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Building an Equitable, Global Research Community

Virtual Conference


In the wake of a global pandemic, it becomes increasingly obvious that solutions to the complex problems facing us require a fully integrated and collaborative approach. Irrespective of discipline, it’s essential that the high-quality research being undertaken everywhere is brought to the fore. How can we better ensure that the important work being done in less visible locations or facilities is more discoverable and properly recognized? How can we best leverage the value of preprint services? What networks or platforms are needed? The speakers in this virtual conference will offer plenty of food for creative thought in terms of innovation — though they may have more questions than answers!

Among others, confirmed speakers include Gali Halevi and Ross Potter, Clarivate Analytics; Carolina Tanigushi, SciElo; Lombe Tembo, ORCID; Ylann Schemm, Elsevier Foundation; Juan Pablo Alperin, Public Knowledge Project, Simon Fraser University and Erika Valenti, Emerald Group Publishing.

Event Sessions

12:00 Noon - 12:15 Welcome


12:15pm - 12:45pm Current State of Global Research


Gali Halevi

Director, Institute for Scientific Information

Ross Potter

Senior Data Scientist, Institute for Scientific Information

Gali Halevi, Director of The Institute for Scientific Information, and Ross PotterSenior Data Scientist, both, Clarivate Analytics:

  • Good science conducted worldwide; same work is needed worldwide
  • Problems encountered in ensuring visibility of work (citations /recognition)
  • Support for open / equitable access  (as driver of citation activity)

12:45pm - 1:15pm Building Capacity


Ylann Schemm, Director, Elsevier Foundation addresses the following:

  • Shifting attention to needs of the Global South
  • Research 4 Life
  • South-embedded training

Resources shared by our speaker:

Achieving an equitable transition to OA for researchers in the Global South: Latest findings - Blog Post by Rachel Herbert, Senior Research Evaluation Manager, International Center for the Center of Research, Elsevier and Sarah Phibbs, Director, Research4Life Publisher Partnerships

Research4Life Best practices for APC waivers - These guidelines offer a checklist of considerations when setting and implementing a waiver policy and provide recommendations on how best to communicate your policy to potential authors from the Research4Life user community

Our vision to 2030: Research4Life Strategic Plan

1:15pm - 1: 45pm Building Networks and Interoperability


Lombe Tembo, Grant Program Officer /Engagement Lead, ORCID will cover:

  • Persistent identifiers
  • Role of open systems and networks
  • Other infrastructure needed

Shared by our speaker:

ORCID Global Participation Fund: Frequently Asked Questions

1:45pm - 2:30pm Comfort Break

2:30pm - 3:00pm Case Study (Experience)


Carolina Tanigushi, Jr. Visual Developer, SciELO:

  • The Work of SciELO
  • Their experience in expanding access and awareness of work emerging from the Global South (problems overcome / successful outcomes / learning acquired)
  • Next steps

3:00pm - 3:30pm Case Study (Experience)


Erika Valenti

Executive Vice President, North America
Emerald Group Publishing

Erika Valenti, Executive VP, North American, Emerald Group Publishing will speak about:

  • First Voices First Initiative
  • Emerald North America's Experience in Partnering (problems overcome / successful outcomes / learning acquired)
  • Expansion of the Work and Next Steps

3:30pm - 4:00 pm Vision Interview with Juan Pablo Alperin


Juan Pablo Alperin

Associate Director of Research, The Public Knowledge Project
Simon Fraser University

Juan Pablo Alperin, Associate Director of Research, The Public Knowledge Project, Simon Fraser University

Additional Information

NISO assumes organizations register as a group. The model assumes that an unlimited number of staff will be watching the live broadcast in a single location, but also includes access to an archived recording of the event for those who may have timing conflicts. 

NISO understands that, during the current pandemic, staff at a number of organizations may be practicing safe social distancing or working remotely. To accommodate those workers, we are allowing registrants to share the sign-on instructions with all colleagues so that they may join the broadcast directly. 

Registrants receive sign-on instructions via email on the Friday prior to the virtual event. If you have not received your instructions by the day before an event, please contact NISO headquarters for assistance via email ( 

Registrants for an event may cancel participation and receive a refund (less $35.00) if the notice of cancellation is received at NISO HQ ( one full week prior to the event date. If received less than 7 days before, no refund will be provided. 

Links to the archived recording of the broadcast are distributed to registrants 24-48 hours following the close of the live event. Access to that recording is intended for internal use of fellow staff at the registrant’s organization or institution. Speaker presentations are posted to the NISO event page.

Broadcast Platform

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