Pre-conference: Between impact factor and social relevance

The XXVIIth ESRS conference will host the pre-conference Workshop ‘Between Impact Factor and social relevance’ in Krakow, Poland, July 23-24, 2017.

The pressure on scholars to generate research outputs is less than straightforward, demanding researchers to pay attention to often competing objectives. Amidst a changing research workflow researchers must ponder over the impact of scientific publications and the “publish or perish” snowball effects. At the same time pressure to deliver socially and economically relevant research that nurture practical innovations is increasing. Even knowing which journal to target for publication can be mysterious. In short, the research process can seem chaotic.  The pre-conference Workshop aims to link knowledge, work and experience gathered from ESRS members and other academics regarding metrics and the reviewing process. It will go also beyond publishing and critically discuss the ways that scientific work is communicated to the public and society at large.

If you are an early stage researcher or a research group leader and want to get the inside story from an editor, exchange your own good or bad publishing stories and find out about tools and innovations in scholarly or more practice oriented communication, then join our pre-conference workshop!

The workshop is structured in three parts and all workshops offer ample opportunity for exchange and discussion:

•    Who-is-who? – Creating networks and joining research groups
•    Publish or Perish: we discuss publication processes with a journal editor (the do’s and don’t’s) and you will get an insight into the world of the Impact Factor.
•    Science for impact: Who is the audience/audiences for your work? How can your work achieve meaningful impact, making it relevant for stakeholders and society as well as the scientific community?

The pre-conference will be free of charge. It will start on Sunday afternoon (allowing for travel on Sunday morning) and end on Monday at lunch (before the main conference starts). There will be a maximum of 20 participants and they will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

If you are interested in attending pre-conference, please send an e-mail to:​. The deadline for submissions is May 31st, 2017.