic books, conference proceedings, Inspec database and precision research analytics tool Inspec Analytics.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in scholarly communications includes online communities, A&I databases/knowledge graphs, preprint servers, Open Access publishing, institutional repositories, peer review and production systems and research integrity tools.

He has a passion for sustainable and equitable Open Research, connecting research through persistent identifiers/metadata and how technology can improve the way scholars discover, communicate, collaborate to solve the most pressing societal challenges.

Jude Wilson
Arden University

Jude Wilson is the Director of Library Services at Arden University, leading a team of Librarians, Academic Skills Tutors, and Academic English Lecturers. With more than 20 years’ experience working in the Higher Education Sector Jude is an experienced senior manager with extensive experience in devising strategy, growing teams, and implementing services. Her role at Arden University has involved building the University’s Library Service from the ground up and she is passionate about developing services and support that will help students to be successful in their learning journey.   

Emily Clark
Arden University

Emily is Deputy Head of Library Services (Acquisitions and Systems) for Arden University, a role that has focused on building a brand new Library team from the ground up, offering a unique opportunity to re-centre the Library in an innovative institution. As a Chartered Librarian with more than 20 years’ of experience working in senior and managerial roles across academic and public sector library services, Emily has specialised in Library acquisitions, Library systems and Scholarly Communications.

Kim Eggleton
IOP Publishing

A proud member of the publishing industry for nearly 20 years, Kim has worked in editorial roles across social sciences and STM, most recently specializing in issues around peer review, DEI and research integrity. Kim is a COPE Council member, a founding member of the Joint Commitment for action on inclusion and diversity in publishing, and participates in many cross-functional working groups including the STM integrity hub and C4DISC.




Session 4: Research Integrity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Generative AI technology has the potential to fundamentally change how individuals discover, access, and consume information. Since Chat-GPT was launched in November 2022, this new, more accessible large language model and other generative AI technologies have sparked many possibilities and spurred innovation while raising many ethical and legal considerations, including issues around the accuracy of information. Large language models generate text based on the statistical likelihood of words appearing near one another. By its very nature, the information provided through these technologies may not be accurate or trustworthy; they are merely frequency counts. This presents significant challenges to the use of materials leveraging these tools. Libraries—through their services, expertise, and access to technology and information—are in a unique position within their communities and among their constituencies to navigate the disruptive nature of generative AI and enhance research integrity.
Leslie McIntosh, PhD, and Cynthia Hudson Vitale, MLIS will discuss how to trust research and address vulnerabilities.

Leslie McIntosh
Digital Science

Dr. Leslie McIntosh is the VP of Research Integrity at Digital Science and dedicates her work to improving research and investigating and reducing mis- and disinformation in science.

As an academic turned entrepreneur, she founded Ripeta in 2017 to improve research quality and integrity. Now part of Digital Science, the Ripeta algorithms lead in detecting trust markers of research manuscripts. She works around the globe with governments, publishers, institutions, and companies to improve research and scientific decision-making. She has given hundreds of talks including to the US-NIH, NASA, and World Congress on Research Integrity, and consulted with the US, Canadian, and European governments. Dr. McIntosh’s work was the most-read RetractionWatch post of 2022.

Cynthia Vitale
Association of Research Libraries

Cynthia Hudson Vitale is the Director of Science Policy and Scholarship at the Association of Research Libraries. In this role, she advances the Association’s mission of open, equitable scholarly communication, information stewardship, and publishing through strategic partnerships with higher education colleagues and various advocacy initiatives. Prior to joining ARL, Cynthia worked in research libraries building and leading computational research services.


Session 5: The Invisible Workload of Open Research

It is acknowledged that conducting open research requires additional time and effort compared to conducting ‘closed’ research. However, this additional work is often discussed only in abstract terms, a discourse which ignores the practicalities of how researchers are expected to find the time to engage with these practices in the context of their broader role as multifaceted academics. There is a clear danger that additional expectations to engage in open practices add to the workload of often already overburdened academics and research professionals. Using theories of administrative burden and workload creep, I discuss individual and systematic responsibilities to mitigate this.

Thomas Hostler
Manchester Metropolitan University

Thomas is a senior lecturer in psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He is the local network lead for the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) at his university. As well as utilizing open research practices in his own research, he is an advocate for open research practices and has delivered workshops on data sharing and preregistration. He recently completed an MA in Higher Education and has a developing interest in how open research practices are accommodated within university infrastructure.


Wrap up and Close

Programme and Speakers


Introduction and welcome

More details to follow shortly.

Liam Bullingham
University of Essex

Until recently, Liam managed research support in Library and Learning Services at Edge Hill University. At Essex, he leads the Academic and Research Services team in Library and Cultural Services; this includes academic liaison and information literacy team and also research services. He is a member of the LIS-Bibliometrics Committee and is a Trustee of UKSG..


Session 6: Research Integrity: Challenges and potential solutions

This session will look at what research integrity is, describe some of the current challenges facing the research community in this area, describe some of the solutions being implemented and discuss what publishers and libraries and other stakeholders can do to better support researchers in ensuring that they meet integrity standards.

Deborah Kahn
Research Integrity Consultant / COPE Trustee

Deborah Kahn has a long career in scholarly publishing, most recently in senior management positions at Taylor & Francis and Springer Nature. Her experience includes books, journals and databases, print and electronic, subscription and open access, not-for-profit and commercial publishers. Deborah has an advanced understanding and experience of ethical issues in research and journals publishing. At BMC, she created one of the first Research Integrity teams in a publishing company. She is currently a Trustee and Council member of COPE.




Session 7: Open Scholarship panel

Hannah Crago
University of Essex

Hannah Crago is the Open Research Development Librarian at the University of Essex, where she leads the Research Services team. Hannah's role includes promoting open research practices across the university, as well as providing training for researchers on publishing, research visibility, and copyright. Hannah's role also involves management of the institutional open access fund, and advocacy for alternative models of open access publication.

Johan Rooryck
cOAlition S

Johan Rooryck is Executive Director of cOAlition S and co-editor-in-chief of the Diamond Open Access journal Glossa: a journal of general linguistics since 2016. From 1999 to 2015, he was the executive editor of Lingua (Elsevier), when its Editorial Team and Board, as well as its reader and author community, decided to leave Lingua to found Glossa. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, a doctor honoris causa of UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, and a visiting professor at Leiden University, where he held the chair of French linguistics from 1993 to 2020.


Michel Belyk
Edge Hill University

Dr. Belyk is an academic researcher who seeks to understand the neural adaptations that make humans able to speak, with a particular focus on the neural control of the voice. He studies the neural systems for speech and language, how they develop in the human brain, the communicative behaviors that they enable, their underlying genetic mechanisms, and how they may contribute to disorders of speech.

As the human voice is the primary sound source for speech, song, and the expression of emotions, his research is in strategic contact with a wide range of fields and has generated numerous interdisciplinary collaborations.

Ralitsa Madsen
UK Committee on Research Integrity

Dr Ralitsa Madsen is currently a Sir Henry Wellcome and Independent Investigator at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit at the University of Dundee. She previously completed postdoctoral work at the University College London and the University of Edinburgh, following on from a PhD (2014-2018) in Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease from the University of Cambridge. It was here that she first became passionate about all things research integrity and Open Research. She has taken part in various grassroots activities aimed at promoting these topics nationally as well as internationally. In 2019, she wrote a FEBS Commentary, giving her perspective on key issues with current research culture and potential solutions based on the tenets of Open Research. She is currently a member of the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) and has co-authored a Universal Funders Policy together with Prof Chris Chambers. She has been advocating for an overhaul of current research assessment metrics, shifting focus from quantity to quality, as part of wider efforts to enable reproducible and thriving research.

In May 2022, she was appointed to serve a 3-year-term as member of the UK’s inaugural Committee on Research Integrity (UK CORI). UK CORI is hosted by UKRI but operates independently and is tasked with promoting research integrity nationally and internationally, across research disciplines.

Catriona MacCallum

Catriona is Director of Open Science at Hindawi Limited. She has 25 years experience in scholarly publishing, including 20 years in Open Access Publishing. She joined PLOS from Elsevier in 2003 to launch PLOS Biology as one of the Senior Editors, leaving as Advocacy Director in 2017. She is a member of OpenCitations, and a past member of the OASPA Board, the DORA steering committee, the DRYAD Board and the Advisory Board of the Royal Society (Publishing). She is a founding individual of the I4OC (Initiative for Open Citations) and I4OA (Open Abstracts) campaigns. She was a member of the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform from 2017-2020. She has a PhD in population genetics from Edinburgh University.




Session 8: Information Literacy

A. Two Flies, One Strike: Building Critical Thinking and Media Literacy in Youth Programming - Ani Petrak, Ústí Regional Library

In 2023, the Ústí Regional Library relied upon inspiration from its international connections to enrich its primary programming goal for the year: increasing media literacy. Through grants from the U.S. Embassy and the Foreign Language Literature Department's professional experiences, a range of activities were offered to adolescent school groups. These activities included escape rooms, classic lectures, and interactive activities with banned books.

B. Blurring the Line Between Fact and Fiction in the Library Classroom - Bethany Michel, University of Virginia & Josh Thorud

This session presents a university course integrating information and media literacies with media production - using documentary film to explore bias, misinformation, and evidence-based research. The capstone, a student-produced documentary, demonstrates mastery of the technical and content-related objectives of the course. We will discuss these objectives, provide rationale for merging information and media literacies, and explore digital pedagogy. The content is highly adaptable and will include access to openly licensed materials.  Attendees will discover the powerful impact of documentaries as teaching tools to examine media bias and consider digital pedagogy as a tool to push back against a post-truth landscape. 

C. Re-engineering a credit-bearing information literacy module to foster critical and reflective global citizenship - Lauren Smith, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

This presentation will focus on how through the redesign of a credit-bearing, postgraduate module about information literacy on the Masters of Research programme, the team of librarians at QMU is supporting the development of critical information literacy capacities, including reflective awareness of the role of evidence based practice in the workplace, limitations of traditional hierarchies of knowledge, epistemic injustice, and issues around decolonising knowledge. It will consider how the course content, methods of delivery and assessment are shifting to be more accessible, inclusive and socially just, offering ideas for good practice and reflecting on how the embedded nature of the teaching may offer insights for libraries in other HE institutions.


Ani Petrak
American Center Coordinator - Foreign Language Literature department Knihovna Ústeckého kraje

Ani Petrak MPH is the American Center Coordinator in the Ústí Regional Library in the Czech Republic. She has worked in educational non-profit organizations, schools, freelance writing and translating, and in social services. She has presented as a panelist, speaker, interpreter, and workshop leader at conferences in Germany, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. Ani focuses on animal assisted activities, language learning, and educational and cultural outreach activities for youth.

Bethany Mickel
University of Virginia

Bethany Mickel is the Instructional Design and OER Librarian at the University of Virginia, located in Charlottesville, Virginia. With over twenty-five years of experience in higher education instruction, materials design, and librarianship, her current position affords her the opportunity to work with faculty and students to create dynamic and engaging learning environments. Her research interests include open pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning, motivational design, and the disambiguation of mis/disinformation in media.

Joshua Thorud
University of Virginia

Joshua Thorud is a Multimedia Teaching and Learning Librarian at the University of Virginia Library. In this role, he designs and teaches audio/video and digital art instructional sessions, including software, equipment, media literacy, and digital storytelling, as well as consults with instructors about course design for media. In addition, he creates instructional materials such as video tutorials and step-by-step handouts on technical and content-related topics. His background is in film production and digital art, and he was previously a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and Coe College.

Lauren Smith
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Lauren leads the team of Liaison Librarians at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, where she's the leader for the postgraduate Digital Literacies module that forms part of the Masters in Research programme. She is interested in how libraries and librarians can support social justice and equity in education; her PhD explored critical pedagogical approaches in relation to political engagement and critical awareness, with further postdoctoral research and professional work focusing on widening participation, online learning and evidence informed practice. Her teaching practice as an academic librarian for Sociology, Psychology, Mad Studies, Media, Communication and Performing Arts is informed by these perspectives.


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