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Thursday, November 2 • 15:30 - 17:00
101 – Designing the scientific 'paper” of the future/ Concevoir «l’article» scientifique de l’avenir
Panel Organizer: Rebecca Ross, Canadian Science Publishing

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Panel Organizer: Rebecca Ross, Canadian Science Publishing

Scientific articles published in science journals have been more or less the same format for the past several hundred years. Despite advances in technology and digital publishing, the scientific article continues to be bound in print traditions. As the vehicle through which all vetted scientific research is communicated to readers, what are the needs of the scientific paper of the future? Who will read it and what does it need to say and do? What elements of the current scientific paper must be preserved for the future? How can today’s scientific journals be improved or expanded to include different types of content for a variety of readers?

In an age of fake news and predatory publishing practices, the role of the publisher is even more important as “gate keepers” of scientific information that has been vetted and reviewed by experts. What is the best way for publishers to foster, preserve, and share the scientific record that leverages the excellence and creative potential of the Canadian scientific enterprise? How can readers best identify trusted sources of scientific information, even without a background in a specific scientific discipline? What changes are required to ensure that scholarly publishing keeps pace with the needs of industry, policy-makers, and the public?

This will also include a discussion regarding the opportunities and challenges of large-scale multidisciplinary research projects. Packaging up these research results to share knowledge back to funders, government, industry, and the general public is an important component of ensuring that Canada obtains the new scientific knowledge that it needs to be prosperous in the future.

The purpose of this panel is to brainstorm the written and graphical outputs of scientific information of the future. The goal is to have an open discussion amongst panelists and with the audience about what kind of content is required to make evidence-based decisions and where that content should live in the online world. Panelists will cover different approaches by publishers to provide lay summaries, article highlights, magazine content, infographics, and other features to collate the content published in scientific articles for a wide readership.

As an interactive component of this session, a graphic recording will be done alongside the presentations and discussion to provide a visual representation and record of the conversation.  This graphical recording will provide a visual element to the session and allow for some of the abstract ideas to be represented on paper for additional connections to be made.

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Laura Coristine

Scientist, Conservation Biologist and Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia
Dr. Laura Coristine is an engaged scientist, conservation biologist, and Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow. She earned her PhD from the University of Ottawa and is currently based at the Department of Biology – University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. Her research focuses on... Read More →

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Steven Cooke

Professor, Canada Research Chair at Carleton University
Dr. Steven J. Cooke is a Canada Research Chair and Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa.  Although the majority of the research in his lab is focused on fish ecology, physiology, and behaviour, Cooke is also engaged in research on human dimensions, knowledge mobilization, and... Read More →
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Maria DeRosa

Professor, Chemistry Department at Carleton University
Maria DeRosa is a Professor in the Chemistry Department at Carleton University where she is the Principal Investigator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation funded Laboratory for Aptamer Discovery and Development of Emerging Research (LADDER). She is also the Chair for the Partnership... Read More →
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Brian Owens

Freelance writer and journalist, Nature, New Scientist, Science, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal
Brian Owens is an experienced science journalist and editor who spent 8 years in London, UK working as the online news editor for the leading science journal Nature and as a reporter and news editor for the influential policy magazines Research Fortnight and Research Europe. He now... Read More →
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Chelsea Rochman

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis and was a recipient of the Society for Conservation Biology's David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship. Chelsea has been researching the sources... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 15:30 - 17:00 EDT
ROOM 211 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2