CRIS2024 Conference: Call for Proposals

The 16th CRIS Conference on Current Research Information Systems will be held next Spring (May 15-17, 2024) as an on-site-only event at TU Wien in Vienna, Austria. In order to collect proposals for presentations, papers and other contributions to this conference, euroCRIS is putting out the following call for proposals.
 

Conference Theme and Topics
Programme committee
Conference Contributions: Types and Structure
Submission of Papers and Review Process
Key Conference Dates
Publication of the Accepted Papers
Specific Activities: Posters, Tutorials, Workshops and Exhibition and Business Session

 

Theme: Emerging trends for international collaboration in the CRIS domain

Deadline for submissions: Feb 15th, 2024

Conference Theme and Topics

The CRIS 2024 conference will address recent trends in the significance, position and use of Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) and more specifically the opportunities they offer for research information exchange and aggregation across institutions, regions, countries and/or stakeholders (eg between institutions and research funders). For this purpose, the conference will gather researchers, managers of research-performing or funding organisations, evaluators, librarians, research administrators, ICT experts and policy makers.

The general theme of the conference is “Emerging trends for international collaboration in the CRIS domain”, emphasising the opportunities posed by collaborative initiatives like the CRISCROS WG to discuss and learn from best practices in research information management adopted by fellow projects. The event will also aim to bring together complementary takes on the same area of activity currently being implemented in slightly different ways across countriesy, with the ultimate goal of using the ever more widespread CRIS implementation to ensure smooth and effective mechanisms for research information exchange and aggregation. From Open Science implementation to business intelligence through research assessment, such interoperability mechanisms offer opportunities to improve the research information management processes in many different domains..

Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) play a pivotal role in this respect as they hold a vast set of interlinked pieces of information (metadata) about virtually all aspects and objects of research. However, not all systems hold the same information profiles, so any best practice examples for harmonisation efforts in this regard should be much welcome.

Following the return to on-site events at our CRIS2022 Conference in Dubrovnik, we invite the interested audience in this 16th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems to bring forward and discuss ideas, solutions and experiences related to both the central theme and more generally to the present role and position of CRIS, and to report on relevant developments going on at a local, national or international level.

Conference topics include but are not limited to:

  • The significance of CRISs for the promotion and realisation of FAIR and Open Science
  • Best practices in system interoperability and research information exchange at a regional or a national level
  • The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in research information management
  • The use and implementation of standards in CRIS: identifiers, formats, semantics, vocabularies
  • Use cases in the application of CERIF
  • The use of CRIS in the field of research data management
  • Semantic approaches, data mining and profiling in the interpretation of research information
  • The (worldwide) uptake of CRIS Systems by various stakeholders
  • Enabling and supporting research cooperation through CRIS
  • Value, impact and outcomes of universities
  • CV or portfolio exposure and profiling of researchers
  • The role of CRIS in support of Plan S and transforming Scholarly Communications
  • The role of CRIS in support of the responsible use of research metrics: analytics and quantitative measurement in research information systems
  • Output and performance: trends in research assessment, rankings and benchmarking

Programme

Details about the conference programme will be announced later.

 

Programme committee (provisional)
 

Name Affiliation
Joachim Schöpfel [Chair]  University of Lille, France
Sophie Biesenbender Commission for Research Information in Germany (KFiD), Germany 
Rebecca Bryant OCLC Research, United States
Ils de Bal EWI Department, Flemish Government, Belgium
Pablo de Castro University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Jan Dvorak Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Eiken Friedrichsen University of Kiel, Germany
Elena Fürst University of Vienna, Austria
Michael Greil University of Vienna, Austria
Anna Guillaumet SIGMA AIE, Spain
Sebastian Herwig University of Münster, Germany
Anna Hikl University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria
Dragan Ivanovic University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Keith Jeffery Keith G Jeffery Consultants, United Kingdom
Kristoffer Lindell Umeå University, Sweden
Michele Mennielli Lyrasis, United States
Sabine Neff TU Wien, Austria
Hanna-Mari Puuska CSC, Finland
Falk Reckling Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austria
Steve Reding Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Peter Schaffer Medical University of Graz, Austria
Danica Zendulkova SCSTI, Slovakia
   

 

Conference Contributions: Types and Structure

We invite the CRIS community and all other interested parties to submit their findings and experiences as contributions of different kinds. This includes full or short research papers, review papers and articles describing case studies, experiences or proposals of novel pieces of technology, processes or models. The submission system of the conference will allow participants to classify the contribution in a number of types that will be reviewed according to that nature.

 

Conference contributions will be organized in three tracks:

I. Open communication, sharing, reuse and profiling of research

Contributions on best practices, technologies and case studies concerning the promotion and facilitation of research information exchange and the creation of research information infrastructures on various levels, be it institutional, national or international. Special attention may be given to the role of CRIS and CRIS-based e-infrastructures in creating an international and multifunctional “FAIR” research information layer, underpinning among other things research data infrastructures like the EOSC. Related to this, the role of standards in optimising research communication and exchange.

II. Measuring research, its quality and impact

Contributions on best practices, case studies, operational solutions and future trends in benchmarking, evaluation and assessment of research and research impact; including policy directions, technology developments and emerging standards. This also includes the need for and approaches towards quality and reliability of research information to support the responsible use of research metrics by all stakeholders.

III. Advances in research information technology

Contributions on advanced information and communication technologies to improve research information quality, availability and exchange, including database, process and workflow, user interface or Cloud-based technologies. With special attention to CERIF and CRIS-related technologies and developments.

Any other topic not fitting in the tracks but falling in the scope and topics of the conference will equally be considered as part of a general track.

 

Submission of Papers and Review Process

In order to present a paper at the conference, the first step is to send in a 2-page extended abstract for the contribution. Based on these abstracts, the Programme Committee will assess the suitability of the papers for the event.

Please submit your extended abstract to the following easyChair account: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=cris2024 

Guidelines for writing extended abstracts

An extended abstract is not simply a long abstract. An extended abstract should contain some references, comparisons to related previous work, cases, descriptions and findings and other details expected in a full paper but not in an abstract. The typical length of the extended abstract is 2-5 pages. The abstract should be readable and understandable, and it is key to highlight the main contributions that make the work presented useful to the audience of CRIS researchers and/or practitioners.

The program committee will consider among other these aspects in reviewing the extended abstract:

  • Are there any major technical flaws in the abstract?
  • Is the language appropriate for a scholarly or technical audience?
  • Is the work a significant advance over previous work/cases/experiences in the area, by the same authors or others?
  • Does the extended abstract offer an interesting perspective on a problem or describe experiences that might be useful to others?
  • Is the abstract well presented and understandable?

Best Paper Award

In Memory of the late Max Stempfhuber euroCRIS offers an award to the best paper in the conference.

 

Key Conference Dates

The timeline for submitting and selecting contributions is:

  • February 15, 2024 – Extended abstract submission
  • March 15, 2024 – Acceptance/Rejection Announcement
  • May 1, 2024 – Full paper camera-ready submission

 

Publication of the Accepted Papers

As it was the case for previous CRIS Conferences, the extended abstracts for all accepted papers will be published in the euroCRIS repository shortly before the conference. 

On top of this, a selection of papers will be published as post-proceedings with an international publisher indexed in the Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus.

 

Specific Activities: Posters, Tutorials, Workshops and Exhibition and Business Session

The CRIS2024 Conference also welcomes proposals for posters, tutorials and workshops related to any of the topics for the conference. System providers are also invited to submit their contributions for a specific Exhibitions and Business Session. More details on the calls for these separate activities are given below.

Call for posters

Posters on the conference themes above may be submitted as regular contributions via easyChair. When adding the info on the authors and title and abstract for the poster, please specify that this is a poster contribution. The same submission deadlines specified above for conference papers also apply to poster submissions. 

Authors of submissions not deemed to be sufficiently solid for a conference paper and/or presentation during the peer-review process may also be invited to submit their contribution as a poster instead.

Call for tutorials

Tutorials are expected to be sessions of a duration ranging from 1 to 3 hours in which the instructor exposes a topic or presents the use of a system. Tutorial proposals need to include:

  • Title
  • Instructors and their qualifications
  • Topics to be covered
  • Prerequisites for attendants
  • Tutorial setting required (need for computers, Internet connection, other materials)

Tutorials are expected to serve the audience in improving or acquiring knowledge or skills or demonstrating and gaining hands-on or practical experience with technologies and tools.

Proposals for tutorials should be sent to eurocris@eurocris.org before Feb 15th, 2024.

Call for workshops

Workshops are expected to be sessions organised the day before or in parallel to main conference activities. They should be focused on a specific topic. Workshops proposals need to include:

  • Title
  • Workshop chair(s)
  • Technical/scientific committee members
  • Topics to be covered
  • Justification of the importance of the topics

Workshops will be included in the conference programme, but the peer-review process and selection of papers is the responsibility of their promoters. Contributions to workshops will typically not be published in the CRIS2024 Conference proceedings unless they're held within the event programme.

Proposals for workshops should be sent to eurocris@eurocris.org before Feb 15th, 2024.