Proposal Submission Form – Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion

“Proposal Submission Form – Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion

Please complete the form below to submit a proposal. If you have any questions, please contact Josh Cromwell (….”

Virtual Unconference on Open Scholarship Practices in Education Research

“The 2022 Unconference will feature participant-led sessions analyzing the current state of open scholarship practice and interactive hackathons seeking solutions to identified problems. Participants will assess barriers to adoption of open scholarship practices unique to the education community and brainstorm strategies for promoting greater awareness. 

The meeting will be hosted in Charlottesville, Virginia and features unconference sessions (fully online as well as in person), hackathons, and workshops (in-person only). Registration is open for virtual as well as in-person attendance – join now to confirm your seat! Your registration fees, along with a limited grant support, will provide travel support for colleagues who need it.

Additional information about opening and closing plenary speakers will be made available soon. Please also check back for the formal agenda this fall….”

Call for Proposals: Library Publishing Forum 2022 | deadline November 15, 2021

“The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is now accepting proposals for the 2022 Library Publishing Forum! After the success of our Virtual Forums in 2020 and 2021, we are thrilled to offer both in-person and online options this year, with a virtual preconference the week of May 16, 2022, followed by the in-person Library Publishing Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 25–26, 2022.

Proposal submissions are welcome from LPC members and nonmembers, including library employees, university press employees, scholars, students, and other scholarly communications and publishing professionals. We seek proposals from people who will help us expand the diversity of perspectives we hear from at the Library Publishing Forum, especially from marginalized identities. We welcome proposals from first-time presenters and representatives of small and emerging publishing programs. Please view the Call for Proposals ( for detailed information about the Forum and the different formats of proposed sessions. The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.”

CfP: 16th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing (15–18 November 2021). Submission deadline Sept 05, 2021.

Submissions are invited for the 16th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing, 15–18 November 2021! The Munin Conference is an annual event on scholarly communication, primarily revolving around open access, open data and other aspects of open science. Usually held at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, for the second year in a row the conference will be digital.

We hereby welcome abstract submissions on topics including, but not limited to:

Research and researcher assessment
Innovations in scholarly communication

Accessibility (web accessibility) in scholarly publishing
Open access books

We accept submissions for the following formats:

Presentation (max 10 minutes)

Poster for a Twitter poster session

Abstracts must be submitted via Septentrio Conference Series. Please read the Submission Guidelines below. The program committee will select contributions on the basis of the quality of the individual abstract, as well as relevance for the overall conference program.

Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: 5 September 2021

Notification of acceptance: 17 September 2021

Conference to be held: 15–18 November 2021

Call for Papers: The Global Transition to Open: Structuring Library Sustainability Toward a More Equitable Knowledge Ecosystem | Commonplace

We invite contributions to a series that explores how libraries are realigning their collections spending with their values around Open. We ask that abstracts of 300 words or fewer be submitted by Monday, September 13, 2021 (please see key details below). 

Libraries face a dizzying and growing array of open access investment opportunities. These range from open infrastructure to new open access publisher agreements. Although libraries can be motivated by altruism when investing in open initiatives, many are trying to embed “openness” into their collections strategies. This is much easier said than done when emerging open access models rarely mimic the legacy subscription or one-time purchase models upon which the library community has grown accustomed. This series seeks to examine the challenges and efforts underway at academic libraries as they make their way forward in this new environment. 

An article published in the Commonplace in June 2021 titled “Balancing Investments in Open Access: Sustainability and Innovation” inspired this upcoming series. In this article, Annie Johnson raises questions that many in the library community are starting to ask: 

“So how can we ensure that our support for open does not become unsustainable in the face of continued cuts to our collections budget? And perhaps more importantly, how can we make informed, strategic decisions about which initiatives to support (and which not to support) when each agreement takes so much time to evaluate, and staff are already spread so thin?”[undefined]

These are critical questions that all academic libraries are facing. We believe sharing our stories and learnings at this important juncture will help us to collectively navigate the challenges ahead and, critically, to create a more equitable and just scholarly communication system.

We seek proposals that will address topics or questions, such as:

What guiding goals and principles can help libraries make decisions and measure the efficacy of their spending?

How is “transformative” defined? What are we transforming?

How are libraries balancing local reading and publishing needs with the desire to transform global scholarly communications?

How do we bridge the organizational divide between collections and scholarly communications?

Who are the key stakeholders and how do we secure their buy-in?

When should we go it alone and when do we partner?

How do we align open knowledge practices and spending with issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice?

How can libraries talk to each other and/or across campus about these topics? 

What new top-down models encourage new, sustainable, and open frameworks (rather than just operate within the existing, legacy structure)? Who has implemented them, and how?

Describe strategies for libraries that do not have a Press at their university, that can still support local open scholarly publishing efforts.

Anything you think we’ve missed!

Reproducibility and research integrity

“Research integrity is an important driver of reliable and trustworthy research, and includes issues such as reproducibility and replicability. There is a need to promote robust research, starting at the lab bench and extending to the dissemination of findings to the scientific community, as well as the public. 

Following a call from the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee for evidence on reproducibility and research integrity, and the roles different institutions play in this, BMC Research Notes has partnered with the UK Reproducibility Network to provide a platform to share feedback on the topic with the wider scientific community. 

In this BMC Research Notes collection, we welcome contributions on the following topics:

Factors that influence reproducibility and research integrity;
The role of different stakeholders in addressing these factors;
Proposals for improving research integrity and quality;
Guidance and support for researchers….”

Call for Proposals | Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) | Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, The George Washington University

“The Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) planning committee is now accepting proposals for the inaugural Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) Symposium, a free event which will take place virtually on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (time to be determined). MIRL is a platform-neutral conference and our goal is to gather together IR practitioners and those with an interest in IRs at hospitals, academic medical centers, and other health settings for discussions and sharing of case studies and best practices for digital archiving of institutional content….”

CfP: GW Ethics in Publishing Conference 2021 (Oct 27, 2021). Deadline for presentation proposals/submissions: September 8, 2021

The 11th GW Ethics in Publishing conference will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 as a virtual event.

The GW Ethics in Publishing conference is organized by the George Washington University Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program (

The theme of this year’s conference is Equitable Publishing.

We are soliciting conference presentations from (and for) publishing and library professionals, scholars, faculty, and publishing students. Topic ideas include, but are not limited to:
• Ways to enable and implement equitable, inclusive, and accessible publishing
• Efforts to make workplace practices equitable in publishing organizations, including internships and early-career positions
• Efforts to ensure diverse voices are part of the conversation about inclusion, equity, and accessibility
• Work to ensure peer review, authorship, editing, publications metrics, etc., are equitable and free of bias
• Work to make publications more accessible

Alumni and current students in the GW Publishing program are also invited to present on their Ethics in Publishing Capstone projects, including both “Making the World Better” projects and Case Studies..

Presentations will include panels as well as “PechaKucha” style, short talks.

The 11th Ethics in Publishing Conference co-organizers are Puja Telikicherla, Licensing & Subsidiary Rights Manager, American Psychiatric Association Publishing, and Adjunct Professor, George Washington University; and John W. Warren, Director and Association Professor, Master of Professional Studies in Publishing, George Washington University.

The Association of University Presses (AUPresses) and the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) are co-sponsors of the GW Ethics in Publishing Conference.

Deadline for presentation proposals/submissions: September 8, 2021.
We will endeavor to accommodate as many presentations as possible. Registration for the conference is free.

Call for tenders: Pilot project for the co-creative development of a self-assessment tool “Road2Openness” for the strategy and organisational development in the field of Open Science

[via] innOsci, the Stifterverband’s Forum for Open Innovation Culture, would like to work with interested universities to develop strategies and concepts for strategic opening, organisational development and profile building in the field of Open Science.

To this end, it has launched the Road2Opennes pilot project together with a team of Open Science experts. Road2Openness is an assessment tool that is intended to support universities in determining their own status quo in the field of Open Science by means of an interactive online questionnaire.

Furthermore, it is intended to provide recommendations for improving their own organisational Open Science activities and organisational development.


innOsci, das Forum für Offene Innovationskultur des Stifterverbandes möchte gemeinsam mit interessierten Hochschulen, Strategien und Konzepte für eine strategische Öffnung, Organisationsentwicklung und Profilbildung  im Bereich Open Science entwickeln.

Dafür hat es zusammen mit einem Team von Open Science Expert:innen das Pilotprojekt Road2Opennes ins Leben gerufen. Road2Openness ist ein Assessment Tool, das Hochschulen  dabei  unterstützen  soll,  den  eigenen  Status  Quo im  Bereich Open  Science anhand eines interaktiven online Fragenkatalogs zu erfassen.

Des Weiteren soll es Handlungsempfehlungen zur Verbesserung der eigenen organisationalen Open Science Aktivitäten und Organisationsentwicklung liefern.

Submit your proposal for Europeana 2021 | Europeana Pro

“We are delighted to announce the launch of our call for proposals for Europeana 2021! Like last year, 70% of the conference programme will be open to professionals working in and around the cultural heritage sector to share expertise, knowledge and experience in varied sessions. Read on to find out about our call and how you can take part in one of the leading events of the year for those who work in, with and around digital cultural heritage in Europe….”

2021 Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) Symposium – Proposal Submission Form

“The Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) planning committee is now accepting proposals for the inaugural Medical Institutional Repositories in Libraries (MIRL) Symposium, which will take place virtually on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (time to be determined).

The deadline for submitting proposals is September 3, 2021….”

CFP: Creators in the Academic Library: Scholarly Communication & Intellectual Property | ACRL | deadline: July 19, 2021

“We are excited to invite chapter proposals for our forthcoming ACRL book, Creators in the Academic Library, with an anticipated publication date of Spring 2023.  …This edited volume will present chapters informed by the unique information needs of creators across many disciplines. These studies will demonstrate ways that academic librarians can implement services for creative practitioners in areas such as: service design, outreach, library spaces, collection building, and information literacy. By better understanding the creator community, librarians can develop more relevant and meaningful services and more powerfully connect with these students….

Scholarly Communication & Intellectual Property for Creators

Students in practitioner fields must understand how rights and responsibilities change from being a student, once they enter the professional world. In the academic context, plagiarism and citation are the most commonly explored aspects of giving credit, but these practices change in the professional world. As well, practitioner students will have to understand how intellectual property works in creator fields, and will grapple with fair use, copyright patents, trademarks and trade secrets. For those establishing fluency in both the academic and commercial realms, they must make complex decisions around open access and the value of intellectual property in a commercial contex. They may also face questions of the value of often undervalued work. This section will include case studies that introduce intellectual property and concepts to creator students. …”

due July 19, 2021

CfP: Community-based Knowledge Bases and Knowledge Graphs (submissions due Nov 01, 2021) | Journal of Web Semantics

The Journal of Web Semantics invites submissions for a special issue on Community-based Knowledge Bases and Knowledge Graphs, edited by Tim Finin, Sebastian Hellmann, David Martin, and Elena Simperl.

Submissions are due by November 01, 2021.

Community-based knowledge bases (KBs) and knowledge graphs (KGs) are critical to many domains. They contain large amounts of information, used in applications as diverse as search, question-answering systems, and conversational agents. They are the backbone of linked open data, helping connect entities from different datasets. Finally, they create rich knowledge engineering ecosystems, making significant, empirical contributions to our understanding of KB/KG science, engineering, and practices.  From here forward, we use “KB” to include both knowledge bases and knowledge graphs. Also, “KB” and “knowledge” encompass both ontology/schema and data.

Community-based KBs come in many shapes and sizes, but they tend to share a number of commonalities:

They are created through the efforts of a group of contributors, following a set of agreed goals, policies, practices, and quality norms.
They are available under open licenses.
They are central to knowledge-sharing networks bringing together various stakeholders.
They serve the needs of a community of users, including, but not restricted to, their contributor base.
Many draw their content from crowdsourced resources (such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap).

Examples of community-based KBs include Wikidata, DBpedia, ConceptNet, GeoNames, FrameNet, and Yago. This special issue will highlight recent research, challenges, and opportunities in the field of community-based KBs and the interaction and processes between stakeholders and the KBs.


We welcome papers on a wide variety of topics. Papers that focus on the participation of a community of contributors are especially encouraged.

Call for Chapters: Global View of Open Access and Scholarly Communications | IGI Global

“Call for Chapters


Proposals Submission Deadline: July 21, 2021
Full Chapters Due: October 3, 2021
Submission Date: October 3, 2021




In an information and knowledge society, access to information and knowledge is a basic human right, making equitable and fair access to information and knowledge paramount. Open Access (OA) plays a huge role in addressing inequities as well as broad-based and inclusive scientific progresses. On the surface, it appears the number of publications discussing OA issues from various angles is on the rise. However, what is missing is a comprehensive assessment of the extent of OA implementation and a discussion of how to proceed in integrating OA issues from various possible players and stakeholders’ points of view. In addition, deliberate OA strategies that extend the traditional role of library and information environments and organizations through impact-driven and outcome-based results have not been well-articulated.


This book will aim to fill the needs of clear articulation of OA concepts and issues and demystify the state-of-the-art knowledge domain in the areas of OA and scholarly communications from diverse perspectives as well as implications for the information and knowledge society. The contributors elaborate on and reinforce the claims of educators that OA and Open Educational Resources (OER) will help them offer higher quality curriculum and instruction regardless of socioeconomic status or wherever they are in the world….”

Call for Proposals | Northeast Institutional Repository Day | Lamar Soutter Library | University of Massachusetts Medical School

“The Northeast Institutional Repository Day 2021 (NIRD21) Program Committee is pleased to issue its Call for Proposals for the third annual Northeast Institutional Repository Day, a free event that brings together all in the Northeast (and beyond!) who manage or are interested in institutional repositories, digital collections, and digital preservation. Understanding the current environment and financial challenges faced this year, NIRD21 will be a virtual event….”