NFAIS Call For Presenters!

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Blockchain technology—known for powering Bitcoin and originally introduced as a means of securely managing cryptocurrency—is now quickly moving toward broader adoption and has begun to emerge in other fields, including scholarly publishing.  The capabilities of this new technology are prompting a direct exchange among stakeholders, as blockchain promises a more structured, secure approach that has the potential to significantly impact researcher workflows—from data collection to peer review to access and published work.  

NFAIS will explore blockchain's potential applications and case studies of current application at our "Blockchain for Scholarly Publishing" Conference on May 15-16, 2018 in Old Town Alexandria, VA and we invite you join the discussion as a speaker!

The program will consist of keynote speakers, plenary and panel sessions. Become a speaker and share your insights and expertise with others in the information services community. You may be selected to present alone, with a co-presenter, or as a panel. 

We are looking for visionary, inspiring and future-focused individuals who can elevate discussions, debate and provide practical ideas and solutions from which our attendees will benefit.

Benefits of Presenting with NFAIS

  • Gain visibility as a thought leader in the global information services community
  • Create a launch pad for debate and discussion
  • Influence and shape the future of information services
  • Reach a high-caliber audience of key leaders and decision makers
  • Help others succeed and ensure they avoid common pitfalls
  • Boost the profile of yourself and your organization
  • Network with colleagues and make new connections

 Presentation Guidelines

  • The submissions deadline is March 16, 2018
  • Submissions must be in English
  • Presentations must be original and unique to the Blockchain for Scholarly Publishing Conference; the same presentation/talk cannot have been given 90 days prior to the conference
  • Presentations must be educational in nature (sales presentations will not be accepted)
  • Presentations should be at least 20 minutes in length but no more than 45 minutes and allow time for Q&A – please indicate your approximate length
  • Presentations should focus on the following discussion topics:
    • Understanding and/or Applying Blockchain Technology to Scientific Research
    • Understanding and/or Applying Blockchain Technology to Manuscript Submission and Peer Review
    • Understanding and/or Applying Blockchain Technology to Authentication and Content Discovery
    • Understanding and/or Applying Blockchain Technology to the Collection, Processing and Sharing of Data
    • Understanding and/or Applying Blockchain Technology to Emerging Business Models
    • Developing Roles, Standards, and Best Practices
    • Other

 If you have a topic that does not fall within one of the suggested sessions, please indicate “other” in your response and specify your topic.

Submitting Your Proposal

Submissions should include a title, presentation summary (maximum of 300 words) identifying the purpose, content, and learning objectives/expected outcomes for participants, and a professional biography of presenter(s) (maximum of 50 words) along with a photo for inclusion in our program, should your presentation be accepted. Please also provide for us your full name, institutional affiliation and mailing address, including email.


The Evaluation Process

All submissions will be reviewed by the NFAIS Workshop and Webinar Committee, and selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Relevance to the industry
  • Overall quality
  • Practical Application
  • Speaker qualifications
  • Well-defined focus within selected content area

All speakers will be notified regardless of selection. NFAIS will keep all submissions on file for a period of 12 months. Speakers may also be contacted during this period to present at a workshop, virtual seminar, webinar, or the annual conference.

For further information, or if we can answer any questions, please contact Nancy A. Blair-DeLeon, Professional Development Program Director at [email protected].