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 FAIR communication, sharing and profiling of research
Contributions on best practices, technologies and case studies concerning the promotion of discoverability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of research and its products, as well as 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, a.o.t. underpinning research data infrastructures (like e.g. the EOSC). Linked to this: the role of standards in optimizing 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.
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 and review of contributions
If you want to present a paper at the conference, the first step is to send in an extended abstract. Based on these abstracts,the Programme Committee will decide on acceptance or rejection of the papers.
The timeline of the submission and reviewing process is as follows.
March 1, 2018 – Extended abstract submission
Mar 31, 2018 – Acceptance/Rejection Announcement
May 1, 2018 – Full paper camera-ready submission
Submissions (extended abstracts) should be sent through the programme on line tool at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cris2018 (!!! So please do NOT e-mail your extended abstracts).
Publication of the accepted papers: as was the case for the previous euroCRIS Conferences, all accepted papers will be published in the euroCRIS Repository, and selected papers will be published as post-proceedings by an international publisher and indexed in Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus
Apart from the regular paper presentations, during the conference we offer the possibility to organise/present:
- Workshops, and
- Exhibition and Business sessions
We invite all those interested in organising these specific activities to send in their proposals, according to the instructions given below.
This year’s conference also welcomes proposals for tutorials in any of the topics of the conference. 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:
- Instructors and their qualifications;
- Topics to be covered;
- Pre-requisites 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 before March 31, 2018 to: email@example.com
Workshops are expected to be sessions organized the day before or in parallel to main conference activities. They should be focused on a specific topic.
Workshops proposals need to include:
- Workshop chair(s);
- Technical/scientific committee members;
- Topics to be covered;
- Justification of the importance of the topics.
Workshops will be in the program of the conference, but the peer review process and selection of papers is responsibility of their promoters.
Proposals for workshops should be sent before March 31, 2018 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition and Business Session
System providers are invited to submit contributions for a specific business session. Providers and initiatives as well as EC projects are invited to showcase their products in an exhibition.
Proposals for exhibition and business presentations should be sent before March 31, 2018 to: email@example.com
Conference Theme and Topics
The CRIS 2018 conference will address recent trends in the significance, position and use of Current Research Information Systems (CRIS), bringing together researchers, managers of research-performing or funding institutions, evaluators, librarians, research administrators, ICT experts and policy makers. The general theme of the conference is “FAIRness of Research Information”, a very topical theme, given e.g. the developments going on within the framework of the European Open Science Cloud initiative (EOSC). In a broader sense the theme reflects the question on how to optimally present research (projects), its practitioners (researchers, institutes) and – above all – its products (datasets, publications) and make them optimally discoverable and useful, first of all for fellow researchers, but in a wider perspective also for professional communities and the general public as a whole.
Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) could play a cardinal role in this respect as they hold a vast set of interlinked pieces of information (metadata) about virtually all aspects and objects of research, and as such provide an indispensable resource to optimally realise FAIRness, not only of the EOSC but of research information in general. How this role of CRIS could/should be conceived and operationalised is something we really look forward to discuss with you and get feedback on from the research information community.
Apart from their meaning for the FAIRness of research information, CRIS Systems do increasingly lie at the core of the information management infrastructure for all organisations involved with research: where it is performed, funded or assessed. The growing emphasis on enhancing transparency of research, maximising the impact and knowledge transfer, guarding the quality and integrity of research, improving dissemination of research results – covering publications, but also datasets and software – all require optimal solutions for storage, communication, exchange and assessment of research information.
At this 14th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems we invite the
interested audience to bring forward and discuss ideas, solutions and experiences related to both the central theme and the role and position of CRIS anno 2018 in general, and to report on developments going on regarding the issues mentioned above be it on a local, national or international level. As euroCRIS is an internationally oriented community, tackling and avoiding fragmentation on the national, international and subject level in order to contribute to the enhancement of research and innovation on a European level (e.g. the EOSC initiative) and beyond is an aspect that might be specifically addressed in this respect.
Conference topics include but are not limited to:
- The possible role and integration of CRIS as supporting information resources for research data infrastructures such as the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative.
- Research Information infrastructures on a national and international level
- Research information in academic social networks and Virtual (digital) Research Environments
- Possibilities and use of CRIS in the field of research data management: (formulation/registration of) data management plans, archiving of datasets, et cetera.
- Semantic approaches, data mining and profiling in the interpretation of research information
- The use and implementation of standards in CRIS: identifiers, formats, semantics, (controlled) vocabularies
- The significance of CRIS for Open Science.
- Interoperability: exchange and reuse of research information from existing resources
- Tools and solutions for the mobile international researcher
- The (worldwide) uptake of CRIS Systems by various stakeholders
- Enabling computational science with research information
- Research information management in and across institutions
- Identification schemes and standards.
- Linked Open Data for research information
- Scientific organisations in the community
- Enabling and supporting research cooperation through CRIS
- Value, impact and outcomes of universities
- Methodologies, frameworks, and models
- CV or portfolio exposure and profiling of researchers
- Use cases in the application of CERIF
- Current trends in Open Access and Open Data Management
- Analytics and quantitative measurement in research information systems: metrics and indicators
- Output and performance: trends in research assessment, rankings and benchmarking
- Evaluation of scientific organisations as cultural, societal or economic assets
- Dataset description and metadata
- Research software description and metadata
- The use of CRIS in digital asset management and archiving